This three-day event is a curated pre-game and post-game experience for fans of all ages!
With activities ranging from the Fan Experience which includes the Purdue Sports Talk and Purdue Sports Collectors Showcase to Mosey Down Main Street, there are no
GREATER REASONS to PLAY AND STAY!

The Greater Lafayette Kickoff ‘Bash is an event for Purdue and Oregon State Fans – come kickoff the football season with us. 

Arrive Early | Stay Later

Still Need Tickets to the Game?
Get a discounted rate!

Purdue Athletics is generously providing a discounted rate for Greater Lafayette Kickoff ‘Bash participants.  Get your tickets while they last!

New this year, Purdue Athletics is going digital!  Click here for complete information about digital tickets and parking passes.

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FAN
EXPERIENCE

A FUN TIME FOR PURDUE AND OREGON STATE FANS

See the full schedule below.

Purdue Sports Talk

Join us for the
Purdue Football Alumni Spotlight
Featuring:
David Blough and Derrick Barnes
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Long Center for the Performing Arts

Autograph Session

Autographs by former Purdue Basketball Alumni Rapheal Davis and AJ Hammons.

Proceeds from the John Hardesty collector items and autographs will benefit
Crew Life Foundation

Kids
Zone

The Kids Zone

This area will feature a rock wall, gaming trailer, bean bag toss, oversized tic tac toe, sidewalk chalk, and plinko!

Purdue
Spirit

join the celebration

Pep Band
Cheerleaders
Purdue Pete
Boilermaker Express

Find appearance times in the full schedule below.

GAME
DAY

Purdue vs. Oregon State
7 PM

FULL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY (9.3.2021): FAN EXPERIENCE

Location:  Downtown Lafayette, IN
6th Street from Columbia to Ferry + Main Street from 5th – 8th  

Admission:  Free

Downtown Parking Map:  Downtown Parking Map
Parking Garage Hourly Rates:  Garage-Hourly-Rates

Food vendors close at 8 PM.

First 1000 adult fans walk away with some cool swag.

First 500 kids walk away with a football.

Location: Long Center – St. John Pavilion | 111 North 6th Street, Lafayette, IN

This will be a Sports Fan’s dream!  Come check out the impressive display of memorabilia, collectibles, commemorative items, keepsakes, artwork and more!

Some items available for purchase.

Autograph session with former Purdue Basketball standouts Rapheal Davis and AJ Hammons.  This session runs from 5 – 6 PM – Donations accepted.

Proceeds and donations from the John Hardesty collector items and autographs will benefit Crew Life Foundation.

The Kids Zone will feature a:

  • Rock Wall
  • Gaming Trailer
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Oversized Tic Tac Toe
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Plinko

Location: Long Center – St. John Pavilion | 111 North 6th Street, Lafayette, IN

Autograph session with former Purdue Basketball standouts Rapheal Davis and AJ Hammons.  This session runs from 5 – 6 PM – Donations accepted.

Proceeds and donations from the John Hardesty collector items and autographs will benefit Crew Life Foundation.

Location: Long Center – Mars Theatre | 111 North 6th Street, Lafayette, IN

Purdue Football Alumni Spotlight – Featuring:  David Blough and Derrick Barnes
Emcee:  Alan Karpick with GoldandBlack.com

Cheer Team and Purdue Pete:  7 – 8 PM

Pep Band:  7 PM

Boilermaker Special :  8:30 PM

Shop, sip, and sample your way through businesses and restaurants as they welcome regional musicians, performers, and artists. Explore and enjoy all your favorites at some of the biggest and most exciting nights of the summer!

Location:  Downtown Lafayette

Learn more:  First Friday Lafayette – Explore the arts in Lafayette, Indiana

SATURDAY (9.4.2021): Greater Lafayette Community Events + Game Day

Early morning drinking (unofficial) tradition at Purdue.  Must be 21+ to participate.  Costumes are definitely part of the tradition but are optional.

Learn more:  Breakfast Club – Purdue Traditions 

The Lafayette Farmer’s Market has been around for over 165 years.  A visit to the Lafayette Farmer’s 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! 

Location:  Downtown Lafayette | 5th Street from Columbia to Ferry Street, Lafayette, IN

Learn more:  Lafayette Farmer’s Market – Historic Lafayette Farmer’s Market 

Tailgating lots surrounding Ross-Ade Stadium will open at 11 AM. Reminder that all parking passes are digital this year and should be downloaded to your smart device prior to arriving to your designated lot.

Learn more: Football Gameday Parking Information

Join us 90 minutes prior to kickoff as the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and auxiliaries entertain the crowd on Slayter Hill with a preview of their halftime selections, trivia, and more! Free and open to the public.

Location:  Slayter Center of Performing Arts | Purdue University, 1200 W. Stadium Avenue, West Lafayette, IN

Mosey Down Main Street 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 DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals.

Location:  Downtown Lafayette | Down Main Street

Learn more:  Mosey Down Main Street

Special ticket offer for Greater Lafayette Kickoff ‘Bash participants. 

Get your Purdue Football tickets:  Greater Lafayette Kickoff ‘Bash 2021

New this year, Purdue Athletics is going digital and cashless. All parking passes and tickets to games at Ross-Ade this season will be issued to fans digitally. Fans are encouraged to download both items to their smart devices prior to heading to the game. Additionally, all concession and Team Store transactions at the stadium will be entirely cashless. The Purdue Athletics Department staff is thrilled to welcome fans back for an exciting season of Boilermaker Football!

Learn more: Complete Fan Information

Visit Wolf Park in the evening and see our animals in a whole new light. As the night falls and the air cools, the wolves grow lively. Guests will learn how wolves communicate, both through their “trademark” behavior – the howl, and through body language. Wolf Park staff members will join the wolves midway through the program to demonstrate how our animal curators communicate with our wolves through positive reinforcement training and reading body language. Guests will be encouraged to howl along as the wolves serenade the park.

First 30 Minutes: Walking Path Open (Optional)
Next Hour: Howl Program

Location:  4004 East 800 North, Battle Ground, IN

Learn more:  Howl Night with the Wolves | Wolf Park

SUNDAY (9.5.2021): Greater Lafayette Parks & Recreation

Before you head back home on Sunday, take some time to enjoy all the great amenities at our local parks. 

Discount coupons will be available at the Fan Experience on Friday.

Choose your Sunday Funday experience or visit them all:

Tropicanoe Cove:  Tropicanoe Cove | Lafayette, IN – Official Website
Columbian Park Zoo:  Columbian Park Zoo | Lafayette, IN – Official Website
Train Ride & Pedal Boats:  Columbian Park | Lafayette, IN – Official Website

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