Find Waldo in Lafayette!

Participating Lafayette Businesses
426 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • Presented By: Main Street Books
  • Dates: June 29, 2024 - July 31, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Price: Free
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Where’s Waldo? In Lafayette, of course! Celebrating its twelfth anniversary in July 2024, Find Waldo Local has become a beloved summertime event in communities nationwide. This year, Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association are again teaming up with 310 independent bookstores nationwide, including Main Street Books, for some hide-and-seek fun designed to encourage residents to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.

Families love joining the scavenger hunt to find the iconic children’s book character, with his red-and-white-striped shirt and black glasses, hidden in THIRTY-TWO local businesses, including McCord Candies, Buckles Feed Depot, and Flora Candle Co. Find Waldo Local is a wonderful way to support the Shop Local movement by increasing foot traffic to a variety of stores and restaurants. “We are excited for the level of participation this year, and we hope that our participating small businesses see more foot traffic as folks search for Waldo!” said Laura Kendall, owner of Main Street Books.

To join in the fun, people can simply pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Lafayette!” stamp card at any of the participating stores beginning on June 29th during Summer on the Square. With each miniature Waldo they spot, searchers get their card stamped or signed by the participating business. Eagle-eyed hunters can also look for Waldo’s special 2024 gold medal hidden in Main Street Books! Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing for Waldo books and other prizes, including gift cards from Fuel Coffee, Beyond Gallery and Buckles Feed Depot as well as tickets to a Rugged XScape escape room, and more! All participants are welcome to attend the celebration party at Main Street Books on August 4th at 2 PM.

Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980s, and since then the books have held a cherished place on bookstore shelves, in family libraries, and in classrooms around the world. More than 80 million Waldo books have been sold worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages.

For more information about hunting for Waldo in Lafayette, Indiana call Main Street Books at 765-767-4607. For a list of participating businesses in Lafayette visit and click Find Waldo on the Menu!