Five Free Spring Things to Do in West Lafayette!

There’s no better price than FREE! So many attractions and activities to check out this spring won’t cost you a dime. Check out a few selections in West Lafayette below!

1. Cumberland Park

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Cumberland Park contains a 1/2 mile footpath, two lighted Arni Cohen Memorial softball fields, two lighted basketball courts and the Pony League Baseball field! The Cumberland Park would be a great place to visit with your family or friends this spring!

2. John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge 

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 You can enjoy a beautiful spring day along the Wabash at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge! Take a lunch, relax and watch the people as they walk across the bridge.

3. Bug Bowl 

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The annual Bug Bowl is the largest known insect event of its kind. Nearly 30,000 people attend this event each year! Kids, families, and bug lovers can all find fun activities to enjoy such as the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing!

4. Public Art Trail

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Explore all of the creative and beautiful art scattered around West Lafayette! Check out our website and brochure on the Public Art Trail – it will give you a guide too all of the things you can spot around Purdue’s campus and beyond!

5. Springfest at Purdue 

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Join the fun at Purdue’s Spring Fest! This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. This year it will be: April 14 & 15, 2018!

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

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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!

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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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Legendary Weekend Update: Robin Hood & Purdue Bug Bowl

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 (and legendary!) events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Make legendary memories at the annual Purdue Bug Bowl!  The annual Bug Bowl is the largest known insect event of its kind. Nearly 30,000 people attend this event each year as part of Purdue’s Spring Fest weekend taking place April 13 and 14. Preschoolers through retirees take part in numerous hands-on insect activities including the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing at Roachill Downs.  The cricket spitting contest is where memories are made because there is nothing funnier than watching your friends spit a cricket as far as possible.  It is hilarious!  Also, do not miss running or walking at the Challenge 5K Run/Walk, benefitting the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, on Saturday, April 13. Purdue will be a “legendary” place this weekend!

Watch the legendary legend, Robin Hood, in a never-ending quest to aid the needy at the Lafayette Civic Theatre this Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.  The Lafayette Civic Youth Theatre will perform this comedy that will leave visitors laughing with delight.  This show is full of flavorful characters: lovely damsel-in-distress (oddly obsessed with skin conditions); an ever-scheming sheriff who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull’s-eye; a gold-hoarding, bad-guy monarch wannabe; and a good-natured “Town’s Guy” who manages to make his way into every scene, whether he belongs there or not. Combine them with an expandable band of spoon-wielding Merry Men whose collective IQs equal six, and you are in for an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest.

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