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.

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: Clybourne Park & Spring Fest

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.

Opening weekend for Clybourne Park begins this Friday, April 13th! Running from April 13th to April 21st is this Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award-winning play. Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. These two scenes, fifty years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side that features at the center of A Raisin in the Sun. The first scene takes place before and the second scene takes place after the events of A Raisin in the Sun. In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground. Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets.

This weekend also is Purdue’s annual Spring Fest! It runs 10AM – 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday, with a Horticulture plant sale running from 9AM – 5 PM. Departments from across the Purdue Science fields will be in attendance – Agriculture, Botany, Biology, Animal Sciences, Horticulture and more! Visit their booths for interactive activities and to learn more about what each department does! A big draw for people of all ages is the Bug Bowl. This is a huge hit with families, sporting an insect petting zoo, honey tasting, a glass bee hive, an arthropod observation room, insect face painting, and crafts!


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

Weekend Update: Wabash Center Gala & Boiler Con

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.

On Friday, April 6th is the Wabash Center’s 65th Anniversary Gala. Celebrate decades of serving the community! From 6-10pm, you can join in the Gala that highlights 65 years of service to children and adults with disabilities in Greater Lafayette. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, awards presentation, live music and much more! For more information, please visit their website.

 


Each year on Purdue’s campus is Boiler Con! Boiler Con 2018 is our own comic con – come and meet amazing comic book artists and writers, take part in card and board game tournaments, see the unique vendors, sign up for the cosplay contest, and enjoy panels of special guests on April 7! Stop into the Purdue Memorial Union on April 7th from 3-8pm to experience all there is to offer! (And, it is FREE to the public!) Special guests include: Bernard Chang, former Imagineer and Comic Book Creator Mackey McCandlish: Creator of Call of Duty games. If you plan on attending, please be aware of the following rules:

  •  No profanity allowed. That includes messages on signs or clothes.
  • Costumes cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, or firearms/weapons.
  • NO WEAPONS. All firearms/weapons, real or props, are prohibited from the event.
  • Costumes cannot be obscene or offensive, or endorse any form of hate.
  • NO NUDITY. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly environment.
  • If costumes are deemed too revealing, you will be asked to cover up.
  • Gore and graphic violence must be minimal.

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

Savor Food and Spring at Town & Gown Bistro

If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your new spot! Town & Gown offers a small, intimate dining experience that everyone loves.

Enjoying Town and Gown

Enjoying Town and Gown

With spring weather approaching, we all want to take in the warm weather in the best way possible. At Town & Gown, you can enjoy the spring weather with their beautiful outdoor seating area. The flowers and shade trees make it a perfect area for any time of the day.

Town & Gown is conveniently located on North River Road, extremely close to Purdue’s campus. If you’re looking for a place to take mom and dad out for breakfast when they visit their favorite Boilermaker, this is the perfect place. You’ll certainly be their favorite after you treat them to a delicious, hearty breakfast at this restaurant.

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

I recommend their french toast which is sweet yet savory, perfectly cut and cooked bacon, and light, fluffy eggs. My co-worker has shared they have amazing biscuits and gravy. The biscuit has a hint of cheese in it and the gravy is rich rich and creamy.  Her 4 year old daughter loves pancakes and rates their pancakes a 10 out of 10. Town & Gown’s pancakes are HUGE and definitely share worthy!

Town & Gown is kid friendly and is also perfect for a date with your significant other. This is the place to go if you’re just wanting a nice cup of coffee and a place to relax. This establishment fits any mood you may be in.

Town and Gown is Kid Friendly!

Town & Gown is Kid Friendly!

Your needs are sure to be met upon arrival. Whether you just want a light lunch or come in with an empty stomach, you will leave satisfied. Town & Gown offers a full menu with enough items to please everyone. They even have vegan options! Choose from a variety of specialty wines, beer, and cocktails! And don’t forget about dessert!

Beautiful outside patio seating area

Beautiful outside patio seating area

If your a searching for a cute and cozy spot for a girls day, date night, or a quick lunch or breakfast Town & Gown will not disappoint!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Winter Workshops & “Little Women”

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.

With the weather slowly warming up, you might be looking for to do something more “outdoorsy” this weekend. Prophetstown State Park offers their Winter Workshop Series on this Sunday, March 18! For 1.5-2 hours, starting at 1PM, you can create your own walking stick. They’ll show you different methods of design for all ages! Walking sticks are wonderful tools for hiking and long walks – not to mention, they can be beautiful works of art, too!  All Prophetstown workshops will be held in the Visitor Center. In the event of poor weather conditions, the workshop may be cancelled; it will not be rescheduled. To ensure there are plenty of supplies for everyone, registration is required by the Wednesday before the workshop. To register or find out more about these great activities, call (765) 567-4919 or amanuel@dnr.in.gov.

 

Looking to enjoy some theatre? The weekend at t the Long Center for the Performing Arts, The Christus Homines Drama Troupe brings their production of “Little Women”! The stage adaption of IMG_4510Louisa May Alcott’s classic story celebrates the strength of family and the joy of caring for others. Performances will be Friday, March 16th, at 7 pm, and Saturday, March 17th, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children 3-12. Free for ages 0-2. We are also offering online ticketsales via Brown Paper Tickets.

 

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

Weekend Update: Swimsuit Skating and “The Old Golds”

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.

There are always unique events going on in our community. This weekend, join in the fun  at Riverside Skating Center. “Dare to Bear” is a special evening event from 7pm to 8:30pm. This iceskatersatduskunique dress-up skating event has one special rule: you must wear a swim suit to participate. Parents may accompany younger skaters in regular attire. Admission fee is $5.00 and skate rental is $3.00.  Cocoa and pizza will be provided to all the survivors- while supplies last. Skating in your bathing suit this chilly weekend will definitely prove for an exciting experience and memory!For more information about the event and contact information, visit their website.

If you haven’t visited the Delphi Opera House, this weekend poses a wonderful opportunity! Friday night, February 2nd, at 7:30pm, the Opera House presents The Old Golds. They hail 17861816_1317396741673555_8390320004191797184_nfrom Lafayette, Indiana and feature former members of the Woodstove Flapjacks, The No-Ops, James Moon and the Third Floor Invention. Plus, a couple of fresh voices to their ever-expanding musical family. Their line up is as follows: Kim Strother on Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals, Matt Scherger on Guitar/Vocals, James Morrow on Guitar/Vocals, Kaida Richardson on Vocals, Ryan Puetz on Bass, George Buechley on Pedal Steel and David Harmon on Drums. Ticket information and more details are available on their website.

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

Weekend Update: Listen to the Music!

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 is packed with chances to check out live music. This Friday at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette — Friday Night Live!! At the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: Art! The museum comes to life with musical performances. Matt Monta is an original singer/songwriter whose songs tell the 26165303_2006100972740024_1216532842694790203_nstories of everyday struggle and triumph in Midwestern America. With several albums and songwriting credits to his name, Monta is recognized for his resonant lyrics as well as his passionate performances. Hear music, read lyrics, and learn more at www.mattmonta.com. Admission is FREE thanks to our sponsors: Alberta Barker, Jim & Sandy Bodenmiller, and Purdue Federal Credit Union. Performance begins at 7PM, with doors opening at 6pm. Seating is limited, so come early to secure a spot and view the galleries.

More live music at the Delphi Opera House this weekend! The Time Travelers have been entertaining for over 20 years. Great singing voices and musicianship allow them to cover a tremendous variety of classic rock songs from the early days to the present. In addition to great guitar playing, the secret weapon is “the flute”. Audiences visibly take notice when they hear the familiar melodies backed up by a powerhouse rhythm section. The family friendly and familiar song list makes them a crowd-pleaser. For tickets and more information, visit the Opera House website.

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

Weekend Update: Experience the Arts

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 marks the opening of a new gallery at the Fountain Gallery. Join in on the excitement by attending the opening reception of “Sixty Square Inches XIX” where there will also be comments by the jurors. It is THIS Friday, January 19, at 5:30PM! The Sixty Square Inches Small Print Exhibition continues a tradition begun in 1977. The exhibit presents a current review of North American printmakers working within a format of 60 square inches in image area. These small works present the viewer with an intimate 18740243_215297025655419_2651676758053482104_nexperience and invite close attention to the visual message. This year’s exhibition was juried by printmaker and guest artist Monika Meler, association professor of art and graphic design for the University of the Pacific, CA, with Liz Erlewine, director and head curator for Purdue University Galleries. Fountain Gallery is located at 330 Main St., Lafayette, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 12-7PM. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Another great way to experience art in Lafayette this weekend is tat the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Their production of “A Piece of My Heart” is this weekend! It runs until February 3rd at the Monon Depot Theatre. It is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam, five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. Each young woman is portrayed before, during and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington. Please visit their website for more information on show times and ticket prices.

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

Weekend Update: YWCA Market and Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society

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.

On the search for some gifts for yourself or your loved ones but don’t want to brave the cold weather? This Untitled 2weekend on January 13th from 8AM to Noon, the YWCA’s Cold Weather Indoor Market offers many great items to choose from. It features local and regional vendors, baked goods, handmade crafts, clothing, antiques, jewelry, candles, accessories and so much more! Whether you are looking to treat yourself or pick up a locally made present for someone else, there will options galore! (And, it’s all inside and safe from the snow!)

3afb82c7-f841-4cae-bb7f-a2b8d82f6507       If you love the arts, another event this weekend is something you won’t want to miss out on! The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents “Woodwinds in WInter”, this Sunday, January 14th. It will be in the Eliza Fowler Hall from 4PM to 5:30PM. It features a woodwind quintet by Bach, Beethoven and Saint-Saens with a finale from Poulenc’s sextet for piano and winds. The performers are Alistair Howlett, flute; Timothy Clinch, oboe; Christina Martin, clarinet; Kara Stolle, bassoon; Darin Sorley, horn; Greg Martin, piano. Come enjoy this Wintery weekend by supporting our local Music Society!

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