BN Life


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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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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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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Illinois Shakespeare Festival 2021

Illinois Shakespeare Festival returns for it’s 44th Season! Tickets go on sale Monday, May 10! Romance, revenge, comedy, jealousy, murder, action, magic … no wonder William Shakespeare has been popular for over 400 years; his plays have it all.  High school English classes still read Romeo and Juliet each year, and his works are performed […]

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The Baby Fold’s Hybrid Festival of Trees

We could all use a little Christmas cheer right about now! A staple holiday event in the Bloomington-Normal community continues on, with a twist! The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees will be a hybrid event this year to ensure everyone’s safety. This pop-up Christmas marketplace offers both online and SAFE in-person participation options. Enjoy a […]

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BN the Summer Fun – Festivals

In Bloomington-Normal, summer is truly the fest of times. No matter your area of interest, BN has a summer festival for you! Champagne British Car Festival June 2 David Davis Mansion Presented by the Flatlanders British Car Club, the event features vehicles of all British makes for view on the elegant setting of the Mansion […]

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The Lincoln Connection

Can you imagine a United States of America where slavery is still in practice? Can you envision not a United States of America, but a country divided in two; the Union and the Confederacy? Had Abraham Lincoln not been our nation’s 16th president, these might have been a reality today. “Bloomington-Normal is the most significant […]

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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 June 15-16 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 […]

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Winter Events in BN

Illinois Fish and Feather Expo When: January 26-28 Where: Interstate Center Cost: Adults: $7 Kids 12 & under: $4 The Illinois Fish and Feather Expo is Central Illinois’ hunting, fishing and boating show. The festival will include multiple outdoor sports vendors, seminars by pro-fishermen, door prizes and food!   Tour de Chocolate When: February 2 […]

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