Welcome to Bloomington, the home of Arts Fair on the Square!
Art thrives here.
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 100 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 22, 2019 | 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 21 and 22 but will let us know if any additional rooms become available. If they do have an opening, please tell the front desk when making your reservation that you are coming to town for Arts Fair on the Square to receive a special rate.
Book a top notch stay at SpringHill Suites Bloomington, conveniently located in the heart of downtown. Our stylish hotel in Bloomington, IN is just two blocks from the square and a short walk from Indiana University -- ideal for football and basketball fans, potential students and visiting family members alike. The shops, bars and restaurants of Kirkwood Avenue are a 10-minute stroll away, and Bluebird Nightclub, one of the area's top concert venues, is right around the corner. After a restful night in spacious suites featuring stylish decor and high-tech amenities, take advantage of our free hot breakfast, and come back at night for a cocktail or beer at our full-service bar. Keep up with your workout routine in our modern fitness center, and get refreshed and revitalized in our indoor swimming pool. Our Bloomington hotel also offers three flexible event rooms for memorable social gatherings and productive corporate events. Book your stay at one of the newest hotels in Downtown Bloomington today!
We are currently working with the SpringHill Suites to arrange special accommodations just for you! Our special is scheduled to include free parking and a special fair rate. As soon as we have confirmed the details, we will add a booking link here for your convenience.