The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar is a free multicultural arts and education event for kids and families. Volunteers from the Bloomington community (and around the world) present arts, music, language, and international crafts that let kids get their hands on the world with more than 30 vibrant, high-energy activity stations.  Grab your passport at the door, and go! Visit our Facebook photo albums for snapshots of Bazaar fun.

Save the date!  Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar: March 29-30, 2019

The Friday edition of the Bazaar is open only to area 4th-graders, but Saturday’s Family Day is free to the public.  If you are interested in having your school participate in Friday’s students-only Bazaar (offered free to schools), contact Outreach Director Loraine Martin at 812-336-6599 or

Created in 1996 with the help of area teachers, the Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar has become a tradition in Monroe County schools — public, private, and charter — as well as in our community.  The World Bazaar is generously hosted at Fairview Elementary School,  located in Bloomington at 500 W 7th St.

2018 Bazaar planning committee:Loraine Martin (chair), Nancy Boatner, Patty Callison, Josh Gilstein, Sarah Hatcher, LuAnne Holladay, Deborah Hutton, Christian Morgan James, Tamara Loewenthal, Laura Plummer, Genevieve Pritchard, and Emily Stern


2019 details are coming soon!  Please see below for an example of last year’s Bazaar programming.

11:00-11:20 – Badi w/Pansori singer Danhae Oh Korean Fusion Ensemble
11:35-11:45 – Ritmos Latinos Indiana Salsa Dancing
12:00-12:20 – Elise Anderson & Friends Uyghur and Turkish Song and Dance
12:35-12:55 – Mr. Brown’s Dream Team from Fairview Elementary Old-Time Dance Moves, Song, & Body Percussion w/Tamara Loewenthal
1:10-1:30pm – Fairview Drummers African Drumming & Percussion w/Ben Handel and Josh Olivo
1:45-2:05pm – Jungle Joe’s Flea Circus Flea Antics and More
2:20-2:40pm – Fiddle ‘n’ Feet & the Foot Squad Clogging & Percussive Dance
2:45-3:00 – Bloomington Pipers’ Society – Arle Lommel Hungarian Bagpipes Traditional Performance

With Drop-In Activity Sessions happening all day long.



All About Bellydance

Badi w/Pansori singer Danhae Oh

Ben Handel

Bloomington Community Orchard

Bloomington High School North German Club

Bloomington High School North Japan Club

Bloomington High School North Spanish Honors Society

Bloomington Pipers’ Society – Arle Lommel

Cardinal Stage Company

City of Bloomington Latino Programs / Community and Family Resources Dept.

Elise Anderson & Friends

Fairview Drummers

Fairview Elementary School

Fiber Artisans

Fiddle ‘n’ Feet & the Foot Squad

First Book of Monroe County

Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

Harpa Hungarica

Hoosier Hotcakes

Indiana Limestone Symposium

IU African Studies

IU Arabic Flagship Program

IU Center for Language Excellence

IU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

IU Center for the Study of Global Change

IU Center for the Study of the Middle East

IU Department of French and Italian

IU Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

IU Dhar India Studies Program

IU East Asian Studies Center

IU Eskenazi Museum of Art

IU Ethnomusicology Student Association

IU Germanic Studies Department

IU Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

IU International Outreach Council

IU Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies

IU Turkish Flagship Center

Jitka Horne

Joe Lee / Jungle Joe’s Flea Circus

Josh Olivo

LuAnne Holladay

Lucky’s Market

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Monroe County Public Library

Mr. Brown’s Dream Team/Fairview Elementary

Patty Callison

Playground Productions Studio

Ritmos Latinos Indiana

Sue Westhues

T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Tamara Loewenthal

The Writers Guild at Bloomington

Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

Lotus sincerely apologizes for any inadvertent errors or omissions.