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You Need To Experience These 8 Bloomington Festivals This September

Fall is festival season in Indiana! Bloomington is one of the most beautiful places to be in the fall, with unmatched fall foliage and vibrant festivals and events to entertain all visitors. Whether you’re looking for music, great food, comedy, or unique experiences, Bloomington has you covered. You will not want to miss these 8 Bloomington festivals this September!

Bloomington Festivals in September

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Limestone Comedy Festival, Bloomington Festivals
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Limestone Comedy Festival

Date: Thursday, September 2 through Saturday, September 4
Time: Varying times – See the schedule here.
Location: Multiple venues – See the schedule here.
Admission: Tickets are available per show, as multi-day passes, and for the entire festival — See ticketing information here.

Enjoy the annual Limestone Comedy Festival in which over 50 comedians from across the nation perform at The Comedy Attic and other Bloomington venues. 

BTown Jazz Fest, Bloomington Festivals

B’Town Jazz Fest

Date: Saturday, September 4
Time: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Woolery Mill
Admission: Free

Celebrate Bloomington’s rich jazz community at B’Town Jazz Fest! Features include performances by the area’s leading professional artists, as well as collegiate and high school performers, food & drinks, and select merchandise. The Jazz Fest’s 2021 headliners include Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Ada Rovatti (saxophone).

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts, Bloomington Festivals

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts

Date: Saturday, September 4 through Sunday, September 5
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday
Location: 4th Street, between Indiana and Grant Streets
Admission: Free

Enjoy the 45th annual Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts, with 80 booths of fine art and fine crafts created by local and regional artists.

FIESTA DEL OTOÑO & BLACK Y BROWN ARTS FESTIVAL, Bloomington Festivals
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Fiesta del Otoño and Black y Brown Arts Festival

Date: Saturday, September 8
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Bryan Park
Admission: Free

Enjoy a visual arts exhibition, performance showcase, and food trucks at the Fiesta del Otoño and Black y Brown Arts Festival! The celebration seeks to raise and expand art appreciation, create space that affirms persons of color in the community, and enhance Bloomington’s spirit of inclusion.

Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival, Bloomington Festival

Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival

Date: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12
Time: 3:00 – 10:00 pm on Friday, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm on Saturday, and 7:00 am – 7:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: Tickets are available per day and for the entire weekend, with varying prices for preorders and day-of purchases. Visit this page for more information.

Enjoy hot air balloon launches, helicopter rides, pyrotechnic skydivers, fireworks, a wine & beer garden, food & commercial vendors, and other entertainment at the Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival!

Bloomington Birdfest, Bloomington Festivals

Bloomington Birdfest

Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Admission: Free

Bloomington Birdfest is an interactive educational celebration of bird biology, ecology, and conservation — experience hands-on activities, bird walks, speakers, live birds, nature crafts, falconry demonstrations, food trucks, raffle prizes, and more!

Stinesville Stone Quarry Festiival, Bloomington Festivals

Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival

Date: Thursday, September 23 through Saturday, September 25
Time: TBD
Location: McGlockin Park in Stinesville
Admission: Free

Enjoy craft vendors, food booths, live music, a pie competition, an antique tractor show, a parade, and more at the annual Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival. Festival times are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, Bloomington Festivals

Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

Date: Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Admission: TBD

Celebrate the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from around the world at the 28th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Event time and location are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

Bloomington Festivals in October

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Science Fest, Bloomington Festivals

Science Fest

Date: Saturday, October 9
Time: TBD
Location: Multiple locations across the Indiana University campus
Admission: TBD

Participate in over 150 hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and talks at Science Fest. Event times and admission are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.

Indiana University Homecoming, Bloomington Festivals

Indiana University Homecoming Weekend

Date: Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17
Time: All-day
Location: Various locations on the IU campus
Admission: Free

IU Homecoming Weekend allows alumni to reconnect with friends, relive their favorite college traditions, and show their kids their old stomping grounds. The Indiana University Alumni Association will host several events throughout the weekend, including a parade on Friday evening and the Hoosier Huddle, a members-only tailgate, on Saturday. 

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, Bloomington Festivals

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Date: Saturday, October 16
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Lawn
Admission: Free

Pick out your own homemade blown glass pumpkin or simply admire the display of over 900 glass pumpkins at the 12th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! All pumpkins are made by members of the Bloomington Creative Glass Center. Proceeds from the pumpkin sales support educational arts programming throughout the year.

Hoosier Hysteria, Bloomington Festivals

Hoosier Hysteria

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
Admission: TBD

Get excited for the Indiana University basketball season at Hoosier Hysteria! Features include skills competitions, a dunk contest, and a brief scrimmage with both the men’s and women’s teams.

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