Plan Your Stay

The Graduate Hotel is Be Golden’s premiere choice lodging partner. When you book your reservation, ask for the Be Golden room block. Special rates for $149/night.


The Hyatt Hotel is another Be Golden’s choice lodging partner. When you book your reservation, as for the Be Golden room block. Special rates for $149/night.


The Owlery is the only vegetarian restaurant in town however some other veggie-friendly spots are Anatolia, Darn Good Soup, Runcible Spoon, and Michael’s Uptown Cafe.

Our top staff picks in the downtown area are: King Dough, Feast, Farm Bloomington, Uptown Cafe, FETA, Bloomington Sandwich Co., Social Cantina, Quaff On, Upland, Darn Good Soup, Smokeworks

We recommend Royale Hair Parlor for all hair types but we recommend calling ahead and scheduling an appointment. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and they’ll take walk-ins.

The B-Line Trail is easily accessible from downtown. The 3.1 miles of the trail is paved and then it connects to the Bloomington Rail Trail offering 5.1 miles total of trails. 

The Gold Badge is all inclusive. It includes everything that a day pass includes plus, access to the Gold Lounge where you can get complimentary hair, makeup, and professional photos. It gives you access to not only the Friday and Saturday sessions, afterparties, and workouts but it also gives you access to our VIP launch party on Thursday.


The iconic Sample Gates to Indiana University are 0.5 miles from Fountain Square so that’s about a 10-minute walk on average.

Yes! All people, however they identify, are welcome to attend. 

We want you to feel comfortable so wear whatever attire makes you feel like YOU. That can be a glittery gold skirt or a business suit or jeans and a t-shirt. Most people wear outfits with gold accents. If you’re planning on doing a workout, then plan to wear athletic attire.

Absolutely. Ride shares such as Lyft and Uber are available as well as electric scooters, Lime and Bird. Download the apps to use them.

There are no age restrictions to attend Be Golden however, some after parties that involve alcohol are 21+ and certain sessions may include topics that are sensitive to some attendees, regardless of age. Read session descriptions to ensure it’s fitting for you.

Yes! Be Golden is an open and welcoming space for all gender identities. Please report any incidents to that make you feel unwelcome!


The nearest airport to Indiana University is the Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The airport is 50 miles north of Bloomington and serviced by most major carriers.

Ground Transportation from the Indianapolis International Airport to Bloomington

Options include Shuttle or Rental Car (bus and train services are not available).

Shuttle option:

Car Rental: Most major rental companies

Driving to Bloomington

Check-in on Thursday will be at the kick off party at Fountain Square.

Also, registration weekend head quarters:

Fountain Square
101 W Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN 47405