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Monday, July 29, 2019

Top August Events

Categories: Festivals, Live Music, Family Fun

Theater in Bloomington

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Frozen - MCCT.ORG Presents the Play: August 2 - August 4 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | Times Vary

"Curses! Oaths and Troths in Broadway and Opera": August 25 | Fairview United Methodist Church | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 


Music in Bloomington

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Fridays in the Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park Series: August 2 | Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Kacie Swierk Live at Oliver Winery: August 3 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Harlan + Steve Marino: August 4 | The Bishop | 8:00 pm

People's Park Concert Series: Every Tuesday | People's Park | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wind down after a busy day at People's Park enjoying live and local music. 

The Wonderhills Live at Oliver Winery: August 10 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Eli Young Band: August 10 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Country music "misfits" are coming to Bloomington to give you an unforgettable performance.

Lucinda Williams and Her Band Buick 6: August 10 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm

Old Crow Medicine Show: August 11 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival: August 11 - August 12 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dance and sing along with the world's best blue and boogie-woogie piano players at this annual festival. 

The Lacs: August 16 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm 

Cody Ikerd & Sidewinders Live at Oliver Winery: August 17 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hairbangers Ball: August 17 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Jazz at Butler Winery & Vineyards: August 18 | Butler Winery & Vineyard | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Shiba San at the Bluebird: August 22 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Rod Tuffcurls and The Benchpress: August 23 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Everyone's favorite cover band, Rod Tuffcurls and The Benchpress, is coming to The Bluebird! You won't want to miss it. 

Circle City Steel Live at Oliver Winery: August 24 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Clayton Anderson: August 24 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

B'Town Jazz Fest: August 31 | Monroe Convention Center | 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Celebrate Bloomington's rich jazz culture at this annual festival with performances by local musicians, students, and special guests. 

Toy Factory Live at Oliver Winery: August 31 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Sports in Bloomington

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IU Women's Soccer vs. Northwestern (Exhibition): August 14 | Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium | 11:00 am 

Indiana Men's Soccer vs. DePaul: August 24 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 8:00 pm 

IU Women's Soccer vs. UIC: August 25 | Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium | 1:00 pm

Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic: Indiana Men's Soccer vs. Pittsburgh: August 30 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 8:00 pm

IU Women's Volleyball: Dates Vary | Wilkinson Hall | Times Vary


Film in Bloomington

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Star Wars Series: Dates Vary | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary

Films at Buskirk-Chumley Theater: Dates Vary | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary

Check out movies such as Breaking Away and Hoosier this month at the downtown theater. 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: August 9 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm

Breaking Away: August 16 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm

The film that started it all... Breaking Away, based on Indiana University's Little 500, is playing this month at Buskirk-Chumley Theater. 

Movies in the Parks Presents: Black Panther: August 17 | Rev. Ernst D. Butler Park | 8:40 pm - 11:00 pm

The Matrix: August 23 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm

Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-Along Screening: August 30 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm

The award-winning film is coming to Bloomington, but with a twist. Belt out some of your favorite Queen songs at this screening!



Around Bloomington

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Mat Alano Martin's Comedy Attic Return!: August 1 - August 3 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Local comedian Mat Alano Martin is making his return to the legendary Comedy Attic!

Bloomington Food Truck Friday: Every Friday | The Dimension Mill | 11:00 am - 9:00 pm 

Battle in B-Town Clogging Championships: August 3 | Monroe Convention Center | 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Slip 'N Foam: August 3 | Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bloomington's Chefs' Challenge: August 4 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This Iron-Chef type event features three local chefs as they compete on stage, with an hour to prepare a winning dish, using a secret ingredient. All proceeds benefit the Bloomington Community Kitchen's hunger relief efforts. 

Tuesday Market: Every Tuesday, June 4 - September 24 | 6th Street & Madison Street (next to the westside Bloomingfoods Market) | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Experience the weekday version of the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market. It will be here through September right next to the westside Bloomingfoods.

11th Annual Bloomington Comedy Festival: Dates Vary | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary 

11 Weeks, 40 Comedians, 39 Frowny Emoticons, ONE Champion.

Drool in the Pool: August 7 - August 8 | Mills Pool | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Andy Kindler Returns to Bloomington!: August 8 - August 10 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Andy Kindler is an American comedian who has stared along Ray Romano in Everybody Loves Raymond, was a regular guest on Late Show with David Letterman, contributor to The Daily Show and has performed on HBO

Community Festival: August 10 | The Artisan Alley | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Solomon Georgio's Bloomington Debut!: August 15 - August 17 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Tomato Tasting: August 17 | Showers Common | 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Experience the spectrum of heirloom tomatoes the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market has to offer.

Vineyard Tour & Tasting at Butler Winery: August 17 | Butler Winery & Vineyard | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Adam Cayton-Holland's Comedy Attic Return!: August 22 - August 24 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

He has appeared on CONAN, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Happy Endings, Deadbeat, Flophouse, Hidden America and @midnight

Makevention 2019: August 24 | Monroe Convention Center | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Makevention is an annual celebration of the DIY spirit in Bloomington. Makers will be there from town and the surrounding region showing off their projects and engaging attendees in making activities. There will also be demos of many maker projects and workshops for those who want to learn more. 

Esther Povitsky's Comedy Attic Debut!: August 29 - August 31 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Esther Lauren Povitsky is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is the co-creator and star of the comedy series Alone Together. She plays Maya on the critically acclaimed series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Other recent television appearances include Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Love, and Parks and Recreation.

Bloomington Pridefest: August 31 | East Kirkwood Ave. | 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bloomington Pridefest is a free celebration of LGBTQ people and allies in Bloomington. There will be live performances, food and drink, workshops, and other activities. 

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts: August 31 - September 1 | Fourth Street between Grant and Dunn Streets | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Check out (and buy) art from about 120 artists from across the country. There will also be live music, Spoken Word, and more. 

BubbleFest 2019: August 31 - September 2 | WonderLab Museum | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

It's an event for the entire family! Spend the weekend blowing bubbles, bouncing bubbles, and even building bubbles! There will be experiments and workshops all weekend! 


Nia Jones

Nia Jones

Nia is Visit Bloomington’s Content Coordinator. As soon as she stepped foot on IU's campus, she realized she found a forever-home in Bloomington. Her favorite thing about B-Town is the diversity and culture that is found in this small town in the Midwest.  She enjoys exploring new places around town and cheering on the Hoosiers.