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Free Concerts

Lunchtime Concerts
The lunchtime concerts feature quality musical entertainment during the noon hour. Wednesdays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in Wither’s Park Downtown Bloomington (corner of East and Washington Streets)

May 30 - Marc Boon & Ray Wiggs
June 6 - Austin Found - (acoustic folk)
June 13 - Patrick Campbell - (pop hits)
June 20 - Brian Choban - (jazz)

Franklin Park Concerts (Franklin Park - 302 E. Chestnut St)
Join conductor Michael Wallace and the Community Concert Band as they perform a wide variety of music including marches, overtures, show tunes, dance music, novelty and traditional selections. Come early and enjoy the ice cream socials in the historic surroundings of Franklin Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
Thursdays, June 14 - July 26
6:00 pm - Ice Cream Socials ($)
7:00 pm - Concerts (FREE)
Local not-for-profit groups hosting each Ice Cream Social:

June 14 - Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Dolphin Swim Team
June 21 - Community Concert Band
June 28 - Alzheimer’s Association
July 12 - Old House Society
July 19 - Humane Society
July 26 - St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry

Music Under the Stars
Miller Park Bandstand (1020 S. Morris Ave) on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm

June 26 - The Aristocrats (Big Band/Swing)
July 10 - Heartland Jazz Orchestra (Big Band Jazz)
July 17 - Turas (Traditional Irish)
July 31 - Biscuits & Gravy (70’s & 80’s)
Aug. 7 - Brass Band of Central II (Traditional brass band)

50th Anniversary Photo Contest

Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts is turning 50 and we’re celebrating by sharing memories in our parks and programs. Help us celebrate by submitting photos of you and/or your family and friends having fun in our parks and programs over the last 50 years. Photos can be of people, parks, facilities or just spaces – past and present.

The winning photo will be featured on the cover of our Winter/Spring 2019 Program Guide! Select photos will also be shared on our social media accounts and at a curated art show during our 50th Anniversary Celebration in Miller Park on September 29, 2018.

Description and date is not required but appreciated. Deadline to submit is August 1, 2018.

How to submit:

  • Via social media @Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts with #50yearsofPRCA
  • Via email to parks@cityblm.org
  • Via mail to PRCA Admin Office, 115 E Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61704
  • In person at PRCA Admin Office (M –F from 8a – 5p) or the PRCA Adult Center (M – F from 9a – 2:30p) in Miller Park


  • Photo must be approved for PRCA to use online, in print materials and to reproduce.
  • Limit up to three (3) photo submissions per person


View the calendar for a full list of special events!