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September 2018

Downtown Events – Fall / Winter 2018

September 11 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
    Downtown Events                                               Fall and Winter Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts: September 7 – EmiSunshine September 13 – An Evening with Dailey & Vincent September 29 – Aquila Theatre Presents: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein September 30 – Jedi Academy October 11 – Jeanne Robertson October 12 – Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour October 17 – Whose Live Anyway? October 18 – Campania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero October 19 – Illinois Symphony Orchestra – Illinois Bicentennial Celebration October 23 – Silent Film… Find out more »
November 2018

Santa Selfie Stop

November 24 @ 1:00 pm - December 23 @ 4:00 pm
Downtown Santa Selfie Stop  – 104 E. Monroe, Bloomington IL While you browse the galleries and shops downtown this holiday season, bring the kids to visit with our very special guests from the North Pole! Stories, refreshments, coloring pages. Bring your own camera and take as many pictures as you’d like! Santa Stop Hours: Saturday, November 24, 1-4 pm Sunday, November 25, 1-4 pm December 1 , 1 – 4 pm December 2, 1-4 pm Friday December 7, 5-8 pm… Find out more »
December 2018


December 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      PLEASE JOIN US FOR YOUR 20TH ANNUAL JEAN ANDERSON AWARDS RECEPTION! WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 5-7 PM AT THE BISTRO This annual Downtown Tradition recognizes the hard working volunteers who make all things possible downtown! It is our DBA Holiday Gathering, an evening of good friends enjoying each other and celebrating another great  year DOWNTOWN! The Jean Anderson Downtown Improvement Award is given to an individual chosen by their peers in recognition of their commitment to Downtown Improvement.… Find out more »

December Indoor Farmers’ market

December 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grossinger Motors Arena,
101 S. Madison St.
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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We move the Farmers’ Market indoors from December to April from 10 am – 12 pm in the Front Street Concourse of the Grossinger Motors Arena. Sarah Curtis and Friends will be our live entertainment. Get all of last minute holiday gift and food items. Here is the map of the participating vendors, IFM Vendor Map – 12.18 Find out more »
January 2019

January First Friday

January 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington,
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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First Fridays are an opportunity to explore the diversity of Downtown Bloomington’s retailers, bars, restaurants, and art galleries. Many of our businesses extend their hours until 8 p.m. on the First Friday of the month. Check back later for a list of participating businesses. Find out more »

January Indoor Farmers’ Market

January 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Grossinger Motors Arena,
101 S. Madison St.
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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The Indoor Farmers’ Market takes place in the Front Street Corridor of the Arena. Parking is available across the street in the Butler lot. Long Ladder Home will be providing our live music from 10 am – 12 pm. Check back later for a list of participating vendors. Support your local farmers, artists and prepared good vendors throughout the year. Find out more »
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