And people thought there was nothing to do around here…

Already students across campus are packing up to go home, and these days the number one thing on everyone’s minds is simply the idea of summer.

What a lot of Purdue students don’t realize is the amount of really cool stuff happens on and around campus. Most people don’t stay on campus or if they do, they don’t venture out into the heat to see what is happening.

Here is a list of some of the more notable happenings you can attend over the summer.

  • Community Makers Breakfast: Fore A Cause
  • Kissell Room of Ross-Ade Stadium 
  • Friday, May 9. 
  • 8 a.m. 

Here are two opportunities to connect with former Purdue All-American and current NFL star Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan will be part of a program emphasizing scholarships and achievements among students. The breakfast is open to the public, but advanced reservations are required. The annual Ryan Kerrigan 12th Boiler Golf Outing, will take place after the breakfast, starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The outing will include lunch on the course and prizes, followed by a reception and dinner at Bruno’s Restaurant.

  • Paint The Town
  • Long Center of Performing Arts
  • Saturday, May 10
  • 7:30 p.m.

Visual artist Rena Brouwer paints live onstage to the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s performance of two Debussy classics: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and La Mer. This concert will also feature images of the Lafayette area by photography competition winners, brought to life by the engaging performance.

  • Transportation Festival
  • Wabash & Erie Canal
  • Saturday, May 17
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Narrated rides in our replica canal boat will be offered 11:30 a.m. and every half hour following through 3:30 p.m. Elsewhere different modes of transportation will be exhibited or highlighted throughout the park. Musical events will be offered throughout the day. To close the day, Carroll County Historical Society will sponsor a fish fry beginning at 4 p.m. at the Canal Center as a fund-raiser.

  • Round the Fountain Art Fair
  • Downtown Lafayette
  • Saturday, May 24
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On the Saturday of every Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Lafayette hosts the Round the Fountain Art Fair,  featuring up to 100 artists from around the nation, showcasing their talent and works in a variety of pieces and media. Each year, a piece of art is purchased by the committee to continue the permanent collection exhibited in the halls of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. The fair is now considered one of the premiere art events in the state.

  • Taste of Tippecanoe
  • Downtown Lafayette
  • Saturday, June 21
  • 4 p.m. to 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, featuring food, music, arts and craft brews. 

  • Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering
  • Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum 
  • June 27-29
  • All day

The Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering draws crowds from all over the United States for a weekend that has stepped back in time. Like an old fashioned music festival, participants oftentimes camp out for the duration of the weekend, filled with food and live music as well as spontaneous jam sessions around the battlefield campsite. 

For a more complete list of events, visit

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