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Thursday, August 21, 2014

10 Sure Bets in B-town for September, 2014

Categories: Indiana University, Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Live Music, Festivals

September means back to school for the little ones AND the college kids here in Bloomington!  Whether you're a freshman, upperclassman, family of a student, or just visiting town...we've got lots for you to do while you're here.  We hope to see you around town!

Even more great events can be found on our full calendar.  

West Side Story

West Side Story with George Chakiris - September 5

Actor George Chakiris is scheduled to be present at this viewing. West Side Story highlights the tensions between two rival gangs through a modern-day tragic love story based in "Romeo and Juliet." It brings to light aspects of race relations in a blue collar NYC neighborhood through an incredible cast, Leonard Bernstein musical score, Stephen Sondheim lyrics, and choreography. 

pride summerfest

Bloomington Pride Summerfest - September 4-7

Summerfest is a celebration of queer people and allies. This kickoff event is presented by Bloomington PRIDE and The Back Door and it's the first day kicking off a weekend of fun! Be ready for drag shows, comedy, and interactive activities. Attendees to the kickoff must be 21+. 

Monroe Lake

Harvest Moon Weekend & Cornhole Tournament - September 12-13

Head out to the lake for the weekend!  Friday activities include apple tasting and campfire recipes, Saturday you can try your hand at natural harvest tie-dying and of course the Cornhole Tournament.  Lots of crafts and things for families to do as well both days!

Balloon Festival

2nd Annual Kiwanis Hot Air Balloon Fest - September 12-14

The Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana will conduct our 2nd Annual Kiwanis Hot Air Balloon Fest to support Riley Children's Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, and more. We will host 20 colorful, enormous hot air balloons at this event and there is nothing more beautiful than to see these multicolored balloons ascend into the sky at dusk. Live music, food vendors, and retails vendors will be there as well!

Ok Go

OKGO - September 14

OK Go is back and touring to support their upcoming album, Hungry Ghosts, due out in Fall on the band's own label Paracadute. I could impress you with all of their accomplishments (the GRAMMY, New York Times op-eds, presidential re-tweets, the car that plays music video in that Super Bowl commercial....) but we all know their music and videos have stood for themselves over the past decade. Come out to the Bluebird to hear them!


Diabolique International Film Festival - September 18-20

The Diabolique International Film Festival is presented by Diabolique Magazine, the fastest growing publication in the world dedicated to genre cinema. Diabolique is the premiere showcase in Indiana for independent, international cinema in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi, fantasy and animation. The festival presents both short and feature films in multiple screening blocks spanning three days at the IU Cinema.

Lotus Festival

21st Annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival - September 18-21   

Lotus brings artists from around the world to downtown Bloomington for a memorable long weekend of music and more. Showcases happen in multiple downtown venues; one wristband grants entrance to all performance venues (some events are free!). Also visit the free Arts Village for interactive visual arts. Check the website for updates and a full schedule of the festival!   

Harvest Wine Festival

Oliver Winery's Harvest Wine Festival - September 20

An all-day outdoor music event. Free wine tasting, behind-the-scenes winery tours, food trucks, gourmet food samples and live music all day. Bring lawn chairs or blankets! 

Comedy Attic

David Koechner - September 25-27

Actor, writer and producer David Koechner, an alumnus of Chicago's Second City Theater, got his first break as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" and since has become an instantly recognizable face appearing in more than 120 films and TV shows. Best known for his roles as Todd Packer on "The Office" and Champ Kind from "both Anchorman films. Koechner recently received rave reviews for his role in the dark, twisted and film festival award-winning thriller "Cheap Thrills."

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash - September 25

For much of her eclectic career, the Grammy-award winner has sought to spread her wings beyond the confines of the country music genre-infusing her rich and soulful tunes with influences from pop, rock, soul, and R&B.

Teal Strabbing

Teal Strabbing

An IU graduate, Teal is the Sales and Services Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. She loves cats (especially local celebrikitty Lil BUB), traveling to new places and volunteering with the Girl Scouts. Teal’s favorite thing about Bloomington is all the great food -- there’s always something delicious to find downtown, at the farmers’ market or at Taste of Bloomington!