This is a community of big ideas, and many of those ideas manifest themselves into big events. From January through December, you can laugh, dance, become inspired, and mostly just have a good time with friends and family. These annual events take place around Bloomington and demonstrate the diversity of our city. For more upcoming events, visit our Events Calendar.

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January

Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival

  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  • Bloomington, IN 47408

Since 2003, PRIDE has been Bloomington's only film festival devoted to issues and situations concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities (LGBTQA+). Brighten up your winter with three days of the best new queer film! Learn more

February

Eagles Over Monroe

  • Fourwinds Lakeside Inn and Marina
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9967

Eagles Over Monroe celebrates the close relationship that Monroe Lake has with these majestic birds, starting over 30 years ago with the bald eagle reintroduction program. This annual event is held in late January or early February at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn and Marina. Eagles Over Monroe... Learn more

March

Wylie House Heirloom Seed Sale

  • Wylie House Museum
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 855-6224

Not so long ago, saving seeds was an important part of gardening. From ancient times until our grandparents' day, favorite strains of vegetables and flowers were renewed from year to year and generation to generation through seed saving. The annual Wylie House Heirloom Seed Sale features over 50... Learn more

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

  • Monroe Convention Center
  • Bloomington, IN 47403

The Indiana Heritage Quilt Show brings together over 200 stunning examples of quilted works each year at the Bloomington Convention Center. In addition to the quilted works on display, the Quilt Show also features workshops for all skill levels, a merchants' mall filled with sewing and quilting... Learn more

April

Hoosier Half Marathon & 5K

  • 2437 N. Stonelake Circle
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • (317) 340-7506

Indiana University and the City of Bloomington play host each year to the Hoosier Half Marathon. Now sponsored by The Indiana Running Company, the Hoosier Half Marathon is a challenging springtime race, where participants will find 13.1 (or 3.1!) miles of relentless rolling hills, but will also be... Learn more

IU Little 500 Weekend

  • Armstrong Stadium
  • Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812) 855-9152

Made famous by the Academy Award winning movie Breaking Away, the Little 500 is one of Indiana University's most loved traditions and is often referred to as "The World's Greatest College Weekend." If you love ... Learn more

May

Harrodsburg Heritage Days Festival

  • 1002 W. Popcorn Rd.
  • Harrodsburg, IN 47434
  • (812) 320-3020

Held each year in May, the Harrodsburg Heritage Festival is a good, old-fashioned celebration that's been going strong for nearly 30 years! The fun includes lots of live music, great food, an arts and crafts show, a big parade and more. Harrodsburg is located just south of Bloomington off Highway... Learn more

June

Limestone Comedy Festival

  • Various venues
  • Bloomington, IN 47403

The Limestone Comedy Festival is a three-day, multi-venue comedy festival held in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana. Performances are held at venues throughout downtown, with headliners performing at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Festival passes are available on their website and a limited... Learn more

USA International Harp Competition

  • Music School Annex Building
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 856-5715

The USA International Harp Competition seeks to conduct a world-class international harp competition in the United States in order to promote and foster the careers of gifted young harpists from throughout the world. This competition happens right here in Bloomington, Indiana every three years.... Learn more

IU Summer Music

  • 1201 E. 3rd Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-855-9846

Indiana University's Summer Music provides a great way to enjoy Bloomington from mid-June to mid-August. With an array of orchestral, jazz, chamber and outdoor band concerts, a fully-staged production produced by IU Opera Theater, as well as frequent student and faculty recitals, there is... Learn more

IU Summer Theatre

  • 275 N. Jordan Avenue
  • Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
  • (812) 855-1103

The IU Summer Theatre is the summer professional theatre for the IU Department of Theatre and Drama. Shows are done in repertory fashion, with one play and one musical taking place in late-June and July, and a family-friendly musical in late-July and August. Performances take place at the Lee... Learn more

Arts Fair on the Square

  • Monroe County Courthouse Lawn
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • 812-334-3100

A Bloomington tradition, Arts Fair on the Square celebrates 38 years of bringing visual artists and craftspeople together with the local and regional community. This juried art show features over 100 regional and national artists and craftspeople on the picturesque grounds surrounding the Monroe... Learn more

Taste of Bloomington

  • Downtown Bloomington at Showers Common
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • (812) 336-3681

The Taste of Bloomington is an annual celebration of Bloomington's wide variety of unique dining experiences. Over 40 restaurants are on site with specialties for you to sample, and local beer and wine products will also be available for purchase. Food items range from down-home Hoosier... Learn more

July

Fourth of July Festivities

  • Courthouse Lawn
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • 812-336-3681

The Fourth of July festivities in downtown Bloomington are a must-see if you're in the area. Enjoy a traditional Fourth of July parade through the downtown area, live music and more! Be sure to check local listings for area fireworks displays to top off your Fourth of July Celebration! Community... Learn more

Monroe County Fair

  • 5700 W. Airport Rd
  • Bloomington, IN 47403
  • (812) 825-7439

Enjoy a traditional county fair, complete with 4-H projects and competitions, a rodeo, loads of food vendors, carnival rides, games and more! 4-H projects are on display throughout the fair in a variety of subject areas and a large commercial exhibit building offers tons of booths and a great way... Learn more

August

Bloomington Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Festival

  • Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
  • Bloomington, IN 47404

The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival is an annual music and dance festival in Bloomington, Indiana featuring the world's best blues and boogie woogie piano players along with professional dancers, food and beverages. Learn more

Pridefest

  • Kirkwood Avenue
  • Bloomington, IN 47402

Pridefest is a free, weekend-long celebration of queer people and allies in Bloomington, IN and involves live performers, music, food, drinks, educational workshops, and interactive activities. Learn more

September

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts

  • Fourth Street between Grant and Dunn Streets
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • (812) 335-3814

This annual event began in 1976 as a way for area artists and crafts people to showcase their talents and has been a Bloomington tradition ever since! The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts has grown over the years into one of the premier festivals in the region and now includes artists from... Learn more

Garlic Fest

  • Waldron, Hill, & Buskirk Park
  • Bloomington, IN 47401

Bloomington GarlicFEST strives to bring the community together to offer all ages an opportunity to celebrate healthy lifestyle choices, support local artists and musicians, and participate in interactive areas of the festival. Bloomington GarlicFEST takes place outdoors, so bring sunglasses,... Learn more

Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana

  • Monroe County Fairgrounds
  • Bloomington, IN 47407
  • (812) 327-8575

The Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana conducts the Annual Kiwanis Hot Air Balloon Fest at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, Indiana on the second weekend of September. Funds generated from the Balloon Fest go to support Riley Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington and... Learn more

Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

  • PO Box 1667
  • Bloomington, IN 47402
  • (812) 336-6599

The Lotus Education & Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Bloomington, Indiana (est. 1994). Its mission is to create opportunities to experience, celebrate, and explore the diversity of the world’s cultures, through music and the arts. Lotus provides exciting... Learn more

Monroe County Fall Festival

  • PO Box 585
  • Ellettsville, IN 47429

The Monroe County Fall Festival is held in nearby Ellettsville on the third weekend in September. 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... Learn more

Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival

  • Downtown Stinesville
  • Stinesville, IN 47464
  • (812) 876-8303

The annual Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival welcomes former residents and visitors back to Stinesville for a weekend celebration, featuring great food, lots of live music, arts and crafts, a pie competition, antique tractor show, street dance and, of course, a good, old-fashioned Saturday afternoon... Learn more

Upland Oktoberfest

  • 350 W. 11th Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • (812) 336-2337

Upland Brewing Company's annual Oktoberfest at the Bloomington Tap Room features a variety of special German menu items served all day long, live music beginning at 11am, and more! Stop by to enjoy the atmosphere for lunch, dinner or just drinks. Learn more

October

Hilly Hundred Bicycle Tour

  • 601 S. Edgewood Drive
  • Ellettsville, IN 47429
  • (317) 767-7765

The Annual Hilly Hundred Weekend, sponsored by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA), is a classic bicycle event designed for the touring bicyclist. If you like a bicycling challenge that includes entertainment and fellowship with more than 5,500 bicyclists from over 40 states and several... Learn more

Indiana University Homecoming Weekend

  • 1000 E. 17th Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 855-4822

Each year, the IU Alumni Association goes all out to welcome Hoosiers back to Bloomington during Homecoming Weekend. There's nothing better than a fall weekend in Bloomington, unless maybe it's a fall Homecoming Weekend! Special events include a parade on Friday evening, followed by a pep rally at... Learn more

November

Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show

  • Monroe Convention Center
  • Bloomington, IN 47403

Bloomington's three holiday guild shows: Local Clay Potters' Guild, Bloomington Spinners & Weavers Guild and Indiana Glass Guild are all together under one roof at the Monroe Convention Center for one of Bloomington biggest holiday art shows. The show features local and regional artists in the... Learn more

Bloomington Handmade Market

  • Monroe Convention Center
  • Bloomington, IN 47403

The Bloomington Handmade Market is an annual, juried show. Artists and crafters are selected based on quality, unusual work of a type not normally seen in traditional craft fairs. Dozens of artists come from both Bloomington and around the Midwest to participate in this public show held at the... Learn more

Canopy of Lights

  • Monroe County Courthouse
  • Bloomington, IN 47403
  • (812) 336-3681

Join downtown businesses in celebrating the holiday season as Santa flips the switch to transform downtown Bloomington into a sparkling winter wonderland, featuring several miles of lights. Many special open houses are held in the downtown area during the Canopy of Lights celebration. This iconic... Learn more

Holiday Market

  • Showers Plaza
  • Bloomington, IN 47402
  • (812) 349-3705

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the final Bloomington Community Farmers' Market of the season magically transforms into the Holiday Market! At Holiday Market, you can find lots of great gift ideas, holiday decor items, locally grown holiday trees and enjoy live music, including an appearance... Learn more

December

Chimes of Christmas

  • IU Auditorium
  • Bloomington, IN 47405
  • (812) 855-1103

A beloved Bloomington holiday tradition, the Chimes of Christmas is an annual IU Jacobs School of Music production featuring the IU Wind Ensemble, Trombone Choir and all 125 members of the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers. This concert is one of the most popular holiday celebrations in town and... Learn more

Throughout the Year

Gallery Walk

  • Various locations
  • Bloomington, IN 47404
  • (812) 330-6225

Several downtown galleries, conveniently located within walking distance of one another, invite you to stroll our year-round Downtown GalleryWalk. You'll find a wealth of artwork in each distinct gallery, with atmospheres range from sophisticated to funky. Whatever your taste in fine art and... Learn more