Five Free Fall Things to Do in Lafayette!

There are always things to do in Lafayette… You’ve got to take advantage of these free activities and attractions this Fall!

1. Wildcat Creek Winery Tasting

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Pop in for a free wine tasting at Wildcat Creek Winery. Savor a Lafayette Red, a Harvest Cranberry, an Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree – these are just some of the wonderful flavors that Wildcat Creek has to offer. Relax in their traditional Indiana Farmhouse, see the leaves changing color, and sip on some homemade wines!

2. Clegg Memorial Gardens

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Explore the Clegg Memorial Gardens, which is especially beautiful in the autumn months. The trails there take you on an adventure through the woods overlooking Wildcat Creek! This park is free to the public and open dawn to dusk. Hiking the trails would be a wonderful activity for families, couples, or going solo!

3. Columbian Park Zoo

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Admission is free to this great zoo located right here in Lafayette! See the exhibits featuring prairie dogs, emus, wallabies, butterflies, a petting zoo, and more! You can spend the day with your family and not spend a buck learning about the approximately 190 animals who live there.

4. Tour the Historic Neighborhoods 

mansionhomepage2The great city of Lafayette was founded in 1825! Still here today, there are eight historic neighborhoods filled with homes, museums, parks, etc. The neighborhoods are Centennial, Columbian Park, Downtown, Ellsworth-Romig, Highland Park, Ninth Street, Perrin and St. Mary’s. On the website, you can find printable walking tours, webcasts, virtual tours and more.

5. Operation Trick or Treat

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“Operation Trick or Treat” is a unique Halloween experience here in Lafayette! Each year this event collects canned food donations for the Food Finders Food Bank. Kids and families can dress in costumes and go trick or treating at local businesses downtown! Look for an orange pumpkin displayed in the business window to know who is participating.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Explore Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_4266Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to a fabulous downtown full of shops, public art, attractions, restaurants and hotels. Recently, downtown Main Street in Lafayette has undergone a major revitalization project and the beautifully manicured streets lined with specialty shops await the enthusiastic visitor. In West Lafayette, look beyond the construction to the delicious dining establishments and one of a kind shops. Our downtown is divided into 3 fun districts, Chauncey Village, Wabash Riverfront and Arts & Market. Each offering its own distinct charm and flair.

Public art!

Public art!

Local artist Linda Elmore creating masterpieces at LE Originals

Local artist Linda Elmore creating masterpieces at LE Originals

SHOPUpscale to vintage clothing, designer home accessories, gourmet goodies, original art in all media formats, music, games and even diamonds and gold await you.

DINE Enjoy an extraordinary assortment of cuisine—from elegant fine dining to casual bistros, corner pubs to cocktail lounges. It’s all here in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Fun at Harry's

Fun at Harry’s

PLAYReady. Set. Go Downtown to find art galleries, nightlife, community parks and even a bowling alley, Downtown has it all. With plenty of activities, there’s always something to do.

Bowl at Purdue Memorial Union!

Bowl at Purdue Memorial Union!

STAYChoose from a historic hotel, located right on Purdue’s campus, to a hotel just steps from the Wabash River. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be in the heart of it all—Downtown.

West Lafayette's newest hotel, Hampton Inn

West Lafayette’s newest hotel, Hampton Inn

For more information about our lovely downtown, visit http://www.homeofpurdue.com/attractions/downtown.html.

Weekend Update: Summer Potters Market & 6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

The 2017 Summer Potters Market is taking place this Saturday, August 19 at the YWCA. This special event will feature the artists who donate bowls for the YWCA Clay Bowl Giving Project which supports the YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. The Summer Potters Market features not only bowls but also a variety of other ceramics pieces by the same artists. On Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to 3 pm, you can shop for the perfect one of a kind pottery created by the Greater Lafayette Clay Guild potters. Enjoy shopping a wide range of handmade pottery – you’ll see varied and exciting clay works by Clay Guild potters. Styles are diverse and items range from Functional, Sculptural, Traditional, Contemporary, Stoneware, Porcelain, Earthenware, Raku, and more. Experimentation with new glazes and surface decorations will be evident.

In the evening, head to 6th Street Dive for great food and entertainment. 6th Street Dive Presents: Curio, a hell-raisin’ and soul-shakin’ rock n’ roll band from Chicago, IL. Their music is steeped in southern gothic lore by way of the Midwest. Heavily influenced by the growl of Chicago blues, the low-down and dirty swamp rock of Louisiana and the twang of Tennessee country, Curio conjures a sound that has as many influences as there are miles on I-55 from The Windy City to The Big Easy. They will be performing from 10pm to midnight.

6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Public Art Guides are here!

It’s summer! Its time to head outdoors and start your next adventure! Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Public Art Guides have arrived! Get out and explore our lovely sculptures, murals, fountains, and more.  (Over 100 pieces located throughout our community in public places!)

Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/publicartbrochurelafayetteindiana.

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What Lies Beyond Purdue Campus Part 2

Thanks for joining on my adventure beyond Purdue! On Monday, I shared our morning and early afternoon tour through Lafayette-West Lafayette.  But the day was stocked full of more fun through the afternoon. Check this out!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

So many great farmers market items - Weathered Plow!

So many great farmers market items – Weathered Plow!

Weathered Plow Veggies, fruit, seasonings, bulk food, and deli sandwiches – all this and more at this local Farmers Market. Everything looked so fresh and organic! We walked through the aisles of the Weathered Plow wanting to buy everything! My coworker even purchased a Sweet Potato Succulent plant to decorate her home.

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

Downtown Lafayette There is so much to see and do in Downtown Lafayette. We have shops, restaurants, art galleries, everything to keep Lafayette residents and visitors entertained. There is art and jewelry to view and purchase at places like Artists’ Own and LE Originals. Enjoy candy and a soda from one of the oldest operating soda fountains in the Midwest at McCord Candies. Sample and purchase bottles of wine at Cellar 422. Stock up on your crafting supplies at River Knits! We loved strolling down the main streets of the downtown districts and taking in all that our city offers. I could go on and on about all of the things located downtown Lafayette.

Haan Mansion The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art was one of our favorite sites of the day! The mansion has a rich history and was originally built for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Today it is filled with important and rare art from Indiana artists such as T.C. Steele, as well as gorgeous antique furniture. Climb up the staircases draped in classic red carpet, and visit the uniquely furnished and decorated bedrooms. We had a wonderful time

Haan Mansion

Haan Mansion

viewing all of the art on the walls of the mansion and the pottery/ceramics. Campus life often lacks artistic activities and exhibitions, and I think that a visit here would definitely fill that need!

Columbian Park & Zoo Free to the public, this zoo is a great spot for students low on cash. It opened in 1908 and today it houses prairie dogs, otters, bald eagles, emus, wallabies, llamas, goats, and many other animals. Visitors and students can come here to take a break from work and school life and to see the great variety of exhibits housed at the Columbian Park Zoo. This will also give them an opportunity to learn about and contribute to conservation efforts. We had a great time on this warm day seeing all of the animals, even a wallaby with a baby still in her pouch!

Can you guess this animal?

Can you guess this animal?

Igloo Frozen Custard We finished the day off by enjoying frozen custard from the Igloo. The first Igloo opened in 1932 in Lafayette. They’ve been serving the community for decades and they sure know what they’re doing! It was refreshing and cooling after a long day in the sun.

I never knew how much the Lafayette area had to offer! Now that I have experienced just a sample of what happens in our community outside of campus, I know that I will have a richer and more fulfilling experience while studying here at Purdue. I hope by sharing the things I saw on this fun and exciting day, that I will encourage everyone to get off campus and see all that the Greater Lafayette area has to offer. Samantha, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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Weekend Update: Bing Davis Exhibit and Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Do not miss the last weekend to enjoy the Haan Mansion Museum of Art’s latest exhibit: On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art Of Willis Bing Davis. Willis “Bing” Davis grew up in a neighborhood where there was a sense of community, where everyone knew who you were, and where great role models made a positive impact on the lives of its residents. While embracing his African-American heritage and culture, Davis creates thought provoking artwork that interweaves native patterns and fabrics and gives a new voice to found objects. Ceramic Ancestral Spirit Vases, masks, paintings and many other ceramic pieces showcase the talent and versatility of this prolific artist. Through his art, he inspires the viewer to explore their human potential and greatness.

IMG_4227Enjoy a hike through Prophetstown State Park during their Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks on Saturday, March 18. A walking stick can aid you in hiking because it takes pressure off your knees and back, and it can help you keep balance on uneven ground.  Walking sticks can be works of art too. The state park will have different methods of design for all ages (only older participants will be allowed to carve with a knife.)

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Weekend Events: 1st Indiana Flag Reception & Art on the Wabash

1st Indiana Flag

1st Indiana Flag

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Happy Birthday Indiana! Coming this Friday, September 23, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will be exhibiting the 1st Indiana flag. In conjunction with the state’s 200th birthday, the Indiana Historical Bureau has agreed to lend the flag to the museum in recognition of it being part of ArtSmart: Indiana for thirty years, a program that brings art and history to Hoosier classrooms and communities. The museum will celebrate with a free public reception at 6:30-8:30 on September 23 as well as with the opening of another exhibit, Indiana Artists: Bicentennial Members Exhibition in the East and McDonald galleries. Please note the Indiana Flag will be on display from September 23 – November 13.

Spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing and enjoying local art at Art on the Wabash on September 25.  This annual local juried artist fair features artists from a 15 county area offering pottery, glass, paintings, carvings, jewelry and more. Located on the banks of the Wabash River, guests enjoy a very nice, scenic landscape for this outdoor show.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: Summer Potters Market & Haan Mansion Tours

Arts Galore! Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Celebrate art while browsing and shopping at the Summer Potters Market on Saturday, August 20 at the YWCA. Explore handmade pottery by local clay artists. Art pieces include functional, sculptural, traditional, contemporary, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware, and more! Have fun!

Haan Mansion

Haan Mansion

Art and history come alive this weekend during the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Tours on August 20 and 21. The Haan Museum is housed in an impressive Classical Revival mansion that served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, with many hand carved components taken from a 1760 mansion from Norwich, CT. The Museum features massive museum-quality American antiques and an exceptional collection of paintings by important Indiana artists, including some of the finest works by TC Steele and other Hoosier Group members. Important items from the Fair include three Weller vases ranging from 53″ to 81″, the largest of which won the Gold Medal for the Arts at the Fair. Limited tour size allows guests to visit each room and hear about the mansion and its contents.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Be Creative this National Girlfriend’s Day

Inspired Fire Girlfriend Fun!

Inspired Fire Girlfriend Fun!

It’s National Girlfriend’s Day! Want to explore your creativity and find the artist within but don’t know where to start?  Grab a group of girlfriends and visit us!  In two cities that are home to painters, sculptors, glass artisans, thespians, dancers, photographers and so much more, Lafayette-West Lafayette has a diverse and thriving arts community. It’s the perfect spot for you and your friends to steal away on your own private exploration into unlocking your talents.

Throw Pottery at Lala Gallery: Lala Gallery & Studio offers a variety of classes for all ages and skill levels.  Sign-up for one of their classes or create a custom class of your own.  Have you ever wanted to try throwing on the wheel or just wanted to goof around with clay? You and your friends can take a private hand-building or wheel throwing class!

Blowing Glass at Inspired Fire: New to glass working and interested in playing with fire? Sharon offers a beginner’s studio class about once a month to eight lucky people.  Not interested in getting too close to the fire?  Sharon offers group demonstrations as well.  The idea is to create a dynamic environment where creativity and talent form new ideas, and where art and glass meet to form a special bond.

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

Ceramics at All Fired Up: Pick it. Paint it. Fire it. All Fired Up! is a paint-your-own pottery studio located on Wabash Landing in West Lafayette. They’ll provide all the materials, ideas and a lot of encouragement.  You and your girlfriends bring the fun. They’ll fire your creation and ship it to you.

2D, 3D classes, and many more at Greater Lafayette Museum of Art: Let the artist within you flourish. Develop an entirely new understanding of art by fully immersing yourself in an artistic learning experience at the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art. The Lafayette Art Museum has classes for all skill and experience levels, from the absolute beginner to the experienced artist.  If you want to create 2d or 3d art, you’ll find a class that fits your interest, along with a host of other artistic opportunities, ranging from pottery to photography classes and many more.

Painting with a Twist: Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction with their experienced and enthusiastic local artists. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind painting and a new found talent you’ll want to explore. Book a private party and choose from over 5,000 paintings.

Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist

Why not finish your journey by sketching on the pedestrian bridge overlooking the Wabash River?  There’s something for the artist in all of us in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update: Gallery Walk & Bar-B-Q, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Kick off the weekend with the first Gallery Walk of the season on Friday, May 20. In historic downtown Lafayette, the local arts community collaborates with downtown businesses to highlight the arts and culture in the region. A Friday evening may be filled with a night out for dinner at your favorite restaurant, a leisurely stroll from one Gallery Walk location to the next, where artwork, music, and occasional complimentary beverages or hors d’oeuvres may be sampled.

Please join everyone for an exhibition reception for the following galleries at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation as part of the Downtown Gallery Walk: Conversations with Place: Lisa Wicka, mixed media, Flight of Fibre: FibR, fiber media and Transparent World: by Rebecca Brody, paintings.

Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

On Saturday, May 21, make a trip to Wildcat Creek Winery for Bar-B-Q, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine. Celebrate the release of their newest wine, Bicentennial Blueberry. Enjoy Bar-B-Q from D&R and music from noon to 6 pm. Join everyone in this Bicentennial celebration of our Hoosier State!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.