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Friday, June 21, 2019

Top July Events

Categories: Family Fun, Festivals, Live Music

Theatre in Bloomington 

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Performing Arts Series Presents: Fridays in the Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park: July 5 & July 12 | Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

IU Summer Theatre Presents: Little Shop of Horrors: Dates Vary | Wells-Metz Theater | Times Vary 

IU Summer Theatre Presents: Little Women | Dates Vary | Wells-Metz Theater | Times Vary

IU Summer Theatre Presents: Sticks and Stones, a new musical by Emily Goodson: Dates Vary | Wells-Metz Theater | Times Vary


Music in Bloomington


Concerts at People's Park: Every Tuesday | People's Park | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Jake Dodds with Cody Ikerd: July 3 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

USA International Harp Competition: July 3 | IU Jacobs School of Music | 5:00 pm
The annual event is back! Enjoy harp music performed by harpists from across the globe. This is a 10-day competition where contestants compete in four stages. Each stage is open to the public

Jazz in July: Dates Vary | Conrad Prebys Amphitheater | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

King Bee and The Stingers Live at Oliver Winery: July 6 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tim Buchanan/Post Pink/Casual Hex/Bugg: July 10 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Thunderstruck AC/DC Tribute: July 13 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Atlys feat. Travis Puntarelli: July 13 | Pictura Gallery | 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
Atlys is a classically-trained, all-female string quartet. This is sure to be a concert that you won't forget! 

Davis & Devitt Live at Oliver Winery: July 13 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Junior Brown: July 13 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

And the Kids with the Harmleighs: July 15 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

New Song Concert: July 17 | Bloomington Reformed Presbyterian Church | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hyryder - Grateful Dead Tribute: July 19 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Sarah & Tim Tryon: July 20 | The Cabin Restaurant and Lounge | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jam out to high energy classic rock with great food on the outside deck at The Cabin. 

Southern Accents - Tom Petty Tribute (with All Access): July 20 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Zion Crossroads Live at Oliver Winery: July 20 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Amanda Webb Band Live at Oliver Winery: July 27 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Film in Bloomington

Buskirk Chumley Summer

Movies in the Park Presents: The Incredibles 2: July 18 | Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park | 9:10 pm - 11:15 pm
Come with a blanket and picnic in hand for the free movie of the month! Movies begin at dusk, the event is free. Rain dates for the movies are August 23 and October 5. For up-to-minute info, call the Community Events Hotline at (812) 349-3754. 

Movies at Buskirk-Chumley Theater: Dates Vary | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary

Outdoor Film Series at Indiana University: Every Saturday | Conrad Prebys Amphitheater | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Every Saturday the Indiana Memorial Union is bringing you a new movie. It could be a classic or one that just came out of the theater and isn't even on DVD! Attendees may bring blanket and refreshments, concessions will be sold as well. In the case of rain, the event will take place at the Whittenberger Auditorium inside the IMU. 


Around Bloomington

Courthouse Summer

Monroe County Fair: June 29 - July 7 | Monroe County Fairgrounds | Times TBA
Enjoy a classic county fair with carnival rides, loads of food, and 4-H competitions. 

Tuesday Market: Every Tuesday, June 4 - September 24 | 6th Street & Madison Street (next to Westside Bloomingfoods Market) | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Experience the weekday version of the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market. It will be here through September right next to the westside Bloomingfoods.

B-Town Boom Block Party & Fireworks: July 3 | Courthouse Square | 5:00 pm

Graduate Bloomington Fourth of July Spectacular: July 3 | Graduate Bloomington | 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Ellettsville Fireworks: July 3 | Edgewood High School | Dusk

Fourth of July Parade: July 4 | Courthouse Square | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bloomington Food Truck Friday: Every Friday | The Dimension Mill | 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Fireworks at the Bloomington Speedway: July 5 | Bloomington Speedway | 5:30 pm

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration at Lake Lemon: July 5 | Lake Lemon | 9:00 pm


Laurie Kilamartin's Comedy Attic Return!: July 5 - 6 | The Comedy Attic | 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market: Every Saturday, April 6 - November 23 | Showers Common | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Messy Mania: July 9 | Bryan Park | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get messy with hands-on activities that are fun for all ages. In the case of rain, the event will be pushed to July 10 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Ramy Youssef, Creator and Star of "Ramy" on Hulu: July 11 - 13 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary
Creator, co-producer, and star of Hulu's new hit show, "Ramy" is coming to Bloomington! His hour-long comedy special will air on HBO. Ramy previously made his late night TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Community Festival: July 13 | The Artisan Alley | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Fair of the Arts: July 13 | Showers Plaza | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

See the Abilities 5K: July 20 | Karst Farm Park Soccer Complex | 8:00 am - 10:30 am 
Come and join LIFEDesigns for our See the Abilities 5K! Every race participant will be entered to win BIG raffle prizes!! Kids ages 5 - 12 are $20, ages 13+ are $30. 

Uncork the Uplands: July 20 | Oliver Winery Creekbend Vineyard | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm 
Join Oliver Winery at Creekbend Vineyard for the 9th Annual Uncork the Uplands. Experience the story of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail wineries and the grapes we grow within the stretch of Southern Indiana we affectionately like to call Indiana's Wine Country. Gather with friends in the vineyards, savor regional cuisine (by Jame Beard-recognized chef David Tallent) and sip on a glass of your favorite wine – all while chatting with the farmers and winemakers who harvest the very best this area has to offer. There will also be live music! Tickets are $125 (+tax).

Annual Summer Texas Longhorn Show: July 27 | Monroe County Fair | 9:00 am 

SPARK Weekend: July 27 | FAR Center for Contemporary Art | 9:00 am - 11:00 pm 
Self-discovery meets celebration. SPARK Weekend is an impactful personal growth conference where women from every walk of life can come together to redefine their self-worth and gain a new perspective on creating a joyful life. Tickets and more information here


Nia Jones

Nia Jones

Nia is Visit Bloomington’s Content Coordinator. As soon as she stepped foot on IU's campus, she realized she found a forever-home in Bloomington. Her favorite thing about B-Town is the diversity and culture that is found in this small town in the Midwest.  She enjoys exploring new places around town and cheering on the Hoosiers.