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Friday, August 23, 2019

Top September Events

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

Theater in Bloomington

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Cardinal Stage presents: "The Great Gatsby": Dates Vary | Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center | Times Vary

The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in Simon Levy’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.

Le Nozze Di Figaro: Dates Vary | Musical Arts Center | 7:30 pm

"A multilayered Mozart masterpiece.”  -The New York Times


Music in Bloomington


Huckleberry Funk Live at Oliver Winery: September 1 | Oliver Winery | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Yowler with Trace Mountains: September 3 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Junkyard Samurai: September 5 | The Bishop | 9:30 pm

Boogie T: September 6 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

C.W. Stoneking: September 6 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Myspace Emo Prom: September 7 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

The Bishop Bar 10th Anniversary Party: September 7 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

It's The Bishop's 10th Anniversary! Please join as they celebrate with a benefit show for Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.

The Dynamics Live at Oliver Winery: September 7 | Oliver Winery | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Whitney: September 9 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Will Johnson: September 10 | Landlocked Music | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kris: September 12 | The Root Cellar Lounge | 8:00 pm

The Hype Magazines DJ King Lewis will be on the 1s & 2s Sept 12th at the Root Cellar Lounge

Strand of Oaks: September 12 | The Bishop | 9:30 pm

The Midnight: September 12 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Haley Jonay Live at Oliver Winery: September 14 | Oliver Winery | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Oh Solo Wainwright: An Evening with Rufus: September 14 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm

Rufus Wainwright, one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation, has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Robbie Williams, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell, and Burt Bacharach.

Cursive: September 17 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Carlene Carter: September 18 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 8:00 pm

Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash, country star Carl Smith and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash spent the last few years on the road with John Mellencamp on his Plain Spoken tour, both as a support act and joining him on stage nightly to perform duets.

Lola Kirke: September 18 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

Video Age: September 19 | The Bishop | 9:30 pm

Susan Anderson Live at Oliver Winery: September 21 | Oliver Winery | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Yola: September 22 | The Bluebird | 8:00 pm

Click here for your chance to win tickets to see Yola for free! 

Rose of the West: September 26 | The Bishop | 9:00 pm

The Four Horsemen - Metallica Tribute: September 27 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm

Jennie DeVoe Live at Oliver Winery: September 28 | Oliver Winery | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Olivia Gatwood: September 28 | The Bishop | 8:00 pm

Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band: September 28 | The Bluebird | 9:00 pm


Sports in Bloomington


Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic: Indiana Men's Soccer vs. UCLA: September 1 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 8:00 pm

IU Women's Volleyball vs. Oregon State: September 6 | Wilkinson Hall | 10:00 am

IU Women's Volleyball vs. Oklahoma: September 6 | Wilkinson Hall | 7:00 pm

IU Football vs. Eastern Illinois: September 7 | Memorial Stadium | 3:30 pm

IU Women's Soccer vs. Morehead State: September 8 | Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium | 1:00 pm

IU Women's Volleyball vs. Yale: September 8 | Wilkinson Hall | 1:00 pm

IU Football vs. Ohio State: September 14 | Memorial Stadium | Noon  

Indiana Men's Soccer vs. Notre Dame: September 17 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 7:00 pm

IU Women's Soccer vs. Iowa: September 20 | Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium | 3:00 pm

Indiana Men's Soccer vs. Wisconsin: September 20 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 8:00 pm

IU Football vs. Connecticut: September 21 | Memorial Stadium | Time TBD

IU Women's Soccer vs. Nebraska: September 22 | Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium | 1:00 pm

Indiana Men's Soccer vs. Sacramento State: September 27 | Bill Armstrong Stadium | 8:00 pm


Film in Bloomington

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Films at Buskirk Chumley: Dates Vary | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Times Vary

Films at IU Cinema: Dates Vary | IU Cinema | Times Vary

Movies in the Park Presents: Coco: September 20 | Bryan Park | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department!


Around Bloomington

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BubbleFest 2019: August 31 - September 2 | WonderLab Museum | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

It's an event for the entire family! Spend the weekend blowing bubbles, bouncing bubbles, and even building bubbles! There will be experiments and workshops all weekend!

Fireworks at Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina: September 1 | Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina/Fairfax Beach | 10:00 pm

Who says fireworks are just for the Fourth of July? Head out to Fairfax State Recreation Area (near Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina) to enjoy fireworks, family, and the beach. Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina also has a 3-day special deal.

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts: August 31 - September 1 | 4th Street bet. Indiana & Dunn Streets | Fri:10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Check out (and buy) art from about 120 artists from across the country. There will also be live music, Spoken Word, and more.

Tuesday Market: June 4 - September 24 | 6th Street & Madison Street, next to westside Bloomingfoods Market | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Experience the weekday version of the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market. It will be here through September right next to the westside Bloomingfoods.

Bloomington Food Truck Friday: May 3 - October 25 | The Dimension Mill | 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival: September 6 - September 8 | Monroe County Fairgrounds | 3:00 pm

A fun event for the entire family! Hot air balloons with some in special shapes, pyrotechnic skydivers, entertainment, food vendors, fireworks, 5K race, commercial vendors and more!

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market: August 17 - November 23 | Showers Common | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Think Like an Archaeologist!: September 7 | Monroe County History Center | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dronepalooza!: September 7 | Bloomington High School North | 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A family-friendly free festival that celebrates all things drone. Featuring: drone obstacle races, opportunities for you to try your hand at flying drones in simulators or actual drones, and more

Free Guided Tour of Indiana University Campus: September 8 | Indiana Memorial Union Circle Drive | 9:00 am - 11:00 am

As a part of the 36th Annual Meeting of The Society for Organic Petrology, we will be offering a free guided tour of the Indiana University campus.

Paddling Film Festival 2019 World Tour: September 8 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – white-water, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action, and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.

Roy Wood Jr. From The Daily Show!: September 13 - September 14 | The Comedy Attic | 10:30 pm

Community Festival: April 13 - October 12 | The Artisan Alley | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Fair of the Arts: May 11 - October 12 | Showers Plaza | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Monroe County Fall Festival: September 19 - September 21 | Marci Jane Lewis Park | Times Vary

Ron Funches: Merriment Marauder Tour!: September 19 - September 21 | The Comedy Attic | Times Vary

Ron has built an impressive acting resume. Whether it's lending his voice to projects like Trolls, Bob's Burgers, and Adventure Time. Or his memorable acting roles on The Goldbergs, Black•ish, and New Girl. He even made being a gang member likable in the film Get Hard.

An Evening with Judy Woodruff: September 21 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | 7:30 pm

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. Now we invite you to show some Hoosier Hospitality to Judy Woodruff as she comes to Bloomington in celebration of the 50th anniversaries of WTIU and PBS!

Versus ITCE Art Preview Show: September 21 | Tattoo Kaiju & Gallery | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

To celebrate the Indiana Toy and Comic Expo, Tattoo Kaiju & Gallery is hosting a group art show dedicated to the artists with booth space at ITCE! Come and get a sample of their awesome art, and the chance to score a one-of-a-kind before someone else does!

26th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival: September 26 - September 29 | Multiple Locations | Times Vary 

For more than two decades, the non-profit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation has transformed downtown Bloomington into an exuberant world of music for one weekend, in addition to providing a full range of multicultural music and art programming throughout the year.

Hoosier Outrun Cancer 2019: September 28 | Memorial Stadium | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hoosiers Outrun Cancer (HOC) proudly supports members of our local community who are fighting cancer including patients, their families, and their friends.


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