Four years of Bicentennial events start now

The Indiana University Bicentennial will offer many events between 2016 and 2020 on all IU campuses and at other locations around the state and nation.

These events will stem from the Office of the Bicentennial’s Signature Projects, Project Proposals, and other qualifying events being hosted with IU-affiliated campuses, schools, departments, and organizations.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM



Please join us for a weekend of programs and activities to officially kick off IU's year-long Bicentennial celebration. Activities will include: 

Opening Ceremony

Outdoor Street Festival and Fireworks

Higher Education Symposium

College Themester: Remembering and Forgetting

Book Releases

Faculty Research Showcase

IU Football Watch Party

All-Star Show at the IU Auditorium

IU Cinema Screenings

IU Theater Productions

And more! 

More information will be posted here as the event date approaches.


Saturday, October 26, 2019 - Sunday, October 27, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN


In October 2019, the 10th annual Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition will welcome participants from around the world to compete in a highly selective adjudication process. World-renowned guest artists are invited to present workshops, master classes, and recital performances. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Sunday, November 10, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, IN


The Society for Ethnomusicology is the largest association of ethnomusicologists in the world, and its annual meeting is the world's largest gathering of ethnomusicologists. The organization of the SEM 2019 Annual Meeting at IU Bloomington, sponsored in part by the IU Office of the Bicentennial, will highlight IU's legacy as an international center of ethnomusicology. Instruction in this field began at IU in the late 1940s with George Herzog and continued with such figures as George List, Walter Kaufmann, and Alan Merriam. Since then, ethnomusicology has flourished within IU's Folklore Institute/Department, which became the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology in 2000.

Friday, November 8, 2019

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

Hine Hall, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN


The Indiana Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference creates a space for educators to meet annually to share important learning and insights through Social Studies. The November 2019 conference theme - How Hoosiers Exemplify Our World - celebrates and recognizes Hoosiers, past and present, from all walks of life. This conference is open to all Indiana educators, pre-service teachers, and those interested in teaching and supporting Social Studies. Learn more here: 

This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the IU Office of the Bicentennial.

Monday, January 20, 2020

12:00 AM 12:00 AM

To Be Determined


Please join us to celebrate 200 years of Indiana University. Details of this special event are forthcoming.

Monday, June 1, 2020 - Saturday, June 6, 2020

12:00 AM 12:00 AM



Celebrate IU’s past, present, and future with a university-wide event honoring alumni. This reunion will be held June 1-6, 2020, co-hosted by IUPUI and IU Bloomington. It will highlight the university’s vast alumni network and the impact they have had locally, regionally, and around the world. The event will feature faculty and alumni panels, campus tours, keynote speakers, and entertainment.