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Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

September 23–26, 2021


Questions? Please call the BCT Box Office at 812 -323-3020. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance whenever possible and there are no fees for phone or web sales.

This year will have traditional tickets and an Outdoor Only (Tents) ticket option. Wearing a mask is required indoors per Monroe County mandate.


It’s the 28th Annual Lotus Festival!  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.  The Festival continues to grow and find fans, attracting 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 Lotus Closing Concert on Sunday, flash your 2021 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 (link available soon). Use it to stay up-to-the-minute with artist schedules and bios, venue information, maps, and more. Mobile Schedule sponsored by Rendezville.



At $85, the discounted “all-inclusive package” provides a ticket to the Festival’s Thursday concert, a weekend pass for access to the Friday and Saturday showcases, and a pin for admission to the Sunday concert with a link to a livestream concert. This all inclusive pass will get you access to all indoor and outdoor events. Available until Wednesday, September 22nd.


Thursday, September 23, 7pm

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

This year’s opening concert features the remarkable Dr. Nativo from Guatemala. The event will also feature Native American artists Martha Redbone Roots Project. Doors will open at 6:30pm.


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 lotusfest.org.

Friday, September 24, 6:30pm – midnight
$30/ Indoor/Outdoor advance purchase
$20/ Outdoor Only (Tents) advance purchase
$35/Indoor/Outdoor day-of-show purchase
$25/Outdoor Only (Tents) day-of-show purchase

BUY FRIDAY ONLY PASS – online sales end at 3pm on Friday, stop by the BCT Box Office before 6:30 pm or go to the ticketing tent at 114 E Kirkwood Ave after 5:30pm to purchase tickets

Saturday, September 25, 6:15pm – midnight
$30/ Indoor/Outdoor advance purchase
$20/ Outdoor Only (Tents) advance purchase
$35/Indoor/Outdoor day-of-show purchase
$25/Outdoor Only (Tents) day-of-show purchase

BUY SATURDAY ONLY PASS – online sales end at 3pm on Saturday, stop by the BCT Box Office before 6:30 pm or go to the ticketing tent at 114 E Kirkwood Ave after 5:30pm to purchase tickets

Weekend Pass (Friday & Saturday) – All weekend passes are indoor/outdoor.
$55/advance purchase
$65/day of (Friday) purchase

BUY WEEKEND PASS (FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY) – online sales end at 3pm on Friday, stop by the BCT Box Office before 6:30 pm or go to the Lotus ticketing tent (both at 114 E Kirkwood Ave) after 5:30pm to purchase tickets

Sunday, September 26, 3pm
$15 pin (Available soon!)

This year, the 2021 Commemorative Pin gets you into the Sunday Closing Concert and provides a link to the livestream concert that will premiere on Friday Sept. 24th. The livestream, featuring Pajunen & Skrede, San Salvador, and Saraswathi, will be available to view for a full week! Sunday’s concert presents Tuvergen from Mongolia and US old time artists Hargreavesde Groot, and Gareiss, a trio of two exceptional musicians and an exquisite dancer.

For more information about the festival and performers, visit lotusfest.org.

Pins (which serve as your ticket) are not available online. Stop by the BCT Box Office to make your purchase or visit the festival store (only open during the festival) at 116 West 6th Street.


  • Group tickets are suspended this year due to reduced pricing.
  • Wearing a mask is required in the building.Vaccine verification or negative covid test results within 48 hours required to enter the venue. COVID Policy FAQ
  • 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. More information about Festival accessibility is available here.
  • All Festival will take place rain or shine.
  • Wearing a mask is required indoors by Monroe County mandate.
  • Lots of additional information about the Festival is available at lotusfest.org, including a Festival FAQ.