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Monday, October 17, 2022

Top November Events

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

Check out the top events happening in November 2022, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip!

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


HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Canopy of Lights

Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show

Date: Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5
Time: 4:00-9:00 pm Friday; 9:00 am-5:00pm Saturday 
Location: Monroe County Convention Center
Admission: Free

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.
 

November Garage Sale Extravaganza 

Date: November 5
Time: 8:00 am-4:30pm 
Location: 4015 Profile Parkway, Bloomington, IN 47404
Admission: Free

The largest garage sale in Monroe County opens for a bonus holiday sale! From antiques and household items to holiday decorations and gifts, the warehouse on Profile Parkway is filled with treasures waiting for you.
 

Smithville Holiday Bazaar

Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Old Smithville School
Admission: Free

Enjoy a holiday bazaar featuring handmade items, baked goods, arts & crafts, and more.
 

Bloomington Handmade Market — Holiday Affair

Date: Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Convention Center
Admission: Free

Browse handmade items from over 60 artists at the Bloomington Handmade Market! 
 

Christmas Fair

Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 2:00-6:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: Free

Enjoy crafts, fair food, live music, and an appearance from Santa at the Christmas Fair!
 

Harvest Market

Date: Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19
Time: 4:00-8:00 pm Friday; 10:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday
Location: Whippoorwill Hill
Admission: $5.00 per person

Enjoy the annual Harvest Market, comprised of artisanal, boutique, and farmers' goods!
 

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Presents: Celebrate the Season

Date: Friday, November 25
Time: 5:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: Adults $25, Students $12, Kids 18 & under $5

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! 
 

Canopy of Lights

Date: Friday, November 25
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Square
Admission: Free

Experience one of Bloomington's most magical traditions as Santa flips the switch to transform the downtown area into a sparkling, winter wonderland, displaying thousands of lights on and around the Monroe County Courthouse Square.
 

20th Annual Bloomington Holiday Market

Date: Saturday, November 26
Time: 10:00am-3:00 pm
Location: Showers Plaza & City Hall Parking Lot
Admission: Free

Enjoy the 20th annual Bloomington Holiday Market featuring 50+ farm vendors, food & beverage artisans, and local/regional artists.


SEE OUR FULL LIST OF HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS IN BLOOMINGTON.


FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

An audience at IU Auditorium ahead of the Chimes of Christmas concert
Photo by Indiana University

Anne of Green Gables

Date: November 10-13, November 17-20, & November 25-27
Time: Times vary, see website for details
Location: Waldron Arts Center
Admission: Free

Attend Constellation Stage & Screen's performance of a new play by Catherine Bush, an adaptation of the beloved children's classic, Anne of Green Gables.
 

Aids Memorial Quilt

Date: Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12
Time: 10:00 am - 9:00 PM
Location: Indiana Memorial Hall - Alumni Hall
Admission: Free

Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt — the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS — will be on display at the Indiana Memorial Union in Alumni Hall on the IU Bloomington campus.

Potpourri of the Arts

Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $10.00-$35.00 per ticket

From African dance traditions to gospel and R&B, Potpourri of the Arts is a celebration of Black music, dance, and culture.


LIVE MUSIC & PERFORMANCES

Rock Radio performing at The Bluebird

The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Funk Almighty
    • Date: Wednesday, November 2
    • Time: Doors open at 9:00 pm, show begins at 10:00 pm
    • Admission: $5.00 per ticket
       
  • Hank Ruff
    • Date: Friday, November 4
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • 6 Foot Blonde
    • Date: Saturday, November 5
    • 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, November 18
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
  • Thunderstruck — AC/DC Tribute
    • Date: Friday, November 25
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00-$15.00 per ticket
  • Hairbangers Ball
    • Date: Saturday, November 26
    • 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:

  • Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar
    • Date: Thursday, November 3
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00-$40.00 per ticket
       
  • Will Sheff & Okkervil River
    • Date: Tuesday, November 8
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00-$30.00 per ticket
  • Jon McLaughlin
    • Date: Friday, November 11
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $18.00-$68.00 per ticket
  • A Night with Busman's Holiday & Ross Gay
    • Date: Sunday, November 13
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
  • Muscadine Bloodline
    • Date: Thursday, November 17
    • Time: 7:30 pm
    • Admission: $25.00-$35.00 per ticket
  • Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio
    • Date: Saturday, November 19
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00-$35.00 per ticket
       
  • The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
    • Date: Saturday, November 26
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00-$40.00 per ticket
 
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Ismael Loutfi
    • Date: Friday, November 4 through Saturday, November 5
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket
  • Rhys Nicholson
    • Date: Friday, November 11 through Saturday, November 12
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm both days
    • Admission: $16.00-$20.00 per ticket
  • Mark Bookwalter
    • Date: Friday, November 18
    • Time: 7:00 pm 
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket
  • Jon Hancuff
    • Date: Saturday, November 19
    • Time: 7:00 pm 
    • Admission: $13.00-$16.00 per ticket


SPORTING EVENTS

basketball (IU Athletics)
Photo by IU Athletics

IU Men's Basketball
  • vs. Saint Francis (Exhibition)  
IU Football
  • vs. Penn State
    • Date: Saturday, November 5
    • Time: TBA
    • Location: Memorial Stadium
    • Admission: $30.00-$70.00 per ticket
  • vs. Purdue
    • Date: Saturday, November 26
    • Time: TBA
    • Location: Memorial Stadium
    • Admission: $30.00-$70.00 per ticket
       
IU Women's Basketball

 

IU Women's Volleyball

  • vs. Penn State
    • Date: Friday, November 11
    • Time: 6:00 pm
    • Location: Wilkinson Hall
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00-$14.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00-$7.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.
       
  • vs. Northwestern
    • Date: Friday, November 18
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Location: Wilkinson Hall
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00-$14.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00-$7.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.
       
  • vs. Illinois
    • Date: Wednesday, November 23
    • Time: 5:00 pm
    • Location: Wilkinson Hall
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00-$14.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00-$7.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.
  • vs. Maryland
    • Date: Friday, November 25
    • Time: 5:00 pm
    • Location: Wilkinson Hall
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00-$14.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00-$7.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.


EXHIBITS & OTHER AREA HAPPENINGS

IU First Thursdays
Photo by Indiana University

First Thursdays at IU

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: Indiana University Fine Arts Plaza
Admission: Free

Enjoy an outdoor festival atmosphere and showcase of arts & humanities from the IU and Bloomington communities during First Thursdays.
 

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, November 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.
 


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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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