Impress your friends! Win on Jeopardy! Here's some factoids for ya:
• Pop: 80,405 (2010 US Census)
• Area: 23.59 sq. mi. (2010 US Census)
• Median age: 23.3 years (2010 US Census)
• Total undergrads at I.U.: 36,419 (Indiana.edu)
• Forbes ranking for cities with work/life balance: 1 (Indiana.edu)
• Avg. high temp: 64.5 degrees
• Avg. yearly snowfall: 18.6 inches
Here's a brief but hearty list of events this fall that could provide a great excuse to visit Bloomington, or leave your smelly dorm room. For more events, hit up nuvo.net.
4th Street Festival of Arts and Crafts
Labor Day Weekend This weekend-long fest is a great way to get to know the Downtown district. Vendors selling all manner of beautiful goods take up residence in small white tents during Labor Day — plus there's music and all kinds of food (it IS on 4th St. after all).
Lotus World Music and Arts Festival
Sept. 24-27 This fest is a concentrated way to sample some of the most innovative and ground-breaking sounds from all around the world in a four-day-long festival in venues all around town. Many events are free, so scour the schedule if you're on a college kid budget.
Hillbilly Haiku Americana Music Festival
Sept. 4 Take note! This event is THIS weekend!
Hilly Hundred Bicycle Tour
Oct. 9-11 Almost 6,000 bicyclists take on zillions of good ol' Southern Indiana hills in this (painful, thigh-burning, wonderful) three-day biking event. This is a great way to explore the land around your new hometown.