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Friday, June 19, 2015

10 Sure Bets in Btown for July, 2015

Categories: Family Fun, Live Music

July in Indiana involves some of my favorite things: corn on the cob, fireflies, and live music. But I tried to include some other things on July's list, in case those aren't your favorite things. Just promise me you'll still try the corn.

If you're looking for even more events, check out our Events Calendar.

Penderecki Quartet

Penderecki Quartet & Rubens Quartet - July 2

This concert, part of the IU Summer Music 2015, is one of those concerts that will convert classical music doubters into sincere fans. Hear two world-renowned string quartets in one thrilling evening! (Pro tip: the C in "Penderecki" sounds like an S.)

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park - Fridays & Sundays

The City of Bloomington's summer performing arts series includes free outdoor concerts, like Friday Concerts in the Park (Waldron, Hill & Buskirk Park) and Sunday Concerts in Bryan Park (beginning July 12).

4th of July Parade

Fourth of July Parade - July 4 (of course!)

There's no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in a picturesque, open-minded city like Bloomington. Floats, trucks and marchers roll through downtown Bloomington for the annual Fourth of July Parade.


As You Like It - July 10-25

Secret identities and public passions make merry mischief in the woods in this Shakespeare comedy about the madness of love! Presented by Indiana Festival Theatre from the IU School of Theatre, Drama, & Contemporary Dance.

Zoso Led Zeppelin Tribute

ZOSO: Led Zeppelin Tribute - July 11

Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. Catch this talented band at the Bluebird nightclub.

wizard of oz

Wizard of Oz - July 12

There's no place like home, and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is certainly a historic home for movies! See this classic film on the big screen as you travel with Dorothy from drab Kansas to the colorful land of Oz.


Nature on the Water Paddling Trip - July 14

BYO canoe/kayak or rent one on site in this guided paddling trip around Monroe Lake. A naturalist guide will highlight flora and fauna of the Northfork Marshes during a leisurely exploration of the backwaters. Register by July 10. Trip takes 2 horus 30 minutes.

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel - July 18

Every so often you hear a band with that weird chemistry that makes you wish you played guitar. Sister Hazel is one of those bands, together for 15+ years. Hear them at the Bluebird.

Cork and Fork

Cork & Fork Live Music Series - July 25

Head over to Oliver Winery's beautiful Creekbend Vineyard for live music on the farmhouse lawn. Of course, there's plenty of wine and fresh food on sale to enjoy in their finished barn space. This is a monthly event, and July's performer is Art Four Sale.

Wonderlab a to z

Science from A to Z - now through January 23, 2016

Celebrate the connection between science and literacy at this new, interactive WonderLab exhibit covering everything from biomechanics to magnetism.


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.