Summer Festivals in Bloomington-Normal
Summer is Bloomington-Normal’s most action-packed season. Here are the major festivals happening in our area!
Glorious Garden Festival
David Davis Mansion
Numerous gardens in Bloomington-Normal are featured on this garden walk. Take a tour of Sarah Davis’ garden, which still contains 16 plants that she originally planted in the 1870s. Tickets are $17 in advance and $7 for anyone under 18.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
July 5 – August 11
Ewing Cultural Center
Since 1978, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival has been devoted to performing the works of Shakespeare, in addition to new works written in his spirit. Festival-goers can enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, live jazz music, ice cream socials with the cast and crew and nightly green shows. This year’s performances include The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V and Shakespeare in Love.
Sugar Creek Arts Festival
The streets of Uptown Normal are painted with artists and art lovers alike during the annual Sugar Creek Arts Festival. The combination of high-quality art, live music and food has kept the streets of Normal full of color and activity year after year.
Lincoln’s Festival on 66
This three-day festival presents programs, re-enactments, lectures, walking tours and activities regarding our nation’s 16th president. It is held in Downtown Bloomington each summer. This year’s festival features Bicentennial-specific programs celebrating highlights of Illinois’ 200-year history.
Sweet Corn Blues Festival
Over 50,000 ears of fresh sweet corn, sidewalk sales, arts, crafts and flea market vendors await you on the streets of Uptown Normal!