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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Top October Events in Bloomington

Categories: Arts & Culture, Indiana University, Live Music

With pumpkin picking, Hoosier Hysteria, a Broadway musical and much more, October is a great time to be visit Bloomington. Mark your calendars for these events!

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Come pick out your very own handmade blown glass pumpkin at the 8th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. There will be over 900 glass pumpkins for display and sale spread out on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn like a real pumpkin patch. All of the pumpkins are made by the members of the Bloomington Creative Glass Center. Learn more.


IU Football Homecoming vs. Michigan

One of the most popular events in the fall, Homecoming weekend welcomes thousands of alumni, parents and fans to Bloomington. Celebrate all things Cream & Crimson with a weekend long celebration culminating with the Homecoming game against Michigan. Go IU! Read more.


Hoosier Hysteria

Kick off Indiana University's basketball season at Hoosier Hysteria with an up close look at the lineups for the Hoosier Men's and Women's teams. Fans can expect games, music, contests, and prizes in the legendary Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Admission is free but a canned good donation is recommended. Donations will benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

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Bob Dylan and His Band


Legendary musician Bob Dylan and his band will take the stage at the Indiana University Auditorium on October 29 at 7:30pm. With special guest Mavis Staples, this is sure to be an extraordinary night of music that you will not want to miss.


Campfire Cooking Workshop: October 1, Paynetown State Recreation Area

Bruce Joel Rubin Lecture: October 2, IU Cinema

Monroe County Historic Barn: October 28, Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Community Historic Site

Family Craft Day: Day of the Dead: October 29, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

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Proto Idiots / The Hipshakes: October 1, The Bishop

Shovels and Rope: October 4, Buskirk Chumley Theater

The Vallures: October 13, Player's Pub

Clayton Anderson: October 14, The Bluebird

L'Etoile: October 13-14 20-21, IU Jacobs School of Music

Dennis James Hosts Halloween: October 28, IU Auditorium

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Beating a Dead Horse: September 28 - October 14, Bloomington Playwrights Project

"Ghost": October 2, IU Cinema

Nate Bargatze: October 12-14, Comedy Attic

Kinky Boots: October 24-25, IU Auditorium

Rocky Horror Picture Show: October 27-28, Buskirk Chumley Theater

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IU vs. Charleston Southern Football: October 7, Memorial Stadium

IU vs. Nebraska Women's Soccer: October 15, Bill Armstrong Stadium

IU vs. Rutgers Volleyball: October 20, IU University Gym

IU vs. Wisconsin Men's Soccer: October 21, Bill Armstrong Stadium


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