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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Top October Events

Categories: Arts & Culture, Indiana University, General, Events, Live Music, Festivals

Events are slowly but surely returning to Bloomington. Check out the top events happening in October 2022, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip!

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


Fall & Halloween-Related Happenings

Candy and wine pairings for Oliver Winery's annual Halloween tastings
Photo by Oliver Winery

Halloween Candy Pairing Tastings

Date: Every weekend from Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 30
Time: Various times
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: $25.00 per ticket

Enjoy your favorite childhood candies paired with various wines during the annual Oliver Winery Halloween Candy Pairing Tastings.
 

Harvest Hootenanny Block Party

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Brewing Company
Admission: VIP tickets are $75.00 per person; general admission for ages 16+ is $10.00 per ticket during the pre-sale or $15.00 per ticket at the door; those younger than 16 and designated drivers are free.

Enjoy live music, pie-eating and pumpkin-carving contests, cornhole, food trucks, fall beers & hot mulled cider, and activities for kids at Switchyard Brewing Co.'s all-ages Harvest Hootenanny. 
 

Movies in the Park: Ghostbusters

Date: Friday, October 1
Time: 7:45 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Pack blankets and snacks and head to Switchyard Park for an outdoor screening of Ghostbusters.
 

IU Cinema Friday Night Frights

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a screening of The Watcher at 7:00 pm and The Black Phone at 10:00 pm at IU Cinema.
 

Howl at the Moon

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Both dog owners and animal lovers are invited to participate in this glow-in-the-dark walk around 1.5 miles of Switchyard Park — pups in attendance must be leashed and current with all vaccinations. The first 50 dogs to arrive will receive a glow stick for their collars!
 

Trick or Treat Trail

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: RCA Community Park
Admission: $5.00 per child. One adult is admitted free with paid child admission; each additional adult is $2.00.

Bring the kids in costume to this family-friendly Trick or Treat Trail.
 

Day of the Dead Community Altar

Date: Tuesday, October 11 through Tuesday, November 3
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County History Center
Admission: Free

Honor loved ones who have passed by adding an offering to Bloomington's Day of the Dead community altar.
 

IU Cinema Friday Night Frights

Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 10:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a screening of Suspiria at 10:00 pm at IU Cinema.
 

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Lawn
Admission: Free

Pick out your own homemade blown-glass pumpkin or simply admire the display of over 900 glass pumpkins at the 13th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! 
 

Dearly Departed Cemetery Tours

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 5:30-9:30 pm
Location: Rose Hill Cemetery
Admission: $12.00 per person

Enjoy a night of ghost tales and haunted history at the Rose Hill Cemetery.
 

IU Cinema Friday Night Frights

Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 10:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a screening of Bodies Bodies Bodies at 10:00 pm at IU Cinema.
 

Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: $10.00 per vehicle

Witness pumpkins flying through the sky and enjoy live music, children's activities, and food vendors during the annual Bloomington Pumpkin Launch!
 

Buskirk-Chumley Halloween Film Screening

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $18.00 per ticket

Enjoy a day of horror film classics at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater! Nosferatu will be screened at 2:00 pm, and Twilight will screen at 8:00 pm.
 

Skate and Scare

Date: Sunday, October 23
Time: 6:45 pm
Location: Frank Southern Ice Arena
Admission: $6.00 per person plus $3.00 per skate rental

Skate through a haunted house on ice while listening to spooky tunes at Frank Southern's Skate and Scare! Come in costume for a chance to win prizes.
 

Ghostly Gathering

Date: Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30
Time: 2:00-8:00 pm Friday; 9:30 am-8:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am-2:30 pm Sunday
Location: Paynetown State Recreation Area
Admission: $7.00 per Indiana-plated vehicle / $9.00 per out-of-state vehicle

Enjoy an assortment of Halloween-themed, family-friendly events at Paynetown SRA's Ghostly Gathering!
 

Downtown Trick or Treat

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: The Square
Admission: Free

Bring the kiddos in their best costumes to downtown's annual Trick or Treat Walk. The community band will also be playing spooky tunes on the Courthouse lawn for trick-or-treaters to enjoy!
 

Dennis James Hosts Halloween

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $14.00-$28.00 per person

Take the whole family to Dennis James' annual spooky spectacular, packed with music and mayhem!
 

Festival of Ghost Stories

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Bryan Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy a night of scary storytelling beneath the stars at the Festival of Ghost Stories.
 

IU Cinema Friday Night Frights

Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Location: IU Cinema
Admission: Free, but registration is required

Enjoy a double feature of Shaun of the Dead and Slither at 7:00 pm or Kill List and The Descent at 10:00 pm at IU Cinema.
 

Halloween Weekend at Oliver Winery

Date: Saturday, October 30 & Sunday, October 31
Time: 11:00 am-8:00 pm on Saturday; 12:00-6:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: Free

Spend Halloween weekend at Oliver Winery — enjoy complimentary pours of their mulled Beanblossom Hard Cider, a free pumpkin with qualifying purchases of wine in the tasting room, and more.
 

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $15.00 in advance / $20.00 at the door

Enjoy Bloomington's annual fall screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Participate in the pre-show event and costume contest at 9:30 pm for a chance to win prizes. 
 

National Visit a Cemetery Day

Date: Monday, October 30
Time: All day
Location: All Monroe County cemeteries
Admission: Free

Visit one of Monroe County's many historic cemeteries on Halloween in honor of National Visit a Cemetery Day.
 

Trick or Treat

Date: Monday, October 31
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Location: Monroe County

Enjoy the annual night of Halloween trick-or-treating in Monroe County, rain or shine. 
 


See our full list of Halloween happenings in Bloomington.


FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Halloween actor in a mask at Hoosier Hysteria

IU Homecoming Parade

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and 17th Street
Admission: Free

Kick-off Homecoming weekend with a Friday evening parade - an event that showcases IU student groups, and local community organizations.
 

Hoosier Hysteria

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the event begins at 7:00 pm
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
Admission: Free with canned food donation - to benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank

Get excited for the Indiana University basketball season at Hoosier Hysteria! Features include skills competitions, a dunk contest, and a brief scrimmage with both the men's and women's teams.
 

IU Homecoming Weekend

Date: Friday, October 7 through Saturday, October 8
Time: Varying times — see the schedule
Location: Multiple locations across the Indiana University campus
Admission: Free

Relive your favorite college traditions, attend the football game against the University of Michigan, and celebrate the ultimate IU weekend during Homecoming.
 

Hilly Hundred Bicycle Tour

Date: Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23
Time: Varying times — see the schedule
Location: Meet at the Edgewood Schools campus
Admission: $65.00-$85.00 per participant — register online

Participate in the annual three-day Hilly Hundred bike ride!
 

IU Science Fest

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Multiple locations across the Indiana University campus
Admission: Free

Participate in over 150 hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and talks at Science Fest. Event times and admission are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.
 

 


LIVE MUSIC & PERFORMANCES

Empty IU Auditorium

Fall Ballet

Date: Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1
Time: 7:30 pm on Friday, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm on Saturday
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $10.00-$35.00 per ticket

Attend the Indiana University fall ballet, presented by the Jacobs School of Music.
 

Conan Gray Superache Tour with Kacy Hill

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $29.50-$59.50 per ticket

One of the preeminent pop superstars of his generation, Conan Gray's Superache Tour with special guest Kacy Hill, is in Bloomington for one-night only.
 

Ron White

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $41.50-$130.50 per ticket

Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White returns to Bloomington with a new stand-up show.
 

Soweto Gospel Choir

Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $14.00-$53.00 per ticket

This Grammy-award-winning group brings their concert of Hope to Bloomington.
 

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience

Date: Wednesday, October 19
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $49.75-$173.75 per ticket

Star of the hit TLC Show Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo will share personal stories about her life and explain her gift.
 

The Lucky Star (L'Étoile)

Date: Friday, October 21 and 28 & Saturday, October 22 and 29
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Musical Arts Center
Admission: $10.00-$35.00 per ticket

Attend the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music production of the opera, The Lucky Star (L'Étoile).
 

Singing Hoosiers Fall Concert

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Location: Auer Hall
Admission: $5.00-$15.00 per ticket

Attend the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Singing Hoosiers fall concert.
 

My Fair Lady

Date: Tuesday, October 25 through Wednesday, October 26
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: $17.00-$79.00 per ticket

Enjoy Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady, a Broadway classic, back in Bloomington for the first time in over twenty years.
 

The Bishop Bar Shows

Location: The Bishop Bar

Enjoy the following live musical performances:

  • Wednesday with Truth Club
    • Date: Sunday, October 2
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Shellshag with Heavy Mother & Full Stride
    • Date: Sunday, October 3
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $8.00 per ticket
       
  • Skaaholics featuring Cuervo Sucio
    • Date: Thursday, October 6
    • Time: 9:30 pm
    • Admission: Free
       
  • Little Jesus & Divino Niño with Pieri
    • Date: Saturday, October 8
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $18.00-$20.00 per ticket
       
  • Soul Glo
    • Date: Monday, October 10
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Narrow Head with Bugg, Temple of Angels and Bleed
    • Date: Friday, October 14
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00-$17.00 per ticket
       
  • Jacky Boy with Rex Tycoon
    • Date: Thursday, October 20
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Meat Wave with Full Sun & Swan Wash
    • Date: Monday, October 24
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00-$12.00 per ticket
       
  • Into It. Over It. with Nectar
    • Date: Tuesday, October 25
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00-$18.00 per ticket
       
  • Colleen Green + Jon Daly
    • Date: Friday, October 28
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $13.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
  • Burd Chronicles Book Release with Yellow Rain, Chiba Dowa, & Ramathorn!
    • Date: Saturday, October 29
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $9.00 per ticket
       
The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Back 2 Mac — Fleetwood Mac Tribute
    • Date: Saturday, October 1
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 - $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Mike and the Moonpies
    • Date: Sunday, October 2
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 - $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Funk Almighty
    • Date: Wednesday, October 5
    • Time: Doors open at 9:00 pm, show begins at 10:00 pm
    • Admission: $5.00 per ticket
       
  • 6 Foot Blonde
    • Date: Thursday, October 6
    • Time: Doors open at 9:00 pm, show begins at 10:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Hank Ruff
    • Date: Friday, October 7
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Rod Tuffcurls
    • Date: Saturday, October 8
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00 per ticket
       
  • Morgan Wade
    • Date: Sunday, October 9
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • David Nail
    • Date: Thursday, October 13
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 - $75.00 per ticket
       
  • The Taylor Swift Party: Taylor Swift Night
    • Date: Friday, October 14
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • IU Soul Revue
    • Date: Thursday, October 20
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
  • Hairbangers Ball
    • Date: Saturday, October 22
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00 - $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Conner Smith
    • Date: Thursday, October 27
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Jukebox Luke
    • Date: Saturday, October 29
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $10.00 per ticket
       
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Shows

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy live performances by the following artists:

  • Nella
    • Date: Friday, October 7
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $35.00-$50.00 per ticket
       
  • Bob Mould Solo Electric
    • Date: Saturday, October 8
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $30.00-$40.00 per ticket
       
  • IU Latin Jazz Ensemble
    • Date: Monday, October 10
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: Free
       
  • Kevin Morby
    • Date: Wednesday, October 12
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00-$50.00 per ticket
       
  • Jen Fulwiler
    • Date: Friday, October 14
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $30.00-$40.00 per ticket
       
  • His Girl Friday (1940)
    • Date: Saturday, October 15
    • Time: 7:30 pm
    • Admission: $6.00-$8.00 per ticket
       
  • An Evening with Kevin Young
    • Date: Wednesday, October 19
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Admission: Free
       
  • The Mersey Beatles
    • Date: Friday, October 21
    • Time: 7:30 pm
    • Admission: $22.00-$42.00 per ticket
       
The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Sam Jay
    • Date: Friday, September 30 through Saturday, October 1
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm Friday and Saturday
    • Admission: $16.00-$20.00 per ticket
       
  • The Ladies of Bloomington & Jonas
    • Date: Friday, October 7 through Saturday, October 8
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm Friday and Saturday
    • Admission: $12.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
  • Dulce Sloan's Bloomington Debut!
    • Date: Friday, October 14 through Saturday, October 15
    • Time: 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm Friday and Saturday
    • Admission: $16.00-$20.00 per ticket
       
  • Beth Stelling: The Petty Betty Tour
    • Date: Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22
    • Time: 8:00 pm on Thursday; 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm Friday and Saturday
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket


SPORTING EVENTS

IU women's soccer player shooting to make a goal
Photo by IU Athletics

IU Football
  • vs. Michigan
    • Date: Saturday, October 8
    • Time: 12:00 pm
    • Location: Memorial Stadium
    • Admission: $40.00-$85.00 per ticket
  • vs. Maryland
    • Date: Saturday, October 15
    • Time: TBD
    • Location: Memorial Stadium
    • Admission: $30.00-$70.00 per ticket
       
IU Men's Soccer
  • vs. Notre Dame
    • Date: Wednesday, October 5
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.
  • vs. Penn State
    • Date: Friday, October 14
    • Time: 6:30 pm
    • Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.
  • vs. Kentucky
    • Date: Saturday, October 22
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.
       
  • vs. Trine
    • Date: Thursday, October 27
    • Time: 6:30 pm
    • Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.
       
  • vs. Maryland
    • Date: Sunday, October 30
    • Time: TBD
    • Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
    • Admission: General admission is $10.00 per ticket; youth ages 3-18 are $5.00 per ticket; ages two & under are free.
       
IU Women's Soccer
IU Women's Volleyball
  • vs. Ohio State
    • Date: Saturday, October 1
    • 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. Wisconsin
    • Date: Wednesday, October 5
    • Time: 8:00 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. Purdue
    • Date: Friday, October 14
    • 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. Michigan State
    • Date: Sunday, October 16
    • Time: 1:00 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. Rutgers
    • Date: Friday, October 28
    • 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.


EXHIBITS & OTHER AREA HAPPENINGS

People around the Fine Arts Plaza during IU's First Thursdays festival
Photo by Indiana University

First Thursdays at IU

Date: Thursday, October 6
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, October 7
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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Erin White

Erin White

Erin is the Director of Leisure Marketing & Media for Visit Bloomington.

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