Music Festival Weekend Update: Starry Night & Ouibache

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 began fifteen years ago with a hundred people and has since grown to welcome 10,000+ students and community members each year! Don’t miss heading to the Starry Night Music & Arts Festival taking place this Saturday, September 29 at South Street and Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette from 7pm to midnight. Starry Night is an annual street festival that features a unique blend of excellent music, a variety of merchants, interactive creativity, and delicious food. The festival is designed to bring the Purdue and Greater Lafayette communities together and seeks to promote awareness of Swipe Out Starvation, a campus organization concerned with the issue of hunger on a local and global scale. Featured musicians include Michigander, Mike Mains & The Branches, Ledges, Corey Kilgannon, The Bergamot, Joe Baughman, and Stay Outside. Starry Night is hosted by Purdue Christian Campus House (pcch.org) and Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. (greyhousecoffee.com) and is free to the public.

Join in the first ever Ouibache Music Festival this Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 at the beautiful Tippecanoe County Amphitheater in West Lafayette, Indiana. Musicians from all over the world will gather to play tunes, share stories, and commune with one another. Stage shows will feature local, regional, national and international acts. Music, demonstrations, dancing and all sorts of fun will be going on throughout the festival. Jam sessions and workshops will be set up on the grounds so make sure to bring your instruments! The opportunity is yours for the taking. Come and embrace your musical roots in a beautiful outdoor setting. There is something for everyone. It’s about the music. It’s about passing on the traditions. It’s passion with a purpose.

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: Mosey Down Main & Wabash Riverfest

Ziplining at Riverfest

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.

Mosey Down Main

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

Weekend Update: Purdue Commencement & Mosey Down Main Street

IMG_0991Weekend 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.

Congratulations to all our Purdue Grads taking the annual Graduation March this weekend! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the class of 2017 will be walking and receiving this most prestigious degree from one of the best universities in the world. We wish to offer our highest felicitations on this success and wish you the best in your future.

Graduation equals lots of parents and family visiting! Visitors (and locals), make a trip downtown Lafayette to the first Mosey Down Main Street in 2017! This Saturday, May 13, bring the family to this free street fair with live music, craft vendors, food entertainment and social agencies.

Mosey!

Mosey!

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

The Taste of Tippecanoe is Full of Fun, Food and Entertainment!

IMG_2616Visitor Information Specialist, Kaley, shares her experience at the 2014 Taste of Tippecanoe.  Make sure you get your tickets today for the 2015 Taste taking place on June 20!

Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! I was able to experience all this and much more at the Taste of Tippecanoe. Heading into the event, I was not quite sure what to expect, but I sure was blown away by the amount of vendors that participated as well as the great amount of locals and visitors alike. Lafayette truly came alive as I walked the downtown streets.

IMG_2665At the beginning of the evening, a storm came through. However, the rain was not going to scare me away, and a lot of other people had the same mindset. As the rain began to stop, the public continued to pour in. My first stop was to the ticket booth. Being a typical college student, I knew I wanted to stay on a budget because it is very easy to get carried away when surrounded by delicious foods. To keep myself in check, I looked through the assortment of vending tents and decided which foods I wanted and calculated my tickets from there. For dinner, I chose a pulled pork sandwich with homemade lemonade from Mr. Darryl’s Southern BBQ, a Coldstone Creamery iced mocha for dessert, and Gibson’s Shaved Ice for a late night snack. I highly recommend each of theses places and plan to go back to these restaurants for more than just “a taste.” Each and every one of them was very distinct and well worth the price paid.

Down every street corner was not only food but lively music too. I had no idea just how much talent is packed right here in the Lafayette area! The first band I listened to was Michael Kelsey & LD Miller, and all I can say is “wow!” They are such a talented group of men. What I found extremely unique about this band was the spectacular harmonica player; it was so unique and such a great sound. The band created such a fun and energetic atmosphere for everyone. They produce music that makes you want get up on your feet and dance, which is what a lot of individuals were doing. Seeing everyone around me having such a great time generated such a positive vibe and was very contagious. I found even my awkward self busting a move or two! After grooving for a while, I decided to check out another artist. Her name is Briagha McTavish, and I would like to give a huge shoutout to her! Her voice is absolutely beautiful, and she writes her own music that teenagers and young women can really relate to. Her music is sweet and bubbly and is varied with so many different instruments such as the keyboard, guitar and violin. Her stage presence is so natural, and you can tell that she has such a big passion for her music. She is easily comparable to a Taylor Swift of the Lafayette area.

IMG_2672I ended my night with a beautiful display of fireworks. By that time, the rain had picked up again, but it was actually quite cozy watching the fireworks under an umbrella on top of a parking garage with a loved one.  As a side note, the top of the parking garage in Wabash Landing is an excellent view of the show! It may be lame, but fireworks are some of my favorite things in the world, and I must say that the display that the Taste put on was spectacular. It was very well paced with a good mixture of explosions all leading up to an impressive grand finale.

All in all, the Taste of Tippecanoe was a night that will not soon be forgotten. It was a great way to get a feel for the downtown life of Lafayette. I got to explore a variety of local foods and touch base with some local artists that are going big places someday. I highly recommend this to the locals and even out-of-towners. Lafayette is known for its arts and restaurants, and it all comes alive in this jam-packed night of excitement. It is worth every second.

For more information about this festival and more special events in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Mosey Down Main Street & Water Walking at Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center

Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center

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.

Where can you find 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? Mosey Down Main Street is where! This Saturday, August 9, our local artistic community presents this fun, FREE event for visitors and locals to enjoy. Head downtown for all the special entertainment!

Looking for an outdoor, interactive activity this weekend? Get your exercise in a cool pool with water walking at the Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center this Saturday, August 9. Enjoy walking through the lazy river, which is 36 inches deep, ideal for low-impact, resistance walking. (Please note: participants must be 13 years or older.) It is a great way to work off some calories while enjoying the beautiful prairie grasses and flowers! The pool is only open for one more month, so make sure you head there soon!

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