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Thursday, October 23, 2014

11 Sure Bets in B-town for November, 2014

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

Somehow, every November I think I'll take it easy in my social life, and then my calendar fills up with arts, athletics, or culinary adventures almost every night of the week. Bloomington's just got too much going on, so I figure I'll wait to catch up on sleep until I'm at the in-laws' for Christmas. If you're like me and you can't make your mind up between all the events, here's a list of 11 (I couldn't cut it down to the Top 10) things to do in Bloomington this November.

Even more great events can be found on our full calendar

the romp

Romp at Riddle Point - November 1

The Romp at Riddle Point is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington's annual obstacle course race fundraiser. Participants from all facets of the community can race through three miles at Riddle Point of Lake Lemon, encountering 12 obstacles featuring water and mud. The Romp challenges racers and supports our local youth organization!

pride and prejudice

Pride and Prejudice - November 7, 8, 11-15

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Performed by the talented students of IU Theatre, this beloved Jane Austen novel about the power of love is adapted for stage.


A Streetcar Named Desire - November 7-23

A fading Southern belle clings to a fantasy world of moonlight and bougainvillea, but her coarse brother-in-law strips her of her illusions. This gripping and erotically charged American classic is presented by the Cardinal Stage Company.

handmade market

Bloomington Handmade Market - November 8

The Bloomington Handmade Market (BHM) is a curated indie craft show featuring 55 artists from all over the Midwest. Now in its 5th year and 9th event, BHM brings innovative crafters and progressive designers to one place to sell their handmade wares at an art + craft experience unlike any other in Bloomington. 

IU Chamber Music Orchestra

IU Chamber Orchestra - November 12

Conducted by David Effron, this elite student ensemble will perform works by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, and Jacobs School of Music faculty member Atar Arad, an Israeli-born violinist. 

Artisan Guilds Holiday Show Ceramics

Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show - November 14-15

Bloomington's three holiday guild shows -- Local Clay Potters' Guild, Bloomington Spinners & Weavers Guild and Bloomington Glass Guild -- are all together under one roof at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center, November 14-15. Come explore this free event and enjoy impressive artworks, bright colors and inspiring conversation!

IU Opera 2014 Go Boldly

The Last Savage - November 14, 15, 20, & 21

Major critics declared this wildly campy production the "surprise hit of the Santa Fe Opera's 2011 season." See its IU Opera debut! Meet Kitty, an anthropology student who's in search of a primitive man to take back to America as her "project." But her millionaire parents want her to get on with her life and marry the son of a maharaja. Events unfold in unexpected and hilarious ways!

WonderLab Meet the Instruments

Meet the Instruments - November 15

Enjoy an introduction to symphonic instruments through hands-on experiences with brass, woodwind, string, and percussive instruments guided by members of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. In addition, immerse yourself in the sounds of Indian instruments and dance as shown in popular Bollywood films!

BCT Presents John Hiatt

BCT Presents: John Hiatt Solo - November 24

With a career spanning more than four decades and musical genres from blues to new wave, John Hiatt is one of the most influential singer-songwriters in American music. Originally from Indianapolis, Hiatt cut his teeth early as a Nashville hitmaker, starting work as a professional songwriter at 18 and achieving his first Top 40 hit when Three Dog Night recorded his tune "Sure As I'm Sitting Here" in 1974. 

Canopy of Lights

Canopy of Lights - November 28

Celebrate our sparkling holiday tradition of lighting the downtown lights with Bloomington Brass Band playing and Bloomington POPS Carolers singing holiday tunes. City and County officials as well as Polka Dot the Clown will be on hand to welcome Santa to the stage to light the Canopy of Lights. Costume characters, hot chocolate, holiday snacks, and more will bring on the festive atmosphere.

IU Football

IU Football vs. Purdue - November 29

The Hoosiers take on an old rival in one of the final games of the season -- and it's the Old Oaken Bucket game! Make it a Bloomington getaway weekend by enjoying a plethora of other events that weekend, plus fantastic hotel deals. Show your IU pride and experience the thrill of a roaring stadium among thousands of cheering fans! November 29 at Memorial Stadium. 

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.