Songwriting Workshop with Sofía Viola & Dat Garcia

Monroe County Public Library 303 E. Kirkwood, Bloomington

Sunday, September 29 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Monroe County Public Library | 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Meeting Room 1C FREE | Limited Capacity | Pre-Registration required Learn songwriting from #LotusFest2019 artist Sofía Viola with Dat Garcia. FREE Workshop for women ages 12+. Empower women in music! All women and non-binary people are invited […]

Free

Sunday Closing Concert

Buskirk-Chumley Theater 114 E. Kirkwood, Bloomington

Sunday Closing Concert with Steam Machine and Jayme Stone's Folklife Sunday, September 29  |  3:00 pm (Doors at 2:30 pm) Buskirk-Chumley Theater  |   114 E. Kirkwood Admission: Your commemorative 26th anniversary Lotus Pin Each year the Sunday Closing Concert wraps-up the Lotus Fest weekend with a celebration of music close to home with a salute […]

$5

Ice Carver Artist Talk

Join Lotus and Freezefest for a FREE breakfast and hear from internationally recognized master ice carvers of Bloomington’s inaugural Freezefest 2020. Bloomington’s inaugural Freezefest is a community celebration designed to beat the winter doldrums with fun interactive activities for the entire family to enjoy together. Show that you are attending or interested in the event […]

FREE

IU Lotus Club General Body Meeting

Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN

Do you love world music, visual arts, or education? Are you a student at IU looking for volunteer opportunities? Join the Lotus Club and take part in spreading cultural awareness and acceptance through the arts. Go to room 1106.

Free

Lotus at the Bloomington Music Expo

Monroe Convention Center 302 S. College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana

The Bloomington Music Expo is a celebration of all things music in Bloomington, Indiana. Join us at Bloomington’s only public vinyl show February 7-8, 2020 featuring a huge sale of vinyl, cds, tapes, art, apparel, food and craft beer plus live music by world-renowned artists.

Tickets are $5, students are free with a valid student ID. Shop and explore an hour before the doors open to the public on Saturday morning for $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

$5 – $10

Cielito Lindo Lotus Live-Stream Concert

Join Lotus and Cielito Lindo for a Lotus Live-Stream Concert! Chicago-based Cielito Lindo features all nine members of the Lucero family, who perform modern, Latino mariachi. You will be able to see this live-stream concert on the Lotus Facebook page and the Lotus YouTube page at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Cielito Lindo was […]

Lotus Live-Stream Concert Featuring Aaron Jonah Lewis

Join us for a Lotus Live-Stream Concert featuring award-winning banjo and fiddle player Aaron Jonah Lewis. Aaron was supposed to come to Bloomington with his group The Corn Potato String Band for our annual, four-week intensive outreach program, Lotus Blossoms, but was unable to because of the virus. The concert will take place on our […]

Lotus Live-Stream Concert Featuring Kardemimmit

Lotus is thrilled to announce another Lotus Live-Stream Concert featuring Finland-based band Kardemimmit. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. EDT on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Simply navigate to one of these pages at 12:00 p.m. and you will see the live video. Feel free to ask Kardemimmit questions in […]

Lotus Lineup Release Party, Virtual Edition

Even though we need to be distant physically, we can still enjoy each other's company, find out the amazing lineup for this year's Lotus Festival, and savor some excellent beer, cider, or non-alcoholic beverages from our event partner, Switchyard Brewing Company. The Lineup Release Party will take place on Thursday, June 25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. […]

Lotus Fest Thursday-Night Livestream from the Firebay

Lotus will kick off this year's festival with a Livestream Concert from the Lotus Firebay that will feature fantastic local musicians. This event is ticketed (Friday and Saturday night events are free). Buying a 2020 Festival Pin for $25 gets you "in” to both this event and the Sunday Livestream Concert – purchasers will be […]

Lotus in the Meadow

This event is for IU students only. Please Register here. Kick-off the Lotus Festival with the Indiana Memorial Union! We'll be hosting a pre-recorded set of Nation Beat on our inflatable film screen. So grab a couple of close friends, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and prepare to dance the night away with your […]

Free

Lotus Fest Friday-Night Virtual Festival

This event will feature livestream concerts from new-to-Lotus artists. These artists will likely join us in-person for the 2021 festival, so this is like a sneak peak. The event will also feature archived-artist performances from past Lotus Festivals. Many of the performances were selected based on how you responded to our survey about what bands/performances […]

Lotus at the Switchyard, live, physically distanced concert SOLD OUT

This Lotus event will take place at Switchyard Park and will be a physically distanced LIVE concert on Saturday afternoon. LIVE EVENT PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Featuring: Craig Brenner, Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste, Jenn Cristy Band This is a ticketed event. This […]

Lotus Fest Saturday-Night Virtual Festival

This event will feature livestream concerts from new-to-Lotus artists. These artists will likely join us in-person for the 2021 festival, so this is like a sneak peak. The event will also feature archived-artist performances from past Lotus Festivals. Many of the performances were selected based on how you responded to our survey about what bands/performances […]

Lotus Fest Sunday Livestream Concert

Lotus will close out this year's festival with a final Local Livestream Concert. This event is ticketed. Buying a 2020 Festival Pin for $25 gets you "in” to both this event and the Thursday Livestream Concert – purchasers will be sent the link to the livestream via email in addition to a 2020 Lotus Festival […]

Community Shopping Event

If you want to get started on holiday shopping, here's a great way to support both Lotus and artisans around the world. Shop online at https://www.globalgiftsft.com between 10/20 and 11/20, use the code LotusFest10, and 10% of your purchase amount will go to Lotus!!

Lotus Wooden Lantern Workshop

Limit of five family/individual stations per workshop.
Craft tables will be stationed six feet apart.
Wooden frames, glue, and additional supplies will be provided.
Age five and up.
Must wear masks for the entire workshop.
Lotus will provide hand sanitizer and keep sliding doors cracked open, to allow for fresh air.
The Lotus Wooden Lantern Workshops are part of the Lotus Lantern and Luminaria Project, an initiative to bring the glow of lanterns to our Bloomington community, as the days shorten and the nights get longer. To celebrate lantern traditions from around the world, Lotus is working with a few lantern artists to create templates for building lanterns that can be used decoratively in homes and businesses, or on walks, to light the way.
Find more information about the Lotus Lantern and Luminaria Project HERE:

Free

Third Thursdays: Lotus Winter Virtual Concert Series

Please join us in staying connected during the dark winter months! The Lotus Third Thursdays Winter Virtual Concert Series will present new artists and archived artist concerts for your enjoyment. The first concert takes place on Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 PM, featuring NATION BEAT and a surprise opening set selected from the Lotus archives. The concerts are to be live-streamed on […]

Lotus Light up the Night

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On the longest night of the year, we’re hoping to light up downtown Bloomington with a variety of handmade lanterns and luminaria! Since we can’t gather together, we welcome Bloomington residents and business owners to beautify and brighten the city on the night of December 21st. Simply display a lantern of your choice in your […]