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Friday, April 12, 2019

Top May Events in Bloomington

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

Theater in Bloomington

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Cherry Docs: May 8 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | 7:30 pm

Cardinal Stage presents "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley": May 10 - May 26 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | Times Vary

Bring the entire family to sing along to this hilarious play. 

To Quiet the Quiet: May 11 - May 25 | Bloomington Playwrights Project | 7:30 pm


Music in Bloomington


Khruangbin | Sudan Archives | Huckleberry Funk: May 10 | The Bluebird | 6:00 pm

This performance is sure to be one to remember. This concert is part of the Granfalloon festival. 

Granfalloon: Outdoor Music Fest

Granfalloon 2019 concludes with an outdoor extravaganza of music, festival fun, and delicious local libations featuring Neko Case, Parquet Courts, and Durand Jones & The Indications. 

The Mountain Goats: May 12 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm

Music in Bloom New Music Festival: May 16 - May 18 | Locations Vary | Times Vary

Colter Wall: May 16 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Saskatchewan-born Americana musician Colter Wall is coming to Bloomington to put on an unforgettable performance. Enter here for your chance to win tickets! 

Throne of Iron | Paladin | Knights of the Forge: May 16 | The Bishop | 9:30 pm

Nature Sounds: From Music to Medicine: May 17 | Reverend Ernest D. Butler Park | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Jo Dee Messina: May 17 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Bloomington Early Music Festival: May 17 - May 25 | Locations Vary | Times Vary

Myspace Emo Prom at The Bluebird: May 18 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

A Thousand Words: May 19 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:00 pm

Fat Pockets at Oliver Winery: May 25 | Oliver Winery | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Enjoy Bloomington funk band, Fat Pockets perform live on the Oliver Winery patio. 

Craig Thurston at Oliver Winery: May 26 | Oliver Winery | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte: May 30 - June 1 | First United Church | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Soulstricken at The Bluebird: May 31 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm


Film in Bloomington 

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

IU Cinema: Dates Vary | IU Cinema | Times Vary


Sports in Bloomington

IU Baseball

Big Ten Softball Tournament: May 9 - May 11 | Andy Mohr Field | Times Vary

IU Baseball vs. Louisville: May 14 | Bart Kaufman Field | 7:05 pm

2019 Force 5 North American Sailing Championship: May 16 - May 18 | Bloomington Yacht Club at Lake Lemon | 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Watch over 100 sailors from North America compete for the title. 

IU Baseball vs. Rutgers: May 16 - May 18 | Bart Kaufman Field | Times Vary


Around Bloomington

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

There isn't anyone who is not excited about the farmer's market's return. Check out this blog to make sure you are prepared for Indiana's largest farmers' market. 

Hari Kondabolu: May 2 - May 4 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Bloomington Food Truck Friday: Every Friday, May 3 - October 25 | The Dimension Mill | 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Every Friday, Bloomington's food trucks are all in one spot for you to enjoy! 

Mothers & Daughters Mother's Day Flowers: May 8 | Bloomington Creative Glass Center | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Granfalloon: A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence: May 9 - May 10 | Various Locations | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The 2nd annual weekend-long festival is a multi-day Kurt Vonnegut, one of the Hoosier state's most famous authors,  inspired celebration to kick off the summer arts season. There will be musical performances, academic panels, keynote addresses from Vonnegut scholars, and other creative activities. Guests include Neko Case, Dave Eggers, and Durand Jones & The Indications. 

RELATED CONTENT: Know Before You Go: Granfalloon

The Sklar Brothers Return!: May 9 - May 11 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Granfalloon: An Evening with Dave Eggers: May 10 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dave Eggers will present the keynote public talk for the 2019 Granfalloon festival.

A Fair of the Arts: Every second Saturday, May 11 - October 12 | Showers Common | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrate local and regional artists at A Fari of the Arts. Located at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market on every second Saturday check out sales, demonstrations, and displays of fine art.

Community Festival: Every second Saturday, May 11 - October 12 | Artisan Alley | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mother's Day at Oliver Winery: May 12 | Oliver Winery | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Spend the day celebrating mom over a mimosa bar and fresh fruit on the patio at Oliver Winery. 

Emma Willmann's Comedy Attic Debut!: May 16 - May 18 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

SNAYL Day: May 18 | Showers Common and Plaza | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

SNAYL = Sustaining Nature and Your Land. Come to the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market and bring experts your weeds. They will help you identify what they are and how to control them. 

Summer Kickoff Celebration: May 24 | Bryan Park | 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kick off the summer at Bryan Park! There will be games, live music, and more at this celebration.  

The Stage Flight Circus Arts Studio Presents: Westward Bound: May 25 - May 26 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary



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.