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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Top January Events

Categories: Outdoors, General, Family Fun, Events, Arts & Culture, Festivals

Ahh, it's the start of a new year which brings a fresh start, new year resolutions, and new events in town! Some classic January events are back, such as the First Day Trail Run and Walk, but there are some new events to look forward to like Freezefest! Check out what's in store for the first month of the year below. 

Theater in Bloomington

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Ascendant: January 22 - January 25 | Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center | 7:30 pm

The Roommate: January 30 - February 16 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Fire Bay | Times Vary
This smart new comedy tackles the challenges of mid-life reinvention, with unexpected results. “The Roommate tugs at the heartstrings as much as it tickles the funny bone.” ~ Louisville.com

Music in Bloomington


The Prince Experience: January 4 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Advance Base with Sinai Vessel and Mike Adams: January 12 | The Bishop | 8:00 pm

Will Orchard // Dogwood Lung // Dropsy: January 13 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Clayton Anderson: January 18 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Minnesota Orchestra: January 22 | IU Auditorium | 8:00 pm
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, now in its second century and led by music director Osmo Vänskä, ranks among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world.

The Grammy Award-Winning Rebirth Brass Band: January 24 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm
Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution.

Southern Accents - Tom Petty Tribute: January 25 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Henhouse Prowlers: January 29 | The Bishop | 8:00 pm

Red Not Chili Peppers: January 29 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Country Fuzz presents The Cadillac Three: January 30 | The Bluebird | 7:00 pm

Back 2 Mac - Fleetwood Mac Tribute: January 31 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm 

Sports in Bloomington

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IU Women's Basketball vs. Illinois: January 6 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern: January 8 | Simon Skojodt Assembly Hall | 7:00 pm
Cheer on the Hoosiers as they take on Northwestern. It is Teacher/Educator Appreciation Night (special ticket offer and IU swag available). It is also Boy Scout/Cub Scout Night (special ticket offer and IU swag item available) and Bloomington Community Partners Night! 

IU Women's Basketball vs. Purdue: January 9 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Wrestling vs. Iowa: January 10 | Wilkinson Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Men's Basketball vs. Ohio State: January 11 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 12:00 pm
Cheer on the Hoosier as they take on Ohio State on Men's Basketball Alumni Reunion Night! All former players will be recognized during halftime.

IU Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern: January 16 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Wrestling vs. Purdue: January 20 | Wilkinson Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Men's Basketball vs. Michigan State: January 23 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 8:30 pm

IU Swimming & Diving vs. Purdue: January 25 | Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center | 11:00 am

IU Men's Basketball vs. Maryland: January 26 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 1:00 pm

IU Women's Basketball vs. Minnesota: January 27 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 6:00 pm

IU Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin: January 30 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Wrestling vs. Wisconsin: January 31 | Wilkinson Hall | Time TBA

Film in Bloomington

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me with Ray Wise & Sheryl Lee: January 11 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 2:00 pm
A screening of David Lynch’s 1992 film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me followed by an audience Q&A with actors Ray Wise (Leland Palmer) & Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) and an autograph/picture session.

Family Disney Trivia and Movie Night: The Lion King (2019): January 25 | Switchyard Park Pavillion | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Around Bloomington


7th Annual First Day Trail Run & Walk: January 1 | Fairfax State Recreation Area | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Monroe Lake will host its 7th annual First Day Trail Run and Walk at Fairfax State Recreation Area. The event is non-competitive (untimed) and has two distance options, 3.7 miles, and 1.3 miles. Registration is $15 per person and includes a post-event appetizer buffet and a ticket for the prize drawing.

History Center Holiday Sale: October 29, 2019 - January 11, 2020 | Monroe County History Center | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Find your new favorite decoration or the perfect gift for that special someone.

Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market: December 7 - March 28 | Switchyard Park Pavillion | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Now entering its 16th year, the Bloomington Winter Farmers Market is the oldest in the state of Indiana. The Winter Market has a variety of vendors and products including fresh produce, local meat, beeswax candles, artisan breads and baked goods, and more.

Freezefest: January 6 - January 11 | Various Locations | Times Vary
Bloomington's inaugural Freezefest is a community celebration designed to beat the winter doldrums with fun interactive activities for the entire family to enjoy together. Check out freezefest.com for more info. 

Stewart Huff Returns to Bloomington!: January 9 - January 11 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

B-Town Ice Battle Party: January 10 | Upland Brewpub | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ice of America brings their talented and award-winning artists to the Upland Stage for an all ages, interactive ice sculpting show, unlike anything you've ever seen before! Trust us, this is an event you won't want to miss. 

Ice Carvers Artist Talk & Breakfast: January 10 | The Mill, Event Hall | 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Join us for FREE breakfast and hear from internationally recognized master ice carvers of Bloomington’s inaugural Freezefest 2020.

Poetry Slam: January 10 | The Bishop | 8:30 pm

Freezefest Tie-Dye Workshop at Artisan Alley: January 11 | Dimensions Gallery | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
During the inaugural Freezefest, Artisan Alley will be offering a free workshop to learn how to make tie-dye designs of all types. This event will be coinciding with a live ice sculpture just outside on the B-line trail, and we will have warm cocoa, as well as Sober Joe Coffee Co, and Friendly Beasts Cider Company and live music by DJ Cruze CTRL aka Joshua Thomas. 

Freezefest: Super Cold Science at WonderLab: January 11 | WonderLab Museum | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
WonderLab Museum, in partnership with Freezefest, is hosting a full day of icy, wintry fun. Explore extremely cool science through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and exhibits.

IU Health Freezefest Warming Station: January 11 | Dimension Mill | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Come and warm up during Freezefest at the Dimension Mill. IU Health will be serving free hot chocolate to visitors (with all of the fixings), and you can say hi to some familiar family movie favorites. 

United Way Chilly Cook-Off: January 11 | The Mill | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
United Way is hosting a Chilly Cook-Off featuring novice and seasoned home cooks along with professionals who will share their favorite chili recipes with the community.

Winter Palooza: January 11 | Switchyard Park | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Experience our midwestern winter wonderland at Switchyard Park! Try your hand at popular winter Olympics sport, curling, watch ice carvers create sculptures as part of Freezefest. Play games, create some winter crafts, enjoy local food trucks and more!

Alex Moffat from Saturday Night Live!: January 16 - January 18 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Ebb & Flow: Indiana's Lost and Forgotten Waters: January 17 | Herman B Wells Libary | 8:00 am 

New & Next: A Faculty Show Celebrating the 125th  Anniversary of the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design: January 17 | Grunwald Gallery | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Afternoon with Viola Davis: January 20 | Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall | 4:00 pm

The Incomparable Jimmy Pardo: January 24 - January 25 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

2nd Annual Bald Eagle Driving Tour: January 26 | Paynetown State Recreation Center | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monroe Lake is hosting a Bald Eagle Driving Tour on the afternoon of Sunday, January 26, headquartered at Paynetown State Recreation Area.

Indiana Retold: January 28 & January 30 | Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center | 7:00 pm 
There is no single story of the Hoosier state; rather, our collective story is shaped by the myriad individual narratives of those who have contributed to life, culture, and community in Indiana. Indiana Retold brings together leading contemporary figures from across the state with IU students to share their personal stories of struggle and success, alienation and acceptance, ignorance and understanding.


Nia Jones

Nia Jones