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Monday, June 20, 2022

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 2022, and consider spending two or three days with us this season.

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


Fourth of July Events

fireworks at monroe lake

Ellettsville Fireworks

Date: Saturday, July 2
Time: Dusk
Location: Edgewood Schools Campus
Admission: Free

Enjoy a fireworks show in Ellettsville ahead of July 4!
 

Lake Lemon Fireworks

Date: Sunday, July 3
Time: 10:00 pm
Location: Riddle Point Park
Admission: Free

Watch fireworks explode over Lake Lemon during Fourth of July weekend.
 

Downtown Bloomington Fourth of July Parade

Date: Monday, July 4
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Downtown Bloomington
Admission: Free

Enjoy downtown Bloomington's annual Fourth of July Parade!


Festivals & Special Events

Man performing stand-up at the Limestone Comedy Festival

14th Annual Bloomington Comedy Festival

Date: Wednesday, June 8 through Thursday, August 25
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: The Comedy Attic
Admission: $10.00 per ticket per show | $40.00 per person for a summer pass

Join The Comedy Attic on Wednesday and Thursday nights all summer long as 40 comedians compete for the title of Funniest Person in Bloomington!
 

Monroe County Fair

Date: Monday, June 27 through Saturday, July 2
Time: Various times — find the full schedule here
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: $12.00 per advance ticket | $15.00 per ticket at the gate

Enjoy a 4-H Family Fun Night, a rodeo, four-wheeler & go-kart races, a demolition derby, your favorite fair food, and more at the annual Monroe County Fair.
 

USA International Harp Competition

Date: Wednesday, June 29 through Saturday, July 9
Time: Various times — find the full schedule here
Location: Various venues — find the full list here
Admission: Free-$25.00 per ticket depending on the event

Watch 45 international contestants compete in the 12th annual USA International Harp Competition.
 

Cat Video Fest

Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $6.00-$8.00 per ticket 

Enjoy a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses — 10% of proceeds to benefit the Monroe County Humane Association.


Live Music & Performances

Live Music

Happy Hour on the Lawn

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

Enjoy live music by Busman's Holiday at Switchyard Park — beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase.
 

The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Jake Dodds
    • Date: Friday, July 1
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $7.00-$10.00 per ticket
       
  • Son Volt
    • Date: Saturday, July 2
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 per ticket
       
  • Ward Davis
    • Date: Thursday, June 9
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per single ticket / $10.00 per ticket purchased as a four-pack
       
  • Hyryder
    • Date: Friday, Jul 8
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00 per ticket
       
  • Thunderstruck
    • Date: Saturday, July 9
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
  • Lost Dog Street Band
    • Date: Friday, July15
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 per ticket
       
  • Hank Ruff
    • Date: Saturday, July 16
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Southern Accents
    • Date: Saturday, July 30
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Shows

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy live performances by the following artists:

  • Broken Robots 
    • Date: Friday, July 22
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Josh Gondelman
    • Date: Friday, July 8 & Saturday, July 9
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket
       
  • Pat Regan
    • Date: Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket
       
  • Solomon Georgio
    • Date: Friday, July 22 & Saturday, July 23
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket
       
  • Kyle Kinane
    • Date: Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30
    • Time: 8:00 pm on Thursday | 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm on Friday and Saturday
    • Admission: $25.00-$30.00 per ticket
       
Peoples Park Concert Series

Date: Every Thursday through August 25
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: Peoples Park on Kirkwood Avenue
Admission: Free

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • July 7: Derrick Weidner & Olivia Doyle
  • July 14: Will Holler
  • July 21: Russian Cowboy
  • July 28: Limestone Nomad
     
Sundays in Bryan Park Concert Series

Date: Every other Sunday in July and August
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Location: Bryan Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • July 10: The Superchief Band / Phree Band
  • July 24: Daily Bread and Butter / Amanda Biggs & Co.
     
Switchyard Park Concert Series

Date: Select Fridays through October
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • July 22: The Long Seasons / Heartland


SPORTING EVENTS

Racing at Bloomington Speedway
Photo Courtesy of Bloomington Speedway

Bloomington Speedway Races

Enjoy an exciting night of motorsports at the Bloomington Speedway:

  • Friday Night Racing
    • Date: Friday, July 8 & 15
    • Time: Gates open at 5:00 pm, racing starts at 7:30 pm
    • Admission: Call (812) 824-7400 for details
       
  • Indiana Sprint Week
    • Date: Friday, July 29
    • Time: Gates open at 5:00 pm, racing starts at 7:30 pm
    • Admission: Call (812) 824-7400 for details


Exhibits & Other Area Happenings

Comic strip exhibit at Dimensions Gallery

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, July 1
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: Various downtown art galleries
Admission: Free

Enjoy local & regional art and Bloomington's vibrant downtown scene during Gallery Walk. Ten downtown art galleries participate in the event — stroll through the heart of Bloomington as you admire various works at each location.
 

Mimesis by Claire Warden

Date: Friday, June 3 through Friday, August 26
Time: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Pictura Gallery
Admission: Free

Claire Warden created her Mimesis exhibit by physically manipulating sheets of photographic film to create black and white abstract forms, resulting in celestial compositions.
 


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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, Millennial cat lady, and Formula 1 enthusiast. 

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