Weekend Update! Starry Night Festival and Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

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.

Starry Night

Starry Night

Head to West Lafayette this Saturday, September 30 for the Starry Night annual street festival.  This special event draws thousands of people with its unique blend of excellent music, a variety of merchants, interactive creativity, and food. The festival is designed to bring people together around the thread of story and seeks to expose the public to the cause of literacy through the local initiative Read to Succeed. Starry Night is hosted by Campus House and Greyhouse Coffee and, thanks to their generous sponsors, is FREE. Please come be a part of this amazing night!IMG_7822

A festival that is “tradition” and “celebration” to those from the area and beyond is the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, taking place on the banks of the Wabash River on September 30 and October 1.  The Feast is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native American which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn four miles southwest of West Lafayette. Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. Come and celebrate it’s 50th anniversary!

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: Globalfest & OUTfest

Globalfest

Globalfest

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.

Looking for a relaxed and lovely way to spend a few hours of your day on Saturday, September 16? Head over to the Morton Community Center for the special event, Global Fest. This is a day of celebration as we embrace the many cultures in our community. It’s a friendly street festival with great music, global food samplings and crafts from around the world just waiting to be purchased.  Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette President Jo Wade shares, “Always a great event for a variety of international food and entertainment. Walking through the classrooms full of international products/gifts to be purchased is always a treat.” Admission is free.

More fun is coming this Saturday, September 16!  Head downtown for the annual special event, OUTfest. The theme for OUTfest 2017 is Stand Strong! The afternoon and evening will feature live bands and DJs, local food vendors, information booths, beer gardens, a family area, dancing, light hearted drag entertainment, extended hours for some local downtown businesses, and much more! The fee to enter is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

OUTfest

OUTfest

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Weekend Update: Germanfest & Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

Germanfest

Germanfest

Festival 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.

Schnitzel beef sandwiches, rollbraten pork sandwiches, beef goulach with buttered noodles, potato pancakes, homemade lentil soup, brats and more! Where can all of this be found along with a performance by the Polka Boys, a beer stein holding contest, casino games and more? St. Boniface Germanfest! This Saturday, September 9, join the German revelers as we dance, eat and make merry downtown Lafayette! Please note you may not be German in ethnicity, but you can be one in spirit as the celebration rocks and rolls!

Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

So much fun is happening this Saturday! Bring the family out to Exploration Acres for their Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! festival.  From10am-10pm rock out to music featuring: Bahler’s Golden Age Band, Battleground Bluegrass Band, Borrowed Tyme, Branded Bluegrass, and Cornfields & Crossroads. Bring your own lawn chairs as you enjoy this outdoor event in the woods. (Note: if rain, the event will be moved to the barn.) Craft beer and concessions will be available.

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Weekend Update: Beers Across the Wabash & Wabash River Ride

Beers Across the Wabash

Beers Across the Wabash

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.

Join in the festive fun during Beers Across the Wabash taking place from 3-7pm at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday, August 26. In addition to delicious ales & lagers and one of the finest beer festival settings in the Midwest, admission includes a commemorative sample cup along with homebrewing information and demonstrations from Tippecanoe Homebrewers Circle. On-site foodservice will also be available for purchase from D&R Catering, Smolder BBQ, Emergency Munchie Truck (EMT) and The Lafayette Optimist Club. (Must be 21 or older.)

Wabash River Cycle Club - 01 - BR copyMore Wabash fun! The 39th Annual Wabash River Ride will be held on Saturday, August  from 7-5 p.m. Get out your bike for well organized and supported rides of 34, 47, 65 or 105 miles through some of the most beautiful parts of Tippecanoe, Fountain and Warren counties. Enjoy scenic vistas of the Wabash River and Big Pine Creek. There are great routes for riders of all levels, and it isn’t just corn fields you’ll be viewing! To fuel your ride, the Wabash River Cycle Club will have a wonderful selection of edibles available. They will continue their renowned tradition of home baked cookies from their club members, and have a delicious barbecue lunch planned for you when you finish the ride.

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

Weekend Update: Riverfest & Grease

DSC_0200Weekend 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.

Fishing at Riverfest!

Fishing at Riverfest!

On Saturday, July 8, enjoy Riverfest, an annual event that brings the community together and celebrates the living Wabash River with conservation exhibits, games, activities, canoe races, and a 5K.  Riverfest annually draws around 5,000 participants and specifically teaches children about our most prized natural resource here in Greater Lafayette – the Wabash River – as it provides recreational focus, aesthetic beauty, and is a vital component of our economy. Come out and cheer on the canoe teams compete and embrace our beautiful river!

It’s a night to watch a classic! Watch Grease on film at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 8. Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz ’50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978.1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their “Summer Nights” falling in love, but once fall comes, it’s back to Rydell High and its cliques. Come to the Long Center and watch Sandy and Danny split, reconcile, and split again amidst a pep rally, dances, drive-ins, and a drag race, before deciding “You’re the One That I Want” at the climactic carnival.

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

Weekend Update: TAP for TAF Craft Beer Fest & Spring Fest

Cricket Spitting at Springfets

Cricket Spitting at Springfest

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.

IMG_0358Craft Beer Lovers and/or the Craft Beer-curious that are 21+ this event is for you! Join fellow Tippecanoe Arts Federation supporters at the TAP for TAF Craft Beer Fest! TAP for TAF is an event highlighting the growing interest in craft beers and craft microbreweries. This special event takes place at the top floor of the 2nd Street Parking Garage in Downtown Lafayette on Saturday, April 8 Please note non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Families, couples, any and all, head to Purdue University for a day of science, agriculture, entomology and more at the annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education; Spring Fest! This free event, taking place April 8 and 9, is a great opportunity to learn about animals, art, astronomy and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. It’s part education, part entertainment, and all fun! Make sure you head to the cricket spitting area…it is an activity you will never forget!

Springfest

Springfest

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Recapture 18th Century Life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Oct. 1-2, 2016

Shots Fired

Shots Fired

The “Boom” of the cannons, shake the ground. Herbed pork chops sizzle as they roast. Scents of delectable foods like rabbit and buffalo stew, slow cooked for hours over an open fire fill the air. Sweet, savory apple dumplings, are prepared before your eyes with the freshest ingredients. Drums keep a steady beat in the distance. Festival goers experience this and more  as they recapture 18th century life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, along the banks of the Wabash River, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The festival is a reenactment of the annual fall gathering during the mid 1700’s at Fort Ouiatenon,  a fur trading post between the French and Wea Tribe of Native Americans. Control of the Fort shifted between the French, Native Americans and British during its almost 100 years of use.

Welcoming the Voyagers

Welcoming the Voyagers

On October 1-2, 2016 the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, invites visitors to experience military demonstrations, foods prepared over an open fire, traditional craftsmen, costumed participants, music and dance for their 49th annual festival!  Enjoy acres of many hands-on activities and engage in lively trading as you take in what life was like around every corner you turn. It’s spirited, brimming with family fun and rich with history and cultural experiences.

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Pork Chop

Pork Chop

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Weekend Update: Zoo Run Run & Kansas at Dancing and Cruising in the Streets

3Lafayette-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.

Running shoes are a must for you to jog or walk your way through the Columbian Park Zoo on Saturday morning at the annual Zoo Run Run. This 5K run/walk travels through the historic Columbian Park Neighborhood and offers a fun, inexpensive way to get your family up and moving! Mingle with zoo staff and some of your favorite zoo residents! (The zoo is home to early 200 animals representing approximately 90 species.)

Dancing & Cruising in the Streets

Dancing & Cruising in the Streets

Put on your dancing shoes and have a fabulous night of fun on Saturday, July 16! Where can you find three stages of live music, a classic car show, a cruise-in and more? Dancing and Cruising in the Streets! This acclaimed festival is celebrating 25 years. To make it a rocking party, they are hosting national acts, Kansas and Jessie James Decker! Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’

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The Taste of Tippecanoe is Full of Fun, Food and Entertainment!

IMG_2616Visitor Information Specialist, Kaley, shares her experience at the 2014 Taste of Tippecanoe.  Make sure you get your tickets today for the 2015 Taste taking place on June 20!

Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! I was able to experience all this and much more at the Taste of Tippecanoe. Heading into the event, I was not quite sure what to expect, but I sure was blown away by the amount of vendors that participated as well as the great amount of locals and visitors alike. Lafayette truly came alive as I walked the downtown streets.

IMG_2665At the beginning of the evening, a storm came through. However, the rain was not going to scare me away, and a lot of other people had the same mindset. As the rain began to stop, the public continued to pour in. My first stop was to the ticket booth. Being a typical college student, I knew I wanted to stay on a budget because it is very easy to get carried away when surrounded by delicious foods. To keep myself in check, I looked through the assortment of vending tents and decided which foods I wanted and calculated my tickets from there. For dinner, I chose a pulled pork sandwich with homemade lemonade from Mr. Darryl’s Southern BBQ, a Coldstone Creamery iced mocha for dessert, and Gibson’s Shaved Ice for a late night snack. I highly recommend each of theses places and plan to go back to these restaurants for more than just “a taste.” Each and every one of them was very distinct and well worth the price paid.

Down every street corner was not only food but lively music too. I had no idea just how much talent is packed right here in the Lafayette area! The first band I listened to was Michael Kelsey & LD Miller, and all I can say is “wow!” They are such a talented group of men. What I found extremely unique about this band was the spectacular harmonica player; it was so unique and such a great sound. The band created such a fun and energetic atmosphere for everyone. They produce music that makes you want get up on your feet and dance, which is what a lot of individuals were doing. Seeing everyone around me having such a great time generated such a positive vibe and was very contagious. I found even my awkward self busting a move or two! After grooving for a while, I decided to check out another artist. Her name is Briagha McTavish, and I would like to give a huge shoutout to her! Her voice is absolutely beautiful, and she writes her own music that teenagers and young women can really relate to. Her music is sweet and bubbly and is varied with so many different instruments such as the keyboard, guitar and violin. Her stage presence is so natural, and you can tell that she has such a big passion for her music. She is easily comparable to a Taylor Swift of the Lafayette area.

IMG_2672I ended my night with a beautiful display of fireworks. By that time, the rain had picked up again, but it was actually quite cozy watching the fireworks under an umbrella on top of a parking garage with a loved one.  As a side note, the top of the parking garage in Wabash Landing is an excellent view of the show! It may be lame, but fireworks are some of my favorite things in the world, and I must say that the display that the Taste put on was spectacular. It was very well paced with a good mixture of explosions all leading up to an impressive grand finale.

All in all, the Taste of Tippecanoe was a night that will not soon be forgotten. It was a great way to get a feel for the downtown life of Lafayette. I got to explore a variety of local foods and touch base with some local artists that are going big places someday. I highly recommend this to the locals and even out-of-towners. Lafayette is known for its arts and restaurants, and it all comes alive in this jam-packed night of excitement. It is worth every second.

For more information about this festival and more special events in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Riverfest and Radio Disney is coming to Wolf Park

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.

Riverfest!

Riverfest!

Let’s celebrate our beautiful Wabash River! This Saturday, July 12, the community comes together to celebrate the living Wabash River with conservation exhibits, games, activities, canoe races and a 5K during Riverfest. This annual festival annually draws around 5,000 participants and specifically teaches children about our most prized natural resource here in Greater Lafayette – the Wabash River – as it provides recreational focus, aesthetic beauty, and is a vital component of our economy. Please note this event is FREE, so bring the kids to enjoy pony rides, a big bounce house, corn hole and more!

Radio Disney Indianapolis, part of the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families is coming to Wolf Park for “Disney in the Park” on Saturday, July 12. The Radio Disney Indianapolis Road Crew will be on-site during the event to provide fun, interactive entertainment, the hottest music from today’s biggest stars and cool prizes and giveaways, including a silent auction for a four-ticket prize package to Disney World. Will the wolves “sing” along? You have to be at Wolf Park to find out! Also, guests are invited to a howl night free of charge with their ticket purchase!

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