The 100% Unofficial 4th Street Festival Cheat Sheet

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To celebrate the return of students to Indiana University, Bloomington hosts its annual 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts. This year the festival runs September 1 and 2, opening at 10:00 a.m. each day and closing at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can find the event on 4th Street between Indiana Avenue and Grant Street. Admission is free. The show goes on regardless of the weather.

Since 1977 Bloomington, Indiana, has sponsored this gala event with artists, performances, and related activities. Growing from its initial 55 artists, this year the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts expects over 100 exhibitors.

Activities at the 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts Bloomington Indiana Festival

Artists and Crafts persons the 4th street festival: A slate of artists and crafts persons is already announced with entries in 2-D, ceramics, fiber, glass, painting, etc. Examples of their work can be found at...

https://www.4thstreet.org/participating-artists. The application period closed in mid March. So if you are interested in exhibiting next year, mark your calendar now.

Stages at the 4th street festival: As in previous years, there are plans for both a music stage and a separate stage for the spoken word. The speaking stage will include poetry, storytelling and theater. The music stage offers bands, vocals and dance.

4th Street Children’s Tent: Again this year the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation (Lotus) will sponsor the children’s tent with stories, activities and crafts. Lotus is a local non profit that promotes chance to encounter, enjoy and investigate diversity in many forms through music and other arts. It has participated in the Bloomington Festival every year since its inception.

Bloomington Fall Festival 2018 Parking

There is a parking garage on 4th Street between Walnut and College with free parking on Saturdays and Sundays. Street parking is free on Sunday.

Street Fair Bloomington Food and Lodging

Each year Bloomington offers host hotels as an option to out-of-town guests. That list is still being finalized and will be posted when complete.

There are a number of fine and casual dining facilities along 4th Street and also in the general area of the fair. Bloom Magazine has a detailed list of available eateries in categories by price range, ethnicity, style (like buffet or pub food), etc. See http://www.magbloom.com/dining-out-towns/restaurant_row/ for details.

About Bloomington, Indiana

Home to Indiana State and located only 50 miles from Indianapolis, the city has much to offer to the tourist. The Eskenazi Museum of Art housed at the university includes I. M. Pei’s triangular designed building and over 45,000 art works including impressionist paintings, masks and jewelry. The WonderLab Museum of Science, health and Technology is a “must see” for both children and adults, if you want to know how things work. The Oliver Winery offers daily tastings of their wide range of reds, whites and sparkling wines, plus they offer weekend tours.

Some of the lesser known points of interest of this Bloomington Fall Festival include:

Brain Sculpture – Yes, a sculpture of an anatomically correct brain.

Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection – These are objects that need to be physically manipulated to be solved. With a collection of about 30,000, it is a hands-on experience.

The Garret – Originally built in 1890, it is now filled with examples of taxidermy, geological samples, and furniture. A word to the wise, there is also a section on antique pornography.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Labor Day art fest in Bloomington, Indiana.


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  • Great article, one mistake Bloomington is home to Indiana university not Indiana state that’s in Terre Haute ,Indiana

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