Weekend Update: Mosey Down Main & Wabash Riverfest

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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.

This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy Wabash Riverfest.  Riverfest is an annual event that brings the community together and celebrates the living Wabash River with conservation exhibits, games, activities, canoe races, a 5K and a beer garden at the Plaza.  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. Wabash Riverfest will be in two locations: Tapawingo Park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m and Riehle Plaza from 12-6 p.m..

In the evening from 6 pm to 11 pm on Saturday, enjoy a night of fun at Mosey Down Main Street. Mosey is a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community. Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free, family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street. With three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and hand made Hula hoops, Drum circles and D.J.’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals.

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

Five Free Things to Do this Summer in Lafayette-West Lafayette

With the kids out of school, summer is the perfect time to get a taste of the Lafayette-West Lafayette community! Check out these five free things that you and your family can check out this summer!

1. Lafayette Citizens Band Concerts

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can enjoy concerts from the Lafayette Citizens Band concerts on Thursday evenings! Pop down to Riehle Plaza to enjoy the classical music preformed by this group of locals. This band has been performing since 1842!

2. Natalie’s Second Chance Volunteer

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Help out the community and have a great time doing it by volunteering at Natalie’s Second Chance Animal Shelter! Volunteers can help walk dogs and help with shelter duties. Spending time with these animals is free, and not only benefits them, but is sure for an adorable experience!

3. Stars and Stripes Concert

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Each year on Independence Day, there is a great holiday celebration at Riehle Plaza! The Lafayette Citizens Band performs a concert filled with patriotic music. The Stars and Stripes concert is followed by a stunning firework display at dusk (usually around 10 PM). Have fun and celebrate the Fourth of July with your community members!

4. Farmers’ Market

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The Farmers Market runs from May through October! It has three locations – Lafayette, West Lafayette, and on Purdue’s campus. It is one of the longest running farmers markets in Indiana, founded over 165 years ago! You can stroll through the stalls of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and more.

5. Fort Ouiatenon

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Fort Ouiatenon is open weekends mid May—August from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors can see the replica blockhouse, which was built in 1930. The Fort was built in 1717 and it was originally a fur trade post! This would be a great place to learn about some Indiana history and have fun exploring the recreated settlements.

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin!

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Weekend Update: Wolf Park After Dark & Round the Fountain Art Fair

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.

Do you look forward to Wolf Park After Dark every year? Well, the first one of this year is coming up THIS weekend! Saturday, May 26th, you should come for this unique opportunity. Once a month, Wolf Park is open late after Howl Night so visitors can see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Then, stop by the campfire, roast a marshmallow and chat with the staff. Join them from 7:30 PM – 11 PM to have this amazing experience. Visit their website for more.

Earlier that day, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, is the Round the Fountain Art Fair. This is an annual event that celebrates local artistry as well as artists from around the country!

It is one of the best one-day outdoor art shows in the Midwest. Featuring paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography prints, jewelry and other media. The City of Lafayette and the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair Committee welcome you to the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair, an annual destination location that features up to 100 artists from around the nation, showcasing their talent and works in a variety of pieces and media. The ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair committee awards participating artists purchase awards, awards of excellence and merit awards. Each year, a piece of art is purchased by the committee to continue the permanent collection exhibited in the halls of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse, which is a work of art in itself. See their website for details.

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

Weekend Update: Art, Bark n Brew & Mosey Down Main

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.

This weekend and every weekend, there is a chance to build and celebrate our community! On Saturday, May 12, join the community at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette for Art, Bark ‘n Brew! The first annual event of its kind will take place from 11am-2pm. This dog- and family-friendly event at the museum will feature two food trucks & People’s Brewing Company along with free art activities for people and their pets. Matt Monta and the Haymakers will provide live music and there will be a photo op station with some of the life size dogs from our previous Dog Days of Summer program. Attendees will also have the opportunity to post photos on social media and win a customized pet portrait! Dogs MUST follow dog etiquette checklist:

– Dog must be leashed at all times.
– No retractable leashes. A standard 4-6 foot leash is acceptable.
– Owners must have a paper copy of current rabies vaccination.
– Female dogs experiencing a heat cycle will not be allowed.
– Owners must be attentive to and pick-up after their pup.
– Well-socialized, friendly dogs only. Dogs exhibiting aggressive behaviors should be asked politely to leave.

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a fun event! Admission is free, but some activities will require payment. If there is rain, the date will be moved to June 23rd. Please check the website in case of inclement weather and for more information!

 

Later that evening, celebrate the amazing diversity and excitement that our community has to offer. Mosey Down Main Street is a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community.  Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street. With three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and hand made Hula hoops, Drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals. This is a great way to get a taste of what downtown and beyond has to offer!

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

Five Free Spring Things to Do in Lafayette!

There are wonderful activities to do all over Lafayette! The five things I’ve detailed below are some great free options for how to spend your Spring days!

1. Haan Mansion Sculpture Garden

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Take a stroll around the Haan Mansion Sculpture Garden! Newly opened, this garden is home to a wide variety of artistry. Bronze sculptures, clay works, and more can be found outside of the historic Haan Mansion. The path is even wheelchair accessible!

2. Plan a picnic at Clegg Botanical Gardens

clegggardens_cClegg Garden overlooks and runs along side the Wildcat Creek offering a naturalistic setting including prairie and oak savanna restorations, with extensive beds of wildflowers, plants native to Indiana, labelled trees, nature trails and bridges. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon at Clegg!

3. Round the Fountain Art Fair

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Art lovers and artists alike can witness the artistic mastery of our community members! At the Round the Fountain Art Fair,  hundreds of artists gather to sell and showcase their work. This fair is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year!

4. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

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Sculptures, paintings, modern art and more – the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette showcases all kinds of local artistry! Free to the public, the museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Five Points Fire Station Museum

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The Fire Station Museum is a nearly 100-year-old building located in Lafayette. It used to be a functioning fire station for the community, but today it has been converted to a museum. There is a fire truck from 1937, old coats and helmets, and many other artifacts!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist intern, Samantha Martin.

Weekend Update: Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park and The Farm

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Fun at The Farm!

Fall Fun 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.

prophetstown16cEnjoy the beauty of fall this Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22 at the Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park. Join everyone for a weekend of fun fall festivities – whether it’s a popular Halloween activity in the campground, like trick-or-treating or campsite decorating contests, a hike to see scarecrows along the trail, a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration. 

Farm 2015.8Stop by The Farm at Prophetstown and celebrate Fall Fest Weekend as well on October 21 from 11-3pm. Try your hand at making a corn husk doll or a fun mask!  They will have free popcorn and cider available.  Decorate a mini pumpkin for $2 each.

In the evening is the Barn Dance and Harvest Celebration at the Farm. Come out for their annual Barn Dance and help celebrate the harvest of crops! Scott Greeson shares his musical talents all over the Midwest, and will be performing in the barn from 6:30-8:30pm.  There will be a silent auction to support The Farm and activities for children. Come hungry, as there will be homemade farm chili for sale, as well as pumpkin and French silk pie. Bring your camper chair for extra seating.  Enjoy this annual evening of family fun!  $5 per car, plus park admission.  Trolley rides will be available for $3 per person, children 5 and under ride FREE.

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

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

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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.

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OUTfest

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: Germanfest & Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

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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.

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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