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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Top August Events

Categories: Festivals, Live Music, Family Fun

Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
August 11-13 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

blues and boogie woogie fest

Bust a move with the best blues and boogie-woogie pianists.  Returning artists include Bob Seeley, C. J. Chenier, Rob Rio, “Uganda” Roberts, Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues, Ricky Nye, Cassidy Gephart and Craig Brenner. New artists include Judy Carmichael, Daryl Davis, Eden Brent, and more. Local pianists, a rhythm section, and dancers will also perform. Three Piano Workshops in schools on Aug. 13. A workshop on ragtime and stride piano for intermediate and advanced pianists will be presented by Judy Carmichael at Tri-North, and workshops for beginning and intermediate blues and boogie-woogie pianists will be presented by Eden Brent and Cassidy Gephart at Fairview and Templeton Elementary Schools. Learn more.

Bloomington Pridefest
August 25 | Kirkwood Ave


Celebrate the LGBTQ community and culture in Downtown Bloomington. The festival features live performances, music, food, drinks, educational workshops, and interactive activities for all ages. The 2018 headline performer is Sasha Velour, activist, drag performer, and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race (season 9). Learn more.

August 25 | Monroe Convention Center


Discover the innovative makers movement in Bloomington. Makers from Bloomington and the surrounding region will be there showing off their projects and engaging attendees in making activities. The event is family friendly and free. Learn more.

Indiana Toy & Comic Expo
August 26 | Monroe Convention Center

toy and comic expo

Back for its 6th year, Indiana Toy & Comic Expo features artists, creators, panels, cosplay costume contest, and amazing vendor booths. Learn more.


Indiana University Athletics
Fall 2018

Copy of IU Football

Indiana University's fall semester right around the corner and athletic events will be getting started soon all over campus.  From soccer games to volleyball matches to football games and tailgates, it’s a great time to show your support for the Hoosiers. For season schedules and tickets visit www.iuhoosiers.com


Weekly Farmers' Markets
Various locations and times

Farmers Market Vendor

Get to know your food and farmers at weekly farmers' markets throughout the county. Learn more about the different markets here.