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Labor Day Weekend in Bloomington

Labor Day weekend marks the start of a new season. The temperature starts to drop, and the leaves begin to change color. Many celebrate the holiday with a good barbeque and relaxing in the sun. While that all sounds fun, Bloomington has quite the weekend in store. Check out these events and outdoor festivities for a full Labor Day weekend. 

Summer Send-Off Concert

Overview of Switchyard Park at Night

When: Friday, September 4, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Switchyard Park
Cost: Admission is free, but a ticket is required for admission. 

Say goodbye to summer with a concert at Switchyard Park! Matixando, a community-centered Latin fusion band, and Kid Kazooey & The Ballroom Roustabouts will be performing, so it's guaranteed to be a vibrant and entertaining show. Reserve your free ticket here. The use of face masks is required in the concert-viewing area. As always, please practice social distancing and bring your own seating. 

7th Annual Josh Burton Memorial Race

Car Racing at Bloomington Speedway

When: Friday, September 4, 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Where: Bloomington Speedway
Cost: General Admission: $25, Pit Admission: $35, Children 10 & under: free

Spend the evening at the track for the annual Josh Burton Memorial. There will be sprints, modified, and superstock races. Food trucks and concessions will be available! Bring your own seating if you prefer. As always, please practice social distancing. The use of face masks is required when social distancing cannot occur or when you are inside a building.  

The Prince Experience

Concert at Night at The Bluebird

When: Friday, September 4, doors open at 8:00 pm, show begins at 9:00 pm
Where: The Bluebird
Cost: $12

Dance the night away at The Prince Experience! This Prince tribute band will play all the hits, which is sure to bring back all the memories. This show is 21+. Face masks are required. Please practice social distancing, if possible.   


Other Events

For the learners...

Some museums reopened just in time for the long weekend! The Eskenazi Museum of Art showcases art of various mediums from world-renowned artists. Admission is free, but check their website for updated hours and social-distancing guidelines. WonderLab Museum is an excellent option for families. Kids of all ages can enjoy science experiments and exhibits. Tickets are required, so grab yours here. The Monroe County History Center is another museum worth spending hours in. For updates on the current exhibits and hours, head to their website

For the foodies...

Bloomington is no stranger to good, local eating. There are many restaurants in town with outdoor dining to practice safe distancing and enjoy the beautiful weather. We always recommend checking with each restaurant for hours, as they are often changing. There are also multiple farmers' markets happening around town. Grab fresh produce, regionally-made goods, and more at any of the outdoor vendors. 

For the outdoorsy types...

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in Bloomington. Between the lakes, the Hoosier National Forest, and other recreational activities, your Labor Day weekend can be spent entirely outside. For example, spend the extended break on the water. Lake Monroe Boat Rental and Paradise Rental Boats offer the opportunity to rent a boat, kayak, canoe, or other water sport accessory. Both options aren't far from camping and hiking options either! Want to enjoy the warm weather, but not feeling life on the lake? The Starlite Drive-In is a fun evening activity. For Labor Day weekend, the decades-old drive-in is playing a brand new movie that has yet to appear in the theaters. You definitely won't want to miss it!