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DBA Event Calendar 2017


January 6         First Friday – Hands on Art

January 21       Indoor Farmers Market, U.S. Cellular Coliseum- Front Street Entrance

February 3       First Friday – Tour de Chocolat’

February 18     Indoor Farmers’ Market, U.S. Cellular Coliseum- Front Street Entrance

March 3           First Friday – Luck of the Irish, Tour de Couture – Spring Fashion Preview, Artist Trading Cards

March 18         Indoor Farmers’ Market, U.S. Cellular Coliseum- Front Street Entrance

April 7             First Friday – Spring Art Walk

April 15           Indoor Farmers Market, U.S. Cellular Coliseum- Front Street Entrance

May 5              First Friday – Area Art Invitational

May 6              Opening Day of the 20th Anniversary 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

June 2              First Friday – Steampunk Bloomington

June 10th          WGLT Summer Concert on the Square

July 7               First Friday – Downtown Picnic/Artistic Freedom

July 14-16       Lincoln Festival on Rt. 66 – Downtown Bloomington Cruise-in

Aug. 4th           First Friday – Live! Street Art

Aug. 19            Front Street Music Festival

Aug. 26            City of Bloomington Criterium Bike Race

Sept 1              First Friday – Fall Fashion preview/Night of the Exquisite Corpse

Oct 6                First Friday- Tour de Metro loft showcase / Artist Scavenger Hunt
Scarecrow/Fall planting

Oct 7                Oktoberfest / Classic Car Cruise In

Oct. 27             Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat

Oct. 28             Last outdoor Farmers’ Market – Howl at the Market

Nov 3              First Friday – Autumn Art Walk / Around the Corner Art Group
Nov. 18             Indoor Thanksgiving Farmers Market – U.S. Cellular Coliseum
Nov. 25             Small Business Saturday Retail Extravaganza

Dec 1&2          First Friday – Once Upon a Holiday Live Holiday Window Vignettes
Lighting of Wither’s Tree
Jaycees Holiday Parade / Christmas at the Courthouse

December 16   Indoor Farmers’ Market, U.S. Cellular Coliseum- Front Street Entrance

Performances, Exhibits & Special Event


Hours of Operation: 10 am – 7 pm Tuesdays; 10 am – 5 pm Wed. – Fri; Noon -4 Saturdays



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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:

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Making a Home: An exhibit celebrating family,community and culture.
Abraham Lincoln in McLean County
Encounter on the Prairie
Hands On Pioneer Discovery Room
Courthouse Exhibit



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.


2017 Events at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

January 21, 7:30 pm – American English
January 27, 7:30 pm – Louie Anderson
January 28, 7:30 pm –  Mucca Pazza
February 11, 7:00 pm – The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told
February 15, 6 pm – Annie, (The Musical)
February 16, 7:30 pm – Route 66,  The Musical Review
February 23, 7:30 pm – One Woman Sex and the City
March 10, 7:30 pm – Black Violin
March 12, 2:00 pm – Artist Lounge Live – I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
A Salute to Ella, Judy and Patsy
March 16, 7:30 pm – The Yong Irelanders
April 6, 7:30 pm – Kathleen Madigan
April 25, 7:00 pm – Silent Film: Steamboat Bill Jr.
April 28, 7:30 pm – Mayhem Poets
April 30, 2 pm – PUSH Physical Theatre
September 10, 7:30 pm – Brian Regan

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

Friday, January 20, 7:30 pm – “American Voices.”  Aram Demirjian, Conductor.
with Julie Bullock, Soprano

Saturday, February 25, 7:30 pm – “Beautiful Beethoven.”  Ken Lam, Conductor
with Simone Lamsma, Violin

*Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm, at Second Presbyterian Church – “April in Paris.”
Aram Demirjian, Conductor

Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm – “Gershwin’s Greatest.” Vladimir Kulenovic, Conductor
with Ian Parker, Piano

Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:30 pm – “Fantastic Finale.”  Andrew Sewell, Conductor
with Jason Vieaux, Guitar

US Cellular Coliseum


Winter Farmers Market – 10 a.m. to noon U.S. Cellular Coliseum Front Street Concourse

November 18 – Thanksgiving Market – Pepsi Ice Center Entrance
December 16
January 20
February 17
March 17
April 21

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Downtown Bloomington Association

106 West Monroe Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61701