The end of summer draws near but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Labor Day Weekend in Bloomington is packed with events for the whole family. Take a long weekend; you deserve it.


4th street art

4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts

Date: Saturday, September 2 through Sunday, September 3
Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am-5:00 pm on Sunday
Location: 4th Street
Admission: Free

Enjoy the annual 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts, with work available by over 120 local, regional, and national artists.


Special Events


Food trucks lined up at Switchyard Park for Food Truck Friday

Food Truck Friday

Date: Friday, September 1
Time: 11:00 am-9:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Food Truck Friday takes place every Friday. Swing by anytime between 11:00 am-9:00 pm to grab some delicious, locally-made food, enjoy the amenities at Switchyard Park, and experience live music & performances from local artists.

Lilly Library Tour

Date: Friday, September 1
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Location: Lilly Library
Admission: Free
Guided tour of the Lilly Library including stunning murals in the Reading Room and experts will talk about books including the Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s Birds of America to name a few.

Gallery Walk

Date: Friday, September 1
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. Fourteen downtown art galleries participate in the event — stroll through the heart of Bloomington as you admire various works at each location. 

Smithville In The Park Labor Day Car Show

Date: Monday, September 4
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Community Park  (7555 S. Strain Ridge Road)
Admission: Free

Come see classic cars, trucks and motorcycles at the car show and shop at the Swap Meet & Craft Show.



bloomington farmers market

Farmers' Markets

Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: Varying times 
Location: Multiple venues — see all Saturday markets here
Admission: Free

Enjoy several Bloomington farmers' markets during Labor Day weekend: the Bloomington Community Farmer's Market, Woolery Farmers' Market and the Smithville Farmers' Market


Live Music

Exterior of The Bluebird on a concert night
Swing in September at Dunn Meadow

Artist: B-Town Bearcats
Date: Friday, September 1
Time: 6:30 pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy live music from the IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies program every Friday in September.

The Bluebird

Artist: Magic City Hippies
Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: Doors open at 8:00 pm; show starts at 9:00 pm, 21+ show
Admission: $25.00 per ticket

Enjoy live musical performances at The Bluebird.

The Fairfax Bar & Grill

Artist: Low Speed Chase
Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: 8:00 pm 

Enjoy live music at The Fairfax Bar & Grill.

Sporting Events

Josh Burton Memorial Race (rain date)

Date: Friday, September 1
Time: Gates open at 5:00 pm; hot laps begin at 6:00 pm; race begins at 7:00 pm
Location: Bloomington Speedway
Admission: varies per person

Enjoy a night of motorsport with Midwest Sprint Car Series Sprints, Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Midwest Mini Sprint Association racing.


An IU soccer player kicking a soccer ball

Photo by IU Athletics

IU Men's Soccer ADIDAS/IU Credit Union Classic versus Washington

Date: Friday, September 1
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Adult $10.00 per ticket, Youth $5.00 per ticket

The last match up was 2021. Watch the top ranked IU team take on Washington.

IU Men's Soccer ADIDAS/IU Credit Union Classic versus Seton Hall

Date: Monday, September 4
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Adult $10.00 per ticket, Youth $5.00 per ticket

IU Men’s Soccer is 3-0 against Seton Hall, come cheer them on to victory!


The IU Football team getting ready to run onto the field for a game
Photo by IU Athletics
IU Football versus Ohio State

Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Memorial Stadium
Admission: ticket prices vary

Kick-off of the 2023 season against Ohio State. Go Hoosiers!

And IU women's soccer player shooting to make a goal

Photo by IU Athletics

IU Women's Soccer versus Northern Illinois

Date: Sunday, September 3
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Bill Armstrong Stadium
Admission: Free

Come out and cheer on the IU Women's Soccer team against Northern Illinois.



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