Fall is festival season in Indiana! Bloomington is one of the most beautiful places to be in the fall, with unmatched fall foliage and vibrant festivals and events to entertain all visitors. Whether you’re looking for music, great food, comedy, or unique experiences, Bloomington has you covered. You will not want to miss these 8 Bloomington festivals this September!
Date: Thursday, September 2 through Saturday, September 4
Time: Varying times – See the schedule here.
Location: Multiple venues – See the schedule here.
Admission: Tickets are available per show, as multi-day passes, and for the entire festival — See ticketing information here.
Date: Saturday, September 4
Time: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Woolery Mill
Celebrate Bloomington’s rich jazz community at B’Town Jazz Fest! Features include performances by the area’s leading professional artists, as well as collegiate and high school performers, food & drinks, and select merchandise. The Jazz Fest’s 2021 headliners include Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Ada Rovatti (saxophone).
Date: Saturday, September 4 through Sunday, September 5
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Sunday
Location: 4th Street, between Indiana and Grant Streets
Enjoy the 45th annual Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts, with 80 booths of fine art and fine crafts created by local and regional artists.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Bryan Park
Enjoy a visual arts exhibition, performance showcase, and food trucks at the Fiesta del Otoño and Black y Brown Arts Festival! The celebration seeks to raise and expand art appreciation, create space that affirms persons of color in the community, and enhance Bloomington’s spirit of inclusion.
Date: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12
Time: 3:00 – 10:00 pm on Friday, 7:00 am – 10:00 pm on Saturday, and 7:00 am – 7:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds
Admission: Tickets are available per day and for the entire weekend, with varying prices for preorders and day-of purchases. Visit this page for more information.
Enjoy hot air balloon launches, helicopter rides, pyrotechnic skydivers, fireworks, a wine & beer garden, food & commercial vendors, and other entertainment at the Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival!
Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Switchyard Park
Bloomington Birdfest is an interactive educational celebration of bird biology, ecology, and conservation — experience hands-on activities, bird walks, speakers, live birds, nature crafts, falconry demonstrations, food trucks, raffle prizes, and more!
Date: Thursday, September 23 through Saturday, September 25
Location: McGlockin Park in Stinesville
Enjoy craft vendors, food booths, live music, a pie competition, an antique tractor show, a parade, and more at the annual Stinesville Stone Quarry Festival. Festival times are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.
Date: Thursday, September 23 through Sunday, September 26
Time: Varying times – see the schedule here.
Location: Multiple venues – see the venues here.
Admission: Tickets are available for single-night, weekend-passes, and for the entire festival – see ticketing information here.
Celebrate the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from around the world at the 28th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Event time and location are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.
Date: Saturday, October 9
Location: Multiple locations across the Indiana University campus
Participate in over 150 hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and talks at Science Fest. Event times and admission are to be determined — check back frequently for updates.
Date: Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17
Location: Various locations on the IU campus
IU Homecoming Weekend allows alumni to reconnect with friends, relive their favorite college traditions, and show their kids their old stomping grounds. The Indiana University Alumni Association will host several events throughout the weekend, including a parade on Friday evening and the Hoosier Huddle, a members-only tailgate, on Saturday.
Date: Saturday, October 16
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Lawn
Pick out your own homemade blown glass pumpkin or simply admire the display of over 900 glass pumpkins at the 12th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! All pumpkins are made by members of the Bloomington Creative Glass Center. Proceeds from the pumpkin sales support educational arts programming throughout the year.
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
Get excited for the Indiana University basketball season at Hoosier Hysteria! Features include skills competitions, a dunk contest, and a brief scrimmage with both the men’s and women’s teams.