Enjoy all that Bloomington has to offer by staying in town for the whole Festival weekend!  Downtown Bloomington is known for its thriving arts scene, numerous galleries, farmers market, access to outdoor recreation, and an incredibly diverse selection of world-class restaurants.   It’s easy to stay and to get around — we’ve provided some helpful info below, or you can access additional resources via our local tourism bureau.


Bloomington boasts a wide array of lodging choices for every budget — start exploring now at the Visit Bloomington website. Many local hotels also offer special Lotus rates for Festival weekend, so be sure to mention “Lotus” when making your booking!  For additional lodging information, please contact Visit Bloomington at 800-800-0037 or 812-334-8900.


Most downtown parking in Bloomington, Indiana is metered (although it’s still reasonable by big-city standards). Meters accept change or credit cards, or you can use the Parkmobile app to pay from you mobile device.  There are also several large parking garages downtown — please visit the City’s website for locations and rates.

Some areas near downtown are reserved for special, permitted use.  Observe all signs for residential (“Residents Only”) or campus parking (Permit required) restrictions when you encounter them in parking lots and on some street blocks.