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Life in Bloomington

Community and Culture

Men’s Journal has recognized Bloomington as one of the 10 “healthiest, sexiest, most fun, and most affordable towns.” And USA Today named IU Bloomington one of the top 10 places for campus culture.

In addition to our restaurants, clubs, live music, opportunities for outdoor adventure, and Big Ten athletics, Bloomington is home to several nationally known music festivals, including the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Lotus World Music Festival, and the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival. Our city’s eclectic character is even expressed through the architecture that surrounds us, with historic local limestone structures that intermingle with modern structures such as the I.M. Pei—designed IU Art Museum and the nation’s only Tibetan cultural center.

Below is just a sampling of the many cultural, entertainment, and recreational opportunities the Bloomington community offers.

Music and Theatre
Other Bloomington Opportunities