Welcome to Bloomington, the home of Arts Fair on the Square!
Bloomington, a town known for its diversity and strong arts community with international appeal brought by the presence of Indiana University, has art around every corner and a wide variety of entertainment throughout the year. From the Bloomington Arts and Entertainment District (BEAD) to daily events at Indiana University and amazing new plays ongoing at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Bloomington has something for everyone!
This is a city where you can enjoy urban amenities, like a thriving arts scene, while remaining in the hilly, forested landscape of south-central Indiana. It's a place that offers exciting Big Ten sports and incredible theater and music from local and national acts. This contrast is exemplified in the culinary scene, where a range of International restaurants meld with American cafes and pizza joints. There are countless opportunities to explore an array of interests and do it on a local-but world-class-level. Whatever you are planning, you can make it happen in Bloomington.
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Make a Day of It
We suggest that you Make a Day of It! Park your car all day for FREE at the Bloomington Convention Center parking lot at 302 S. College Avenue. Start the morning off right with a trip to the Bloomington Farmers’ Market, head to the courthouse square for Arts Fair on the Square, and then make your way to Taste of Bloomington where you can enjoy incredible food and even more entertainment! Find fresh local fruits and vegetables, view and purchase inspiring and fun art, enjoy amazing performances, explore your inner artist through interactive art activities, and enjoy a variety of delicious local cuisine – all in one day!
Whether you are new to town, just visiting, or a regular attendee at Arts Fair on the Square, you won’t want to miss this day featuring art from 110 of the best local, regional, and national artists, interactive art centers, and a wide variety of entertainment from local performers! Save the date, mark your calendar, post it on your fridge, and join us in June for the best arts day in Bloomington!
What to Do
There are so many things to do in Bloomington that you couldn't possibly do them all, but that shouldn't stop you from trying! With an amazing array of events daily, Bloomington is sure to keep you entertained before and after your visit to Arts Fair on the Square!
After you attend the fair and purchase a lot of truly incredible art, we suggest you take a stroll around the square to visit our many local restaurants and businesses, and then make your way to Taste of Bloomington to experience some excellent cuisine and even more entertainment.
While the night is still young or on Sunday (after the best day of art and food you have ever had), be sure to check out more Bloomington art, food, and entertainment. Visit the following links for other local events and attractions:Visit Bloomington Indiana
Visit Bloomington Event Calendar
Indiana Public Media Community Event Calendar
The Scene Bloomington
June 23, 2018 | 3 PM - 11 PM
Welcome to the Bloomington area's favorite summer event - second to us, of course! The Taste of Bloomington takes place in mid-June each year, bringing together dozens of Bloomington's best restaurants, local wineries and breweries and live musical entertainment to create the perfect festival atmosphere at Showers Common, just next door to the Bloomington City Hall. Be sure to check out this year's musical line-up and the list of participating restaurants list to get a feel for what this year's event will offer.
Where to Stay
Arts Fair on the Square preferred lodging:
Grant Street Inn 812-334-2353
The Grant Street Inn, a bed and breakfast located in the heart of Bloomington four blocks from the courthouse square features 40 distinct rooms, each decorated with a personality all its own. This historic bed and breakfast offers comfort and luxury and is sure to have a room that suits your needs and preferences.
The Grant Street Inn is currently fully booked for both June 22 and 23 but will let us know when any rooms become available. If they do have an opening, please tell the front desk when making your reservation that you are attending Arts Fair on the Square to receive a special event rate.
Located in downtown Bloomington, Springhill Suites Bloomington is two blocks off the square. We offer free hot breakfast, free WiFi, parking garage ($7 daily rate), 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and a custom lobby bar with fireplace and lounge areas. Our spacious suites are 25% larger than other hotels in downtown Bloomington and feature separate living areas with pullout sofas and flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and iPod docking stations.
Your Arts Fair on the Square special:
- $105 + tax per night for June 22nd and/or 23rd
- Complimentary parking for one vehicle per day (usually a $10 per day fee)
To get this deal, either click HERE or contact their sales manager, Emily, at (812) 337-7772 and choosing option 2 for sales in the automated phone menu.