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October Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

IU Auditorium in Bloomington, Indiana.

Dennis James at the IU Auditorium, Oct. 26.

By Julie Warren

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 the dense tree canopy that covers the city turns to bright fall colors.  It’s a great time to explore the Hoosier National Forest, and be sure to make the climb up the fire tower to enjoy the gorgeous vista from the top.

The local theater companies are in full swing this month, with several shows taking place. The Bloomington Playwrights Project will feature the new science thriller Sequence, which asks the question of whether luck is random chance or something written in our DNA, on October 4-12.

Cardinal Stage Company presents the family-friendly show The Cat in the Hat, on October 5-19, a great way to introduce young ones to theater. And IU Theatre presents two classic shows this month: The Imaginary Invalid, October 1-5, and Chicago, October 25-November 2.

And then there’s the spooky rock musical by local rock star John Mellencamp, who collaborated with Stephen King and T. Bone Burnett to create Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which will kick off their national tour at the IU Auditorium October 11 and 25.  Whether you watching a world premiere at BPP or a budding star at IU or a big production by famous authors, there is fantastic theater in Bloomington.

If you’re looking for sports, October is one of the most action-packed months of the year!  Indiana University Athletics is in full swing, with football, volleyball, field hockey, women’s soccer and the defending national champion men’s soccer team all playing at home at least once this month.  Every game is exciting, so join the crowd and cheer for your Hoosiers!

This being October, there are plenty of spooky Halloween events to keep kids (and adults) entertained.  The Monroe County History Center offers haunted museum tours on October 11 and 25.  Get some old-time thrills watching a classic silent movie with accompanying organ music played by Dennis James on October 26 at the IU Auditorium.

And of course there’s a haunted house to explore, but this time it’s the Barn of Terror, open every Friday and Saturday (and Halloween night) and located on north of town on Old State Road 37.  For less scare and more fun, try the Trick or Treat Trail on October 19 at the RCA Park.  There 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, or call 812-330-4304.

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