Similar to many other college towns across the United States, Bloomington has a constantly fluctuating population of forward thinking individuals, an excitable demeanor, a breathtaking campus and, well, sports. This south central Indiana town is rich with activity and entertainment.
Summer brings several weekend festivals and the Bloomington-specific wineries and brewpubs are always an interesting stop. This college town is mostly college, but it is fairly easy to find something for everyone. If you pass through from either direction, from any part of the World, Bloomington, Indiana is a good measuring stick for the American Midwest.
Afro-American Art Festival
African American Music and Culture Showcase
Black Pride Film Festival
Dark Carnival Film Festival
Fall Festival on Fairfax
Fourth Street Arts and Crafts Festival
Indiana Heritage Quilt Show
Lotus World Music and Arts Festival
Pride Film Festival
Taste of Bloomington
Theta Antique Show
Third and High Festival
Bloomington Farmers Market
Business EXPO hosted by The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce and the SBDC
Limestone Comedy Festival
Fountain Square Mall
Westside Strip Malls and Big-Box Retailers
Eastside Strip Malls and Big-Box Retailers
Locally, the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market operates at city hall on Saturday mornings, April through October. The market gives the city a chance to buy, sell, and trade goods. Fountain Square Mall, a mini mall, is a historical landmark because it still has bricks from the original building structure. The Square also consists of Buskirk Chumley Theater, the Monroe County
Court House, many locally owned and operated local restaurants, nightclubs and businesses, as well as several churches. Due to building constraints placed on the area in around the College Mall by the city council, most of the retail expansion in the last decade, has been on the west side of Bloomington including a Super Wal-Mart, several strip malls and many national chain restaurants. The majority of the downtown restaurants are locally owned.