October Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

Memorial Coliseum at Indiana University

Memorial Coliseum at Indiana University. Photo provided by Monroe County Tourism and used with written permission.

By Julie Warren
Monroe County Tourism

Bloomington is a beautiful destination all year long, but October may be one of the very best times to visit.  The weather is crisp and dense tree canopy that covers the city turns to bright fall colors, and the smell of tailgate grills can be detected almost every weekend.  Indeed, football season is in full swing in October, with the IU Hoosiers hosting two Big Ten teams this month.  It all starts on October 6 when the Hoosiers take on  Michigan State in the exciting Homecoming match up.  Homecoming events take place all week, including an exciting pep rally that Friday night.  Then on October 13 the Buckeyes of Ohio State come to town, which means a large and energized crowd.  Go Hoosiers!

The local theater companies are in full  swing this month, with several shows taking place. The Bloomington Playwrights Project will feature Rx by Kate Fodor, a comedy about love (and prescription pills) on October 4-13.  Cardinal Stage Company presents the family-friendly show Knuffle Bunny, a sweet and heartwarming play based on the story by Mo Willems on October 6-21.  Then the IU Theatre and Drama Department present the classic Richard III on October 19-27.  There are comedy, drama and family plays—in other words, there’s great theater in Bloomington.

Even though the weather is a little cooler, it’s still a great time to enjoy Lake Monroe and the surrounding Hoosier National Forest. There are some special events taking place at Lake Monroe this month to guide your adventure, like Campfire Stories & S’mores on October 6 and Into the Autumn Woods on October 13. Get out and explore the gorgeous landscape of South-Central Indiana in fall.

Things get a little spooky with the Halloween events at the end of the month.  Watch a silent movie with accompanying organ music played by Dennis James on October 26, get cold chills with the skate and scare event on October 27 at ice rink, and make some creepy crafts at the Ghostly Gathering at Paynetown SRA on October 27 and 28.  These are even more treats (and a few tricks) happening this month, so have some Halloween fun!

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 visitbloomington.com.

October 2012

  • Wolfgang Gartner, October 10, 9pm, The Bluebird, 812-336-3984
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs Purdue, Oct 11, 8pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Victor Wooten, Oct 11, 8pm, The Bluebird, 812-336-3984
  • Here Come the Mummies, Oct 12, 9pm, The Bluebird, 812-336-3984
  • Into the Autumn Woods, Oct 13, 4pm, Lake Monroe Paynetown SRA, 812-837-9967
  • 3rd Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, Oct 13, 10am, Monroe County Courthouse Lawn, 812-345-2470
  • IU Football vs Ohio State, Oct 13, 8pm, IU Memorial Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Cupcake Core Sampling, Oct 14, 1pm, Paynetown State Recreation Area, 812-837-9967
  • The Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe, Oct 14, 8pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020
  • The Mystery of Geodes, Oct 15, 3:30pm, Ellettsville Branch of Monroe County Public Library, 812-837-9967
  • Mayor Hawthorne, Oct 16, 8pm, The Bluebird, 8121-336-3984
  • Rocks Tell a Story: The Geology of Monroe Lake, Oct 16, 7pm, Lake Monroe Paynetown SRA, 812-837-9967
  • Chicago the Musical, Oct 16-17, 8pm, IU Auditorium, 812-855-9528
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs Butler, Oct 17, 7:30pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs Purdue, Oct 17, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTSb
  • Kumail Nanjiani, October 18-20, 8pm and 10:30pm, The Comedy Attic, 336-LAFF
  • IU Opera and Ballet present: The Merry Widow, Oct 18-21, IU Musical Arts Center
  • IU Field Hockey vs Michigan, Oct 19, 4pm, IU Field Hockey Field, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs Minnesota, Oct 19, 7pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Theatre: Richard III, Oct 19-27, 7:30pm, IU Wells-Metz Theatre, 812-855-1103
  • Catching the Rain, Oct 20, 1pm, Paynetown State Recreation Area, 812-837-9967
  • Day Rock Climbing with IUOA, Oct 20, 10am, 812-855-2231
  • Hoosier Hysteria, Oct 20, 7pm, IU Assembly Hall, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs Michigan, Oct 20, 7pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • PALS Fun Show, Oct 20, 11am, PALS Barn at Ellington Stables, 812-336-2798 ext. 4
  • Trick or Treat Trail, Oct 20, 1pm, RCA Community Park, 812-349-3718
  • The PlayOffs – In honor of Ike and Julie Arnove, Oct 20, 7:30pm,Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-334-1188
  • Drive By Truckers, Oct 21, 8pm, The Bluebird, 812-336-3984
  • Dinosaur Jr., Oct 22, 8pm, The Bluebird, 812-336-3984
  • IU Men’s Soccer vs Evansville, Oct 24, 7pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Jewish Theatre of Bloomington presents: Out of Our Father’s House, Oct 24-28, 7:30pm, Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-336-3198
  • Keller Williams, Oct 25, 9pm, The Bluebird, 812-336-3984
  • Local Grower’s Guild 5th Annual Harvest Dinner, Oct 25, 5:30pm, Upland Brewing Company, 219-405-1472
  • The Colors of Fall, Oct 25, 7pm, Monroe County Public Library, 812-837-9967
  • The Comedy Attic presents: Michael Winslow, Oct 25-27, 8pm, The Comedy Attic, 812-336-LAFF
  • Bloomington Storytellers Guild: Festival of Ghost Stories, Oct 26, 7pm, Bryan Park, 812-829-4770
  • IU Women’s Soccer vs Ohio State, Oct 26, 7pm, IU Bill Armstrong Stadium, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs Michigan State, Oct 26, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Dennis James Hosts Halloween, Oct 26, 7:30pm, IU Auditorium, 812-855-9528
  • IU Field Hockey vs Ohio State, Oct 27, 1pm, IU Field Hockey Field, 866-IUSPORTS
  • IU Women’s Volleyball vs Michigan, Oct 27, 7pm, IU University Gym, 866-IUSPORTS
  • Skate & Scare, Oct 27, 7pm, Frank Southern Ice Arena, 812-349-3740
  • Wildcare’s Night of Creatures Halloween Event, Oct 27, 6pm, Wildcare Inc., 812-323-1313
  • Ghostly Gathering, Oct 27-28, Lake Monroe Paynetown SRA, 812-837-9967
  • Jon McLaughlin, Oct 27, 8pm, The Bluebird, 812-336-3984
  • Halloween Family Fun Fest – Day of the Dead, Oct 28, 2pm, Mathers Museum, 812-855-6873
  • Bill Maher, Oct 28, 8pm, Indiana University Auditorium, 812-855-9528
  • Sleigh Bells, Oct 30, 9pm, The Bluebird, 812-336-3984
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