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Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

September 27 – 30, 2018

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If you have any questions or encounter any challenges, please call the BCT Box Office at (812) 323-3020 and we will be happy to assist you.
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Lotus is turning 25!  The Lotus World Music & Arts Festival is one of the oldest world music festivals in the U.S. and the only festival of its kind in the state of Indiana.  Now celebrating its Silver Anniversary, Lotus Festival attracts more than 12,000 people to downtown Bloomington each fall, for four days of music and arts from around the globe.

In addition to more traditional concerts on Thursday and Sunday, the Festival transforms downtown Bloomington on Friday and Saturday nights, creating a 10-block pedestrian-friendly perimeter and filling 6-8 different venues simultaneously with music and dance. Venues include a range of public spaces, from large outdoor tents perfect for dancing, to family-friendly city parks for interactive workshops, to intimate churches and art spaces suited for attentive listening and contemplation.


The Thursday Kick-Off Concert is a general admission event, requiring a paper ticket. To access the festival on Friday or Saturday night, trade your ticket in for a wristband that provides access to all festival venues, allowing listeners to sample, discover, and relish unexpected encounters. To join the World Spirit Concert on Sunday, flash your 2018 Commemorative Pin at the door instead of a ticket.

In addition to ticketed Festival activities, Lotus also presents a free “Lotus in the Park” event with workshops, art activities, and concerts; a free and interactive Arts Village sharing community-generated visual arts; and free parades, exhibits, and special anniversary spectacles. Lotus is committed to accessibility and to drawing the widest possible cross-section of participants to become part of the music and arts of the world around us.

For an up-to-date performance schedule and artist details, visit the Lotus website. Navigate the Festival on your smartphone with the Lotus Mobile Schedule. Use it to stay up-to-the-minute with artist schedules and bios, venue information, maps, and more. Mobile Schedule sponsored by Rendezville.


The Lotus All-Inclusive Package includes a ticket to Thursday’s concert, a weekend (Friday & Saturday) pass, and a Lotus pin for admission to Sunday’s concert.  Save time and money with this one-click purchase option!


Thursday, September 27, 7pm

$20/advance purchase
$25/day-of-show purchase (if available)

The Silver Anniversary Kick-Off Concert features a long-awaited Lotus reunion of Uncle Earl (US), the stringband supergroup that is Abigail Washburn, Kristin Andreassen, KC Groves, and Rayna Gellert.  An opening set with Mamadou Kelly (Mali) sets the mood. Please note that this year the Kick-Off concert is a general admission event. Doors will open at 6:30pm.

Sponsored by the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design.



A wristband is your passport to all 15+ globe-spanning performances on Friday and Saturday night! Venues across downtown range from the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, to standing-room-only street tents, to churches where traditional music shines. An up-to-date schedule and artist details are available at www.lotusfest.org.

Friday, September 28, 6pm – midnight
$36/advance purchase
$30/advance purchase for child, student (w/ID), senior (62+), active military
$41/day-of-show purchase
$35/day-of-show purchase for child, student (w/ID), senior (62+), active military


Saturday, September 29, 6pm – midnight
$40/advance purchase
$34/advance purchase for child, student (w/ID), senior (62+), active military
$45/day-of-show purchase
$39/day-of-show purchase for child, student (w/ID), senior (62+), active military


Friday & Saturday Pass
$62/advance purchase
$72/Festival Friday purchase


Sunday, September 30, 3pm
$5 pin

A 2018 Commemorative Pin gets you into the Sunday World Spirit Concert, the 25th festival’s heartfelt wrap-up event celebrating music and musicians close to home.  First, we remember Indiana musician Quinten “Lotus” Dickey through film, stories, and songs with Dillon Bustin & Bob Lucas (US), followed by a rousing set of American old-time sounds from Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (US).

Sponsored by the IU Kelley School of Business.

Pins are available at the BCT Box Office (114 E. Kirkwood Ave.) and at the Festival store. Pins are not available online, unless purchased as part of an All-Inclusive Package.  The doors will open at 2:30pm for this general admission performance.


  • Group discounts are available for those purchasing 20+ tickets for the same performance/showcase. Please click the “buy” link above to access the group discount option for your preferred performance/showcase and look for an additional group discount link.
  • Those holding student tickets must show a valid student ID at the Lotus Wristband Tent.
  • Children two and younger can access the Festival for free and do not need tickets, wristbands, or pins.
  • Those attending the showcases on Friday or Saturday nights are encouraged to purchase and pick up their paper tickets in advance at the BCT Box Office. Those tickets must be traded in at the Lotus Wristband Tent starting at 5:30pm and already having your ticket in hand means that you can skip the potential line at the Lotus Ticketing Tent.
  • Those purchasing a Weekend Pass will be issued a wristband on Friday night that they will need to wear over Saturday in order to access the festival Saturday evening.
  • All Festival venues are wheelchair-accessible.


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