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Monday, July 25, 2022

Top August Events

Categories: Festivals, Live Music, Family Fun

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

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


People talking at stand-up tables at Pridefest

Bloomington Comedy Festival

Date: Every Wednesday & Thursday throughout August
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: The Comedy Attic
Admission: $10.00 per single ticket, $40.00 per summer pass

Join The Comedy Attic for 11 weeks of laughs with 40 local comedians as they crown The Funniest Person in Bloomington during the Bloomington Comedy Festival.

Bloomington Boogies Blues & Piano Festival

Date: Sunday, August 14
Time: 1:30pm & 5:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: $10.00-$30.00 per ticket

Enjoy a ticketed show put on by artists around the world, from pianists and accordionists to a rhythm section and dancers.

Hoosier Basketball Fan Fest

Date: Saturday, August 20
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
Admission: $5.00-$149.00 per ticket

Watch the 2022-2023 Indiana Men's Basketball team participate in events and competitions, and get an autograph and photo with your favorite athletes!


Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 2:00-11:30 pm
Location: Kirkwood Avenue
Admission: Free

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


Date: Saturday, August 27
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. 

Indiana Toy and Comic Expo

Date: Sunday, August 28
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Convention Center
Admission: $8.00 pet ticket (12 and under are free)

Enjoy the Indiana Toy and Comic Expo, featuring creators and special guests, contests, a meet and greet, and more!


Band performing on stage at The Bluebird

The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Street Pennies
    • Date: Saturday, August 13
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $5.00 per ticket
  • Rod Tuffcurls
    • Date: Friday, August 19
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00 per ticket
  • Flatland Cavalry
    • Date: Thursday, August 25
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Shows

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Harlem Gospel Travelers
    • Date: Wednesday, August 3
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $24.00-$34.00 per ticket
  • Christopher Cross
    • Date: Sunday, August 7
    • Time: 7:30 pm
    • Admission: $59.00-$204.00 per ticket
  • Wildermiss
    • Date: Thursday, August 18
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $18.00 per ticket
  • Sofia Talvik
    • Date: Friday, August 19
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00-$30.00 per ticket
  • Robert Cray
    • Date: Sunday, August 21
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $45.00-$60.00 per ticket
  • Victor Wooten Bass Extremes
    • Date: Wednesday, August 24
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $45.00-$65.00 per ticket
  • Huckleberry Funk
    • Date: Friday, August 26
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Matt Braunger
    • Date: Friday, August 5 & Saturday, August 6
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $15.00-$20.00 per ticket
  • Emil Wakim and Maddie Wiener
    • Date: Friday, August 12 & Saturday, August 13
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket
  • Chris Redd
    • Date: Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, August 20
    • Time: 8:00 pm on Thursday, 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm Friday and Saturday
    • Admission: $30.00 per ticket
Peoples Park Concert Series

Date: Every Thursday in August
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: Peoples Park on Kirkwood Avenue
Admission: Free

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • August 4: Kade Puckett
  • August 11: Sofia Crespo
  • August 18: Anneliese and Ali
  • August 25: Otto & the Moaners
Sundays in Bryan Park Concert Series

Date: Sunday, August 7 & 21
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Location: Bryan Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • August 7: SoundR LampN / Otto & the Moaners
  • August 21: Cuadros Quartet / Sophie Faught + Prime Vintage
Happy Hour on the Lawn

Date: Friday, August 12
Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy live music by Ross Hallow at Switchyard Park — beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase.

Switchyard Park Concert Series

Date: Select Fridays through October
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • August 26: Annaliese and Ali / Hank Ruff

Sporting Events

Racing at Bloomington Speedway
Photo Courtesy of Bloomington Speedway

Bloomington Speedway Races

Enjoy an exciting night of motorsports at the Bloomington Speedway:

  • Friday Night Racing
    • Date: Friday, August 12, 19, and 26
    • Time: Gates open at 4:00 pm, racing starts at 7:30 pm
    • Admission: Call (812) 824-7400 for details


Food trucks lined up at Switchyard Park for Food Truck Friday

Ellettsville Food Truck Wednesday

Date: Every Wednesday through August 31
Time: 4:00-8:30 pm
Location: North Sale Street
Admission: Free

Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks in Ellettsville every Wednesday evening!

Bloomington Food Truck Friday

Date: Every Friday through October 28
Time: 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy live music and local food at Switchyard Park during Food Truck Friday!

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, August 5
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.

A Fair of the Arts

Date: Tuesday, August 9
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Shop for handmade art & fine crafts by local & regional artists at A Fair of the Arts! Artwork categories include clay, drawing, painting, photography, fiber arts, jewelry, metalwork, woodwork, and more.

Thirsty Thursdays at the Brewery

Date: Thursday, August 18
Time: 5:00-9:00 pm
Location: Bloomington Brewing Company Brewery
Admission: Free

Enjoy guided tours, free samples, $4.00 pints, food trucks, and homemade root beer for the kids at this family-friendly event at Bloomington Brewing Company's brewing facility.

Exploring the History of LGBTQ+ Student Life in Bloomington

Date: Monday, March 21 through Friday, August 19
Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: IU Archives
Admission: Free

This exhibit from the University Archives features images, objects, and stories of Bloomington's LGBTQ+ history, dating back to the 1960s. 

Mimesis by Claire Warden

Date: Friday, June 3 through Friday, August 26
Time: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Pictura Gallery
Admission: Free

Claire Warden created her Mimesis exhibit by physically manipulating sheets of photographic film to create black and white abstract forms, resulting in celestial compositions.

Zines: A Culture in Focus

Date: Thursday, June 28 through Saturday, October 22
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County History Center
Admission: Free

This exhibit features a collection of zines, short for magazines, created by Monroe County residents that are deeply personal reflections on life in our community.

Order Up! Restaurants of Monroe County

Date: Tuesday, August 2 through Saturday, November 5
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County History Center
Admission: Free

This restaurant-themed exhibit highlights the important place that restaurants have in our community's history, from beloved places that have gone, such as Ladyman's and Pancho's Villa, as well as long-standing establishments that have become synonymous with Bloomington, such as Nick's English Hut and The Trojan Horse.

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.