Things to Do: Summer Edition


Hooray! It’s finally warm enough that we want to be outside! If you live and work around campus this summer, be aware that there are still plenty of things to do. And now (I hope) you have time to do them!

Fountain run
You know those times when temperatures reach 80+ and there’s not a cloud in the sky? How you just feel like throwing on a swimsuit and playing in the nearest public water feature? Well luckily for you, it’s socially acceptable to do that at Purdue. Three of the fountains on campus are suitable for a fountain run:

  • Loeb Fountain in Founder’s Park (between Beering and Stone halls)
  • Memorial Fountain (by John Purdue’s grave on Memorial Mall)
  • Class of 1939 Water Sculpture (Engineering Fountain, in front of Hovde)

Lafayette Citizens Band
What could say ‘summertime’ more than a big brass band serenading you on a warm evening downtown? The Lafayette Citizens Band performs in Riehle Plaza every week or two Memorial Day through Labor Day. (

Farmers market
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
From early May through late October, the air in downtown Lafayette is filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables and fruits. Regardless of the day or time, a visit to the Lafayette Farmers Market promises some of the finest and freshest produce, as well as an enjoyable opportunity to browse as you stroll through one of Indiana’s oldest outdoor markets! (from

Round the Fountain Art Fair
May 25, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
This annual art fair offers a festive atmosphere around the courthouse. Over 90 juried artists will show their work for perusal or purchase. Proceeds from the fair support fine arts education in the five area public schools, after-hours arts programs, courthouse restoration projects, the restoration of the Marquis de Lafayette Fountain, outside lighting and seating, landscaping, and public art projects and installation. (from

Mosey Down Main Street
June 8, July 13, August 10 and 31, 6 p.m.
This free, family-friendly event is brought to you by the local artistic community and 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 handmade hula hoops, drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals. (from

Taste of Tippecanoe
June 15, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Taste of Tippecanoe is the major fund raising event for the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Over 100 area arts organizations benefit from funds raised from this event. Good eats, good music and great fun will be waiting for you at the 2013 Taste of Tippecanoe, so you won’t want to miss it! (from

Wabash Riverfest
July 13
The Wabash Riverfest is a free, family-friendly celebration of one of the region’s greatest natural resources! Music will be provided by SAMI and the Dulcimer Gathering. Available kids’ activities include pony rides and a bounce house. Canoe races will be held hourly on the half hour throughout the day, and there will be an officially timed 5K race. (from

Dancing in the Streets festival
July 20
Year after year, thousands of people return for the best festival around! Three stages of continuous live music, great food and beer/wine and a classic car and motorcycle cruise. (from

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer!

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