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DBA Event Calendar 2019

January 4         First Friday – Hands on Art

January 19       Indoor Farmers Market, Grossinger Motors Arena – Front Street Entrance

January 26       Pre-season Farmers’ Market vendor meeting – McLean County Museum of History

February 1       FF- Tour de Chocolat’

February 16      Indoor Farmers’ Market, Grossinger Motors Arena – Front Street Entrance

March 1           First Friday – Artist Trading Cards/Mardi Gras

March 16         Indoor Farmers’ Market, Grossinger Motors Arena – Front Street Entrance

April 5             First Friday – Artist Invitational

April 20           Indoor Farmers Market, Grossinger Motors Arena – Front Street Entrance
April 26            DBA Trivia Night Fundraiser

May 3              First Friday – Discovering Young Artists/High School art show

May 4              Opening Day of the Outdoor Farmers’ Market Season – Around the McLean County Museum of History Square. The Market runs every Saturday from May to October 7:30 a.m. to noon

May 10 & 11  Spring Sidewalk Sales

June 1              International Table Top Day at Red Raccoon Games

June 7-8-9        Downtown Bloomington Cogs and Corsets, a Central Illinois Steampunk happening

June 8              WGLT Summer Concert on the Square

June 13            Rotary Pork Chop Luncheon

June 24           Ocean to Ocean Model T Tour

July 5               First Friday – Get your “fix” on Rt. 66

July 19-21        Lincoln Festival on Rt. 66 / Downtown Cruise-In

July 20             Castle event – Black Dirt Revival Concert

July 19-21        Lincoln’s Festival on 66 Cruise In

July 27             Pridefest

July 27             Black Dirt Music Festival at the Castle

Aug. 2               First Friday/ Sunrise Rotary Brats and Bags/Art Demonstrations

Aug. 17            Front Street Music Festival

Sept. 2              Labor Day Parade

Sept. 6              First Friday – Ask an Artist

Sept. 28             North Main Oktoberfest

October 4         First Friday – Art Scavenger Hunt

Oct. 25             Downtown Trick or Treat

Oct. 26             Howl at the Market – last outdoor market

November 1     First Friday- Autumn Art Walk
Nov. 23             Indoor Thanksgiving Farmers Market – Grossinger Motors Arena
Nov. 30             Small Business Saturday

Dec 6-7             First Friday – Once Upon a Holiday Live Holiday Window Vignettes
Lighting of Wither’s Tree
Jaycees Holiday Parade / Christmas at the Courthouse

December 21    Indoor Farmers’ Market, Grossinger Motors Arena – Front Street Entrance

Performances, Exhibits & Special Event


Hours of Operation: Tuesdays, 10 am – 7 pm.
Wednesday thru Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
Saturdays, noon – 4 

Brandt Gallery, May 31 – July 12
Amble: Deana Moore Schoolcraft and David Stratton
Pure Color: Illinois Prairie Pastel Society – juried member exhibition.

Armstrong Gallery, May 31 – July 12
Stings and Hollows: Paul Klee Permanent Collection Prints. featuring sculpture by Nisa Blackmon
Melanated: Shane Jahi-Jackson
Artists’ Reception – Friday, June 7, 5-7 pm

Brandt Gallery, July 19 – August 30
Madcap Mayhem: Michael Amis, William Butler, & Dominic Henkleman

Armstrong Gallery, July 19 – August 30
Elaine Rexdale
Artists’ Reception – Friday, August 2, 5 -7 pm

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McLean County Museum of History : 200 N. Main
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm ( Open until 9 pm Tuesdays)

Current Exhibits:

Working for a Living: A New Exhibit
Abraham Lincoln in McLean County
Encounter on the Prairie
Hands On Pioneer Discovery Room
Courthouse Exhibit
Pedal Power


Cruisin’ With Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center – information and celebration of the famous “Mother Road”, Route 66. Gift shop featuring Illinois products, books, toys and games for children, collectibles and much more.


FIRST FRIDAYS – Guided Behind the Curtain Tours 5 pm – 7 pm.
Led by a group of specially trained docents, you’ll not only see the beautiful neo-Classical interior design of the BCPA, but learn about the history and recent renovations to the building.You won’t want to miss this surprising, informative and fun-filled look at one of Bloomington’s most beloved and thriving buildings. Bring your stories, your questions and above all, your curiosity.

  at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Grossinger Motors Arena

Indoor Farmers Market – 10 a.m. to noon – Third Saturday December – April – Grossinger Motors Arena,  Front Street Concourse

Outdoor season – Every Saturday May 4 to October 26 – 7:30 a.m. to noon, Around the McLean County Museum of History Square.

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115 E. Washington, Ste. 302
Bloomington, Illinois 61701