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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Top August Events in Bloomington

Categories: Family Fun, Festivals, Live Music, Indiana University, B-town's Rainbow Flavor

Featured Events

Middle Coast Film Festival

Groundbreaking films and filmmakers converge in Bloomington each year for a weekend to celebrate the craft of film. On August 10-12, expect a fair share of comedy, drama, and thrills at this year's Middle Coast Film Festival. You even have a chance to meet and learn from the film makers during intimate panel discussions following the films and at the festival after party. Learn more.


Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival

August 13-14, bust a move with acclaimed blues and boogie woogie pianists at the Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival. In addition to the music and dancing, the Bloomington Boogies will offer a free piano workshop for students and a screening of "I Am The Blues" alongside The Ryder. Learn more.


B'town Jazz Fest

On August 19, enjoy impressive jazz talent under the stars on the courthouse lawn with over 50 musicians from Bloomington featuring outstanding high school and college musicians, as well as leading professionals in the area. B'town Jazz Fest is fun for the whole family and free. Learn more.

btown jazz

Bloomington Pridefest

Pridefest (formerly Summerfest), is a day-long celebration of LGBTQ+ community and culture. On August 26, the fourth annual event will feature live preformers, music, family-friendly activities, educational booths, and the first annual PrideSlam. Learn more.


Flora Field Day August 1, Monroe LakeStillwater-Northfork Wildlife Area

Explore Monroe Paddling Trip August 8, Monroe Lake

Little Hikers: Buzzing, Flying, Hopping August 12, Powell Preserve

Light / Matter Symposium August 23-25, Grunwald Gallery of Art

Copy of Grunwald Gallery


Lucinda Williams August 6, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Omni with Kebin Krauter & Peter Owen August 8, The Bishop

The Uketones August 19, The Players' Pub

Dave Rawlings Machine August 26, The Bluebird

the bishop


Citizen Jane: Battle for the City August 3-5, IU Cinema

Love Story August 4, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Joe Schmoe Saves the World August 16-19, Wells-Metz Theatre

Pete's Dragon August 18, Bryan Park

Buskirk-Chumley Theatre - cropped


IU Men's Soccer vs. Xavier August 14, Armstrong Stadium

IU Women's Soccer vs. Clemson August 20, Armstrong Stadium

IU Volleyball vs. Ball State August 25, University Gymnasium

IU Football vs. Ohio State August 31, Memorial Stadium

IU Football

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Each semester, Visit Bloomington has Indiana University students on staff as information specialists and, often, an intern. These students are usually, but not always, studying tourism and often have something to say about B-town from the student perspective.