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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 Experiences and Visit Bloomington invite new 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.


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.

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

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

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

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


Sneakers, apparel, and accessories on display at SLCT Stock
Photo by SLCT Stock

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.

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.


Performance of The Wizard of Oz by Cardinal Stage

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.

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.

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

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

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.