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September 2018

September First Friday

September 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington,
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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Check out all of the fun things happening as part of this month’s First Friday. Many of our art galleries will be engaging people with Art Stories/Ask an artist, which is your chance to ask the downtown artists things you wanted to know about their work, inspiration, skill development, etc. We will also be partnering with the McLean County Museum of History to celebrate Grand opening: Working for a Living. Check Map and business listing 2018-final to see what the participating businesses… Find out more »

Downtown Events – Fall / Winter 2018

September 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2018 @ 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

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 »
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