29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus Festival Unwind Yoga Part 1

10:00 am to 12:00 am

Restore yourself mid-Festival with a unique yoga experience set inside a special art installation. Students of all levels are welcome to join this accessible practice and encouraged to work at their own level. Sessions contain multiple segments and participants may drop in or leave as they choose. Multiple teachers will be on hand to demonstrate and assist.

Presented by Samantha Eibling Yoga.

All donations support Lotus Blossoms, the educational outreach program of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation.

Festivals / Fitness / Health

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

James Hill “Booster Uke” Ukulele Workshop

11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Monroe County Public Library (Meeting Room 2A)

Join award-winning, chart-topping, ukulele artist James Hill for a workshop that will boost your uke skills, no matter what your level! Based on James Hill’s book of the same name, BOOSTER UKE takes you from “ho-hum” to “big fun” in a relaxed, stress-free way. The secret: Chord Twins, a simple technique that will change the way you play. Even if you bought the book and have taken the BOOSTER UKE online lessons, you don’t want to miss this workshop as James will teach great songs that aren’t included in the book! This workshop is suitable for players at all levels, from beginner* to advanced. Some basic uke experience required.

Don’t miss this chance to work directly with James while he’s in town for the 25th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Find James’ bio and more info about the artist here.

*A “beginner” is defined as a student who is new to ukulele and has perhaps learned one to three chords but stops in-between chord changes to move the fingers to the next location.

Workshop Details — PLEASE READ:

Participants must bring their own ukuleles. Straps not required. Handout packet will be provided. C6 tuning (GCEA).
Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the workshop start time, so that James can start the class promptly at 11:00am. NOTE: If you are not present by 10:50am, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist.
There will be a waitlist after registration reaches capacity. If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend the workshop, please be sure to cancel your registration so that your spot can be offered to another uke fan!
On the waitlist? If a spot opens up, you will receive email instructions and may have a limited amount of time to claim your spot before it is offered to the next person on the list.
Questions? Contact Lotus at 812-336-6599.

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Rio Mira Community Celebration/Rio Mira Celebración de la Comunidad

St Paul Catholic Center

Celebrate Latin American community and heritage with Lotus Festival artist Rio Mira! This dynamic group from Ecuador and Colombia will perform their unique marimba music, followed by conversation with the artists and even some food trucks. Come enjoy this free, family-friendly event, no matter what language you speak — the program will be primarily in Spanish, but music is universal.

Live Music

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus in the Park

12:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park

A full afternoon of performances, workshops, and hands-on fun for the whole family! Bring your lawnchair or blanket and enjoy the festivities. Lotus in the Park is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of Lotus sponsors, donors, and grantors.


12:00-12:45pm — GLOBAL VOICES: Aynur (Turkey), Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (Hawaii), and Anandi Bhattacharya (India)
2:00-2:45pm — AMERICAN ACOUSTIC: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (US), Sam Amidon (US), and Hawktail (US)
2:30-3:15pm — Bicentennial Song with Jeff Cannon
4:15-5:00pm — Orquesta el Macabeo (Puerto Rico)
1:00-1:45pm — Gao Hong & Issam Rafea (US, China, Syria)
3:15-4:00pm — Maracatu Brazilian Rhythm Workshop with Colleen Haas and Women of Mass Percussion

Hands-on art activities inspired by global traditions and local partners
City of Bloomington Latino Outreach – fold Mexican paper flowers!
Indiana Limestone Symposium – try your hand carving Limestone with local artists.
Lotus – Brazilian Carnival Maracatu instruments, including ganzas (shakers) to use in the Lotus Parade! Contribute to a collaborative circle weaving project too.
Mathers Museum of World Cultures – make crafts featuring hats, animals, and instruments relating to the museum’s current exhibitions Heads and Tales, and Playing with Animals: Musical Instruments.
Newfields – create masks! Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition Making Faces: The Remarkable Masks of Master Bidou Yamaguchi.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site – paint a mural inspired by this celebrated Indiana artist.
Park your bicycle in the Salt Creek Cycles Bike Corral – Lower your Festival footprint by cycling to the Park! Cyclists receive a 15% discount coupon for a purchase at Salt Creek Cycles. With maps and info from the Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety’s Commission.

Located on Lincoln Street near the park playground. Cash and credit cards accepted. Vegetarian and meat options available.

La Poblana Mexican Food Truck: Burritos * Tacos * Tortas (Mexican Sandwich) * Chips & Queso * Nachos Poblanos * Tamales * Quesadillas * Taco Salad * Special Platters * Variety of sides * Beverages (Horchata, Jamaica Hibiscus Tea, Mexican Coke, Jarritos, Water, Sodas)
Pili’s Party Taco: Burros / Burritos * Tacos * Tortas (Mexican Sandwich) * Nachos * Elotes (Grilled Mexican Corn) * Gringas (Flour tortilla filled with cheese, al pastor (meat), and pineapple; grilled like a quesadilla)
The Chocolate Moose: Ice Cream (Variety of homemade ice cream flavors including vegan options) * Beverages (Water, Boylan’s soda, STIR Mobile drinks, Teavana tea, Circle City Kombucha)

Entertainment / Festivals / Live Music / Outdoors

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus Ukulele Jam

04:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium

Bring your uke and jam with your community! All comers welcome until the Auditorium is full.

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus Saturday Evening Showcases

06:00 pm to 12:00 am on Sep 30
Various Venues

YOUR WRISTBAND is your passport to music and dance from around the globe! Venues range from classic theaters and clubs, to standing-room street tents, to churches where traditional music shines. Single-night or Fri/Sat weekend passes available.

Entertainment / Live Music

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus Festival Parade

08:30 pm to 09:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington

Meet at 4th & Washington; ends at Buskirk Chumley Theater.

Follow the big brass-band sounds of Festival artist Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada) and join in as the procession takes over Walnut Ave. Grab a flag, shake a tail feather, and be part of the celebration!

Entertainment / Festivals / Outdoors

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Yes Queen 2! A Burlesque & Drag tribute to the music of Queen

09:00 pm to 11:45 pm
The Back Door

It’s not just fantasy! We’re back, for another celebration of all things queen, in:
Yes Queen 2! A Burlesque & Drag tribute to the music of Queen.

Prepare for a spectacular evening filled with sequins, fringe, catsuits, and music that is sure to ROCK you, as our performers pay tribute to one of the greatest & most memorable bands of all time.

This will once again, not just be a spectator sport! We invite, nay, we insist that you join us in the revelry. Sing along to your favorites tunes, clap along to the beats, and of course, headbang to those killer musical breaks!

This will be more than just a Bohemian Rhapsody. Come and Let us Entertain You, because even though our performers will be Under Pressure, Don’t Stop them Now, because not only do they Want To Break Free, they Want It All!

$10 Cover | 21+ | Doors open at 9pm | Show at 10:30pm

Hosted & Procuded by: Singe

Performances by:
Juju Bone
Oriana Perón
Peter Von Teaser
Matilda Rose
Vanity Perón

Comedy / Dance / Education / Entertainment / LGBT / Live Music / Theater

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

TurnUp Saturday with DJ King Lewis

11:30 pm to 03:00 am on Sep 30
Players Pub

The Fresh Culture, TurnUp Nation™ and The Hype Magazine presents TurnUp Saturdays with DJ King Lewis. Old school mash ups. So like some 50 cent in the club, Destiny’s child, Chingy, Mike Jones, etc…

Dance / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Live Music

Submit Your Event

Pin It on Pinterest

An Important Message from Bloom Magazine

For the past 14 years, we have been publishing Bloom, a free, bimonthly cultural and lifestyle magazine serving Bloomington, Indiana, and surrounding communities. We have four missions: to support local businesses, local charities, local arts, and diversity. We are an integral part of the fabric of this community.

Like so many small businesses (4 employees), we are facing huge challenges in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to be able to continue producing the magazine and our website, magbloom.com, but we need your help.

Please consider donating to our GoFundMe drive using the link below. Thank you!