Purdue Homecoming 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.
Make this your checklist of Purdue Homecoming fun this weekend! Don’t miss a second of the excitement!
Friday, September 22:
- Boiler Up! Every Friday, typically from 12-3pm (times may vary) before Purdue Home Football Games, take a ride on the Boilermaker Special! Pick-ups will be in front of Stewart Center and run every 15 minutes. Look for the marquee!
- Join the Purdue football team as it connects Lafayette and West Lafayette on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge during the Boiler Bridge Walk. Enjoy music, giveaways, and meet the cheerleaders and Purdue Pete starting at 5:45 p.m. at this free event. The football team will arrive at approximately 6 p.m. by the fountain on the West Lafayette side of the bridge. The Boilermakers will interact with fans as they make their way to Riehle Plaza on the Lafayette side of the bridge.
Saturday, September 23:
- Fans, especially families, looking for fun before home games will want to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. The Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza, between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing opens 3 hours before kickoff.
- Homecoming Celebration! Homecoming activities and entertainment on Stadium Mall, free and family friendly. (12:30-2:20pm) Approximately 2:15pm Homecoming king and queen revealed at Homecoming stage.
- 90 minutes before kickoff, the Purdue “All American” Marching Band will present “Thrill on the Hill” at Slayter Hill.
- Game time! Come watch as our Purdue Boilermaker Football Team take on inside Ross-Ade stadium. (3:30 or 4pm).
- More Boilermaker fun! Come watch as our Purdue Boilermakers Volleyball players take on Ohio State inside Holloway Gymnasium at 8:30pm.
For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.
Fall is my favorite season at Purdue. The leaves are starting to change colors and anywhere you walk you can see gorgeous hues of red, orange, and yellow dotting the trees. Once these leaves fall to the ground, I particularly enjoy the crunch sound that they make beneath my feet. If it wouldn’t look so odd, I would probably jump in piles of leaves if I could! I can also finally break out my ankle boots, sweaters, and scarves that I have way too many of. Even though in Indiana sometimes we seem to skip straight from summer to winter, the three or four weeks that we get of fall are by far what I love most about Indiana weather. The temperature is just right.
The fall season offers a lot of fun activities on campus. By the time fall hits, the semester is well underway and many Boilermakers are experiencing their first round of exams. Campus is busy with Boilermaker football games such as Family Weekend and Homecoming festivities. The marching band practices every afternoon until 5pm speading their tunes around campus. The Farmers’ Market sets up right on Memorial Mall every Thursday, bringing wonderful smells to campus. Breakfast Club is on Saturday mornings and so much more!
My favorite activities to watch out for on campus to help relieve stress are all the PSUB events, free with a student ID. If you search PSUB events online there are a ton that pop up. Flicks at Fowler happen on Fridays and Saturdays in Fowler Hall in the Stewart Center. Newly released movies that haven’t come out yet on DVD are shown. Free concerts also take place on Slayter Hill or Elliott if the weather doesn’t cooperate. One of the last free concerts featured MISTERWIVES. I also really enjoy the free activities that the Purdue Student Union Board organizes. If you search PSUB events online there are a ton that pop up. The one event that is happening next month that I am super excited for is the Mystery Dinner Theater on November 18. You can expect me to be there with my friends that night.
So these are the reasons why fall is my favorite on campus. There are plenty of other activities throughout the academic year, but there’s just something about this time of the year that I will always be fond of. From activities on campus mentioned above to pumpkin and apple picking and going on hayrides off campus like at Exploration Acres, there is always fall fun to be had!
Jordan, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern shares this blog.