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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Events in Bloomington for August, 2016

Categories: B-town's Rainbow Flavor, Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Wine & Culinary, Live Music, Festivals

 August is a month of split personalities. It starts out a little quieter, still missing those IU students, and folks trying to cram in a few more fun activities during summer vacation. Then it ends with an influx of energetic students and more action throughout the campus and city. Throughout the month, there are events to help you hold on to summer for a little longer. Here are our top picks for August.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  

That lovable loser and the Peanuts gang come to life in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Presented by IU Theatre as part of the IU Summer Theatre, this family-friendly musical will show audiences what's important - who you are, not what you can or can't do. The show runs July 29-August 14, including some matinee performances for the younger set.

Charlie Brown



The 8th Annual Bloomington Comedy Festival

This local comedy contest began in late June but ends with the Semifinals and Finals in August! Laugh along during these final stages as we award the Funniest Person in Bloomington. One champion will be chosen!


Btown Comedy Fest



E.T. & Night of the Living Dead  

Relive those amazing childhood memories at the drive-in with two classics from your childhood. IU Cinema presents E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial film and Night of the Living Dead film on August 4 at the Starlite Drive-In.


ET Extraterrestrial





King Blue's BBQ & FunkFest

Combine great blues and funk music by local bands, delicious BBQ, tasty brews from Upland Brewing Co., plus plenty of space for dancing, and you have this family-friendly music festival that will keep your hips swaying and your face smiling. Held at Upland's Brewpub on August 6.

King Blues & BBQ





Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Festival  

Does Bloomington boogie? Most definitely, particularly on August 14. This festival pulls together top national boogie woogie musicians for a full day of lively music. There are two ticketed concerts at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington, plus a free performance on the patio and at local restaurants nearby.


Bloomington Boogies





Cork & Fork: live music series

The views alone are worth going, but the wine and music are pretty great too. Head to Oliver Winery's Creekbend Vineyard on August 6 to take in sweeping vistas while listening to Jon Strahl Band (blues, rock and soul). Oliver wines are available for purchase, as are tasty BBQ and sweets.

Cork and Fork



Btown Jazz Fest

Bloomington has a lot of great musicians (so many that it's almost unfair to the rest of the world) and that includes some talented jazz performers. This annual festival on the Courthouse lawn will pull together dozens of local musicians on August 20 for a full day of music.

Btown Jazz Fest





WonderLab After Dark 

Adults like to play too, and they'll get that chance at this over-21 event at WonderLab. The children's science museum is adults-only on the evening of August 26. They'll have tasty beverages and things to nibble on as you explore the museum. Have some wine then drink the grapevine climber!

Wonderlab After Dark






Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest 

It's a celebration of LGBTQ people and allies, and it's a whole lot of fun for everyone. Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest takes over Kirkwood Avenue on August 27 with live music, performances, food and drink, educational workshops, and interactive activities for all ages. Partake in some great discussions, show support for the LGBTQ community, or just have a great time at a fun street festival! All are welcome, and admission is free.

PRIDE Summerfest




Indiana Toy and Comic Expo

Fans of comics and unique toys will love this family-friendly event held at the Monroe Convention Center on August 28. You'll find comics, toys, panel discussions, cosplay contests, custom figure contests, plus a charity auction. And it's all just $5, though you'll probably spend quite a bit more buying from all the amazing vendors. Put on your costumes and get to the expo! 


Indiana Toy and Comic Expo


Julie Warren

Julie Warren

Julie was raised in Bloomington and attended IU, and all of that experience and knowledge comes in handy as the Director of Tourism. She loves live music, ice cream, swimming, craft beer, and of course her adorable family.