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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

10 Swell Events in Btown for September, 2015

September in Bloomington comes in like a lion and out like an even bigger, more socialized lion. When our city's population doubles in size as the IU students come back, so does the list of events. Add to that the fact that fall is arguably the most gorgeous season here, and you can understand why narrowing down the list of September events was challenging. But here are ten events that will make you fall in love with Bloomington all over again.

For all events in September, see our Events Calendar.

Hillbilly Haiku

Hillbilly Haiku - Sept. 4

Upland Brewing Co.'s annual Americana music festival takes place at their popular brew pub in downtown Bloomington. Sip award-winning beer while listening to some of the best grassroots music the Midwest has to offer. This year's lineup includes Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, T.V. Mike & the Scarecrows, Glass Mountain, and headliner Larry Keel Experience.

4th Street Art Fair

4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts - Sept. 5-6

Bloomington's largest art fair hosts 120 artists from across the country, who offer their work to the public amid a lively street festival with live music, local food, and more. The independent, professional jury attracts talented artists from far and wide. It's the perfect place to bring your family or friends and spend the day among great art and great people. For more Labor Day Weekend events, click here.

hot air balloon

Indiana Balloon Festival - Sept. 11-13

Twenty hot air balloons in various shapes & sizes. Balloon Glow, Health & Safety Family Fun! Fair, Kiwanis Idol, Ice Fights, BMX bike shows, Game Truck, live music, Kids' Zone, food & commercial vendors, 5k run/walk, car show, giant kites, BBQ cook-off, fireworks and more! The Indiana Balloon Festival is presented by the Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana.

of mice and men

Of Mice and Men - Sept. 11-20

Cardinal Stage Company presents this electrifying production of John Steinbeck's classic novel, adapted for the stage by the author himself. In Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie look out for each other. But their dream of living "off the fat land" unravels amidst the simmering tensions of Depression-era California ranchers.

Barber of Seville IU Opera

The Barber of Seville - Sept. 18-26

Who's the guy you call when you've got problems with your love life? Figaro, the whipsmart Barber of Seville, can fix anything -- and he's got a new assignment. Count Almaviva and the lovely Rosina are nuts about each other, but her crusty old guardian wants to marry her himself. Giuseppe Verdi called this opera by Rossini the greatest comic opera ever written, and you'll agree as you enjoy this wonderful season opener from the renowned IU Opera.

tony bennett

Tony Bennett - Sept. 20

With an illustrious six-decade career, Tony Bennett is a master of his craft-crooning with a panache that is effortless, passionate, and lands right in the pocket. Hear this master of the voice, live at the IU Auditorium.

Lotus Festival

Lotus World Music & Arts Festival - Sept. 24-27

Indiana's signature festival of world music and culture brings performing artists to downtown Bloomington for a long weekend of great music, inspiring visual arts, and programming for all ages. This year's performers come from 23 countries, including Senegal, Korea, Brazil, the U.S., Cuba, and Ireland.

Oliver Winery

Harvest Wine Festival - Sept. 26

Oliver Winery's beautiful Creekbend Vineyard is the perfect place to host their annual Harvest Wine Festival. Enjoy wine tastings of some of the state's best wines, paired with live music, delicious foods, and vineyard tours.

Bloomington Farmers' Market

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market - Saturday mornings

It's hard to imagine Bloomington without the Farmers' Market. Every Saturday, rain or shine, tons of local farmers gather in the City Hall parking lot selling everything from organic tomatoes to hand-knit socks, plus delicious prepared foods like tamales and pulled pork sandwiches. There's always live music, good conversation, and of course home-grown Indiana produce.

IU Football

IU Sports - various dates

The Hoosiers are kicking off fall with high-energy sports, and they need your cheers to help them get to the top! Visit Bloomington for Big 10 football, cross country, soccer, and field hockey this September, and don't forget your cream and crismon sweatshirt!


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.