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Events to look forward to the weekend of Oct. 4 in Bloomington


October is officially here and football has a byeweek. That means we will all be in Bloomington looking for something to do this weekend. Looking for some advice? Check out this list below.

Friday, Oct. 4

36th Annual Bloomington Community Book Fair: The annual book fair offers thousands of books to benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 to Oct. 8 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. 

IU Field Hockey vs. Penn State: The Hoosiers will take on the Nittany Lions at 3 p.m. at the IU Field Hockey Complex. This event is free to the public.

Harvest Hootenanny Block Party at Switchyard Brewing Company: This event will have a pie eating contest, new beer releases and food trucks to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South-Central Indiana and the Bloomington Playwright Project. It’s from 5 to 11 p.m.

IU Volleyball vs. Illinois: IU volleyball will take on the University of Illinois at 7 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall. The event is free for students and tickets range from $4 to $10 for others. Tickets are available here.

Indonesia Culture Caravan at the School of International and Global Studies: This celebration will include traditional musical performances and begins at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Lugar School of International Studies’ Shreve Auditorium.

By the Bog of Cats: This production, loosely based off Euripides’ tragedy, “Medea” will be presented by the IU Theatre at 7:30 p.m. at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center.

Beetlejuice in Bryan Park: Say his name three times, or just watch the movie in Bryan Park. This free event begins at 7:40 p.m.

Mad Max: Fury Road at the IU Cinema: This action-packed film will be shown at 10 p.m. at the IU Cinema. Tickets are $4 and available here.

Jukebox Luke at the Bluebird: Bloomington-based band, Jukebox Luke, will play at 9 p.m. The show is 21 and up and more information can be found here.

Late Nite at the Indiana Memorial Union: Late Nite will be a murder mystery this week starting at 9 p.m. An RSVP is required for this event. More information is available here.

Saturday Oct. 5

The B-Town Improv Hoedown: An improv festival will include workshops and performances at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center. More information and tickets can be purchased here.

Midway Music Festival: For a third year, this all-day music celebration will be in downtown Bloomington. Musical acts include DJ Pixie, Amy O and Patchwork Moonlight. Ticket prices range from $25 to $35 and available here. 

Black Panther at the IU Cinema: Along with playing this Oscar-winning film, costume designer Ruth E. Carter will be at the screening. The film is at 3 p.m. and tickets are $4.

Hoosier Hysteria at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall: Hoosier Hysteria in an annual event to get fans hyped up for basketball season and to introduce them to the new team. It is at 4 p.m. and free, but organizers are asking attendees to bring a nonperishable good to donate. 

IU Volleyball vs. Northwestern: In the team’s third Big Ten game, the Hoosiers will play the Wildcats at 7 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall. The event is free for students and tickets range from $4 to $10 for all others. Tickets are available here.

Magic City Hippies at the Bluebird: Indie-funk band, Magic City Hippies, will perform at 8 p.m. as a part of their fall tour. Tickets are $15 and available here. This show is 21 and up.

Sunday Oct. 6

Indiana Toy and Comic Expo: This event starts at 9 a.m. at the Monroe Convention Center. The expo will include vendors from all over the state cosplay contests. Tickets are $5 and available here.

IU Field Hockey vs. Kent State: The field hockey team will play Kent State at noon at the IU Field Hockey Complex. This event is free to the public.

IU Women’s Soccer vs. Minnesota: The women’s soccer team will play at 1 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium against the University of Minnesota. This event is free to the public.

Sew the Winter to my Skin at the IU Cinema: Director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and filmmaker François Verster will be present at the screening of this film set in rural South Africa during the 1950s. The event is free but ticketed and more information is available here.

12th Annual Voice Faculty Cabaret: As a fundraiser for the IU chapter of National Organization of Teachers of Singing, Jacobs School of Music faculty will featured in this concert starting at 7:30 p.m. at First United Church. 

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra: The symphony will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and will feature the return of former artistic director Charles Latshaw. Tickets are more information is available here.

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