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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

11 Sure Bets in B-town for June, 2015

Categories: Wine & Culinary, Festivals

As a college town, it's true that our resident population dips over the summer. There's slightly less traffic, shorter waits at restaurants, and a significant drop in red Solo cup sales. There are also tons of events that locals and tourists just can't wait for.

You're going to love this list of some of the top events for June, but if you're looking for even more events, check out our Events Calendar.

Limestone Carving

Limestone Month - June 1-30

Limestone is plentiful in Monroe County, and has fueled our region's economy for decades. During Limestone Month, we celebrate the artistry and economy of this fascinating geological feature with events, tours and education.

Limestone Comedy Festival

Limestone Comedy Festival - June 4-6

This multi-venue comedy festival features headliners like Janeane Garofalo, Michael Che and more. Explore downtown and hear some of the funniest comedians out there.

Gallery Walk

Gallery Walk & First Friday - June 5

On the first Friday of every other month, nine downtown galleries are pleased to host an evening of arts, entertainment and food for Gallery Walk. This summer, the monthly First Fridays are getting a makeover with live music, entertainment in the streets, food and arts galore.

Open Studios Tour

Bloomington Open Studios Tour - June 6-7

With BOST, you can immerse yourself in art as it's being made in artists' studios across the county. You'll meet 46 artists while following the colorful educational booklet. It's completely free, but you might want to bring some cash or checks if you could be tempted to buy art!


Shakespeare in the Park - June 11-14

Monroe County Civic Theater presents Shakespeare's Cymbeline at The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park.

Busman's Holiday

Busman's Holiday - June 12

Local sibling duo Addison and Lewis of Busman's Holiday will be joined at the Bishop by BRNDA and Teen Mom.

Clear Creek Trail

Nature Sounds - June 18

Immerse yourself in this unique listening experience that pairs acoustic music with songs of the wild. An hour-long concert by Valeria DeCastro precedes a guided nature walk. Meet at the Harris Ford Bridge on the Clear Creek Trail for this new event hosted by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation.

Hairspray Cardinal Stage Company

Hairspray - June 19-28

In this popular musical presented by Cardinal Stage Company, it's 1962 and Tracy Turnblad wins a coveted spot on Baltimore's hippest dance program. But can she use her newfound stardom to integrate the show? See it at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Taste of Bloomington

Taste of Bloomington - June 20

This is one of the city's most popular events. It's perfect for foodies, beer snobs, and families alike. Dozens of Bloomington's best restaurants, wineries, breweries and food trucks come together at Showers Common for a day of food, drink and live music.

Summer Garden Walk

Summer Garden Walk - June 20-21

Visit six exceptional private gardens and the Monroe County History Center's annual Flower Show, plus a special display of garden-themed art.

Butler Wine Glass Fall

Butler Wine & Wildlife - June 27

Butler Winery is hosting the second annual evening of Wine and Wildlife, where the whole family is welcome to enjoy the vineyard and learn about wildlife from WildCare Inc.'s live Education Ambassadors. Grown-ups love the wine tastings.


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.