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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

10 Sure Bets in B-town for May, 2014

Categories: Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Festivals

Need a reason to plan a visit to Bloomington this May? Well, look no further - we're already looking forward to next month, and we've put together a list of our top ten picks for things you want to get on your calendar now!  

Find out more about these events, and dozens more, on our complete Event Calendar.  

WonderLab Art of Science - Limestone

Science of Art: Limestone Carving - May 2

WonderLab's First Friday event this month features local limestone carvers! Find out more about this important part of Bloomington's past (and present) and take part in fun hands-on activities. Half off admission after 5 pm. 

The Letters

The Letters - May 2-18

Cardinal Stage Company presents an ordinary office interview in Stalinist Russia - is Anna being promoted or accused of a capital crime? If you like political thrillers, you'll love this on-the-edge-of-your-seat production!

Peoples Park Lunch Concerts

Peoples Park Concerts - May 6, 13, 20, 22, 27 & 29

An annual summertime tradition in Bloomington, lunchtime concerts in Peoples Park on Kirkwood are a great way to relax and enjoy that unique B-town atmosphere. Grab lunch to go from a downtown eatery! 

Strawberry Shortcake Festival

Strawberry Shortcake Festival - May 8

This annual Bloomington tradition involves delicious homemade shortcake topped with strawberries, whipped topping and Burster's vanilla ice cream along with live music on the courthouse lawn.

Take Apart Weekend

Take Apart Weekend - May 10-11

Drop by WonderLab to let your curious little ones take apart an assortment of household electronics, see the parts inside that make things work and then use those parts to create something cool to take home.

Kinsey Juried Show

Kinsey Juried Art Show Opening Day  - May 16

The 9th Annual Kinsey Juried Art Show will be on exhibit at the Grunwald Gallery on the IU campus this summer. Attend an Open House at the Kinsey Institute, meet the artists and enjoy a free evening reception. 18+ please.



The Bloomington Playwrights Project presents the second draft of Kissing frogs - one of their most popular shows. Greta, now 37, is pretty, smart, about to be married and... freaking out! 

Acoustic Roots Festival

WFHB Acoustic Roots Festival - May 17

The 7th Annual Acoustic Roots Festival will showcase local and regional acoustic roots artists on two stages. Held on the grounds of Upland Brew Pub, you know there will be great food and drink as well! 

Limestone Comedy Festival

Limestone Comedy Festival - May 29-31 

You won't want to miss this - it's a three-day comedy festival so big, it takes five venues to hold all the laughter! Headlining acts include Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Pardo and Emo Philips. 

Clips Beer & Film Tour

Clips Beer & Film Tour - May 30

This fun, New Belgium beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show has become a fast favorite! Featuring good beer, short films and great food at Bryan Park, benefiting Open Streets Bloomington this year. 


Tosha Daugherty

Tosha Daugherty

Tosha was the primary contributor to the B-town Blog during her tenure as content coordinator. Her blogs covered a number of topics, from family activities to outdoor excursions.