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August 2017

Criterium Bike Race

August 26 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington,
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The Annual Criterium Bike Race returns to Downtown Bloomington Saturday, August 26, Immediately following our Award-winning Farmers’ Market. This competitive short course race is action packed, and a great way to spend the day downtown. Our shops and eateries will be open to serve you! Come Downtown!   Find out more »
September 2017

September First Friday – September 1

September 1 @ 5:00 am - 8:00 pm
September’s First Friday is LOADED with creativity! We welcome the students back with a FALL FASHION Tour de Couture. Participating Retailers will preview that hottest looks for fall/winter. GREAT things are arriving- This First Friday is not to be missed! And at the same time, or fantastic ART GALLERIES will be hosting NIGHT OF THE EXQUISITE CORPSE, and intriguing, collaborative exercise that began as a parlor game among surrealists. Brian Simpson explains: “Exquisite Corpse is a parlor game adapted by… Find out more »

National Park(ing) Day – Create a Parklet Event

September 15 @ 10:00 am - September 16 @ 4:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington,
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          The DBA is partnering with the City of Bloomington and McLean County Regional Planning to bring an exciting new event to Downtown Bloomington. Inspired by the National Park(ing) Day movement, we invite you to help take downtown from “Square to There” by creating some mini-parks that will inhabit one parallel parking space for one day, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (You may opt to keep them up thru Saturday, September 16) Our goal with this event is… Find out more »
October 2017

October 1st Friday : Tour de Metro / ART Scavenger Hunt

October 6 @ 4:00 am - 8:00 pm
It’s October’s First Friday! We have so much to enjoy, starting with our annual loft showcase, the TOUR de METRO! Come see why so many people are choosing to live Downtown! The tour starts at 4:00, to give you extra time to see the sights! And it wouldn’t be a Downtown First Friday without our wonderful ARTISTS! They will be hosting an interactive ART SCAVENGER HUNT throughout the downtown, starting at 5 pm.   Find out more »

Downtown Bloomington Oktoberfest

October 7 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
We’re trying something new this year! Come celebrate autumn’s arrival with a fun filled day downtown, Saturday October 7, 2017 Activities for the day include: Farmers’ Market Dog costume contest  – “Dachshund Dash” ( sponsored by That Dapper Pet) Route 66 Cruise-In ( sponsored by Maaco) Pub Crawl – Scavenger Hunt Live Music. More details to follow. Planning still pending. But SAVE THE DATE! Find out more »

Downtown Bloomington Trick or Treat

October 27 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Celebrate Halloween Downtown with our annual Trick or Treat! Local business invite you to stop in for a treat from 5-7 pm. We love the creative costumes we see each year! Find out more »
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Downtown Bloomington Association

106 West Monroe Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61701