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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Top March Events

Categories: Events, Arts & Culture, Festivals, General, Wine & Culinary

There's always something going on in B-Town! Check out the top events happening in March 2022, and consider spending two or three days with us this season.

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


FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

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An Evening with Saidiya Hartman

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: Free

Award-winning author and scholar of African American literature & cultural history, Saidiya Hartman, will give a public talk regarding her work, followed by a conversation with Walton Muyumba, Professor of English at Indiana University, and an audience Q&A.
 

TEDxIndianaUniversity: Playground

Date: Friday, March 4
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $25.00 per ticket

Attend Bloomington's seventh annual TEDx conference with themes of remembrance, rediscovery, and reflection.
 

SECS Fest Midwest

Date: Thursday, March 4 & Friday, March 5
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free — Adults (18+) only

SECS Fest Midwest presents highlights from the 2021 SECS Fest, a sex-positive, international film festival celebrating the artistry of erotic cinema, focusing on work by feminist and queer filmmakers. 
 

Heirloom Seed Savers Showcase & Exchange

Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Wylie House
Admission: Free

Attend a presentation and facilitated discussion with avid heirloom seed collectors and knowledge keepers, followed by an informal seed exchange.
 

Indiana Maple Weekend

Date: Saturday, March 12
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Community Historic Site
Admission: Free

Visit the historic farmstead to tour the sugaring operations, enjoy refreshments made with maple syrup inside the house built in 1892, and sample & purchase a variety of maple-related goods.
 

High Proof Laughs

Date: Sunday, March 13
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Cardinal Spirits
Admission: $10.00 per ticket — Masks & proof of vaccination required

Attend High Proof Laughs, a live comedy series at Cardinal Spirits in collaboration with Limestone Comedy Festival in which top-notch comedy is paired with craft cocktails and delicious food. 
 

Summer Camp: On the Road

Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Bluebird
Admission: $6.00 per ticket

Summer Camp Music Festival is coming to Bloomington in search of the best artists in the area! Listen to and vote for your favorite local musicians as they compete for a spot in the music festival.
 

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Date: Saturday, March 19 & Sunday, March 20
Time: 7:00 pm on Saturday | 5:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $18.00-$33.00 per ticket

Celebrate amazing achievements in outdoor storytelling and filmmaking worldwide during the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival.
 

Hoosier Films Annual Festival

Date: Thursday, March 24 through Sunday, March 27
Time: Times vary — find the full schedule here
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: Prices vary — find all ticketing information here

Celebrate Indiana filmmaking during the Hoosier Films Annual Festival, comprised of dozens of screenings, including a feature film each evening, two full days of themed short film blocks, and other special events.
 

Little 500 Qualifications

Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Attend the official qualifying event for the 2022 Little 500 race in April.


LIVE MUSIC & PERFORMANCES

Comedy Attic

Martha Graham Dance Company

Date: Tuesday, March 1
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $15.00-$52.00 per ticket

Enjoy a modern dance performance by the internationally-acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company.
 

The Mountaintop

Date: Every Thursday-Sunday from March 3-20
Time: 7:30 pm on Thursday & Friday | 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm on Saturday | 2:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Waldron Arts Center
Admission: Pay What You Will, $1.00-$75.00 per ticket

Experience a performance of The Mountaintop, a play that reimagines the events the night before Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination at the Lorraine Motel. 
 

La Rondine

Date: Friday, March 4 & Saturday, March 5; Thursday, March 10 & Friday, March 11
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $16.00-$43.00 per ticket

Enjoy La Rondine, an opera performed by IU's Jacobs School of Music.
 

Blue Man Group

Date: Wednesday, March 23 & Thursday, March 24
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $17.00-$79.00 per ticket

Experience an eclectic performance by the iconic Blue Man Group.
 

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Date: Friday, March 25
Time: 8:00-10:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $15.00-$61.00 per ticket

Attend a performance by the Grammy Award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
 

Singing Hoosiers Spring Concert

Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $10.00-$25.00 per ticket

Swing into spring with a performance of new & old music accompanied by sparkling choreography at the Singing Hoosiers Spring Concert.
 

Ada and the Engine

Date: Thursday, March 31
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Waldron Arts Center
Admission: Pay What You Will, $1.00-$75.00 per ticket

Attend a performance of Ada and the Engine, a play that tells the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, a woman mathematician now recognized as the world's first computer programmer.
 

The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Town Mountain
    • Date: Thursday, March 3
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • Jukebox Luke
    • Date: Friday, March 4
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Hank Ruff
    • Date: Saturday, March 5
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Hairbangers Ball
    • Date: Friday, March 11
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per single ticket, $12.00 per ticket in a four-pack
       
  • Hyryder (Grateful Dead Tribute)
    • Date: Saturday, March 12
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Southern Accents (Tom Petty Tribute)
    • Date: Friday, March 18
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per single ticket, $12.00 per ticket in a four-pack
       
  • Lanco
    • Date: Saturday, March 26
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • Charley Crockett
    • Date: Sunday, March 27
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 per ticket
       
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Shows

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy live performances by the following artists:

  • Todd Snider
    • Date: Wednesday, March 9
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00-$30.00 per ticket
       
  • Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
    • Date: Sunday, March 13
    • Time: 5:00 pm
    • Admission: $9.00-$21.00 per ticket
       
  • Sam Bush Band
    • Date: Thursday, March 17
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $45.00-$65.00 per ticket
       
  • Robert Cray
    • Date: Tuesday, March 22
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $45.00-$60.00 per ticket
       
  • Joseph
    • Date: Sunday, March 27
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00-$35.00 per ticket
       
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Robin Tran
    • Date: Friday, March 4 & Saturday, March 5
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm
    • Admission: $12.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
  • Greg Warren
    • Date: Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm
    • Admission: $15.00-$20.00 per ticket
       
  • Greg Warren's Kid-Friendly Matinee
    • Date: Saturday, March 12
    • Time: 4:30 pm
    • Admission: $10.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
  • Russell Howard
    • Date: Sunday, March 13 & Monday, March 14
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 per ticket
       
  • Nimesh Patel
    • Date: Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 per ticket
       
  • Moses Storm
    • Date: Friday, March 25 & Saturday, March 26
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm
    • Admission: $12.00-$15.00 per ticket


SPORTING EVENTS

IU Baseball

IU Men's Basketball
  • vs. Rutgers
IU Baseball
  • vs. Miami
    • Date: Tuesday, March 1
    • Time: 4:00 pm
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age
  • vs. Cincinnati
    • Date: Tuesday, March 8
    • Time: 4:00 pm
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age
       
  • vs. Purdue Fort Wayne
    • Date: Wednesday, March 9
    • Time: 4:00 pm
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age
       
  • vs. Kentucky
    • Date: Tuesday, March 15
    • Time: 5:00 pm
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age
       
  • vs. Xavier
    • Date: Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20
    • Time: 5:00 pm on Friday | 12:00 pm on Saturday | 2:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age
       
  • vs. Indiana State
    • Date: Tuesday, March 22
    • Time: 5:00 pm
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age
       
  • vs. Evansville
    • Date: Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27
    • Time: 5:00 pm on Friday | 2:00 pm on Saturday | 1:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age

IU Softball
  • vs. Valparaiso
    • Date: Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6
    • Time: 1:00 pm on Saturday | 3:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free
  • vs. Western Illinois
    • Date: Saturday, March 5 & Sunday, March 6
    • Time: 3:30 pm on Saturday | 12:30 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free
       
  • vs. Kent State
    • Date: Wednesday, March 30
    • Time: 4:00 pm
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free


EXHIBITS & OTHER AREA HAPPENINGS

People Enjoying Art At Grunwald Gallery of Art In Bloomington, IN

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, March 4
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.
 

Pelle Cass: About an Hour

Date: Friday, February 4 through Saturday, March 26
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: Pictura Gallery
Admission: Free

Experience a photography exhibit by Pelle Cass in which various images compress the action of one hour into a single photograph.
 

Pioneer Quilts from Hoosier Country

Date: Tuesday, February 1 through Saturday, March 26
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County History Center
Admission: $2.00 per adult, $1.00 per student, free for members and children ages four & younger

Explore an exhibit of quilts, some dating back to the nineteenth century, at the Monroe County History Center.
 


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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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