1. First Friday
First Friday is for my art lovers, foodies, shoppers, and all in between! This event’s tagline is to “Rediscover the Arts.” The purpose is to shine a spotlight on local artists and musicians, and they are displayed all over downtown in local businesses or organizations. Participating restaurants, bakeries, and shops stay open later so everyone can enjoy this free event. It occurs every first Friday of the month. I hope to see you at the next one!
2. Eat and Drink at Indiana’s oldest bar and Indiana’s 2nd oldest brewery
I am a history buff and I have always enjoyed going to places that have history and character. The Knickerbocker Saloon is Indiana’s oldest bar and throughout the years they have had some familiar guests that go by the name Mark Twain, Al Capone, and Neil Armstrong! Pretty cool right?! The Knickerbocker is a bar that everyone needs to have on their list of places to visit. Downtown is also the home of Lafayette Brewing Company which is the 2nd oldest operating brewery in the state. Located on Main Street, they have a large building that consists of a downstairs dining area and an upstairs bar that is 21+. The downstairs dining area is family-friendly, and kids eat free on Sundays. Go check it out!
3. Sweet Tooth Paradise
I have the biggest sweet tooth ever and I know I am not the only one. Downtown does not fall short with options to satisfy that sweet tooth. Some of my favorite places to get treats is McCord Candies, Scones & Doilies, Sweet Revolution, and Something Blue Bakery. McCord's features a variety of candies, sodas, sweets, and food. They have the best old-fashioned soda that will satisfy you on a hot summer day. Scones & Doilies offers European fresh-baked goods that will leave your taste buds soaring. This bakery offers items such as rugelach, galettes, baklava, scones, cupcakes, cookies and more. Their items are almost too pretty to eat, but it doesn't stop me from devouring them! Sweet Revolution is a bakeshop that features many homemade goods, but my personal favorite is their macarons. Their menu has a variety of options, so everyone will be able to find a dessert to enjoy! Something Blue Bakery is another bakery that features a plethora of delicious options. My personal favorite here is their cupcakes that are just as good as they are pretty. They are decorated perfectly, and they taste like magic.
4. Bridge WalkNothing says summer more to me than sunset walks. One of my favorite areas to go on a sunset walk is across the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. It's located close to the Amtrak station, so you can sit on a bench and watch the trains go out with the view of the sun setting on the Wabash River.
5. TASTE of Tippecanoe
This is another amazing event that is hosted downtown. This event will feature around 20 vendors of local restaurants, breweries, and food trucks. There will be live music, local art, good food, and even better company. Grab your friends and family and get tickets today to the TASTE of Tippecanoe!