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Concerts, Movies and Plays

Performing Arts Series Hotline: 812-349-3754

PAS icon 2010 logo BEAD logo The Performing Arts Series offers the Bloomington community numerous opportunities to experience the talent of its local artists. Enjoy free, outdoor performances in venues throughout the city. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and a picnic basket and become immersed in the sights and sounds of the Performing Arts Series.

Nature Sounds - human-made music in natural settings

Looking for more, free, Bloomington music? Visit the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the Tuesday Market from 4-7 p.m. every Tuesday, June through September.

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Click here for a chronological calendar of free concerts, movies, and theatrical performances in city parks.

2016 Performing Arts Series Concerts

Fridays in The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park/Third Street Park

Day/Date Performance Music Style Venue Time Sponsored by
Fri., June 24 Jason & Ginger Americana, folk, and blues The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park
6:30-8:30 p.m. Opening Act: Eagle Ridge Civil Engineering Service
Headliner:Relish
Fri., July 1 Opal Fly & KAPOW original feel-good music The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park 6:30-9 p.m. Opening Act: Eagle Ridge Civil Engineering Service
Headliner: Bloomington Parks and Recreation
Fri., July 8 da Vida acoustic jazz The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park 6:30-8:30 p.m. Opening Act: Eagle Ridge Civil Engineering Service
Headliner: Roto-Rooter Plumbers
Fri., July 15 The Mark Robinson Band electric roots and blues The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park
6:30-8:30 p.m. Opening Act: Eagle Ridge Civil Engineering Service
Headliner:Baker Family Dentistry and Siwy Plastic Surgery
Fri., July 22 Lauren Robert & Soul Medicine bluesy and rockin' soul The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park
6:30-8:30 p.m. Opening Act: Eagle Ridge Civil Engineering Service
Headliner:Baker Family Dentistry and Siwy Plastic Surgery

Bryan Park

Day/Date Performance Music Style Venue Time Sponsored by
Sun., June 26 USAF Air National Guard Band of the Midwest patriotic music Bryan Park 6:30-8 p.m. Stephen R. Miller, CPA, PC
Sun., July 3 Bloomington Symphony Orchestra light orchestral Bryan Park 6:30-8 p.m. Smithville Communications
Sun., July 10 The Ragin' Texans roots rock & blues Bryan Park 6:30-8 p.m. Baker Family Dentistry and Siwy Plastic Surgery
Sun., July 17 The McGuires acoustic Americana Bryan Park 6:30-8 p.m. Arby's
Sun., July 24 Blooming-Tunes 2016 Best of Songwriter Showcase singer-songwriter showcase Bryan Park 6:30-8 p.m. Bloomington Realty, Inc.
Sun., July 31 Fiddle 'n' Feet roots music and percussive dance Bryan Park 6:30-8 p.m. The May Agency
Sun., Aug. 7 Big Time Swing Band
'30s-'40s swing
Bryan Park 6:30-8 p.m. Sierra Remodeling

Peoples Park Concerts

Day/Date Performance Music Style Venue Time
Tue., June 28 Lilly Meister young singer-songwriter Peoples Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tue., July 5 Cari Ray Americana and blues Peoples Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 16 Backwoods Bluegrass Band acoustic bluegrass Peoples Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 23 Jesse Lacy singer-songwriter Peoples Park
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 30 Jason & Ginger Americana, folk and blues Peoples Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 6 David Michael Kirk alt folk-rock and Americana Peoples Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 13 The NorTones blues and folk Peoples Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 20 Lara Lynn Trio American songbook Peoples Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tue., Sept. 27 Burly & Steinbeck indie folk pop Peoples Park 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Movies in the Parks

Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Ryder Film Series present free movies in the parks. Locations include Bryan Park, Reverend Ernest D. Butler Park, and Ferguson Dog Park.

Please be aware that some of the movies may have a rating of PG. We request your assistance in determining if a particular movie is appropriate for your family. Movies begin at dusk; see estimated start time below. Pre-movie activities begin 30 minutes before the movie start time. Rain dates are the Saturday following a rainout.

For up-to-the-minute information on weather-related cancellations, call the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Community Events Hotline at 812-349-3754.

Day/Date Performance Music Style Venue Time Sponsored by
Friday, Sept. 2 Movie in the Park Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988-PG) Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park 8:45 p.m. Secretly Group & Secretly Distribution
Friday, Sept. 9 Movie in the Park WarGames (1983-PG) Bryan Park 8:40 p.m. IU Cinema
Friday, Sept. 16 Movie in the Park The Wiz (1978-G) Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park 8:30 p.m. World Wide Automotive
Friday, Sept. 23 Movie in the Park Goonies (1985-PG) Bryan Park 8:25 p.m. Clutch Fabrication and Design
Friday, Sept. 30 Movie in the Park Bolt (2008-PG) Ferguson Dog Park 8:20 p.m. The May Agency