Purdue Student Life Made Easy: Shout out to our Freshmen

Happy Hollow Park Trail

If you’re free and the weather is nice, take the time to explore Purdue’s campus and the city of Lafayette. You’ll be surprised to find secret treasures like little cafes, parks, rooftops, movie theaters, unconventional restaurants and tucked away streets that can be excellent escapades.


Don’t sleep through your classes, even if attendance doesn’t count. I  know I know we all have those days where we just cannot wake up. But, it turns out that afternoon naps are really efficient. Even a 15 minute nap can keep you charged up all night long. Get loads of sleep by taking multiple naps. A well rested person is the most active. You’ll feel better, and you’ll do better. Pulling all-nighters only leads to exhaustion and burnouts which are widespread at Purdue.

be unique

Don’t be afraid of learning and exploring things that don’t necessary relate to your area of study. Some of the most sanguine and successful graduates are adept in two obviously polar subjects, like management and literature or math and history. Sometimes things that seem totally unrelated at first, create something new and unique.


We all have a certain time during the day when we find ourselves to be the most productive. Figure out your time during the day and devote yourself to work or books or your passion without getting distracted by latest TV shows, text messages, Instagram or your Twitter feed. You’ll turn out to be efficient time managers with enough time for recreation and play.

parents and kids

Your parents have cared for you every step of the way until you’re off to college. We all get busy in trying to adjust to the new place, make new friends and familiarize ourselves with the academic systems, but our parents never let their weary eyes off us. So don’t forget to delight them with a call frequently.

Dancing in the Streets

Join us in experiencing three stages of continuous live music,
great food, beer/wine and a classic car and motorcycle cruise. 

Classic Cruise & Motorcycle Cruise

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Watch jazzed up vintage cars and bikes prowl up and down the streets of Downtown Lafayette! A family favorite for years, be sure to attend this year and enjoy the show.

Pre Registration (Monday June 23rd – Thursday July 17th) will take place at Guaranteed Transmission Service, 3742 State Road 38 E in Lafayette and at Greater Lafayette Commerce, 337 Columbia Street in Lafayette.

Continuous Live Music

Line up for their Depot Stage: Twisted Gold 5p-7p, Kenny Presley LIVE – “For The Love Of Elvis” 8p-10p and Corey Cox 10p – 12a!

And many more…

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Dancing in the Streets

A glimpse into fun that awaits at the annual Dancing in the Streets Festival by Emmanuel Cervantes

July 19th, 2014 from 4 PM to Midnight.

Day of Registration (Saturday July 19th) will take place at Dancing & Cruising in the Streets Festival. Located at 5th & Columbia Street Entrance in Lafayette.

More info? —> Find Tickets


Summer Concert Series Featuring: The Snyders

The Summer Concert Series kicks off with an amazing musical performance by The Snyders.


The Snyders comprises of Denny Snyder – vocalist/lead guitarist (aka blues artist Southside Denny), his daughter Lorrie Snyder on Vocals/Bass (17 years old) and his son Phil Snyder on the drums (13 years of age).

Formed in the summer of 2011 in Montréal, is a family based Chicago blues and ‘roots’ band that dig deeply from many styles of music varying from Blues to Jazz, Rock, and even Manouche (Gypsy Jazz).

Lorrie and Phil’s musical influences have given their father’s blues a whole new life that is accessible and enjoyed by all ages.


Pass the Hot Sauce


Grab those extra comfortable chairs and your favorite snack and head to the Front Lawn of Purdue Memorial Union, to treat your ears to wonderful music on a cool summer evening.


The menu will feature a choice of four favorites fresh from the grill — chicken breast ($5), veggie patty ($4.50), hamburger ($4.25), and hot dog ($3.50). Sides will be fresh fruit salad ($2), potato salad ($2), chips ($1.50), and pudding cup ($1.50). Soft drinks and water in bottles will be sold for $1.50. A combo of one grill item, two sides and one bottle of a soft drink or water will be $7.50. Pappy’s ice cream will be sold separately.

The Snyders

FREE event!!!

July 9th – Union Front Lawn (rain location is the North Ballroom, main floor of the Union)

Food will be available at 5:00

More about the Purdue Student Union Board Summer Concert Series

Wabash Riverfest

There’s something for everyone at this weekend’s Wabash Riverfest.  Don’t miss it!

Riverfest 5K

Competitive spirit? Join the 4th annual Riverfest 5K with other runners & walkers from the region.

Riverfest 5K runner

Corn Hole Tournament

Not up for a 5K? Then join the Corn Hole Tournament.

The Art of Crafting the Custom Cornhole Board by Business Entourage

Food Trucks

You’re definitely going to get hungry or thirsty with all the moving about. Grab some food and beverages prepared by some of our local favorites and relax on the riverbank.

Emergency Munchie Truck
The vegetarian EMT, Emergency Munchie Truck, will join Red Mango, Ben’s Pretzels, Holmestyle Catering, and Cold Stone Creamery to keep festival goers well fed.

Voyageur Canoe Races

Wabash Riverfest Voyageur Canoe RacesWhile you’re enjoying the great food, support and cheer for your favorite voyaguer team during the canoe races on the river!


Enjoy some live entertainment with wonderful music and melodious voices throughout the day along the river

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SAMI provided live music all throughout the day in Tapawingo Park along the Wabash River 2013

Bike Race and Rodeo

Manny CervantesThis year’s Riverfest will feature the Tour de Lafayette Alley Cat Bike Race as a memorial to bike activist Manny Cervantes. The race will familiarize riders with the Greater Lafayette community and covers around 20 miles. Register for the Alley Cat bike race before July 11, 2014. Voluntary donations to the #LiveLikeManny Memorial Fund appreciated.

A bike rodeo sponsored by Bicycle Lafayette will feature urban cycling lessons and an obstacle course  at the Tapawingo Ice Skating Rink. Don’t worry, there won’t be any ice, but there WILL be bikes and helmets provided.

Wabash River Conservation

Wabash RiverRiverfest is a celebration of this mighty river and the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation invites the community to celebrate and learn more about it. A key component of the festival are the many conservation exhibits that aim to educate the community about the Wabash. Check out the booths featuring river activist groups such as NICHES Land Trust, Hoosier Environmental Council, Illinois Indiana Sea Grant, Purdue American Fisheries Society, Future Scholars Academy, and more. View a complete listing of Riverfest conservation exhibitors.

Wabash Riverfest

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Tapawingo Park, West Lafayette

Get the updated schedule of Riverfest events. Don’t miss out on your favorite one!

Star and Stripes Celebration

Come join as we all gather at Riehle Plaza to watch the annual festive fourth concert by our very own Lafayette Citizens Band.

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The Lafayette Citizens Band and the Freedom Singers performs a patriotic concert! Don’t miss it!

and watch the Indiana All Star Show Choir charm us with their performance!

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Indiana All-State Show Choir

After that enjoy a 25 minute spectacular display of fireworks!

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4th of July Weekend – Stars and Stripes

Stars & Stripes Celebration
Concerts starts at 7:00 PM, fireworks at dusk 10:00 PM
Riehle Plaza, Downtown Lafayette
Fireworks will be launched from the south end of Tapawingo Drive in West Lafayette.

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