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Monday, April 25, 2022

Top May Events

Categories: Festivals, General, Indiana University, Arts & Culture

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

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


Man performing stand-up at the Limestone Comedy Festival

Pili's Cinco de Mayo Block Party

Date: Thursday, May 5
Time: 12:00-8:00 pm
Location: 4th Street between Walnut & Washington Streets
Admission: Free

Enjoy authentic Mexican food, fun contests, and live music during Pili's Cinco de Mayo block party!

Venice Reimaged: A Day of Renaissance Glass Blowing, Music & More

Date: Friday, April 1 through Saturday, May 28
Time: 1:00-5:00 pm
Location: Bloomington Creative Glass Center
Admission: Free

Experience an afternoon of glass blowing demonstrations, live music, sword fighting, storytelling, and hands-on-crafts for all ages at Venice Reimagined.

Limestone Comedy Festival

Date: Thursday, May 12 through Saturday, May 14
Time: Various times — find the full schedule here
Location: Various venues — find the full list here
Admission: $15.00-$175.00 per ticket or package — find all options here

Enjoy the annual Limestone Comedy Festival in which over 50 comedians from across the nation perform at The Comedy Attic and other Bloomington venues. 

A Fair of the Arts

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 8:00am-1:00 pm
Location: Showers Plaza
Admission: Free

Shop handmade art and fine crafts by local & regional artists at A Fair of the Arts during the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market.

Harrodsburg Heritage Days Festival

Date: Friday, May 20 through Saturday, May 21
Time: 4:00-9:30 pm on Friday | 10:00 am-10:00 pm on Saturday
Location: Harrodsburg Community Center
Admission: Free

Enjoy the Heritage Days Festival at neighboring Monroe County town, Harrodsburg, which features a parade, carnival games & rides, arts & crafts booths, food vendors, and live entertainment.

Bloomington Early Music Festival

Date: Sunday, May 22 through Friday, May 27
Time: Various times — find the full schedule here
Location: Various venues — find the full list here
Admission: Free

Attend up to 15 concerts and six workshops during the Bloomington Early Music Festival, whose theme is Celebrating Women in Early Music this year.


Buskirk-Chumley Theatre

The Wanderers

Date: May 5, 7, 12, 14, and 15
Time: 7:30 pm on May 5, 7, 12, and 14 | 3:00 pm on May 15
Location: Waldron Arts Center
Admission: $25.00 per ticket

Enjoy a performance of Anna Ziegler's play, The Wanderers, a play telling the story of two couples who seem to be quite different on the surface, but may be more similar than one would think.

Milonga (Tango Dance Party)

Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 7:00 pm-12:00 am
Location: FAR Center for Contemporary Arts
Admission: $10.00-$20.00 per ticket

Enjoy tango lessons, live music from Tamango & Yaz Trio, and a DJ set at Milonga!

Fortunato Heist

Date: Weekends of May 13-14 and 19-21
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomington Playwrights Project
Admission: $15.00-$25.00 per ticket

Attend a performance of Fortunato Heist, a play about a band of criminals who reunite to steal a sacred diamond from a dangerous international art thief.

Buskirk-Chumley Theater Shows

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy live performances by the following artists:

  • Steven Page (Formerly of Barenaked Ladies) 
    • Date: Wednesday, May 4
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $30.00-$50.00 per ticket
  • Judy Collins 
    • Date: Thursday, May 19
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $40.00-$72.00 per ticket
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Neil Hamburger
    • Date: Wednesday, May 4
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $16.00-$20.00 per ticket
Peoples Park Concert Series

Date: Every Thursday beginning May 12
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: Peoples Park on Kirkwood Avenue
Admission: Free

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists as part of the Peoples Park Concert Series:

  • May 12: Radio Abyss
  • May 19: Martinie & Handel
  • May 26: Coot Crabtree


IU Baseball
Photo Courtesy of IU Athletics

IU Baseball
  • vs. Illinois
    • Date: Weekend of April 29-May 1
    • Time: 7:00 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
  • vs. Minnesota
    • Date: Weekend of May 13-15
    • Time: 7:00 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
  • vs. Illinois State
    • Date: Tuesday, May 17
    • Time: 6:00 pm
    • Location: Bart Kaufman Field
    • Admission: Free-$14.00 per ticket depending on age

IU Softball
  • vs. Illinois
    • Date: Weekend of April 29-May 1
    • Time: 6:00 pm on Friday | 6:00 pm on Saturday | 1:00 pm on Sunday
    • Location: Andy Mohr Field
    • Admission: Free​


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

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, May 6
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.

Michael Sherwin: Vanishing Points

Date: Friday, April 1 through Saturday, May 28
Time: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Pictura Gallery
Admission: Free

Experience a photography exhibit by Michael Sherwin in which significant sites of Indigenous American presence are on display.



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.