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September Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

Lotus Music and Arts Festival, Sept. 20-23

Lotus Music and Arts Festival, Sept. 20-23. Photo provided by VisitBloomington.com and used with written permission.

By Julie Warren, Director of Tourism
Visit Bloomington
http://visitbloomington.com/

Welcome to Bloomington!

Each September brings a renewed energy to Bloomington.  The weather is refreshingly cooler, the youthful IU students return, the IU football season gets everyone excited, and of course there’s an abundance of amazing festivals and events!

The first weekend of the month, Labor Day weekend, pulls together several fantastic events.  It all starts on Friday evening with the indie rock band Okkervil River at Upland Brewing Company, as part of the annual Hillbilly Haiku American Music Series.  The next two days bring the Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts.  This is one of the most popular events in Bloomington, bringing local and national artists to showcase their work.  And a new festival, the Community Art Fair and Garlic Fest, will take place that weekend too, featuring all local artists as well as cooking demonstrations and contests featuring garlic.  There’s also the home opener for the IU Football team on Saturday, which is sure to draw a large (and enthusiastic) crowd.  With so much to do Labor Day weekend, you’ll need the extra day off just to fit it all in!

Later that month, the Lotus Festival will transform downtown Bloomington into a street carnival atmosphere.  The festival features several venues- tented outdoor stages and indoor performances at theaters and churches, all in the heart of downtown.  The festival will take place September 20-23 this year and feature a wide range of music styles such as traditional Celtic, Gypsy jazz, Finnish string music and the high-energy swing sound of the incredibly popular Swedish group Movitz!  There are few times when you can experience so much fantastic music in such variety, and it all takes place in downtown Bloomington.

The amazing music continues on September 26 with Ani DiFranco performing at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.  This beautiful and historic theater is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and doing it in style by bringing in some fantastic artists.  This month it’s DiFranco and fellow singer/songwriter Richard Thompson, and more nationally known acts will be performing this season, so check their website for more shows!

For sports fans, September brings back all the Big Ten action.  The Hoosiers will be playing at home numerous times this month in a variety of sports.  The football team will be playing in The Rock a couple of times this month, and Coach Wilson and his guys have been training hard for this new exciting season.  You can also catch the legendary men’s soccer team, women’s soccer team and the rising women’s volleyball team at home this month.  For sports fans, Bloomington is a paradise.

There are many more events, shows and performances taking place this month, including live local music every night of the week!  For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to http://visitbloomington.com/.

September 2012

  • Bloomington Farmers Market, Every Saturday, 8am, Showers Common
  • 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts, September 1-2, 10am,4th Street (between Indiana and Grant Streets), 812-575-0484
  • Community Art Fair and Garlic Fest, September 1-2, 10am,,Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park, 812-339-2805
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Bowling Green, September 1, 12pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Thematic Tour: Lurking—Reptiles in the Art Museum, September 1, 2pm,IU Art Museum, 812-855-5445
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Georgia Tech, September 1, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Football vs. Indiana State, September 1, 8pm, IU Memorial Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Monroe County Civic Theater Presents: Working, September 1-2,Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-269-8788
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs. San Diego State, September 2, 2pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • American Idiot The Musical, September 4-5, 8pm,Indiana University Auditorium, 812-855-9528
  • Stargazing Open House, Every Wednesday, 9pm, IU Kirkwood Observatory, 812-855-7736
  • Ryder Film Series, Every Thursday, 7:30pm, Root Cellar Lounge at FARMbloomington, 812-323-0002
  • Natasha Leggero, September 6-8, The Comedy Attic, 812-336-LAFF
  • Cardinal Stage Company Presents: To Kill a Mockingbird, September 6-16, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-336-7110
  • IU Field Hockey vs. Louisville, September 7, 3pm, IU Field Hockey Field, 866-IUSPORTS
  • First Friday, September 7, 5:30pm, Downtown Bloomington
  • Movies in the Park: Viva Las Vegas, September 7, at dusk, Bryan Park, 812-349-3725
  • A Fair of the Arts, September 8, 8am, Showers Common
  • IU Field Hockey vs. Ohio, September 9, 1pm, IU Field Hockey Field, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Family Craft Day—Celebrating National Crafts, September 9, 1:30pm, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 812-855-6873
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs. Indiana State, September 12, 7:30pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs. SIUE, September 14, 7:30pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Valparaiso, September 14, 7pm,IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Tunes on the Terrace with The Vallures, September 14, 7pm, Oliver Winery, 812-876-5800
  • Movies in the Park: Back to the Future, September 14, at dusk, Bryan Park, 812-349-3725
  • IU Field Hockey vs. California, September 15, 1pm, IU Field Hockey Field, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Opera: Don Giovanni, September 14-22, 8pm, IU Musical Arts Center, 812-855-7433
  • IU Football vs. Ball State, September 15, 8pm, IU Memorial Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Chattanooga, September 15, 12pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Miami (OH), September 15, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Richard Thompson, September 18, 8pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020
  • Lotus World Music and Arts Festival (see photo above), September 20-23, Downtown Bloomington
  • IU Theatre: When the Rain Stops Falling, September 21-29, IU Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 812-855-1103
  • The Amazing Reservoir Race, September 22, 8:30am, Lake Monroe, 812-837-9546
  • Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session, September 25, 7:30pm, Café Django, 608-322-6827
  • BCT Presents Ani DiFranco, September 26, 8pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs. Notre Dame, September 26, 7pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • 29th Annual American Red Cross Book Fair, September 27-October 2, 9am, Monroe County Fairgrounds, 812-332-7292
  • Oktoberfest Dinner and Dance, September 28, 6pm,KRC Banquets and Catering, 812-332-6861
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs. Illinois, September 28, 7:30pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Ballet: Light and Shade, September 28-29, 8pm, IU Musical Arts Center, 812-855-7433
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Illinois, September 28, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Rx by Kate Fodor, September 28-29, 7:30pm, Bloomington Playwrights Projects, 812-323-3020
  • Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, September 29, 9:30am, Indiana University Athletics Complex, 812-353-5000
  • Upland Oktoberfest, September 29, 11am, Upland Brewing Company, 812-336-2337
  • Birds of Prey: A Live Show, September 29-30, WonderLab Museum, 812-337-1337
  • Harvest Moon Weekend, September 29-30, Lake Monroe Paynetown SRA, 812-837-9967
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs. Northwestern, September 29, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs. Northwestern, September 30, 1pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • 6th Annual Bloomington Chefs’ Challenge, September 30, 7pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-332-0999
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