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Monday, October 31, 2016

Top November Events

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!


Gallery Walk, Nov. 4 in downtown Bloomington

Greetings fellow Gallery Walkers, it is time for the November Gallery Walk!  Come on downtown to the Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District for a look at what is new and different! Come experience what makes Downtown Bloomington interesting and unique.  Read more.


Del McCoury Band - Nov. 6 at The Buskirk-Chumley Theater 

Del McCoury was first bitten by the bluegrass bug when he heard Earl Scruggs' banjo in the early 1950s and joined Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in 1963. McCoury has worked with dozens of other artists like Allison Krauss, Phish, and Woody Guthrie. The Del McCoury Band is the most-awarded bluegrass band of all time and they are taking the Buskirk-Chumley stage on November 6th. Read more.



Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Show - Nov. 4 at the Monroe County Convention Center

The Artisan Guilds of Bloomington will hold its annual Holiday Show and Sale. AGB is the collaboration of the Local Clay Potters' Guild, the Bloomington Weavers and Spinners Guild, and the Indiana Glass Guild. Visitors will be able to view and purchase quality art, learn about the craft through demonstrations and displays, and meet the artists. Read more.



IU African American Arts Institute: Potpourri of the Arts Nov. 5 at IU Auditorium

Founded in 1993, Potpourri’s purpose is to embody the spirit of African American performance via its three ensembles: the African American Dance Company, the African American Choral Ensemble, and the IU Soul Revue.With a wide range of music and choreography, these unique ensembles are sure to exhilarate audience with their individual and combined performances. Read more. 


IU Volleyball - Home Games Through Nov. 16 at the Indiana University Gym

As the temps drop outside, the competition heats up inside with IU Volleyball! Cheer on these fierce ladies as they compete in Indiana University Gym against tough Big Ten opponents. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for children. Read more.



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Jesus Christ Superstar, Nov. 4-5 at IU Theater

A musical phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. 


Rachel Feinstein, Nov. 10-12 at The Comedy Attic

RACHEL FEINSTEIN is a nationally touring comedian and actress who is best known for her ability to morph into various ethnicities and genders. Huffington Post called her "the only comedian we've seen who can go from embodying her grandmother in one breath and a predatory guy on the street in the next and be equally convincing at both." Feinstein has had two Comedy Central specials, and her third one is set to premiere in 2016. Read more.


Buddy Guy - Nov. 15 at the IU Auditorium

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy is a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Among countless prestigious recognitions, Buddy Guy has received seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 34 Blues Music Awards—the most of any artist—and at 79, he continues to impress audiences of all walks of life with his supreme artistry and signature style. See him live at the Indiana University Auditorium on November 15. 

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Trailer Fest Film Festival, Nov. 12 at IU Cinema

Entering its second season, the Trailer Fest Film Festival showcases mock/fake movie or television trailers that use superb storytelling and a three-minute time limit to tell an effective story. Read more.


Madama Butterfly, Nov. 4-6 at IU Jacobs School of Music

For him it was one night of passion; for her it meant a lifetime of love. The gentle geisha Cio-Cio San gives up everything—family, fortune, and honor—to marry the handsome U.S. naval officer B. F. Pinkerton. But then he sails away. Year after year, she and their little boy wait, desperate for his return. Finally, he does—but he comes with a “real” American wife, and they want to take her beloved son! No eye will be dry as this deeply romantic tragedy weaves its magic spell, touching all hearts with some of the most beautifully soulful and ecstatic music ever composed. Of all Puccini’s operas, this was his personal favorite. Make it yours, too, as you enjoy this ravishing new production.


White Christmas, Nov. 12-13 at the IU Auditorium

Get ready to discover a holiday musical, filled with the timeless Irving Berlin tunes and heartwarming spirit of the classic film, that’s as fresh and fun as newly fallen snow.

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Bloomington Handmade Market, - Nov. 12 in Monroe County Convention Center

Join in Bloomington Handmade Market's 13th event celebrating and supporting shopping local and handmade. Over 60 vendors showing the best of indie handmade, featuring handmade bath and body, screen printed tees, illustrations, cards, and original paintings, gorgeous jewelry, handmade children's items and clothing and so much more!! 

Canopy of Lights - Nov. 25 on the Courthouse Square

Celebrate our sparkling holiday tradition of lighting the downtown lights with Bloomington Brass Band playing holiday tunes. City and County officials as well as Polka Dot the Clown will be on hand to welcome Santa to the stage to light the Canopy of Lights. Costume characters, hot chocolate, holiday snacks and more will help with the festive atmosphere! For more information check out the website.Don't forget to check out all the other great events happening all day downtown! Free parking downtown all day

Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines is a Bloomington transplant by way of St. Simons Island, Georgia and is the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she's not blogging or grammin' you can find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.


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