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Friday, October 18, 2019

Top November Events In Bloomington

Categories: Arts & Culture, Indiana University, Shopping, General, Live Music, Family Fun, Festivals

It may be getting colder outside but our event calendar is still jam-packed with fun for visitors and locals! This month head to Bloomington to cheer on the Hoosiers, shop local for the holidays, or see a show!

Theater in Bloomington

Theater seating and stage at the musical arts center

Cardinal Stage presents "Charlotte's Web": October 18 - November 3 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | Times Vary

Oh God: October 24 - November 3 | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | Times Vary

The Book of Mormon: October 29 - November 3 | IU Auditorium | Times Vary
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical.

Parsifal: Dates Vary | Musical Arts Center | Times Vary
Based on the Arthurian knight Parsifal and his quest for the Holy Grail, this Game of Thrones-esque fantasy about redemption is full of magic and miracles, replete with enchanted castles, forests, spears, a magician, and a sorceress. First performed by IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater in 1949, at the Auditorium. Last performed by Opera Theater in 1976, at the Musical Arts Center.

STOMP: November 14 | IU Auditorium | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and more fill the stage with energizing beats with STOMP, the explosive, inventive, and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music, and theatrical performance blended into one electrifying rhythm.


Music in Bloomington

Performer at The Bluebird

Hyryder: November 1 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm
The Midwest's best Grateful Dead tribute band is back!

Hairbanger's Ball: November 2 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Mike & The Moonpies: November 3 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Devon Welsh with Abandon: November 3 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Gregory Alan Isakov: November 6 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm
The Colorado-based indie-folk artist is a full-time farmer who sells vegetable seeds and grows various market crops on his three-acre farm, while also tending to a thriving musical career.

Chastity Belt: November 7 | The Bishop | 9:30 pm

Jimmy Eat World: November 9 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Vienna Boys Choir: November 12 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm
The Vienna Boys Choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. Motets and lieder for boys’ choir form the core of the touring repertoire, as do the choir’s own arrangements of quintessentially Viennese music like waltzes and polkas by Lanner, Lehár, and Strauss.

Alex Cameron: November 12 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Midnight North & Cris Jacobs Band: November 14 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Miya Folick: November 14 | The Bishop | 9:30 pm

The Del McCoury Band: November 15 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm
From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages, and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry, to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link.

Houndmouth: November 21 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Hawktail Presented by Bloomington Roots + 505 Live: November 22 | FAR Center for Contemporary Arts | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Music fans will recognize the members of Hawktail from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion) and enjoy this unique instrumental offering. Bloomington locals will recognize them from their recent LOTUS appearance in 2018.

Carly Pearce: November 22 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Celebrate the Season: November 29 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 5:30 pm & 8:00 pm
Join the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra before or after the Canopy of Lights for a magical, memorable holiday program featuring seasonal favorites, an audience sing-along, special guests, and so much more!


Sports in Bloomington

IU Football team at a Memorial Stadium game

IU Football vs. Northwestern: November 2 | Memorial Stadium | Time TBD

IU Women's Volleyball: Dates Vary | Wilkinson Hall | Times Vary

IU Football vs. Michigan: November 23 | Memorial Stadium | TBD


Film in Bloomington

People with 3D glasses on at the IU Cinema

Films at the IU Cinema: Dates Vary | IU Cinema | Times Vary

Reel Rock Film Tour: November 3 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 6:00 pm


Around Bloomington


Bloomington Community Farmers' Market: August 17 - November 30 | Showers Common | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show & Sale: November 1 - November 2 | Monroe Convention Center | Times Vary
Over 70 artists from Bloomington’s favorite guilds, Local Clay Potters’ Guild, Bloomington Spinners & Weavers Guild, and Indiana Glass Guild unite for three shows under one roof.

Gallery Walk: November 1 | Various Locations | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sasheer Zamata from SNL!: November 1 - November 2 | The Comedy Attic | 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress, writer and former Saturday Night Live cast member for 4 seasons. Sasheer has been listed in Cosmopolitan's 13 Funny Women to Watch, Time Out New York's Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC, and Complex Magazine's Women in Comedy You Should Be Paying Attention to Right Now.

Smithville Holiday Bazaar: November 2 | Old Smithville School | 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
You'll find a variety of unique, homemade, and handmade items. 

The Stone Mill Holiday Market: November 2 | The Warehouse | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
There will be holiday shopping, antiques, collectibles, clothing, furniture, woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, health & beauty products, and children's items.

Soup Tasting: November 2 | Showers Plaza | 10:30 am 
Celebrate this cool weather harvest from field and farm as area chefs showcase their expertise with this versatile comfort food. Sampling is warmly encouraged! Participation is free while supplies last.

Peaksgiving 2019 - Annual Gratitude Gala: November 2 | Uplands PEAK Sanctuary | 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The celebration includes a 3-course vegan meal catered by Sea Salt + Cinnamon, a silent auction, and so many pumpkins for the residents!

First Thursdays Festival: November 7 | IU Arts Plaza | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Thursdays are monthly festivals showcasing the diversity of arts and humanities on campus and throughout the Bloomington community. Come out for an evening of performances, hands-on creative activities, community-building, great food, and fun!

Rory Scovel's Triumphant Comedy Attic Return!: November 7 - November 9 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary
Rory Scovel's new Netflix special Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time recently premiered to rave reviews. He co-starred in Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty and appeared in New Line feature The House, alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. Some of his television credits include the TBS series Ground Floor as well as the NBC series Undateable, ABC's Modern Family, F/X's The Comedians and the original series Those Who Can't for TruTV.

Veterans Day 5K: November 9 | Indiana University, meet at Showalter Fountain | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Run, ruck, or roll your way through the IU campus this Veterans Day as we honor our nation's veterans!

Christmas Fair: November 9 | Monroe County Fairgrounds | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Get all your Christmas shopping done in one place! There will be 100 Vendors with DS, crafts, food, & much more! Breakfast & Lunch will be available!

Bloomington Handmade Market: November 9 | Monroe Convention Center | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Bloomington Handmade Market is a juried indie craft fair that showcases 75+ artists from all over the Midwest.

Abbey Road's 50th Birthday Party: A Beatles Celebration with Glenn Gass: November 15 | The Fields | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us for a multi-media presentation showcasing the Beatles’ last studio album together, released in the fall of 1969. Professor Gass’ inimitable style of passionate storytelling brings to life the high art on the pop chart brought to the world by what many consider the most influential musical group in history. Dinner and cash bar provided by One World Catering. Semi-formal attire appreciated.

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience: November 16 | IU Auditorium | 7:30 pm
Theresa Caputo, from TLC's hit show Long Island Medium, will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works as part of Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience. She will deliver healing messages to audience members and give people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed are still with them, just in a different way.

Sofiya Alexandra & Emma Arnold!: November 21 - November 23 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary
Sofiya is a writer and comedian who grew up in Odesa, Ukraine, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 11. Sofiya was named one of The Fifty Funniest Women on Twitter by Playboy and one of 18 Funny Women You Should Be Following by Huffington Post. Emma Arnold has released a new hour of material in each of the last three calendar years. On her newest hour, she puts together a wonderful set, drawing on personal life events, regaling the crowd with misadventures of clothes shopping and playing with friends as a child.

Harvest Market: November 24 | Whippoorwill Hill | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Harvest Market includes multiple food trucks, a wide array of 40+ vendors, entertainment, s'more bars, hayrides, pony rides, games for the kids, and more. 

Canopy of Lights: November 29 | Courthouse Square | 6:00 pm
Celebrate our sparkling holiday tradition of lighting the downtown lights with Bloomington Brass Band playing holiday tunes. Costume characters, hot chocolate, holiday snacks and more will help with the festive atmosphere!

17th Annual Bloomington Holiday Market: November 30 | Showers Building & Plaza, City Hall | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shop for locally grown farm products, and arts and fine crafts created by local artisans, all while listening to the music and partaking in activities of the season. Carolers and music fill the market with the holiday spirit, and St. Nick will visit too!


Nia Jones

Nia Jones