Purdue University’s Spring Fest 2018

Purdue University’s Agriculture Department hosts it’s annual Spring Fest and Bug Bowl this weekend in West Lafayette, IN! It’s a two day festival on April 14th and 15th from 10:00 A. M. – 4:00 P.M.


Spring Fest takes over almost nine blocks of Purdue‘s campus. The website illustrates the event perfectly in saying, “It’s part education, part entertainment, and all fun!” Click here to see a map and an entire activity/site schedule! We’ve selected a few of our favorite sites to highlight so you can get the jest of what Spring Fest is all about.

  • Smith Hall (Site 7) and the Bug Bowl Tent (Site 6) are home to the “Bug Bowl”, and the most famous, portion of Spring Fest. Are you into all things creepy and crawly? Are you not into all thinks creepy and crawly, but you like to know your enemy? Check out this area with an insect petting zoo, honey tasting, insect face painting, cricket spitting, crafts, insect food, and more!
  • Tackle the garden as a family this year, but learn how to beef that puppy up here at Spring Fest. Purdue’s Horticulture (Site 22), Landscape Architecture (Site 5), Botany, Plant Pathology, and Agronomy (Site 8 & 9) Departments all have areas of information and demonstrations, and they’ll have interesting tidbits for all levels of gardeners.
  • College of Agriculture (Site 2) has a slew of activities and crafts available for kids and adults alike- such as making soybean ink, making DNA strands, playing “Two Truths and a lie”, and they’ll be selling cotton candy.
  • FNR (Forestry and Natural Resources; Site 17) has a spot where they’ll be making track molds and learning about nature. They’ll have live reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
  • Bible Fellowship (Saturday only; Site 29) will have an area where you can try to translate portions of ancient literature into modern day language. They’ll also have information on how the Bible has influenced history, world thought, and culture. Oh, and a jump house!
  • Purdue Polytechnic Institute (Site 37) will have a 3D printer and virtual reality. So. Cool.
  • Purdue Habitat for Humanity (Site 38) will offer a variety of outdoor lawn games such an Jenga, Connect Four, and Checkers.

One more thing- there are a few scheduled activities throughout the days. Therefore, click here to download the schedule! You won’t want to miss the cricket spitting contest!


Travel Information

From the Spring Fest Website:

  • We encourage all travelers to enter campus via US231, Northwestern Drive, or State Street.
  • Parking is available in the Wood Street Parking garage and University Street Parking garage.
  • Secondary parking is in the Discovery Lot off of Martin Jischke Drive and Harrison Street.
  • Gated garage paid parking is available at the Harrison Street Parking Garage and the Grant Street Parking Garage.
  • Please see Purdue Parking Lots Map for more information.
  • Find your way around the State Street project construction at www.statestreetwl.com

We hope you have an awesome time at Spring Fest, and that you enjoy Purdue and it has to offer!

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