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


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.


Weekend Update: Wolf Park’s 13th Annual Easter Party & Purdue Bug Bowl/Spring Fest

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.

It’s Spring Fest Time again at Purdue this weekend! This event includes one of the largest known insect events of its kind, Bug Bowl! Preschoolers through retirees take part in numerous hands-on insect activities including the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing at Roachill Downs. Also, Purdue University will host a group of its NASA astronaut alumni for a reunion that will culminate with a public forum April 12. Eight of the astronauts are expected to attend the forum, “A Conversation with Our Astronauts,” at 7 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. The astronauts will be introduced at halftime of the spring football scrimmage at 1 p.m. April 12 in Ross-Ade Stadium. That event also is free.

The Easter Bunny isEaster visiting Wolf Park this weekend! On Saturday, April 12, bring the family to Wolf Park’s 13th Annual Easter Party! There will be egg hunts for kids 1-13 years of age (bring a basket!) and there will also be an egg hunt for the Wolf Park wolves at 2 pm! The Easter Bunny will hop into the wolf enclosure (the wolves will be elsewhere) and will hide Easter eggs for the wolves to find (after the Bunny leaves). Come see the wolves get their Easter treats and get some treats of your own! (Egg hunts for children are 3:00– 4:00 pm). Guided tours of the Park will be offered at 1:15, 2:15 3:15 and 4:15 followed by a handling demonstration at 4:30. Wolf Park closes at 5:00 and the gates re-open at 7 for Howl Night.

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

Spring Fest! Bug Bowl!


Weekend Update!  Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway?  Or are you a local looking for entertainment close by?  Check out the endless possibilities for fun and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Saturday and Sunday, is a weekend not to be missed in West Lafayette, Indiana!  It is the Purdue Spring Fest annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education. This free event is a great opportunity to learn about animals, art, astronomy, science and much more!

Have you ever experienced a cricket spitting contest or watched a cockroach race?  You can at the annual Purdue Bug Bowl, the largest known insect event of its kind!   Preschoolers through retirees take part in numerous hands-on insect activities, including an insect petting zoo and a honey tasting room.

Support cancer research at Purdue University at the Challenge Walk/Run this Saturday, April 14.  Gather a group of friends and family to walk or run together.  100% of the money raised goes directly to support cancer research at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.  Also, yummy, nourishing food and drinks are provided to participants after the race!  (And they are free!).

Purdue Spring Fest is a celebration for all!  There are a host of unique events that cater to every whim and fancy, so make sure you add this to your “must do” list for the weekend.  For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at