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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Top April Events

Categories: General

There's always something going on in B-Town! Check out the top events happening in April 2022, and consider spending two or three days with us this season.

Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​


FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Women's Little 500
Photo Courtesy of IU Student Foundation

Little 500 Miss N Out

Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Attend a Little 500 auxiliary race in which heats of 6-12 riders compete until a winner is declared.
 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Movement Short Film Festival

Date: Thursday, April 7
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: Free, but ticketed

Attend the inaugural Asian American and Pacific Islander Movement Short Film Festival, featuring several films created by up-and-coming Asian filmmakers.
 

Combine Conference Drone Show

Date: Friday, April 8
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: The Mill
Admission: Free

Enjoy an immersive light experience featuring 75 aerial drones at The Mill as part of this year's Combine Conference! The drone show is free to the public and will include artwork & animations unique to Bloomington.
 

Little 500 Team Pursuit

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Attend a Little 500 auxiliary race in which two teams of four riders race against one another in heats.
 

Trashion Refashion

Date: Sunday, April 10
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $10.00-$20.00 per ticket

Experience a two‐part runway show featuring designs made from refashioned garments or unwanted material.
 

34th Annual Women's Little 500 Race

Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: $35.00 per ticket in advance, $45.00 per ticket at the gate (Valid for both the Men's and Women's races)

Experience IU culture and tradition at the Women's Little 500 race.
 

71st Annual Men's Little 500 Race

Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: $35.00 per ticket in advance, $45.00 per ticket at the gate (Valid for both the Men's and Women's races)

Experience IU culture and tradition at the Men's Little 500 race.


LIVE MUSIC & PERFORMANCES

An audience seated at the Musical Arts Center ahead of a performance

A Look Back: Spring Ballet

Date: Friday, April 1 & Saturday, April 2
Time: 7:30 pm on Thursday & Friday | 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm on Saturday
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $15.00-$29.00 per ticket

Enjoy the Jacobs School of Music Spring Ballet, featuring choreography from Swan Lake, Agon Pas de Trois, and Bournonvilles Suite.
 

Ada and the Engine

Date: Weekends of April 1-3, 7-10, and 14-16
Time: 7:30 pm on Fridays | 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm on Saturdays
Location: Waldron Arts Center
Admission: Pay What You Will, $1.00-$75.00 per ticket

Attend a performance of Ada and the Engine, a play that tells the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, a woman mathematician now recognized as the world's first computer programmer.
 

Silkroad Ensemble

Date: Friday, April 8
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $15.00-$52.00 per ticket

Attend a performance by Silkroad Ensemble, a musical group founded by Yo-Yo Ma.
 

African American Dance Company Spring Concert

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $15.00-$25.00 per ticket

Experience movement traditions from Africa, the Diaspora, and African American culture at the African American Dance Company's spring concert.
 

Jacobs School of Music Jazz Celebration

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $10.00-$25.00 per ticket

Enjoy the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Celebration.
 

H.M.S. Pinafore

Date: Weekends of April 15-16 and 22-23
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $16.00-$43.00 per ticket

Attend H.M.S. Pinafore, an opera performed the Jacobs School of Music.
 

Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Date: Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $17.00-$72.00 per ticket

Attend the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys.
 

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Scott

Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $33.00-$74.00 per ticket

Witness the world’s most beloved cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and world-renowned pianist, Kathryn Stott together for a night of musical mastery.
 

African American Choral Ensemble Spring Concert

Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Ruth N. Halls Theater
Admission: $15.00-$25.00 per ticket

Experience soul and inspiration during the Emmy Award-winning African American Choral Ensemble's spring concert.
 

The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Jukebox Luke
    • Date: Friday, April 1
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Hank Ruff
    • Date: Saturday, April 2
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Lawrence
    • Date: Sunday, April 3
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • Soccer Mommy
    • Date: Thursday, April 7
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $22.00 per ticket
       
  • Clayton Anderson
    • Date: Friday, April 8
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per single ticket, $10.00 per ticket in a four-pack
       
  • Hairbangers Ball
    • Date: Saturday, April 9
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per single ticket, $12.00 per ticket in a four-pack
       
  • The Record Company
    • Date: Monday, April 11
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 per ticket
       
  • Eli Young Band
    • Date: Friday, April 15
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 per ticket
       
  • The Main Squeeze
    • Date: Saturday, April 16
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $18.00 per ticket
       
  • Lucero
    • Date: Sunday, April 17
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • Red Not Chili Peppers
    • Date: Wednesday, April 27
    • Time: Doors open at 9:00 pm, show begins at 10:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • The Steel Woods
    • Date: Thursday, April 28
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Taylor Swift Night
    • Date: Friday, April 29
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $18.00 per ticket
       
  • Michael Ray
    • Date: Saturday, April 30
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Shows

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy live performances by the following artists:

  • Shawn Colvin 
    • Date: Sunday, April 3
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $35.00-$45.00 per ticket
       
  • Fusion
    • Date: Wednesday, April 13
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00-$20.00 per ticket
       
  • Lucinda Williams and Her Band
    • Date: Thursday, April 14
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $50.00-$70.00 per ticket
       
  • Another Round
    • Date: Saturday, April 16
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $5.00-$10.00 per ticket
       
  • Portland Cello Project Presents: Purple Reign
    • Date: Friday, April 22
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00-$35.00 per ticket
       
  • Candlebox
    • Date: Wednesday, April 27
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $45.00-$60.00 per ticket
       
  • Suzanne Vega
    • Date: Thursday, April 28
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $40.00-$50.00 per ticket
       
  • Dar Williams
    • Date: Saturday, April 30
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00-$45.00 per ticket
       
The Bishop Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Liam Kazar
    • Date: Sunday, April 3
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00 per ticket in advance, $15.00 per ticket at the door
       
  • Corridor with Pool Holograph
    • Date: Tuesday, April 5
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Sean Rowe with Matthew Fowler
    • Date: Friday, April 8
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • Don't Wannas with Dose Rose and Foredaze
    • Date: Sunday, April 10
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $7.00 per ticket
       
  • Provoker with Evanora
    • Date: Tuesday, April 12
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00 per ticket in advance, $15.00 per ticket at the door
       
  • Empath
    • Date: Monday, April 25
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00 per ticket
       
  • Loving
    • Date: Tuesday, April 26
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $16.00 per ticket in advance, $18.00 per ticket at the door
       
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Kate Willett Live Album Recording
    • Date: Friday, April 1& Saturday, April 2
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket
       
  • Sasheer Zamata
    • Date: Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm
    • Admission: $16.00-$20.00 per ticket
       
  • Hari Kondabolu
    • Date: Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, April 16
    • Time: 8:00 pm on Thursday | 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm on Friday & Saturday
    • Admission: $16.00-$20.00 per ticket
       
  • Joe Pera
    • Date: Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30
    • Time: 8:00 pm on Thursday | 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm on Friday & Saturday
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket


SPORTING EVENTS

IU Softball
Photo Courtesy of IU Athletics
 

IU Baseball
  • vs. Northwestern
    • Date: Weekend of April 1-3
    • Time: 5:00 pm on Friday | 2:00 pm on Saturday | 3:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age
  • vs. Nebraska
    • Date: Weekend of April 22-24
    • Time: 7:00 pm on Friday | 2:00 pm on Saturday | 1:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age
       
  • vs. Illinois
    • Date: Weekend of April 29-May 1
    • Time: 7:00 pm on Friday | 2:00 pm on Saturday | 1:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age

IU Softball
  • vs. Rutgers
    • Date: Weekend of April 8-10
    • Time: 5:30 pm on Friday | 2:00 pm on Saturday | 12:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free
  • vs. Purdue
    • Date: Wednesday, April 13
    • Time: 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free
       
  • vs. Notre Dame
    • Date: Tuesday, April 19
    • Time: 5:00 pm
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free
       
  • vs. Louisiana Lafayette
    • Date: Wednesday, April 20
    • Time: 5:00 pm
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free
       
  • vs. Northwestern
    • Date: Weekend of April 22-24
    • Time: 6:00 pm on Friday | 6:00 pm on Saturday | 1:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free
       
  • vs. Illinois
    • Date: Weekend of April 29-May 1
    • Time: 6:00 pm on Friday | 6:00 pm on Saturday | 1:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free


EXHIBITS & OTHER AREA HAPPENINGS

People Enjoying Art At Grunwald Gallery of Art In Bloomington, IN

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: Various downtown art galleries
Admission: Free

Enjoy local & regional art and Bloomington's vibrant downtown scene during Gallery Walk. Ten downtown art galleries participate in the event — stroll through the heart of Bloomington as you admire various works at each location.
 

Michael Sherwin: Vanishing Points

Date: Friday, April 1 through Saturday, May 28
Time: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Pictura Gallery
Admission: Free

Experience a photography exhibit by Michael Sherwin in which significant sites of Indigenous American presence are on display.
 


LOOKING FOR MORE EVENTS IN APRIL AND BEYOND? CHECK OUT  OUR EVENTS CALENDAR.
 
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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, Millennial cat lady, and Formula 1 enthusiast. 

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