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Monday, April 27, 2015

10 Sure Bets in B-town for May, 2015

Categories: Live Music

To some of us, the most exciting thing happening in May in Bloomington is the fabulous weather. It's a great time to go boating, fishing, running, hiking, and patio sitting. In case you ever get tired of simply soaking up the sunshine, here are 10 events that you'll probably want to add to your calendar right away.

First Friday

First Friday - May 1

This monthly event is getting a facelift starting in May. See downtown Bloomington transformed into a jumping party with food, music, entertainment and art at nine galleries, WonderLab Museum and the Fell Building, plus food trucks!
Downtown Bloomington

handmade mini

Bloomington Handmade Market Spring Mini - May 2

Every November the Bloomington Handmade Market presents a hugely popular holiday show with crafters from across the Midwest, and this weekend you can find a mini show just in time for Mother's Day!
Fountain Square Mall

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

COSMOS - May 3

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Bloomington Chamber Singers present a multimedia performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets, paired with images from NASA and narrations. Youth Concerto Competition winner Zoie Hightower will perform the first movement of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor.
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Strawberry Festival

Strawberry Shortcake Festival - May 7

Enjoy delicious shortcake topped with strawberries, whipped topping and Bruster's ice cream. The Kookamongas will perform from 11:30am - 1:00pm. This annual event supports the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club.
Monroe County Courthouse lawn (rain location: Fountain Square Mall)

Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show Grunwald Gallery

Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show Opening Reception - May 15

This contemporary art exhibition features paintings, prints, photos, ceramics, wearable art, metalwork, sculpture, fiber art and video installations by a mix of local, national and international artists. The artworks explore themes related to sex, gender, eroticism, reproduction, sexuality, romantic relationships and more.
Grunwald Gallery of Art

The Capables BPP

The Capables - May 15-30

Anna Capable is a hoarder, with stacks of McDonald's toys, beanie babies and useless junk piling up to the ceiling. Her daughter calls a TV network in hopes of clearing the mess and curing her mother in this new American play.
Bloomington Playwrights Project

Time Travels: Soaring in the Second Act

Time Travels: Soaring in the Second Act - May 15

This multicultural, multigenerational show is the flagship performance event of the Creative Aging Festival which spans the entire month of May. Local musician Krista Detor hosts special guests Chuck Rainey, Rod Taylor, Malcolm Abrams, Gladys DeVane, Ella Poletti, the Storyzilla Storytellers and more.
Convention Center

The Turnpike Troubadours

The Turnpike Troubadours - May 21

Ths quintet from "flyover country" has seen a lot of success with their rowdy, quick-witted sound in bars across the country. Come out and hear the hits from their latest album, Goodbye Normal Street.
The Bluebird

Acoustic Roots Festival

Acoustic Roots Festival - May 23

This annual event, presented by WFHB community radio, celebrates the spectacular music scene in Bloomington -- folk, bluegrass, blues, country and more. Featuring Austin Lucas and Bob Lucas, and many more. Activities for kids start right at 3pm.
Upland Brewery

Oliver Winery - Default Calendar Image

Cork and Fork - May 30

Come to Oliver's Creekbend Vineyard for live music on the farmhouse lawn. Enjoy the sounds of Bloomington's own Busman's Holiday featuring Erin Tobey as you savor wine and food in a lovely outdoor setting.
Oliver Winery


Abby Perfetti

Abby Perfetti

Hailing from Indianapolis, Abby has lived in Bloomington since 2009. She was the Content & Social Media Coordinator for Visit Bloomington, and in her spare time, she sings in choirs, gardens, and enjoys the occasional craft beer.