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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

12 Sure Bets in B-town for February, 2015

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

Sometimes we need a little push to get out the door and embark on an adventure in the dead of winter. In February, the sun decides when/if it wants to shine, and sometimes we can go weeks with weather in the mid-40s until BAM -- polar vortex.

That's why you'll be happy to see a list of 12 can't-miss indoor events for the lovely month of February! So put on your wool socks, turn off Netflix, and come to Bloomington for a memorable month of fun.

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

john mellencamp

John Mellencamp - February 3-4

Bloomington's hometown superstar is headed back to the IU Auditorium as part of his newest concert tour, Plain Spoken. His album of the same name was released last September to high praise.


The Peking Acrobats - February 5

This ancient Chinese art is redefined in a jaw-dropping performance by some of the world's most talented acrobats. High-tech stage effects amplify the artistry of skillful musicians on tradition Chinese instruments.

Cardinal Stage Company Grounded

Grounded - February 6-22

In this play by Cardinal Stage Company, pregnant F16 fighter pilot is relegated to piloting drones over Afghanistan from a trailer in the Nevada desert, hunting terrorists by day and caring for her family by night.

IU Basketball

IU Men's Basketball vs. Michigan - February 8

The Hoosiers are 14-4 this season, and they're only getting stronger! Come cheer them on in Assembly Hall as coach Tom Crean leads them to victory!

IU Philharmonic Orchestra

Philharmonic Orchestra - February 11

Directed by the esteemed David Effron, this elite Indiana University ensemble will perform Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15 in A Major and music by Maria Newman.

Circuit Bending at WonderLab

Circuit Bending - February 14-15

Bring an old electronic toy to WonderLab and work with the experts from Bloominglabs to permanently change how the toy sounds and operates by modifying and adding cool electrical circuit connections!

The Beach Boys

Beach Boys - February 15

The international singing sensation will perform some of their earliest surf rock classics, bringing their famous harmonies and catchy songs to the IU Auditorium on their 50th Anniversary Tour.

Here Come the Mummies

Here Come the Mummies - February 20

The popular funk/R&B band is best known for their live performances in which band members perform in full mummy attire! See them at The Bluebird, the perfect venue for such a fantastic show.

Local Artists Showcase

Local Artists Showcase - February 21

Bloom Magazine and Ivy Tech Community College present this annual event where more than 1,000 art lovers gather at the Convention Center for a leisurely afternoon enjoying art of all kinds! Meet the artists as you explore their displays.

RAAS Royalty

RAAS Royalty National Dance Competition - February 21

College students from across the country compete for an opportunity to win a bid to raas nationals in April, dancing this traditional form of Indian dance characterized by high energy and colorful costumes.

Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro - February 27

Grammy-nominated comic Tig Notaro comes to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on her Boyish Girl Interrupted tour. She has appeared on the TV shows Transparent, The Office and Community, and her popularity has exploded in recent years!


Romeo and Juliet - February 27-28

In Shakespeare's beautifully tragic tale of love at first sight, Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each other. A chain of fateful events changes both families forever. Performed by IU Theatre & Drama.

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.