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Welcome to Your New Home, Hoosiers!

Bloomington is thrilled to welcome our newest class of the Cream & Crimson! IU's Office of First Year Experience Programs and Visit Bloomington invite students to explore Bloomington beyond the Sample Gates on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22. On your own or with a friend, explore B-Town's many restaurants and shops who are eager to welcome you to your new home. Don't forget your Crimson Card — many are offering chances to win gift cards, holding raffles, giving away prizes, and providing discounts on purchases. Look for the "Beyond the Gates" poster in storefront windows, or see the list of participating businesses below.
 

Restaurants
 

A row of booths at Nick's English Hut
 

Bloomington Bagel Company
Show your COVID-19 vaccine card to receive a vaxxed bracelet and a coupon for a free Naked Bagel.

BLU Boy Chocolate
Make a purchase to enter to win a raffle for a five-piece box of chocolate and a BLU Boy t-shirt.

Brilliant Coffee Company
Show your Crimson Card to receive 15% off any non-alcoholic beverage, gelato, or pastry.

Btown Gyros
Show your Crimson Card to receive a free small fry and chocolate chip cookie with the purchase of a gyro sandwich.

Crazy Horse
Make a purchase to be entered to win a raffle for a $50.00 gift card and Crazy Horse t-shirt.

Dat's Cajun Creole Cafe
Show your Crimson Card to receive a free drink and chocolate chip cookie with any entree purchase.

FARMbloomington
Show your Crimson Card when you purchase a Big Red Pizza or an order of FARMhouse Fries to receive a free gelato dessert.

Healthy Hoosiers
Make a purchase to be entered to win a raffle for an Apple iPad and gift cards to the smoothie shop.

Hive
Make a purchase to be entered to win one of five $100.00 gift cards to Hive — fill out your raffle ticket at the cash register. 

inBloom Juicery
Students will receive buy-one-get-one Avocado Toasts or Acai Smoothie Bowls after redeeming an inBloom deal on the Townee app.

Lennie's
Make a purchase to be entered to win one of five $100.00 gift cards to Lennie's — fill out your raffle ticket at the host's stand. 

Needmore Coffee Roasters
Show your Crimson Card to receive 30% off your order at Needmore Coffee Roasters.

Nick's English Hut
Show your Crimson Card to receive a 20% discount on any non-alcoholic item.

NOURISH Bar
Show your Crimson Card to receive 15% off any non-alcoholic item.

Pizza X
Show your Crimson Card to receive $4.00 off any 14" or 16" pizza at any Pizza X location. Ordering online or on the app? Use coupon code 0821VB01.

Rainbow Bakery
Check out a free photo exhibit at FAR Center for Contemporary Arts and show your Crimson Card to receive a 50% off coupon to Rainbow Bakery.

Switchyard Brewing Co.
Show your Crimson Card to receive a free order of breadsticks.

Upland Brewing Company
Show your Crimson Card to receive a 10% discount on your food purchase.
 

Shops
 

Display of wall art and prints at Gather Handmade Shoppe
 

Alibi
Make a purchase at Alibi to be entered to win a $100.00 gift card.

The Game Preserve
Show your Crimson Card to receive 10% off of any single item in the store.

Gather :handmade shoppe & co:
Make a purchase at Gather to enter to win a $20.00 gift card.

Global Gifts
Make a purchase at Global Gifts to be entered to win a $25.00 gift card.

Landlocked Music
Receive free CD samplers, stickers, buttons, and posters when you visit Landlocked Music.

oak.
Make a purchase at oak. to be entered to win a free four-inch plant of your choice, excluding rare plants.

The Olive Leaf & Bloomington Chocolate Company
Stop by The Olive Leaf & Bloomington Chocolate Company to receive a free sample bottle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar and a free two-piece box of truffles.

SLCT Stock
Show your Crimson Card to receive 10% off your purchase; make a purchase to be entered to win a $100.00 gift card, and pick up a free sticker!

Westbury Antique Market
Stop by the Westbury Antique Market to be entered to win a $100.00 gift certificate.
 

Attractions
 

Various costumes on exhibit at the Glenn Close exhibition at the Eskenazi Museum of Art
 

Artisan Alley
Receive $5.00 off t-shirts, a free day pass to Burl and Ingot, a half-off class coupon, and/or a waived processing fee for membership at Artisan Alley.

Bloomington Playwrights Project
Show your Crimson Card at the Ted Jones Playhouse or the Buskirk-Chumley Theater to be eligible for $5.00 show tickets. Tickets must be purchased by September 15 to receive the discounted price.

Bloomington Salt Cave
Show your Crimson Card to receive a buy-one-get-one-free 45-minute halotherapy session at the Bloomington Salt Cave.

Cardinal Stage
Enter a raffle online to win a $25.00 gift card, which can be used for any of Cardinal Stage's 2021/2022 season productions or their annual screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Classic Lanes
Show your Crimson Card to earn a buy-one-get-one-free round of bowling.

The Code & Key Escape Rooms
Show your Crimson Card to receive 20% off any escape room tickets during the Beyond the Gates weekend.

Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU
Be one of the first 50 students to show your Crimson Card at the museum's Welcome Center to receive a free tote bag with postcards and buttons.

FAR Center for Contemporary Arts
Check out a free photo exhibit at FAR Center for Contemporary Arts and show your Crimson Card to receive a 50% off coupon to Rainbow Bakery.

Farmer House Museum
Enjoy free admission and refreshments at the Farmer House Museum on Saturday, August 21.

The Golf Club at Eagle Pointe
Show your Crimson Card to claim an 18-hole round for just $29.00.

Hoosier Heights
Show your Crimson Card to receive a buy-one-get-one-free climbing day pass at Hoosier Heights. Passes are eligible for both first-time and returning climbers. Must be used at the same time — passes cannot be saved for a later date.

Hoosier National Forest
Be one of the first 500 students to visit the Hoosier National Forest's Brooks Cabin Wilderness Welcome Center to receive a free Leave No Trace backpack tag.

Hoosier Putt Hole
Show your Crimson Card to receive $2.00 off an 18-hole game and/or 50% off Hoosier Putt Hole swag.

The Pottery House Studio
Show your Crimson Card to receive $5.00 off any purchase of $15.00 or more. Students who make a purchase will also be entered to win a raffle for a $25.00 gift certificate to the Pottery House Studio.

Vibe Yoga
Receive a free water bottle while supplies last, a buy-one-get-one-free drop-in pass with your Crimson Card, and a $99.00 membership (regularly $120.00) for the fall term.
 

Explore Bloomington
 

Explore the best of B-Town during Welcome Week — check out these blogs for things to do and places to discover with roommates and friends!
 

For all of Visit Bloomington's New to IU resources, click here.