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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Top July Events

Categories: Family Fun, Festivals, Live Music

There's always something going on in B-Town! Check out the top events happening in July 2023, and consider spending two or three days with us this season.

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

Festivals & Special Events

Man performing stand-up at the Limestone Comedy Festival

Monroe County Fair

Date: Monday, July 3 to Sunday, July 9
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds

Enjoy a traditional county fair, complete with 4-H projects and competitions, a rodeo, loads of food vendors, a demolition derby, carnival rides, games, and more!

Summer Outdoor Movie Series at IU

Date: Friday, July 14
Time: 8:30 PM-11:00 PM
Location: Hamilton Lugar School Lawn
Admission: Free

Enjoy your favorite movies at the Summer Outdoor Movie Series on IU's beautiful campus. July's movie is Super Mario Bros. 

Switchyard Park Thursday Night Summer Music Series

Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Bring your family and friends to enjoy Shannon & The Clams with Say She She and Abby Jeanne, as well as food trucks, a beer garden, and more.

Movie Night at Flatwoods Park

Date: Friday, July 28
Time: 7:30 PM-10:30 PM
Location: Flatwoods Park
Admission: Free

Join them for a free showing of Raya and the Last Dragon. They will also have hotdog cookout & activities that will begin at 7:30pm, movie will begin at dusk. Don't forget to bring your own lawn chair.

Live Music & Performances

Live Music

Sundays in Bryan Park

Date: Sunday, July 2
Time: 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Location: Bryan Park
Admission: Free

The performers will be Jan Bell, an Americana country folk artist, and The Amanda Webb Band, a blues rock group. 

IU Sounds of Summer Outdoor Concert Series

Date: Friday, July 7 and Friday, July 21
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: Indiana Memorial Union: The Vault Pub Patio
Admission: Free

With an amazing lineup of talented musicians, refreshing drinks (beer & wine for 21+), tasty pub grub, and a fun, lively atmosphere, this is the perfect spot to soak up some good vibes.

Happy Hour on the Lawn at Switchyard

Date: Friday, July 14
Time: 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Kyle Billman & The Algoriddims-, a latin, caribbean, reggae, & funk rock group, will be performing with opener Moodaxo, with an R&B vocal performance and the cello.

The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Bastion Rose 
    • Date: Saturday, July 1
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM, show begins at 9:00 PM
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
  • Hank Ruff
    • Date: Friday, July 7
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 PM, show begins at 9:00 PM
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
The Bishop

Location: The Bishop

Enjoy live performances by the following artists:

  • Hurray for the Riff Raff with Squirrel Flower 
    • Date: Thursday, July 13
    • Time: 9:30 PM
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket in advance, $25.00 per ticket at the door
  • MJ Lenderman with Stryofoam Winos 
    • Date: Thursday, July 20
    • Time: 9:30 PM
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Shows

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy the family friendly film:

  • SING 
    • Date: Saturday, July 8
    • Time: 10:30 AM, 3:30 PM
    • Admission: $6.00 per ticket
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Martin Urbano's Comedy Attic Debut!
    • Date: Friday, July 7 & Saturday, July 8
    • Time: 7:00 PM, 9:15 PM
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket for students, $18.00 per ticket for general admission
The Fairfax Bar & Grill

Location: The Fairfax

Enjoy music  by the following acts:

  • Soul Street - Summer Shakedown Live Band Dance Party
    • Date: Saturday, July 15
    • Time: 8:00 PM-11:00 PM
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket 
  • Pam Thrash Retro Prom: Back to the 80s! A benefit event for Hoosier Hills Food Bank
    • Date: Saturday, July 29
    • Time: 8:00 PM-11:00 PM
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket 


Golf at Eagle Pointe

LPGA Amateurs Championship Finals

Enjoy an exciting weekend at the The Pfau Course:

  • Date: Thursday, July 27 to Saturday, July 29
  • Time: Times vary
  • Admission: Free and open to the public

Exhibits & Other Area Happenings

Comic strip exhibit at Dimensions Gallery

July Gallery Walk Reception | Kelli Connell | Double Life, 20 Years

Date: Friday, July 7
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
Location: FAR Center for Contemporary Arts
Admission: Free

Join us Friday July 7th for the reception. Beer and wine, along with food from Maiz Columbiana for sale. The event is free and open to the public. 

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, July 14
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
Location: Various downtown galleries
Admission: Free

Experience an exciting night of the arts as fourteen distinct galleries stay open late to host special exhibits and serve refreshments.


farmers market bline

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.

Summers at Oliver Winery

Date: Recurring daily
Time: Times vary
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: Prices vary depending on the experience

Join us this summer at Oliver Winery and choose from a variety of experiences that are sure to make for the perfect summer outing!

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.

Bringing Back Dance to B-Town: MODE and the First National Congress of Blacks in Dance

Date: Recurring every week day
Time: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Location: Wells Library
Admission: Free

This exhibit showcases records documenting when, in 1973, MODE and IU’s Black Music Center partnered to organize The First National Congress of Blacks in Dance at Indiana University. 

Summer Music Festival

Date: Recurring every week day
Time: Times vary
Location: IU Jacobs School of Music
Admission: Free

The festival features a terrific variety of music—voices and violins, saxophones and pianos; even Dido and Aeneas will make an appearance.

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: 200 N. Sale Street
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!

Sundays in Bryan Park

Date: Sunday, July 2
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Location: Bryan Park
Admission: Free

Come watch Jan Bell, an Americana country folk artist, and The Amanda Webb Band, a blues rock group, perform at Bryan Park.

Looking for more events in July and beyond? Check out these pages:
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, traveling, and is a pro tennis fanatic.