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Make Music Normal in Uptown Normal

Make Music Normal is an all-ages, free-to-attend festival taking place in Uptown Normal on Friday September 10 and Saturday, September 11. This vibrant area will be filled with local musicians of all genres performing on stages placed throughout Uptown. The festival also focuses on participation, giving attendees the chance to learn choreography, play an instrument, […]

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Summertime Entertainment in Downtown Bloomington

Downtown Bloomington has plenty of fun planned this summer! Come enjoy their festivals, entertainment, and live music all summer long. Be sure to also shop, eat, and explore the art galleries that fill #DowntownBLM. Festivals Front Street Music Festival August 21 | 1 pm  Front Street Music Festival is back for 2021! This jazz festival […]

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5 Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

While most summer activities are meant to be enjoyed outside, sometimes the warm weather can be too hot to handle.  Take a look at our suggestions for fun inside activities in the Bloomington-Normal Area! Catch a Classic Film The Normal Theatre in Uptown Normal shows classic, independent and world cinema films on the big screen. […]

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Saturdays on the Sqaure

This new FREE concert series, presented by The Castle Theater and the Pantagraph, will make your summer in BN unforgettable! There will be a total of 4 family-friendly concerts by national touring artists on the Museum Square this July through September. Come listen, eat, drink, and enjoy the music as it fills the streets of […]

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A Unique Shopping Experience in Bloomington-Normal

Whether you shop in Downtown Bloomington or Uptown Normal, we can guarantee you won’t leave empty handed after visiting the many one-of-a-kind shops! Shop for the newest trends in clothing and accessories, unique gifts for the home, locally made goods, a new book for the trip home, or a perfect little souvenir to remind you […]

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Where to Be for Fourth of July in McLean County

Every family has their favorite way of celebrating Independence Day, whether it’s barbecuing in the backyard or baking a patriotic dessert and spending time with loved ones. Put on your best red, white, and blue outfits and celebrate Fourth of July here in McLean County! Here are some events happening in the area: Bloomington  The Downtown […]

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The Summer Music Scene in BN!

Whether you’re looking for smooth jazz or an upbeat pop band, you’ll be sure to find a live performance that fits your style somewhere in the Bloomington-Normal area! Various stages and locations throughout the area are coming to life this summer with local artists and national touring musicians. Here’s your guide to summer music in […]

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Tour the Funk Prairie Home

The Funk Prairie Home Museum has re-opened their doors for public tours! Come enjoy and learn more about the history of the Funk family and all of their political and agricultural accomplishments in McLean County. What began as a wedding gift from LaFayette Funk to his wife Elizabeth in 1864 has grown into one of […]

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The Children’s Discovery Museum Is Open!

After many months of being closed, the Children’s Discovery Museum has re-opened its doors with open arms and is back to inspiring the love of learning through the power of play in person! The Museum’s three stories are filled with amazing hands-on fun that is unlike anything else. The array of exhibits is enough to […]

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Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals in Bloomington-Normal

All summer long, Bloomington-Normal will be celebrating art, culture, history, community, and so much more through our variety of festivals! It’s a time when BN comes to life: streets are lined with vendors, local artists rock out on stages, and there’s always plenty to eat and drink. Here’s the lineup for summer fun in our […]

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