Annual Events in Bloomington IN

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

Music is the heartbeat of Bloomington, the rhythm that moves us and the melody that guides us. Discover the talented local musicians, producers,…

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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

Indiana Universitys 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

The legendary home of IU basketball has undergone major renovations in the last year. The beautiful Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall now truly represents…

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

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

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

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 Childrens Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington and…Learn more

Upland Brewing Companys 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

Held each year in May, the Harrodsburg Heritage Festival is a good, old-fashioned celebration thats 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

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

Several downtown galleries, conveniently located within walking distance of one another, invite you to stroll our year-round Downtown GalleryWalk. Youll 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

The Fourth of July festivities in downtown Bloomington are a must-see if youre 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

The Taste of Bloomington is an annual celebration of Bloomingtons 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

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 worlds cultures, through music and the arts. Lotus provides exciting…Learn more

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 ourEvents Calendar.

Bloomingtons 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whether youre gay, straight or somewhere in between, Bloomington offers something rarely found in this country: a small town with a bold history of openness and acceptance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Since 2003, PRIDE has been Bloomingtons 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

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