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November 2018

November First Friday- Autumn Art Walk

November 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington,
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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Many of our Downtown businesses and art galleries extend their hours on the First Friday of every month. Visit some of your favorite businesses or discover some new ones. The Downtown Bloomington Artist will be celebrating their 18th Annual Art Around the Corner Art Walk. Here is the map and listing of what our businesses are offering this month, Map and business listing 2018 Find out more »

Santa Selfie Stop

November 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - December 23, 2018 @ 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 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please join us for our December Holiday First Friday, December 7! Our shops stay open until 8 pm, and our independent retailers are ready to give you one-of-a kind customer service to make your holiday shopping a breeze! Highlights of the December First Friday include: Carolers at Wither’s Park, and the annual  Tree Lighting – 5:30 pm LIVE WINDOW VIGNETTES Santa Selfie Stop Along with great places to eat, drink and be MERRY! Click here to find the listing of… Find out more »
February 2019

Tour de Chocolat’ – February First Friday

February 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington,
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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  Break free of the post holiday hibernation and enjoy the sights the sounds and the samples of chocolates in our great downtown shops and art galleries! CLICK HERE for  the listing of the participating businesses Find out more »
March 2019

March First Friday

March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington,
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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For the March First Friday several Downtown Bloomington artists plan to release the next in the series of Artist’s Trading Cards priced between $5 and $15. The cards will feature original, signed art and will be available throughout the Downtown at participating businesses, studios, and galleries. Each artist will release only a limited number of measuring 2 1/2 ” by 3 1/2″ cards for sale that evening. Mardi Gras is also around the corner and many of our businesses are… Find out more »
April 2019

April First Friday

April 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington,
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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Check out our various art galleries, retailers and restaurants as they extend their hours until 8 p.m. Many of our businesses will be hosting artists from outside the district as part of the annual Area Arts Invitational. Check out our map to find out who will be open and what they will be offering, Map and business listing 2019 Find out more »
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