Home of the Hoosiers!
Bloomington is known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana.” Early settlers were so impressed with “a haven of blooms” that they called it Bloomington. This city is the home to Indiana University Bloomington and is the original and largest campus of Indiana University. Bloomington also has the Indiana University School of Education, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Press, the Kelley School of Business, and the Indiana University School of Informatics. Along with many schools, Bloomington is home to several professional and amateur theater companies, among the most notable are: Indiana University Dept. of Theatre & Drama; Cardinal Stage Company; the Bloomington Playwrights Project; and Theatre of the People. Bloomington has a very diverse music scene because of the Jacobs School of Music, its Opera Theater and public performances numbering more than a thousand each year. The city boasts several punk record labels and traditional music is also very popular due to the presence of the Archives of Traditional Music and Department of Folklore. Downtown Bloomington is typically referred to as the area between First to Eleventh Streets and Madison to Lincoln Streets, with the vast majority of the dining, shopping and drinking establishments being located on the two main north/south thoroughfares of Walnut Street and College Avenue. With the city’s huge music scene and downtown entertainment bringing Howl2Go’s dueling piano show is the perfect fit for any Bloomington event!