Community Events/News

Downtown is hopping this weekend! Ever wonder what it’s like to live downtown? This First Friday, Tour de Metro lets you inside Downtown homes. Get the full Downtowner experience by shopping at your neighborhood grocery!
Saturday morning is, of course, the Farmers’ Market. We open early at 7:30am every Saturday during the Farmers’ Market season.
Saturday afternoon is the Route 66 Cruise In.  Celebrate the Downtown Connection to Old Route 66 Saturday, June 7. Cars will “cruise-in” to the square beginning at 2 pm and park their vehicles for your viewing until 9 pm.


This Friday, come downtown for the 

April F1RST FR1DAY: Shop Hop

Click for details!


Want to get more involved with local food? The Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market NEEDS YOU!

Volunteer opportunities are available on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

*They are looking for volunteers to assist with financial
transactions, sharing information, subbing for vendors
when breaks are needed, setting up, and tearing down.

Join a fun team and indulge in fresh, tasty treats!

Contact Marisa Brooks at or
309.829.9599 for more information.

*Early birds and night owls welcome.

2014 FM Poster


We’re thinking of all the delicious things we might sample out for you during Tour de Chocolat’ on February 7th. If you have a killer chocolate recipe, enter it in the Chocolat’ Challenge. This year they’ve added a Youth category for any chefs 17 and under. Click the link for all the details and how to enter.  Local celebrity judges Bill Flick, Susan Saunders and Jan Lancaster decide the winners!



The First Friday in December is the big holiday open house in Downtown.  Participating businesses are getting ready to welcome the community for refreshments, carriage rides, live window vignettes, and more! See for more details.