Weekend Update: Haan Mansion Fair Day & The Farm Little Red Wagon Day

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.

Haan Museum of Indiana Art hosts “A Day at the Fair” on Saturday, March 23. Join everyone in celebrating the 115th anniversary of the St. Louis World’s Fair. Why celebrate the Fair in Lafayette, Indiana? Because the Haan Museum building served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 World’s Fair. Many parts, including the entire front entry and much of the interior woodwork, came from the 1760 Hubbard-Slater mansion in Norwich, CT. Mike Truax, President of the St. Louis World’s Fair Society, will be here during the event to help everyone celebrate.

The Farm at Prophetstown State Park host the “Little Red Wagon Day” on Sunday, March 23. Decorate your own little red wagon and join the parade at 2:00pm. Come learn about the making of an American icon – The Radio Flyer – founded in 1917. Everyone has a story about their little red wagon. Join us and share your stories!

The Farm

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration & Sherlock Holmes

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.

Are you ready?! It’s one of our favorite times of the year! Join in the Nine Irish Brothers Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 16 & March 17! They will have some fun food specials, plenty of giveaways and great live music all weekend long. Greater Lafayette’s annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 11 am on Saturday, March 16 at Rubia Flower Market in West Lafayette. Participants and spectators can warm up beforehand with an Irish coffee at Tippecanoe County’s oldest Irish pub, Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette, which opens at 10 am and will be featuring the best in Irish entertainment all day long.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Looking for other entertainment this weekend? Running this weekend at the Long Center for the Performing Arts is Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars. Can a group of street urchins – orphans, pickpockets, inventors and artists – unmask the criminal mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes’ disappearance? Join us for an entertaining, kid-friendly comedy performed by the Christus Homines Drama Troupe. Showtimes are Friday, March 15th at 7 pm and Saturday, March 16th, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $6 for children 3-12. Well-behaved children under 3 are invited to attend free. Come and see everyone’s favorite detective this weekend!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Create a Masterpiece – Art Classes at 7 Art Studios

Inspired Fire

Sometimes, there is nothing better than exploring your artistic side. Luckily for those of us nearby or visiting the Greater Lafayette area, there are many opportunities for you to do so. You can do so much more than view works of art here – learn to create your own masterpieces! Check out some of the fantastic classes offered around our two great cities.

All Fired Up In the heart of the Wabash Landing is All Fired Up! There are four important steps to the process here. First, select what piece you will make. A bowl, vase, cute critter, etc. Second, paint and decorate it to your heart’s content! Third, let the experts glaze and fire up your work of art. You can collect it in just one week!

Flourish Studio and Classroom – New to downtown Lafayette is the Flourish Studio and Classroom. There are classes for kids of all ages, and their grown-ups… sensory play, art education, create-with-me and many more fun classes for you and your little ones! Reserve your spot on their website here. Learn more about art and bond with your favorite kiddos in your life!

Flourish Studio and Classroom

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette – Part of this amazing art museum is the Manya Fan Art Education Center! The Center is dedicated to instructing and educating artists in our community. There are studio art classes, art workshops, exhibitions and more! Learn more about their classes here.

The Creative Clayground – If you know someone that loves art and has a special event coming up (birthday, wedding shower, baby shower)…The Creative Clayground is a paint-your-own pottery studio that offers unique pieces like teapots and chess pieces! Stop in for their special Muggy Mondays for 10% off mug creations!

Inspired Fire Glass Studio and Gallery – Ever tried glass blowing? If you haven’t, you are really missing out. Owner Sharon Owens and her staff are absolute experts, waiting to show you the ropes! Along with open studio hours, there is a wide selection of classes available at Inspired Fire. Beginners classes, fire-less classes, and more – there is something for everyone. What a treat!

LaLa Gallery Studio – Pop into Lala, Greater Lafayette’s premiere artist studio specializing in art & pottery lessons. Angela Taylor (LaLa) teaches lessons, classes, parties, groups, and students with special needs starting with children (3+) to adults in her private studio located in the Bindery Artist Studios. Make your appointment here.

Handmade Mugs from Lala

Painting with a Twist – You’ve probably heard of this super-fun group painting studio,

Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist. Whether you reserve a private room for your group or join in on a public class, you will not be disappointed in your masterpiece. Select the class that fits  your style best, and don’t be scared! The staff and teachers will walk you step-by-step through painting your piece.

There is no excuse for you to not become a master artist with classes like these right in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Let us know which classes you’ve enjoyed! This blog is shared by VLWL Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin.

Spring Break Staycation 2019

Our Visitor Information Specialists are here to assist you with your travel questions!

You don’t need to go far to enjoy your Spring Break! Whether you are traveling through our great cities or staying closer to home this month, there are plenty of chances for spring break fun!

To those travelers passing through and heading for a spring break destination (or those locals wanting to treat themselves to a relaxing time), please note we have  wonderful hotels that offer great amenities and good old-fashioned Hoosier hospitality. Our location is the perfect stop during your travels to rest before you head out farther south or on your way home. Our visitor center is also right off of Interstate 65 and is staffed with our friendly Visitor Information Specialists 7 days a week to assist with travel ideas, guides, maps, and more.

Local Breweries/Winery Did you know that there are five breweries and a winery all located in our area? You can learn all about them on our website. Brokerage Brewing Company is in West Lafayette right off of Sagamore Parkway. Lafayette Brewing Company and Thieme & Wagner are in the heart of downtown Lafayette, and also serve delicious food! People’s Brewing Company and Teays River Brewing are memorable and exciting options as well! Why not stop in and try them all? If beer’s not for you, Wildcat Creek Winery has a variety of excellent wines suitable for everyone!

Downtown There are three district downtown districts – Chauncey Village, Wabash Riverfront and the Arts and Market District. You can explore all of the cool shops, delicious restaurants and other attractions! Try out restaurants like Black Sparrow, Red Seven, Cellar 422, East End Grill, La Scala and so much more! There are art galleries, theaters, a doll museum, Merlin’s Beard, art shops as well. Learn more about downtown here!

Outdoors If you’re looking to explore the outdoors, Lafayette-West Lafayette has lots of different places to go. There are beautiful and spacious parks, including Prophetstown State Park. The Farm at Prophetstown is a must-see for someone who loves animals and nature. You can also enjoy Wolf Park, a wildlife sanctuary for wolves, foxes and other furry friends! All this and more to visit outdoors here.

These are just a few fun activities in our area.  You’ll just have to stop by to see for yourself everything that there is in store for a great staycation! For more information about our area please visit HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was written by Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

Weekend Update: Elegant Bridal Expo & The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!

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, March 2, the Long Center presents: The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!. This performance is a grand-scale theatrical touring production that includes rock concert style lighting, incredible stage sets, and mind-blowing magic! Back by popular demand, Blagg returns to the Long Center stage with his off-the-cuff personality and astounding magic. See Blagg instantly teleport across the Long Center theater, squish his body from 6 feet to 6 inches tall or bring ordinary objects to life with a simple wave of his hands! The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! is more than a magic show, it’s an interactive magic experience! You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! Blagg is changing reality one city at a time and Greater Lafayette is next! Tickets start at $22 .

Brides and Grooms to be, check this out! This Sunday, March 3, the Elegant Bridal Expo is taking place in the Purdue Memorial Union. This community event is expected to host 50 wedding related vendors from the Greater Lafayette area to benefit the Student Chapter of Professional Convention Management Organization, local businesses, and future brides. In addition to vendors, a fashion show displaying the latest wedding gowns, tuxes, and bridesmaid dresses will take place in the north ballroom featuring partnered vendors. Brides to be will get in for free, and all guests are $5/person at the door.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Dare to Bear & Groundhog Day

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.

Dare to Bear is back!!  Do you have what it takes to go ice-skating wearing only your swimsuit? Come to the Riverside Skating Rink and find out this Friday, February 1! This wildly popular, family-friendly event encourages participants to skate around the rink wearing only their swimsuits! For only $5.00 (additional $3.00 skate rental fee), people can skate as many laps as they want from 7:00-8:30 PM. Only those wearing proper swim attire will be admitted to the rink from 7:00-8:30 PM, and as always, the wackier the better!

After bearing the cold, on Saturday, February 2, head to the Long Center for the Performing Arts to see the iconic 1993 movie Groundhog Day ON Groundhog day! The movie is about a cynical weatherman named Phil (Bill Murray) who finds himself living the same day over and over and over again. The movie starts at 7:30 PM and cost $5. 

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Top 5 Sledding Tips & Winter Fun at Home of Purdue

Did you know you can cross country ski at Prophetstown State Park? Bring your ski’s!

Looking for a fun winter activity for the whole family? We recommend sledding! Here at the Visitors Center we spent the day testing out the best sledding hills in the area and brainstormed 5 tips for you to have a terrific experience sledding.

  1. Bundle up!
    • This might seem like common sense, but it gets really cold when you get out in the snow. So, before you head out with your sled in hand make sure you have all the essentials: scarf, hat, gloves, coat, multiple pairs of socks, and hand-warmers. You might break a sweat climbing up and down the big hills, but it is vital to dress warmly.

      Kids having fun at Murdock Park!

  2. Map out which hills to try in advance.
    • Our next piece of advice is to plan your day in advance. We began at Prophetstown State Park with some cross country skiing and a snowball fight. Then we stopped for a delicious lunch at Arni’s at Market Square before our final stop at Murdock Park. With so many options here in Lafayette/West Lafayette, make the most of you day by choosing which hills you want to go to ahead of time.
  3. Have no fear.
    • Now some of these hills can be decidedly intimidating (have you seen Slater Hill?!) but to have the most thrilling experience you must simply be brave and go for it at full speed! We wiped out plenty of times, but those moments are now fantastic memories of a fun day together.

      We had so much fun at Murdock Park!

  4. Go home when you can’t feel your feet anymore.
    • Once it gets to a certain point, it will be time to pack up and head home. Safety first around here and that means we want you to be able to feel your fingers and toes! Head home once you are too cold. Don’t worry you can come back again!
  5. Drink some hot cocoa to warm back up.
    • Finally, (and this is my favorite piece of advice) drink some hot cocoa! I have so many memories of spending the day building snowmen and having snowball fights, and then coming inside where it’s warm and cozy. My mom would always have a huge cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows for my sister and me. This is the perfect way to end a perfect day of sledding.

Fun at Prophetstown State Park!

We hope these tips are helpful for you the next time you adventure out into the cold to go sledding. We would love to see pictures and hear about your own advice, so tag us on facebook or instagram @homeofpurdue. Happy sledding!

Jaclyn, VLWL Intern and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Purdue Nightlife: Best Bars

Purdue Nightlife: Pick the Best Bar for Your Night out on the West Lafayette Town!

Purdue has quite a few bars near campus, each offering its own unique atmosphere and array of various drinks and food. Depending on what type of night you are looking to have, whether it be a laid back conversation with some friends while drinking a beer or a night full of dancing and rave music, Purdue has many places on campus that are able to provide you with whatever kind of night out you are looking for.

Harry’s: Harry’s Chocolate Shop has been around since 1919 when Harry J. Marack opened its doors to the public, thus making it the oldest bar at Purdue. Initially it was a soda fountain until Harry’s obtained a liquor license later in the 1920s. With so much history it’s no wonder Harry’s has established itself as a staple near Purdue’s campus. Alumni also tend to favor Harry’s as their hang out spot when they return to campus to catch up with friends. The atmosphere at Harry’s is very relaxed and not as chaotic as most people might imagine a college bar to be (until around 9 p.m. when the college students begin their late night festivities.) There are lots of tables to sit down at and enjoy a drink, burger, as well as engage in a great conversation with your friends.

wall outside of Harry's Chocolate Shop

The famous wall outside of Harry’s where many students, alumni, and visitors take photos in front of. #Harry’sChocolateShop #Purdue #Photogenicwall

Harry’s has an array of specialty drinks, as well as some delicious meals to choose from. One of the most popular drinks among students is the “Grasshopper.” This sweet cocktail has a mint flavor and is made with green creme de menthe that gives the drink its signature color. A “John Daly” is another highly requested mixed drink at Harry’s. It is a combination of iced tea, lemonade, and vodka.

grasshopper cocktail from Harry's Chocolate Shop

The “grasshopper” is a popular cocktail ordered by many students. This delightful drink tastes like you’re drinking melted mint chip ice cream. What could be better than that?! #grasshopper #mintchip #icecreamcocktail #Harry’sChocolateShop

Ordering food at Harry’s is also a must. Their quesadillas, chicken wings, and burgers are sensational and loved around campus. The prices are also very reasonable, with the average meal price staying at about $7.50. When making a visit to Harry’s be sure to plan ahead and arrive before 8 p.m. or you might have trouble finding an open table.

Location: 329 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3a.m. , Sunday: 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Inside of Harry's Chocolate Shop

A glimpse at the vintage aesthetic inside Harry’s Chocolate Shop. The popular bar near Purdue’s campus has an old time look and feel, as well as many stylish signs. #Vintage #Harry’sChocolateShop #StylishAesthetic

Brothers: If you’re looking for a step up from Harry’s in terms of a more exuberant atmosphere, then Brothers is the best option. There are still plenty of tables to hang out with friends, but the addition of pop music and space to dance around, if you choose to do so, creates the typical college-esque bar experience. Brothers is known for its great deals throughout the week on both drinks and food. With $1 double wells on Mondays and 25 cent wings every Wednesday, it’s hard to resist making a weekly visit to Brothers. The deals are also great for students who are looking to have a night out but need to stick to a budget.

Location: 306 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 5 p.m. – 3 a.m. , Sunday: 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Brothers bar sign

Brothers bar provides a great atmosphere for students and visitors to enjoy a drink and a riveting conversation with peers. #BrothersBar #Purdue #placetobe

Brothers bar view from counter

Don’t worry about missing the big game while enjoying a drink at Brothers. The bar is stocked with many TVs and lots of your favorite beer. #BrothersBar #BigGame #BeerFan

Where Else: Where else would you rather be on a night out at Purdue? The answer is in the question. Where Else! This bar has been near Purdue’s campus since 1997 and is one of the most energetic bars on campus. With a live DJ set most nights and a sizable dance floor, Where Else is the perfect place to bust a move while dancing the night away with your friends.

where else entrance door

Looking for a place to enjoy a drink and get your groove on? How about Where Else! The dance floor and drink deals are waiting for you. #WhereElse #getyourgrooveon #drinkdeals

Where Else also offers 50 cent beers every Monday night, which is the cheapest drink offer on campus and very popular among students. Don’t skip out on deals like this and make a visit to Where Else next Monday night.

Location: 135 S. Chauncey Ave, West Lafayette, IN

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. , Sunday-Tuesday: Closed

Where Else bar main floor

Students enjoying a night out at Where Else, while dancing with friends and relishing their drinks. #WhereElse #dancethenightaway #PurdueNightlife

Neon Cactus: Neon Cactus, called “the Cactus” for short, is the closest thing Purdue has to a club. With a ginormous lit up dance floor and constant upbeat rave music playing, it’s no surprise the Neon Cactus is one of the most popular bars on campus. Every Thursday the Cactus hosts “Thirsty Thursday,” which offers students the chance to get a 32oz mixed drink for $3.50. You can pick from many different options but the fan favorite is the “Long Island Iced Tea.” This deal is extremely popular and more often than not creates a line out the door, which can take hours to get inside. Make sure to show up no later than 10 p.m. on a Thursday night if you want to make it inside first.

neon cactus front sign

One of the best places to party in West Lafayette is the Neon Cactus. With their amazing drink deals on “Thirsty Thursday” and fabulous dance music, it is hard to resist. #NeonCactus #ThirstyThursday #dancemusic

Neon Cactus main dance floor

The Neon Cactus packed on a “Thirsty Thursday.” Everyone is having a great time dancing and savoring their $3.50 cocktails! #NeonCactus #cheapdrinks #bustamove

Neon Cactus is also known for the Piano Man, who performs classic hits on his piano in a separate room of the bar. Students sit down and sing along while they take a break from dancing around for hours. If you’re ever free on a Thursday night and in the area, then you definitely need to make a stop at the Neon Cactus.

Location: 360 Brown Street, Unit 15, West Lafayette, IN

Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 8 p.m. – 3 a.m. , Sunday-Wednesday: Closed

piano bar at neon cactus

All that dancing calls for a break and there is no better place to go than to the Piano Bar to hear the Piano Man play some classic tunes. #NeonCactus #PianoBar #singusasong

For more information to plan your perfect night out check out HomeofPurdue.com to find additional articles on these bars and other nightlife options.

Shauna McAulay, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Winter Wolves & Cinderella

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.

Winter Wolves is back at Wolf Park this January 12, 2019! Join everyone for a day of fun as the wolves explore and are in their glorious full winter coats! Hot drinks are available indoors so that visitors can warm up in between activities, which often include talks on how animals survive the winter, outdoor games and sometimes a demonstration of how Wolf Park cuts up road kill deer to feed to the wolves. Winter is a great time to see the wolves, since they love the cold and tend to be active and howling all day long, unlike those long hot summer afternoons which they spend napping. When the pond is frozen over, the wolves skate and play on the ice. Winter Wolves is a great time for families to come visit — there is something for everyone.

Guess what Disney classic is taking place at Purdue Convocations this Saturday, January 12? CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Bring the family to enjoy this wonderful production and enjoy an evening of merriment!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.