July 28, Monday: !!! at The Bishop ($)
JUly 29, Tuesday: Historical Fiction/Fictional History: A Conversation On Storytelling (615 N. Fairview Dr., 5-7PM)
July 31, Thursday: Accidental Dialogs: A Night of Stories From People You Might Know, Who Didn’t Know the People They Were Talking To. (
Plan 9, 213 N Walnut Street in Bloomington 8pm)
August 1, Friday: Supper In the Field
Events are FREE unless they're ($) not.
These # events are taking submissions. This calendar is always evolving, and will be updated throughout the summer.
You can plan your own event! See below for details.
Get here. Bloomington is 45 minutes from Indianapolis International Airport. Shuttle companies Go Express Travel and Star of America make 20 round trips per day from Indie to Bloomington for less than $20 each way.
Or you could make Bloomington a stop on this summer's road trip. Here are some nearby cities you may want to travel from instead:
Louisville: 100 miles, 2 hours.
Chicago: 230 miles, 4.5 hours.
St. Louis: 250 miles, 4 hours.
Nashville: 250 miles, 4.5 hours.
Detroit: 340 miles, 7.5 hours.
For more information contact the Bloomington Visitors Center: (800) 800 -
Sleep somewhere.Summer Commune is a state of mind, not a physical location, so we don't all live together in an Indiana farmhouse. Luckily Bloomington has a sizable student population that gets out of town for the summer, leaving behind a variety of sublets within walking distance of Bloomington's downtown center.
Communers coming to Bloomington are encouraged to sublet or rent using services like Craigslist & ApartmentsInBloomington.com. There are also plenty of places to camp nearby.
If you live in Bloomington & have a room or home you'd like to sublet or swap, or if you're interested in hosting short term Communers, please join the 2014 Facebook group or send us an email.
Work.We've got co-working space in Bloomington for individual freelancers, contract workers, virtual & remote workers, and teams! Tell your boss that letting you work remotely will make you happier! It's also good for business.
Communers interested in co-working can find out where/how by attending an Open Meeting. If you're a team & you're down to attend Tech Week (July 14-18), send us an email.
Watch "Bloomington, Indiana: A Vibrant Tech Community"
Plan an event. We KNOW you're dying to show off your
party/philosophy/pizza/robotics skills, but you've just been holding out
for the perfect venue. Now's your chance to share your incredible GIFTS
with the world by planning a Summer Commune event. There are 2 ways to have events at Summer Commune:
Public: An official Summer Commune event that you plan, whenever & wherever you want, & which we help promote via newsletter, social media, calendar, etc. Though the planning is ultimately up to you, we can connect you with the people & resources you need to make a successful event go down. In the past these events included: Arts In Plein Air, PechaKucha, comedy show.
Private: An unofficial event that you plan, whenever & wherever you want, & which we promote the way stuff usually gets promoted (texting all our friends). These causal affairs don't go on our calendar & may happen with very little notice. In the past these events included: thrifting excursions, spontaneous tie-dye party, trip to the water park, various day hikes.
Send us an email with the following information and we can help you set it up.
WHEN & WHERE WILL IT BE?
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE YOU EXPECTING?
DO YOU NEED TRANSPORTATION?
IS THIS A PUBLIC OR A PRIVATE EVENT?
DOES THIS EVENT RECUR?
Other fun stuff to do.
Oliver Vineyards: Oliver is the perfect place for an idyllic summer picnic. Tastings are real cheap, and you can make a lunch at the meat & cheese counter before uncorking a local wine out on the lawn.
International Restaurant Row: Along 4th Street extending east from the university a variety of international restaurants serve up Tibetan, Burmese, Chinese, Indian, Turkish, and Thai food - take your pick. WATCH: Checking Out Bloomington's Food Scene!
Monroe Lake: In addition to renting double decker pontoon boats, there’s also camping, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming at Monroe Lake in the Hoosier National Forrest, about a 20 minute drive from the center of town.
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve: A grassy oasis minutes from downtown, where no swimming or gas powered water-vehicles are allowed, so you can canoe, kayak, or row your boat in peace. Or join one of the naturalist lead hikes on one of 4 moderately difficult trails.
Hoosier National Forest: Spread out over parts of nine different counties in southern Indiana, the Hoosier National Forrest is more than 202,000 acres of recreation areas and wildlife preserves - great for day hikes, backcountry hikes, swimming, scenic drives, horseback riding, cabin rental, and tent camping. Catch a panoramic view of the forest and Lake Monroe from the Hickory Ridge Fire Tower.
Starlite Drive-In Theater: Family owned drive-in theater; #1 location for B-Town necking since 1955. The Starlite shows movies you can watch from your car every Friday and Saturday night in the natural grass "AUTO-torium." Snacks are served in the "CAR-feteria." Movies are booked less than a week in advance and usually announced on the website on Mondays.
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center: In
1979, the Dalai Llama’s brother founded the Tibetan Buddhist Cultural
Center; today a monastery, a cultural building, two traditional Tibetan
Stupas, and miles of walking paths are spread out over 108 acres. You
can walk the trails or practice various kinds of meditation or yoga
here, and rumor has it you can rent a yurt to sleep in for up to a few
days at a time.
Read more about Bloomington here and here or here.
Know a cool locale that should be on this list? Let us know about it.
Pitchfork Music Festival / July 18-20 / Chicago: Featuring Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Death Grips, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Real Estate, Earl Sweatshirt, & more.
Jackson County Fair / July 20-26 / Brownstown, IN. Highlights include: spelling bee, carnival rides, scarecrow contest, counted thread techniques, Demolition Derby, & more.
West Baden Springs Hotel (French Lick, Indiana)
Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area (Tell City, Indiana)
Lick Creek Historic African American Settlement (in the Hoosier Forest near Paoli, Indiana)
Kentucky Bourbon Trail (best experienced over 3 days)
New Harmony, Indiana (utopia built by Harmonists in the 1840s)
Help us give back to our host city! Below is a list of local organizations who have told us they could use our help.
Hoosier Hills Food Bank Garden: The Hoosier Hills Food Bank is a local nonprofit that provides emergency food assistance to 6 Indiana counties. They could use help in their organic garden, 1.25 acres located on the northwest end of town. Help grow veggies for those in need. Contact Katie to set up a time.
Bloomington Community Orchard: The Bloomington Community Orchard is an organization growing fruit for the community and spreading orcharding skills through education. The publicly owned orchard is maintained by volunteers, and the harvest is available to everyone in the community. Open house style work days happen Saturdays from 1-4 PM in July.
Bloomington Community Bike Project Earn-A-Bike Program: In exchange for 3 hours of volunteer work at the Bike Project (cleaning the shop, sorting parts, fixing shop bikes, recycling donated bikes for parts, helping other visitors) you can build your own bike from the provided frames and parts! No previous bike knowledge is necessary, though aficionados are useful. To take part all you have to do is show up. The shop monitor will get you started. (Check the website for up-to-date hours.)
Middle Coast Film Fest: Lend your incredible talents & skills to a number of areas where humanpower is needed: photography, event filming, tweeting, reporting, AV & tech support, festival shop, social events, and/or theater, seminar, or workshop support. The fest is also in need of MCs, green room assistants, office assistants, and stage hands. Sign up on middlecoastfilmfest.com or send an email to middlecoastfest [@] gmail.
Check out Bloomington's volunteer calendar for more opportunities to help.
Need a group for a service project? Maybe we can help you out with that. Send us an email.