Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
9:00 AM09:00

Small Business Saturday

Celebrate all that is unique about the small businesses of Ames by shopping "Small" on the Saturday after Thanksgiving on Main Street!   There will also be special events including:

*Many businesses open at 9am
*Free swag bags for the first 200 shoppers
*Cookies & Milk with Santa (Depot Deli) 10am-Noon

*Cy will be at Treats on a Leash from 10 am - 11 am to greet customers. Stop in their store during the holiday season and enter their drawing for a 39" Holiday Moose! The moose will be on display in the store and the winner will be drawn on December 20th.  

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Main Street Business Brew
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Main Street Business Brew

Join us for our monthly Main Street Business Brew! Network with downtown business owners, hear about upcoming events, and other good-to-know information, and discover a downtown business!

We host the Brew at a different downtown business each month! 

If you would like to host our next Business Brew, email Cindy Hicks at director@amesdowntown.org today! 

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Main Street Business Brew
Jan
10
8:15 AM08:15

Main Street Business Brew

Join us for our monthly Main Street Business Brew! Network with downtown business owners, hear about upcoming events, and other good-to-know information, and discover a downtown business!

We host the Brew at a different downtown business each month! 

If you would like to host our next Business Brew, email Cindy Hicks at director@amesdowntown.org today! 

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Main Street Business Brew
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Main Street Business Brew

Join us for our monthly Main Street Business Brew! Network with downtown business owners, hear about upcoming events, and other good-to-know information, and discover a downtown business!

We host the Brew at a different downtown business each month! 

If you would like to host our next Business Brew, email Cindy Hicks at director@amesdowntown.org today! 

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Snow Magic Kickoff
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Snow Magic Kickoff

The Snow Magic begins in November with the community Tree Lighting ceremony and holiday season kick-off events. Small Business Saturday is a promotion that reminds the community and visitors of the local benefits of shopping small. 

Downtown Ames is a festive area to spend time during Holiday season!

Come experience the Snow Magic of the holiday season at our Downtown Businesses from 5-8 pm! Free carriage rides will take you around Downtown throughout the evening.  At 6 pm, Mayor Ann Campbell will light the official Snow Magic Christmas Tree in Tom Evans Park. We will then have our official Light Up Downtown Kickoff for the stream of lights atop the Main Street buildings.

Octagon Center for the Arts will host Santa and kick off their annual Festival of Trees.

The Kick-Off Schedule of Events:

Snow Magic Kick-off Schedule for Friday Nov. 10
5-8 p.m. —Downtown Businesses host open houses
5-7 p.m. -- Photos with Cy, Duck Worth Wearing
6-8 p.m. —Free carriage rides (Depot Deli & Octagon) 
6 p.m. — Tree Lighting Ceremony and Red Kettle Campaign Kick-off, Tom Evans Park
5-8 p.m. — Festival of Trees Kick Off, Octagon Center for the Arts
6-8 p.m. — Visit Santa, Octagon Center for the Arts
5-8 p.m. —Free Hot Chocolate, Near Tom Evans Park
5-8 p.m. — Free popcorn, London Underground, 212 Main Street.
5-8 p.m. —Live music at Depot Deli & Cookies, etc. (Ryan Sheeler)
5-8 p.m. — Cafe Diem- Ames, IA (Second Chair Brass)

Food Truck Locations: 
Cornbred Barbecue—304 Main
Ida's Food Truck— 405 Main
Salt & Pretzel Food Truck — 203 Main Street

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Oct
29
2:30 PM14:30

STEM Sunday @ Ames Public Library

Families are invited to STEM Sundays this fall every Sunday at 2:30pm in Ames Public Library’s Rotary Room. Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with fun hands-on activities. We'll take on a different topic each week.

 

This free series is provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and Iowa State University's Future Teachers-Future Leaders Learning Community.

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Main Street Trick - or - Treat
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Main Street Trick - or - Treat

Are you a fan of trick-or-treating? Or maybe your kids are! Trick-or-Treating in Downtown Ames is always a fun, family-friendly event. Babies, toddlers, kids and parents... everyone is encouraged to dress up! 

Our friendly businesses in Downtown Ames enjoy a fun afternoon with the kids and in getting to know our community. We're excited to see your funny and creative Halloween costumes! 

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Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

Coding for Kids 3rd-5th Grade @ Ames Public Library

Come to Coding for Kids and learn all about computer programming through cool demos and hands-on activities. There will be sessions for K-2nd graders on Wednesdays, October 4 and 18 at 4 p.m. in the Library’s Youth Maker Space. Sessions for 3rd-5th graders will be held Wednesdays, October 11 and 25 at 4 p.m. in the Library’s Youth Maker Space.

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Books @ Noon at the Ames Public Library

The “Books @ Noon” book-sharing group will meet Wednesday, October 25 at 12pm in Ames Public Library’s Studio. Drop by to share what you’ve read recently and hear about what everyone else is reading. Be prepared to give a brief description and your opinion about one or two books you’ve listened to or read.

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Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Genealogy Computer Users Group @ Ames Public Library

Stop into the Genealogy Computer Users Group, a monthly meetup to talk about genealogy software as well as other technology and applications that are helpful for genealogy research. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 24 from 10am until noon in Ames Public Library’s Auditorium.

 

This free event is provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and the Story County Genealogical Society.

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Oct
23
10:00 AM10:00

Computer Basics Class @ Ames Public Library

Come to Ames Public Library for a free class on computer basics Monday, October 23, at 10 a.m. in the PEO Room. This week’s class will be about e-mail. Classes are about two hours long. Computers are provided. You can guarantee your spot in a specific class by preregistering at the Library’s Adult Services Desk or by calling (515) 239-5646 and pressing 4.

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Oct
22
2:30 PM14:30

STEM Sunday @ Ames Public Library

Families are invited to STEM Sundays this fall every Sunday at 2:30pm in Ames Public Library’s Rotary Room. Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with fun hands-on activities. We'll take on a different topic each week.

 

This free series is provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and Iowa State University's Future Teachers-Future Leaders Learning Community.

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Oct
22
2:00 PM14:00

Inspired Performances @ Ames Public Library

Come to Ames Public Library for an evening of Inspired Performances Sunday, October 22 at 2pm in the Library’s Auditorium. Local musicians Jim Coppoc and Reggie Greenlaw will play live music and talk about the artists that inspired them.

 

This free concert is provided in partnership with Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.

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Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Big Bluestem Audubon Society @ Ames Public Library

Ames Public Library and the Big Bluestem Audubon Society are teaming up to bring you a series of fascinating presentations. On Thursday, October 19, join Matt and Toni Wetrich and relive their adventures through photos, videos, and stories of their time in Costa Rica. Highlights include being slapped by a monkey, various close encounters on a night hike to a waterfall in the rainforest in the mountains, candlelit yoga, and displaying Resplendent Quetzals.

 

This free presentation is provided in partnership with Ames Public Library and the Big Bluestem Audubon Society.

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Oct
19
9:30 AM09:30

Mothering Circle @ Ames Public Library

All mothers are invited to the Mothering Circle Thursday, October 19 at 9:30am in Ames Public Library’s Teen Space. Come together to connect, explore issues, deepen intuition, and share their parenting journeys. We will address the needs and concerns of each mother so she can find compassionate support and inspiration.

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Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Coding for Kids K-2nd Grade @ Ames Public Library

Come to Coding for Kids and learn all about computer programming through cool demos and hands-on activities. There will be sessions for K-2nd graders on Wednesdays, October 4 and 18 at 4 p.m. in the Library’s Youth Maker Space. Sessions for 3rd-5th graders will be held Wednesdays, October 11 and 25 at 4 p.m. in the Library’s Youth Maker Space.

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

Ames Pridefest

Join Ames Pride for the first annual Pridefest in Ames, Iowa! There will be entertainment, resources, vendors and great food. Join us in building community for all LGBTQIA+ in the Ames area. All ages welcome!

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