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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Bloomington's Best Fall Festivals

Categories: Events, Festivals, General

As the leaves start changing throughout Southern Indiana, Bloomington comes alive with vibrant festivals and events to entertain spectators of all ages and interests. The beautiful scenery is enough of a reason to visit B-Town in the fall, but these incredible events are an added bonus you don't want to miss out on.


People talking at a booth at Makevention

Date: Saturday, August 28
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Convention Center
Admission: Free

Join the local community of makers as they showcase and celebrate their various works, including digital fabrication, screen printing, upcycling, and more, at Makevention


People walking around at Pridefest

Date: Saturday, August 28
Time: 2:30-11:00 pm
Location: Kirkwood Avenue
Admission: Free

Celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and queer allies at the seventh annual Bloomington Pridefest! The festival will feature a vendor expo, musical performances, educational workshops, wellness activities, and other entertainment.

Limestone Comedy Festival

Man performing stand-up at the Limestone Comedy Festival
Photo by TALL & small Photography

Date: Thursday, September 2 through Saturday, September 4
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Admission: TBD

Enjoy the annual Limestone Comedy Festival in which over 50 comedians from across the nation perform at The Comedy Attic and other Bloomington venues. Comedian lineup and performance schedule are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

B'Town Jazz Fest

btown jazz fest

Date: Saturday, September 4
Time: 12:00 pm-TBD
Location: Woolery Mill
Admission: Free

Celebrate Bloomington's rich jazz community at B'Town Jazz Fest! Features include performances by the area's leading professional artists, as well as collegiate and high school performers, food & drinks, and select merchandise. The Jazz Fest location and end time are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts

people checking out vendors at Fourth Street Festival during Labor Day in Bloomington

Date: Saturday, September 4 through Sunday, September 5
Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am-5:00 pm on Sunday
Location: 4th Street, between Indiana and Grant Streets
Admission: Free

Enjoy the 45th annual Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts, with 80 booths of fine art and fine crafts created by local and regional artists.

Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival

Three hot air balloons launching at the Indiana Kiwanis Balloon Festival

Date: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12
Time: 3:00-10:00 pm on Friday, 7:00 am-10:00 pm on Saturday, and 7:00 am-7:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: Tickets are $10.00 per person at the gate for a single day; $20.00 per person for a weekend pass, purchased in advance of the event; $20.00 per carload for a single day, purchased in advance of the event, or $30.00 per carload for a weekend pass, purchased in advance of the event. Children under the age of one do not require a pass. Visit this page for more ticketing information.

Enjoy hot air balloon launches, helicopter rides, pyrotechnic skydivers, fireworks, a wine & beer garden, food & commercial vendors, and other entertainment at the Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival

Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival

Band performing at the Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival

Date: Thursday, September 23 through Saturday, September 25
Time: TBD
Location: McGlockin Park in Stinesville
Admission: Free

Enjoy craft vendors, food booths, live music, a pie competition, an antique tractor show, a parade, and more at the annual Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival. Festival times are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

lotus parade

Date: Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Admission: TBD

Celebrate the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from around the world at the 28th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Event time and location are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

Science Fest

Kids participating in a hands-on activity at Science Fest
Photo by Marc Lebryk

Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: TBD
Location: Multiple locations across the Indiana University campus
Admission: TBD

Participate in over 150 hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and talks at Science Fest. Event times and admission are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

glass pumpkin

Date: Saturday, October 16
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Lawn
Admission: Free

Pick out your own homemade blown glass pumpkin or simply admire the display of over 500 glass pumpkins at the 12th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! All pumpkins are made by members of the Bloomington Creative Glass Center. Proceeds from the pumpkin sales support educational arts programming throughout the year.

Hoosier Hysteria

hoosier hysteria

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
Admission: TBD

Get excited for the Indiana University basketball season at Hoosier Hysteria! Features include skills competitions, a dunk contest, and a brief scrimmage with both the men's and women's teams.

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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's a proud Indiana University alumna, mom to four cats, and Formula 1 enthusiast. When she isn't at work, you can find Alyssa checking out the newest restaurants in the area with her husband, curled up at home with a great book, or planning her next trip to a destination near or far.