Creating a list of the top 10 Bloomington event venues is no easy task. Bloomington, Ind.—known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana” and the home of Indiana University, offers visitors rolling hills, a vibrant cultural scene and a visually breathtaking campus backdrop.
With a plethora of modern, traditional, historic, classic and rustic venues, there are any number that serve as perfect settings for birthday parties, corporate meetings and weddings. Whether it’s the limestone or Hoosier energy that brought you to Bloomington, you will not be disappointed with its selection of fine party spots.
Venue Type: Restaurant // Max Capacity: 200
FARMbloomington has the distinction of sitting atop our list of best Bloomington event venues. It is located in the heart of downtown Bloomington on 108 E Kirkwood Ave. Food Network Magazine, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Midwest Living, Indianapolis Monthly and many others have given rave reviews of FARM’s food, ambiance and service. Using “local ingredients with global flavors” is the FARM mantra. FARMbloomington has a number of private and semi-private spaces perfect for your next special event and also offers off-site catering.
2. Indiana Memorial Union – Biddle Hotel and Conference Center
Venue Type: Conference Center // Max Capacity: 650
Nestled in the heart of the Indiana University campus, the Biddle Hotel and Conference Center has nearly 100 years of special event experience, about 50,000 square feet of meeting space and hosts more than 15,000 functions each year. In addition to wedding receptions, the Indiana Memorial Union also specializes in bridal luncheons and showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches. This list maker offers more than 20 location options to choose from, a variety of services and a certified wedding consultant to help make your event flawless.
3. Bloomington Convention Center
Venue Type: Conference Center // Max Capacity: 800
Conventions, trade shows, meetings, banquets and wedding receptions of various sizes are easily accommodated by the ample and flexible facilities of the Bloomington Convention Center. It is connected to the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and within walking distance to the Indiana University campus, over 90 restaurants and more than 100 unique shops. The convention center is a top 10 spot because of its exceptional meeting space and professional staff that assists with the planning of the entire event from details such as in-house catering to audio visual companies.
4. Sycamore Farm Bloomington
Venue Type: Farm // Max Capacity: 200
Sycamore Farm, a 20-acre working horse farm, is Bloomington’s newest wedding venue. Although, the two barns have just recently been opened to the public, the farm has been hosting parties and weddings since 1985. Sycamore Farm has taken care to create a beautiful atmosphere in the barns with recycled barn wood and lighting via chandeliers, uplighting and downlighting. Of the two barns, the smaller is a great location for a smaller dinner or cocktail party. The larger barn is picture-perfect location for that rustic wedding you have always wanted. Don’t worry—Sycamore Farm has restrooms, catering space and power for DJs or bands.
5. Deer Park Manor
Venue Type: Private Venue // Max Capacity: 200
Pass through the gates into Deer Park Manor (built in the 1950’s) and you’ll know immediately that you have entered into an enchanted retreat. This beautiful nature preserve is home to deer, red fox, wildflowers and natural beauty of all kinds which makes it one of Snappening’s favorite Bloomington venues. Deer Park Manor is ideal for business dinners, community events, dances, reunions, birthday parties, memorial gatherings, graduation parties and weddings.
6. Clubhouse Barn at The Fields
Venue Type: Country Club // Max Capacity: 250
The Clubhouse Barn at The Fields has a rich history that has been preserved for all residents to admire. The fireplace is the largest we know of built in Southern Indiana since World War II. With two spaces available, the Fields is a great venue for weddings and receptions, bridal showers, baby showers, holiday parties, anniversary dinners, meetings, graduation events and more.
7. Showers Inn
Venue Type: Bed & Breakfast // Max Capacity: Unknown
Next on our list of best Bloomington event venues is Showers Inn, two updated historic Bloomington homes that still retail their early 20th century charm. An in-house event planner coordinates weddings and events at the Showers Inn.
8. Oliver Winery
Venue Type: Winery // Max Capacity: 150
Oliver Winery is an exceptional facility that can accommodate both indoor and outdoor private event events. Host a private wine tasting, rehearsal dinner or retirement party at this unique Bloomington event venue.
9. The Story Inn
Venue Type: Hotel // Max Capacity: 150
The Story Inn is Indiana’s oldest country inn, located where Brown County State Park meets the Hoosier National Forest. The remaining buildings in town like the Old Mill and the Sawmill serve as facilities for weddings, family reunions or other special events.
10. Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center
Venue Type: Conference Center // Max Capacity: 100
Last but not least, the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center rounds out the list of top Bloomington event spots. This unique venue is open to persons of all faith and promotes world peace and harmony.
Consider hiring a professional event planner to help organize your special event. If you would like more venue options, take a look at Snappening’s extensive Bloomington event venue search to aid you in finding the best location.