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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Top September Events

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

Events are slowly but surely returning to Bloomington. Check out the top events happening in September 2021, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip!

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


FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Indiana Balloon Festival

Limestone Comedy Festival

Date: Thursday, September 2 through Saturday, September 4
Time: Varying times — see the schedule here
Location: Multiple venues — see the schedule here
Admission: Tickets are available per show, as multi-day passes, and for the entire festival — see ticketing information here

Enjoy the annual Limestone Comedy Festival in which over 50 comedians from across the nation perform at The Comedy Attic and other Bloomington venues. 
 

B'town Jazz Fest

Date: Saturday, September 4
Time: 12:00 pm-11:00 pm
Location: Woolery Mill
Admission: Free

Celebrate Bloomington's rich jazz community at B'Town Jazz Fest! Features include performances by the area's leading professional artists, as well as collegiate and high school performers, food & drinks, and select merchandise. The Jazz Fest's 2021 headliners include Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Ada Rovatti (saxophone).
 

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts

Date: Saturday, September 4 through Sunday, September 5
Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am-5:00 pm on Sunday
Location: 4th Street, between Indiana and Grant Streets
Admission: Free

Enjoy the 45th annual Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts, with 80 booths of fine art and fine crafts created by local and regional artists.
 

A Fair of the Arts

Date: Tuesday, September 7 & Friday, September 17
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Shop for handmade art & fine crafts by local & regional artists at A Fair of the Arts! Artwork categories include clay, drawing, painting, photography, fiber arts, jewelry, metalwork, woodwork, and more.


Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival

Date: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12
Time: 3:00-10:00 pm on Friday, 7:00 am-10:00 pm on Saturday, and 7:00 am-7:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: Tickets are available per day and for the entire weekend, with varying prices for preorders and day-of purchases. Visit this page for more information.

Enjoy hot air balloon launches, helicopter rides, pyrotechnic skydivers, fireworks, a wine & beer garden, food & commercial vendors, and other entertainment at the Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival
 

Oktoberfest at Upland

Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Upland Brewing Co.
Admission: Free

Enjoy a limited edition Oktoberfest menu, complete with appetizers, entrees, desserts, and an Oktoberfest brew, at Upland Brewing Co!
 

Fiesta del Otoño & Black y Brown Arts Festival

Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Bryan Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy a visual arts exhibition, performance showcase, and food trucks at the Fiesta del Otoño and Black y Brown Arts Festival! The celebration seeks to raise and expand art appreciation, create space that affirms persons of color in the community, and enhance Bloomington’s spirit of inclusion.
 

Bloomington Birdfest

Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Bloomington Birdfest is an interactive educational celebration of bird biology, ecology, and conservation — experience hands-on activities, bird walks, speakers, live birds, nature crafts, falconry demonstrations, food trucks, raffle prizes and more!
 

Napoleon Dynamite: A Conversation with Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, and Jon Gries

Date: Thursday, September 23
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Location: IU Auditorium
Admission: General admission is $29.00-$73.00 per ticket, depending on seating location. Limited VIP tickets available for $132.50 per ticket — includes a meet & greet with all three actors, a signed poster by all three actors, and premium seating.

Enjoy a screening of Napoleon Dynamite followed by a moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members: Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico). Don't forget to BYOT (Bring Your Own Tots).


Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival

Date: Thursday, September 23 through Saturday, September 25
Time: TBD
Location: McGlockin Park in Stinesville
Admission: Free

Enjoy craft vendors, food booths, live music, a pie competition, an antique tractor show, a parade, and more at the annual Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival. Festival times are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.


Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

Date: Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26
Time: TBD
Location: Several downtown locations and venues
Admission: Several ticket packages are available — find more information here

Celebrate the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from around the world at the 28th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Lotus invites attendees to safely enjoy multicultural music, art, food, dance, workshops, and more! Performance times are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.


LIVE MUSIC & PERFORMANCES

Exterior of The Bluebird on a concert night

Peoples Park Concert Series

Date: Select Thursdays in September
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Location: People's Park on Kirkwood Avenue
Admission: Free

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • September 2: Indiana Dance Company
  • September 9: Salem Willard
     
Performing Arts Concert Series

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Dizgo
    • Location: Switchyard Park
      • Date: Sunday, September 3
      • Time: 6:00 pm
      • Admission: Free
         
  • An Evening with the Bloomington Community Band and Bloomington Jazz Orchestra
    • Location: Switchyard Park
    • Date: Sunday, September 19
    • Time: 6:00 pm
    • Admission: Free
       
The Bishop Bar Shows

Location: The Bishop Bar

Enjoy the following live musical performances:

  • The National Parks with LVDY and Cory Breth
    • Date: Tuesday, September 14
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • Bartees Strange with Ganser
    • Date: Thursday, September 16
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00-$17.00 per ticket
       
  • Dogleg with Retirement Party
    • Date: Tuesday, September 21
    • Time: 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $13.00-$15.00 per ticket
       
The Bluebird Shows

Location: The Bluebird

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Alex Williams
    • Date: Thursday, September 2
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $12.00 per ticket
       
  • Rod Tuffcurls
    • Date: Friday, September 3
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • Magic City Hippies
    • Date: Saturday, September 4
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
  • Hyryder (Grateful Dead Tribute)
    • Date: Friday, September 10
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Hairbangers Ball
    • Date: Saturday, September 11
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per single ticket or $12.00 per ticket purchased as a four-pack
       
  • Clayton Anderson
    • Date: Saturday, September 18
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $15.00 per ticket
       
  • Dinosaur Jr.
    • Date: Tuesday, September 28
    • Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $25.00 per ticket
       
  • Boogie T
    • Date: Thursday, September 30
    • Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
    • Admission: $20.00 per ticket
       
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Shows

Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Enjoy live musical performances by the following artists:

  • Addison Agen with Charlie Jesseph
    • Date: Friday, September 10
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Admission: $35.00 for the orchestra pit; $25.00 for the lower balcony; $20.00 for the upper balcony; $50.00 for a group of 10
       
  • Kathleen Edwards
    • Date: Monday, September 13
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $45.00 for the orchestra pit; $35.00 for the lower balcony; $30.00 for the upper balcony
       
  • Leo Kottke
    • Date: Wednesday, September 15
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $45.00 for the orchestra pit; $40.00 for the lower balcony; $35.00 for the upper balcony
       
  • Steven Page (Formerly of Barenaked Ladies)
    • Date: Wednesday, September 22
    • Time: 8:00 pm
    • Admission: $50.00 for the orchestra pit; $40.00 for the lower balcony; $30.00 for the upper balcony
       
Over Easy Sundays with Charlie Jesseph

Date: Sunday, September 5 & 19
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Brewing Company
Admission: Free

Enjoy an acoustic set by Charlie Jesseph in a laid-back atmosphere.
 

The Comedy Attic Shows

Location: The Comedy Attic

Enjoy live comedy performances by the following comedians:

  • Mick Foley
    • Date: Wednesday, September 22
    • Time: 7:00 pm
    • Admission: General admission is $20.00 per ticket; VIP with meet & greet is $60.00 per ticket.


Sporting Events

Hoosiers celebrating a touchdown on the field

IU Women's Soccer vs. Western Michigan

Date: Thursday, September 2
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Enjoy the IU Women's Soccer match versus Western Michigan.
 

IU Men's Soccer IU Credit Union/adidas Classic vs. Creighton

Date: Friday, September 3
Time: 8:00 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.

Enjoy the IU Men's Soccer IU Credit Union/adidas Classic versus Creighton.
 

Josh Burton Memorial Race

Date: Friday, September 3
Time: 4:00-11:00 pm
Location: Bloomington Speedway
Admission: General admission is $25.00 per ticket; pit admission is $35.00 per ticket.

Head to the Bloomington Speedway for a night of motor racing and the celebration of Josh Burton's life.
 

IU Women's Soccer vs. Southeast Missouri State University

Date: Sunday, September 5
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Enjoy the IU Women's Soccer match versus Southeast Missouri State University.
 

IU Men's Soccer IU Credit Union/adidas Classic vs. Xavier

Date: Monday, September 6
Time: 8:00 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.

Enjoy the IU Men's Soccer IU Credit Union/adidas Classic versus Xavier.
 

IU Women's Soccer vs. Murray State

Date: Thursday, September 9
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Enjoy the IU Women's Soccer match versus Murray State.
 

IU Football vs. Idaho

Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Memorial Stadium
Admission: $15.00-$55.00 per ticket

Attend IU's first home football game of the 2021 season versus Idaho.
 

IU Women's Volleyball Indiana Invitational vs. Alabama A&M

Date: Thursday, September 16
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.

Enjoy the IU Women's Volleyball match versus Alabama A&M.
 

IU Women's Volleyball Indiana Invitational vs. Chicago State

Date: Friday, September 17
Time: 10:00 am
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.

Enjoy the IU Women's Volleyball match versus Chicago State.
 

IU Women's Volleyball Indiana Invitational vs. Ole Miss

Date: Friday, September 17
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.

Enjoy the IU Women's Volleyball match versus Ole Miss.
 

IU Men's Soccer vs. Rutgers

Date: Friday, September 17
Time: 8:00 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.

Enjoy the IU Men's Soccer game versus Rutgers.
 

IU Football vs. Cincinnati

Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Memorial Stadium
Admission: $30.00-$70.00 per ticket

Attend IU's football game versus Cincinnati.
 

IU Women's Soccer vs. Michigan State

Date: Sunday, September 19
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Enjoy the IU Women's Soccer match versus Michigan State.
 

IU Women's Soccer vs. Iowa

Date: Thursday, September 23
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Enjoy the IU Women's Soccer match versus Iowa.
 

IU Women's Volleyball vs. Michigan State

Date: Friday, September 24
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.

Enjoy the IU Women's Volleyball match versus Michigan State.
 

IU Women's Soccer vs. Illinois

Date: Sunday, September 26
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Enjoy the IU Women's Soccer match versus Illinois.
 

IU Women's Volleyball vs. Purdue

Date: Sunday, September 26
Time: 2:00 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.

Enjoy the IU Women's Volleyball match versus Purdue.


EXHIBITS & OTHER AREA HAPPENINGS

Three mannequins in Cruella De Vil costumes at the Eskenazi Museum of Art's Glenn Close exhibit

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, September 3
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.
 

Movies in the Park Series

Enjoy movies at various parks in Bloomington through the month! Bring blankets and snacks for the ultimate experience.

The Art of the Character: Highlights from the Glenn Close Costume Collection

Date: Every Thursday-Sunday through Monday, November 15
Time: 12:00-5:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; 12:00-7:00 pm on Saturday
Location: Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University
Admission: Free

Eight-time Academy Award-nominated and three-time Emmy- & Tony-winning actress, Glenn Close, has donated her collection of 800+ costume pieces from various roles she's played during her career, including Cruella de Vil in 101 and 102 Dalmatians, to the Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU. "The Art of the Character" exhibition explores the art of developing a character with a focus on the creativity and skills of the designers & makers, as well as the collaborative process between Close and the artists who help bring her characters to life. 
 

See Her Run: Monroe County Women in Politics

Date: Every day through Thursday, September 30
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Monroe County History Center
Admission: Free

The Monroe County History Center commemorated the Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 2020 with a year-long exhibit highlighting the activities and contributions of local Monroe County women for local, state, and federal suffrage. In 2021, they continue to focus on the contributions of Monroe County women in local and state politics with the See Her Run exhibit, which features artifacts, documents, and photographs from the museum collection that trace the difficult defeats and historic victories of women in local politics.
 


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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's a proud Indiana University alumna, mom to four cats, and Formula 1 enthusiast. When she isn't at work, you can find Alyssa checking out the newest restaurants in the area with her husband, curled up at home with a great book, or planning her next trip to a destination near or far.

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