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Summer Happenings at Purdue and West Lafayette

May 23, 2024
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With summer just around the corner, West Lafayette transforms into a vibrant hub of activities and events that cater to both the local community, VERVE residents, and the general student population. Whether you’re staying in town for summer classes or simply enjoying the slower pace of the off-season, there’s no shortage of things to do. Here’s a roundup of summer events in West Lafayette and Purdue that you won’t want to miss.

Purdue Summer Concert Series

Kick off your summer with the Purdue Summer Concert Series held at Slayter Center of Performing Arts. This series features a variety of musical genres, offering a perfect evening outing that’s free and open to the public. Bring a blanket, grab some snacks, and enjoy live music under the open sky.

West Lafayette Farmers Market

Every Wednesday, from May through October, the West Lafayette Farmers Market at Cumberland Park becomes a lively spot for students and residents alike. Shop for fresh, local produce, homemade goods, and unique crafts. It’s a great way to support local farmers and artisans while enjoying some fresh air.

Art in the Park

Art in the Park is an annual event held at Tapawingo Park. This event showcases artwork from local and regional artists, live performances, and interactive art activities. It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local art scene and maybe find some décor for your apartment.

Wabash Riverfest

For those who love the outdoors, the Wabash Riverfest in July at Tapawingo Park offers activities centered around river conservation and outdoor sports. From canoe races to educational booths, it’s a fun day for friends and family to learn more about the natural beauty of our river ecosystem.

Purdue Horticulture Gardens

Take a self-guided tour of the Purdue Horticulture Gardens. The gardens are in full bloom during the summer months and offer a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of student life. Don’t miss the annual Garden Extravaganza held in June, which features garden tours, workshops, and plant sales.

Historic Chauncey Village

Spend an evening in Historic Chauncey Village, just steps from Purdue University. This area boasts a variety of dining and entertainment options. Whether you’re in the mood for live music, gourmet food, or a movie night, Chauncey Village has something for everyone.

Stars and Stripes Celebration

Cap off your Independence Day with the Stars and Stripes celebration held at Riehle Plaza. Enjoy fireworks, food vendors, and live music. It’s the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth of July with your fellow Boilermakers.

From fresh local produce at the farmers market to festive concerts and art festivals, West Lafayette and Purdue are teeming with opportunities to make your summer unforgettable. Don’t miss out on these exciting events!

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