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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

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 2023, 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

2023 Golfweek Hoosier Amateur 

Date: Tuesday, August 8 to Thursday, August 10
Time: 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Location: The Pfau Course at Indiana University
Admission: Free and open to the public

The Golfweek Hooiser Amateur is a 54 hole, stoke play event for men and women. This event will have some of the top college and amateur golfers in the country showcasing their skills at the renowned Pfau Course at Indiana University and is free and open to the public for walking spectators.

Switchyard Park Thursday Night Summer Music Series with Molly Tuttle 

Date: Thursday, August 24
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: FREE

Grammy winner Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway with Henhouse Prowlers will be playing a free outdoor concert at Switchyard Park. The show starts at 6:00 PM and is free for everyone. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, and free parking. A lawn chair or blanket is recommended. 

Bloomington Pridefest

Date: Saturday, August 26
Time: 2:00-11:30 PM
Location: Kirkwood Avenue
Admission: Free


The tenth annual Bloomington Pridefest, ranked by Thrillist as the best college town pride in the nation, will take place Saturday, August 26th, 2023. It is an incredible day with thousands of people celebrating LGBTQ+ lives and the fight for liberation on the iconic Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. 

Evening with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra 

Date: Sunday, August 27
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Come to Switchyard Park for a chance to hear the wonderful Bloomington Symphony Orchestra perform.


Band performing on stage at The Bluebird

The Bishop 

Location: The Bishop

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Florry 
    • Date: Sunday, August 13
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket in advance, $12.00 per ticket day of show
The Bluebird 

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Welcome to the Neighborhood
    • Date: Wednesday, August 2
    • Time: 10:00 PM
    • Admission: $5.00 per ticket
  • Connor McLaren  
    • Date: Thursday, August 3
    • Time: 10:00 PM
    • Admission: $5.00 per ticket
  • Rod Tuffcurls 
    • Date: Saturday, August 19
    • Time: 9:00 PM
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
Buskirk-Chumley Theater 

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Lorrie Morgan
    • Date: Friday, August 11
    • Time: 7:00 PM
    • Admission: $40.00-$60.00 per ticket

Location: Fairfax

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Jimmy Buffett Tribute Wastin' Away in Margaritaville 
    • Date: Friday, August 5 & Saturday, August 6
    • Time: 8:00-11:00 PM
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
The Orbit Room

Location: The Orbit Room

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Terry Klein W/S/G Dakota Curtis 
    • Date: Wednesday, August 2
    • Time: 7:00-9:25 PM
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
  • Tim Carroll 
    • Date: Saturday, August 5
    • Time: 6:00-8:25 PM
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket

Exhibits & Other Area Happenings

Two curators hanging a gallery of artwork at the Eskenazi Museum of Art

Bloomington Open Studios Tour Artists Present! 

Date: Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 27
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM, recurring every 23 days
Location: Back Space Gallery
Admission: Free

Bloomington Open Studios Tour artists display a selection of new work from each of the 15 artist participants are each established professional artists who have been involved with developing and supporting a vibrant arts community in Bloomington.

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, August 4
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
Location: Downtown Bloomington galleries
Admission: Free

Discover delightful surprises, inspiration, festivities, and original works of art for purchase. Explore each distinctive gallery in-person or online all year long at your own pace.

Fourth Street Sampler

Date: Friday, August 4
Time: 10:00 AM-5:30 PM
Location: By Hand Gallery
Admission: Free

The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts has been organized by a committee of local artists since 1977 with an emphasis on quality and a desire to provide artists with a pleasurable venue. Artists in this By Hand show include K C Brown, Kris Busch, Samuel Dean, Scott Johnson, Kelly Meska, Lynne Mikolon, Kyle Spears, Larry Spears, Karl Schiefer and Taylor Walker.

Breaking the News: Family Day at the MCHC

Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Monroe County History Center
Admission: Free

From 1-4 pm, the museum will be free and open with activities for kids of all ages. See our exhibit, Breaking the News: The Past and Uncertain Future of Local Print Journalism, and learn about the history of journalism in our community.

Recurring Events

Food trucks lined up at Switchyard Park for Food Truck Friday

Tuesday Farmers' Market

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Visit, shop and support local farmers and growers, and small businesses, at Switchyard Park on Tuesdays, June through September.

Ellettsville Food Truck Wednesdays

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 4:30 PM-8:30 PM
Location: Marci Jane Lewis Park
Admission: Cost of your food

We are thrilled to announce Ellettsville Food Truck Wednesdays is back! We are looking for amateur musicians to perform during Food Truck Wednesdays.  If you are interested in performing, please call (812) 876-8008. 

Peoples Park Concert Series

Date: Thursday, June 1 to Thursday, August 31
Time: Recurring weekly on Thursday's, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
Location: Peoples Park
Admission: Free

Local, live music Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m. in Peoples Park. Check here to see the list of performers and dates. 

Bloomington Food Truck Friday

Date: Every Friday
Time: 11:00 AM-9:00 PM
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Cost of your food

Every Friday from 11 am - 9 pm, enjoy Bloomington's best food trucks in one place: Switchyard Park!

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Location: Showers Common
Admission: Free

Locally-grown produce, annual and perennial plants, and a variety of prepared foods are available.

Woolery Farmers' Market

Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Woolery Mill
Admission: Free

The Woolery Farmers' Market has a diversity of vendors and products. Enjoy fresh local produce, local meat and poultry, wild Alaskan salmon, dairy products including a wonderful selection of cheese, eggs, honey products, breads, baked goods, locally roasted coffee and specialty teas, beautiful flower bouquets, along with artisanal food and beverages from those small family businesses that you have grown to love.

Happy Hours on the Lawn at Switchyard 

Date: Friday, August 11
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Come see Joe Baughman + The Righteous Few, a Variety Show Folk Rock with Bryce Mullins, a solo fingerstyle guitar at Switchyard Park!

Switchyard Park Concert Series

Date: Friday, August 18
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

The concert will be a a tribute to Janiece Jaffe and a celebration of Janiece's life through music.


Samantha Hyde

Samantha Hyde

Samantha is the Digital Content Developer at Visit Bloomington. She is a proud recent graduate of Indiana University, a lover of concerts, watching Survivor, and is a pro tennis fanatic.