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Cultural Districts > Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD)


Experience what makes Bloomington Bloomington.

Beats. Eats. Arts. Digs. Shops.
60 blocks of fabulosity.
Found only in downtown Bloomington.

The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) is galleries, live music, performing arts, over 90 restaurants and 100 specialty shops, parks, hotels, cozy neighborhoods in ten distinct character districts – each with a personality all its own.  Walkable, rideable, don't miss-able.  A cultural district like no other.

To make BEAD your next arts and entertainment destination go to
It’s got the rundown on everything there is to see and do in downtown.

Start your visit at the official BEAD Info Stop at the BCT Box Office & Downtown Visitor Center at 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue.  There you’ll find more information on BEAD and other attractions throughout Bloomington.

BEAD is an economic development project of the City of Bloomington.  For more information contact or call 812.349.3534.

Official Proclamation

BEAD celebrated the official public launch of the community's designation as a state-certified cultural district on Saturday, September 4, 2010 during their annual Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts.

Local leaders read a proclamation from Governor Mitch Daniels.  Elected officials that took part in the celebration included State Representative Eric Koch, State Senator Vi Simpson, State Representative Matt Pierce, State Representative Peggy Welch, and City of Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan.  For a taste of the celebration, play the video below.