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2015 Bloomington-Normal Summer Festivals

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

When | Now through August 8

Where | Ewing Cultural Center

Time | Performances begin at 7:30 pm

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is a summer staple in Bloomington-Normal. Now in its 37th season, the festival is still dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare. For more information on the festival, click here.


Bloomington Beer Fest

When | Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22

Where | Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Time | Doors open at 5 pm on Friday and at 2 pm on Saturday

August in downtown has become synonymous with craft beer tasting and live music. Headlining the festival this year are Phil Vassar and Matthew Curry, with additional performances by AKA, Chris Corkery, The Fire, and more.


Bruegala: A Festival of Beer and Wine  

When | Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29

Where | The Corn Crib

Time | 5 pm -11 pm

The 16th Annual Bruegala Beer and Wine Festival will offer over 300 beers, 50 wines multiple food vendors and live music. Run by the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees, the event has raised over $160,000 for local charities in the past four years.


Normal 1-5-0 Celebration

When | Friday, September 11, Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13

Where | Uptown Normal

Time | All day

2015 marks Normal’s 150th birthday and the town is pulling out all of the stops for a one-of-a-kind celebration, including performances by the Flying Wallendas, the Gamma Phi Circus and historical portrayals at the Normal Theater.  For a complete events schedule for this special celebration, click here.

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