9 Friday / August 9, 2019

PaoliFest

12:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Aug 10
Paoli, IN
http://www.paolifest.com

PaoliFest is a free music, art and film festival in Paoli, Indiana, taking place Friday and Saturday, August 9th-10th. The festival debuted in 2018 with more than 1,300 attendees for a single day event. The 2019 event is expanding to two days, and will be held in JayCee Park in downtown Paoli. Featuring three stages with live performances, an art demo area, food and craft vendors and a youth area, PaoliFest 2019 promises to be an extraordinary weekend of music, art and community.

PaoliFest will include acts from Arizona, New York, Nashville, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville and an array of great local musicians, including youth performers, featuring genres from Folk and Bluegrass to Soul, Funk, Gospel, Classical and more. Programming includes workshops in various visual arts disciplines as well as guitar, banjo, violin and other instruments. Other features include an all-day jam tent, community art collaborations, puppet shows and a variety of food and beverage vendors. Demonstrations will take place throughout the day and will include blacksmithing, weaving, mosaics, broom-making, metal pouring and many more. All programming is free.

PaoliFest is a nonprofit festival produced by Let Music Speak, a 501c3 organization dedicated to creating community, empowering youth and addressing community health through the lens of the arts. Let Music Speak is founded on the idea that music and art programming can be transformative for communities, families and individuals, and that everyone should have access to these experiences. They partner with local organizations to present festivals, performances, and creative events. Programs are community and youth-centric, and aim to both celebrate and model the vibrant diversity of the world.

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10 Saturday / August 10, 2019

Bloomington Boogies Presents Free Master Class on Stride Piano

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm
Monroe Co. History Center
https://bloomingtonboogies.com/education

MASTER CLASS ON STRIDE PIANO. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2 p.m., Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St., Bloomington, IN 47408. Judy Carmichael, one of the foremost interpreters of stride and swing piano, will present a Master Class, co-sponsored by the Monroe County History Center and with support from the Bloomington Arts Commission, for up to 20 intermediate and advanced pianists—and up to 60 observers interested in the history of jazz piano–on America’s first popular music, ragtime, and discuss how ragtime evolved into the early jazz piano style known as “stride” and how both influenced the jazz that followed.

You must register to be a participant at https://bloomingtonboogies.com/education

Children / Education / Entertainment / Festivals / Live Music

11 Sunday / August 11, 2019

A Fair of the Arts

08:00 am to 01:00 pm
Showers Plaza, 401 N Morton St., Bloomington
https://bloomington.in.gov/farmers-market/a-fair-of-the-arts

Bloomington Parks and Recreation hosts a celebration of art and community with the sales, demonstrations, and displays of arts and fine crafts by local and regional artists. Visit the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market the second Saturdays of the Market season, then shop for the beautiful and well-crafted objects available at A Fair of the Arts. May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12. For more information about A Fair of the Arts, contact Crystal Ritter at 349-3725 or ritterc@bloomington.in.gov.

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24 Saturday / August 24, 2019

Makevention 2019

10:00 am to 04:00 pm
Monroe Convention Center
http://www.makevention.org

Makevention (August 24, 10am-4pm at the Monroe Convention Center) is an annual celebration of the DIY spirit in Bloomington, Indiana. Makers from Bloomington and the surrounding region will be there showing off their projects and engaging attendees in making activities. For those that want to more hands on learning, we will once again have workshops.

The event is family friendly, intended for all ages/skill levels, and free.

Children / Education / Exhibits / Festivals

31 Saturday / August 31, 2019

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts

10:00 am to 05:00 pm on Sep 1
Bloomington, IN
http://www.4thstreet.org

The annual Labor Day Weekend show, occurring when students and their visiting families return to Indiana University, is organized by local artists and hosts 120 artisans from across the country who offer their work to the public. In addition to excellent artwork there are music stages, Spoken Word stages, kids booths and community booths for all to enjoy. For more information visit https://www.4thstreet.org.

Located on 4th Street between Indiana Avenue and Grant Street, Bloomington, IN
Saturday August 31, 2019 10am-6pm
Sunday September 1, 2019 10am-5pm

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7 Saturday / September 7, 2019

Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest

03:00 pm to 06:00 pm on Sep 9
5700 Airport Road, Bloomington, Indiana
http://www.kiwanisindianaballoonfest.com

A fun event for the entire family! Hot air balloons with some in special shapes, pyrotechnic skydivers, entertainment, food vendors, fireworks, 5K race, commercial vendors and more! Check our schedule for tethered balloon rides with an easy access door, helicopter rides, giant kite demonstrations and the Miss Kiwanis Balloon Fest Scholarship pageant.

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8 Sunday / September 8, 2019

A Fair of the Arts

08:00 am to 01:00 pm
Showers Plaza, 401 N Morton St., Bloomington
https://bloomington.in.gov/farmers-market/a-fair-of-the-arts

Bloomington Parks and Recreation hosts a celebration of art and community with the sales, demonstrations, and displays of arts and fine crafts by local and regional artists. Visit the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market the second Saturdays of the Market season, then shop for the beautiful and well-crafted objects available at A Fair of the Arts. May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12. For more information about A Fair of the Arts, contact Crystal Ritter at 349-3725 or ritterc@bloomington.in.gov.

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26 Thursday / September 26, 2019

26th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

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Multiple venues in downtown Bloomington
https://www.lotusfest.org/event/26th-annual-lotus-festival/

Save the date for the 26th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival as it returns to the heart of Bloomington, Indiana, September 26-29, 2019.  We look forward to our 26th year of filling the downtown streets with an eclectic blend of global sound and spectacle.
For more than two decades, the non-profit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation has transformed downtown Bloomington into an exuberant world of music for one blissful, boisterous September weekend, in addition to providing a full range of multicultural music and art programming throughout the year. The Festival features a mix of ticketed evening events and plenty of free programming for the entire family to enjoy.
From outdoor dance tents to contemplative church venues and historic theaters, and from the kid-friendly Lotus in the Park to art exhibitions and a swirling street scene, the Lotus vibe is one of exuberant energy, vivid colors, and delectably diverse soundscapes.

Children / Festivals / Live Music

13 Sunday / October 13, 2019

A Fair of the Arts

09:00 am to 01:00 pm
Showers Plaza, 401 N Morton St., Bloomington
https://bloomington.in.gov/farmers-market/a-fair-of-the-arts

Bloomington Parks and Recreation hosts a celebration of art and community with the sales, demonstrations, and displays of arts and fine crafts by local and regional artists. Visit the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market the second Saturdays of the Market season, then shop for the beautiful and well-crafted objects available at A Fair of the Arts. May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12. For more information about A Fair of the Arts, contact Crystal Ritter at 349-3725 or ritterc@bloomington.in.gov.

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