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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Top September Events in Bloomington

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

As we transition from summer to fall, the city of Bloomington transforms into a colorful canvas with events you can't afford to miss! 

Kiwanis Balloon Fest

The sky will be all aglow again this year at the Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon festival. The festival will feature 20 balloons, a car show, cornhole tournament, fireworks, live music, and more! You can even take a tethered ride to get a bird's eye view of the festival. The Night Glow is not to be missed, when the balloons light up the sky at dusk. The Indiana Balloon Festival is September 8-10 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Learn more.

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Monroe County Fall Festival

The Monroe County Fall Festival is held in nearby Ellettsville this year on September 21-23. The popular three-day event attracts more than 50,000 people and has something for everyone with a variety of exhibits, a spectacular parade, queen contest, kids' day, craft vendors, lots of great food and wholesome family entertainment. Learn more

Monroe County Fall Festival

IU Football vs. Georgia Southern

Head to the Rock to cheer on the Hoosiers as they take on Georgia Southern on September 23. Do you have your hotel rooms for this season? Check out the variety of lodging options in Bloomington. Want free tickets to the game? Enter to win two tickets to a home game in our IU Football Giveaway! Learn more

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Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

Indiana's premier world music and culture showcase, Lotus World Music and Arts Festival returns to downtown Bloomington on September 28 - October 1. This year's performers hail from India, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, and more, making Lotus Fest a unique celebration of people and cultures. Global acts take the stage starting Thursday night and continue through Saturday at several venues downtown. There is plenty of fun for the little ones too. Enjoy Lotus in the Park for live music, hands-on arts and crafts, interactive workshops and more. Better yet, it's free!  Learn more

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Little Hikers: Hug a Tree September 9, Scarlet Oak Woods

WFIU’s Evening with Steve Inskeep September 15, Buskirk Chumley Theater (featured)

Taste of Tibet and Open House September 16, Gaden KhachoeShing Monastery

An Evening with George Takei  September 19, IU Auditorium 

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The Canjoe Man September 3, Buskirk Chumley Theater

Bishop Anniversary Concert September 8, The Bishop

University Orchestra September 20, Jacobs School of Music (featured)

Murder by Death with Thunder Dreamer September 23, The Bluebird

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Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude September 8-24, Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

Michael Carbonaro Live! September 16, IU Auditorium

The Good Catholic September 18-22, Buskirk Chumley Theater

Diavolo September 26, IU Auditorium (featured) 

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IU vs. Michigan Men’s Soccer September 13, Armstrong Stadium (featured)

IU vs. Florida International University Football September 16, Memorial Stadium

IU vs. Illinois Volleyball August 25, University Gymnasium

IU vs. Purdue Women’s Soccer September 23, Armstrong Stadium  

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See more events on our
Events Calendar


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