Purdue’s 150 Giant Leaps Final Celebration

There are some major, exciting things happening this weekend in Greater Lafayette, IN. As you know, Purdue University serves our community through many avenues, but over the past year, we’ve all been celebrating 150 years of Purdue University. 150 years of Giant Leaps, both benefiting our direct community and impacting the world. This weekend, all of the celebration comes to a grand finale, including an astronaut reunion, with homecoming weekend. We can’t wait to see you there!

What to Expect:

Daily Schedule

This information came from the Purdue University website and Facebook event page!

  • Oct. 9
  • Oct. 10
    • Alan Stern
      • “What If We Return to Pluto?”: Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author. He has written three books, “The U.S. Space Program After Challenger,” “Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System,” and “Chasing New Horizons.” The event is at 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. The event is free but a ticket is required. Related news release.
    • Homecoming parade: The Homecoming parade will take place at 8 p.m. The parade route will begin at Memorial Mall at the intersection of State Street and Oval Drive, will continue onto MacArthur Drive to Third Street, and will end on Martin Jischke Drive just before Stadium Avenue.
  • Oct. 11
    • State Street dedication and Discovery Park District launch
      • The dedication and launch will take place from 3-5 p.m. in Squirrel Park at the corner of State Street and Airport Road. This event will feature activities to promote Purdue’s new State Street and Discovery Park District. The event also will highlight research and development being conducted in Discovery Park. Provenance, a new multi-family and single-family neighborhood development, and Crave Food Hall, a 15,000-square-foot food court in the three-building Aspire apartment complex, will be showcased.
    • Giant Leaps free concert – Big Gigantic with MadeinTYO
      • The free concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 on Purdue’s Slayter Hill. Elliott Hall of Music will serve as the rain location. The Big Gigantic duo established themselves as pioneers of live electronic music with the band’s inception in 2008. Big Gigantic mixes musically mature melodies with addictive beats and samples that are familiar to a Kanye West or LCD Soundsystem single, and crosses all styles of music, from jazz to hip-hop, and from funk to dubstep. MadeInTYO is pronounced Made In Tokyo. More information is available online.
  • Oct. 11 and 12
    • NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow Traveling Exhibit
      • The Journey to Tomorrow exhibit trailer is a 53-foot exhibit offering an interactive learning environment that highlights NASA’s air and space research and technology. Here is a video that highlights the exhibit. The exhibit will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 12 on the south side of Lambert Fieldhouse. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with touchscreen monitors and learn about how NASA improves aviation, lands rovers on Mars and keeps astronauts healthy. The Journey to Tomorrow also includes hands-on displays featuring a glovebox and dynamic planet simulator; models of NASA X-Planes; the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle; and NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System. It also features an authentic moon rock brought to Earth by crew from the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission.
  • Oct. 12
    • Astronaut Reunion
      • The public is welcome to attend a meet and greet with the astronauts from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Homecoming Tent Row, located near Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Pre-signed headshots of the astronauts will be distributed. The astronauts also will be recognized on the field during halftime.
    • Boilermaker Crossing fan fest
      • Join the pre-game fan fest from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Sally and Bob Weist Plaza between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium. Inflatables, a beer garden, giveaways, a live radio show and other family-friendly activities will all be available. The event is free and open to fans of all ages.
    • Homecoming celebration
      • From 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Stadium Mall, there will be various Homecoming activities, including family-friendly events and booths from each of the colleges. The Boiler Beer Garden returns this year for fans to stop and grab a drink on their way to Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue astronauts will be in attendance from 9:30-10:30 a.m. near the Neil Armstrong statue.
    • Team Arrival
      • Welcome the football team’s arrival to Ross-Ade Stadium at the corner of Joe Tiller Drive and John R. Wooden Drive at 9:45 a.m.
    • Thrill on the Hill
      • The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will perform a concert at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 on Slayter Hill.
    • Purdue football vs. Maryland
      • The Purdue Boilermakers take on the Maryland Terrapins at noon at Ross-Ade Stadium. There will be a SAAB flyover, an astronaut and Ever True campaign themed-halftime show, and the announcement of Homecoming royalty at the game. The game is sponsored by Purdue’s College of Pharmacy.

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