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Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

September 26–29, 2019


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.


It’s the 26th 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.  Having celebrated its Silver Anniversary last year, 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 2019 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.


Thursday, September 26, 7pm

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

This year’s opening concert features the remarkable Çudamani ensemble of musicians and dancers, based in the village of Pengosekan, Bali. Çudamani’s full gamelan orchestra (including metal gongs, xylophones, metallophones, drums, and bamboo flutes) accompanies dancers whose expressive, precise movements often mirror or answer the music. Performances bring to life tales of gods and heroes in Balinese myth and history. Everything about Çudamani – music, dance, highly decorated brass instruments, and the dancers’ elaborate costumes – provides a vivid look at ancient traditions.  At intermission, a short film made by Jim Krause about the history of Lotus will be shown. 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 27, 6:30pm – 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 28, 6:15pm – 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 29, 3pm
$5 pin

The 2019 Commemorative Pin gets you into the Sunday Closing Concert, the 26th Festival’s heartfelt wrap-up event celebrating the traditional music that inspired Lotus Dickey and other Old Time artists.  First, Steam Machine celebrates old-time and bluegrass with some very fine playing and a sure feel for the soul of American roots music. Next, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project – which focuses on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax – Folklife treats old field recordings not as time capsules, but as heirloom seeds passed down from a bygone generation. Planting these seeds in modern soil, this versatile gathering of musicians has cultivated vibrant Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes for contemporary listeners.

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

Pins (which serve as your ticket) are not available online, except as part of an All-Inclusive Package.


  • 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. More information about Festival accessibility is available here.
  • All Festival will take place rain or shine.
  • Lots of additional information about the Festival is available at lotusfest.org, including a Festival FAQ.