Downtown & University
Love the local vibes in Downtown, where a buzzing independent scene and bohemian culture fuel this close-knit college town
Enjoy the relaxed, small town feel of Bloomington where the idea of being homegrown applies to more than just food. Local business and talent thrives here, thanks to the flourishing population of students, who make up just over half of all residents. Explore Downtown by foot only moments from Indiana University’s beautiful limestone campus.
Get lost in the flurry of great restaurants just off Kirkwood Avenue, where you’ll find swanky, five-star eateries alongside hipster cafés. Join the city’s organic food revolution, picking up the freshest Midwest produce from health stores like FARMbloomington.
It’s no surprise that Downtown fosters a creative atmosphere with a designated arts district crammed with galleries, public art spaces and theatres. Bring a picnic to the park to enjoy casual outdoor concerts or dress to impress for an outstanding show at the IU Opera and Ballet Theater of Music - Bloomington’s strong musical heritage draws top class acts from all over the US.
Join thousands of students as they descend on the city in mid-April for Little 500, the biggest collegiate cyclist event in America. Become a fully-fledged ‘Hoosier’ watching the university team play basketball at Assembly Hall or work up a sweat jogging along the B-Line - a three-mile path built on an old rail line. Beautifully maintained and free from traffic, this track is a superb gateway to Bloomington’s surrounding countryside.