Jun
24
8:00 am08:00

Truckload Sale

Wheatfield Co-op's biggest sale of the year! Deep deals on products from around the Co-op.

Location: Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, Iowa.

Under the tent in the parking lot. 

Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Sew 'N Sew Saturday

  • Quilting Connection

Presented by Quilting Connection:   

A monthly retreat-style workshop from 10AM to 4PM. Bring a project or two and ask for help if you need it, or just relax and sew with some new friends! We'll serve a light lunch (included in class fee) and you can spend the day any way you choose. Please sign up in advance so we can plan lunch and space accordingly. 

Cost: $ 25.00

 

Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Pollinator Fest

  • Reiman Gardens

IN HONOR OF POLLINATOR FEST ADMISSION IS FREE FOR EVERYONE FROM 9:00 A.M. UNTIL 6:00 P.M.

Visit Reiman Gardens and celebrate National Pollinator Week. There will be many collaborators present to make sure this day is educational and plenty of fun! Collaborators include the Iowa State University Pollinator Working Group, the ISU Entomology Graduate Student Organization, the ISU Graduates in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Blank Park Zoo, and Ames High School.

Pollinator Fest Activities:
- Talk like a bee – honey bee dance language
- Live honey bees observation hive
- Native bees – friends who make us food
- Stings!
- Wasp love – learn to appreciate paper wasps and their nests
- Eat like a bee – pollen and honey tasting
- Pollinator crafts
- Butterfly rearing
- Catch your own wild pollinator
- Integrated pest management and pollinators
- Monarch butterfly conservation
- Pollinator friendly plants
- Iowa Honey Queen
- Exploring insects
- The pollinator trailer
- Grow.Fly.
- Planting pollinator gardens in Ames

Jun
24
2:00 pm14:00

Community Game Day

  • Ames Public Library

Come join us in the auditorium at Ames Public Library for an all ages community game day!

Play Games Ames is a fun and social environment for people to interact with others in the Ames community through friendly competition. There will be a wide variety of games that people of all ages can enjoy. Feel free to bring along a favorite game to share with others!

Come to play, come to chat, or come just to see what we're all about. Whatever your reason, there's bound to be some friendly folks you can connect with!

Jun
24
4:00 pm16:00

Vinyl Grind Giraffes Zine Release Party

  • Vinyl Cafe

The Vinyl Cafe is releasing a zine featuring a poem about giraffes, by Molly McDonald, with artwork by a bunch of our friends. Limited copies available, come pick yours up for 3 lousy bucks!

Featuring Molly McDonald reading the poem, and poetry readings by Jim Coppoc, Janae Smith, Anasia Sturdivant, and Adam Baldus.

Music by Adam Kindred, Lydia Smith, Bryon Dudley, and more.

Jun
24
7:30 pm19:30

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Ames Community Theater

The suave and debonair con artist, Lawrence Jameson, takes a small time American grifter, Freddy Benson, under his wing. When egos collide, the fun begins. This fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and will keep you guessing until the end.

Based on the film this fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score that will keep you guessing until the end.

Tickets may be purchased online OR at Ali Cakes at 300 Main Street, downtown Ames.

Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Ames Community Theater

The suave and debonair con artist, Lawrence Jameson, takes a small time American grifter, Freddy Benson, under his wing. When egos collide, the fun begins. This fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and will keep you guessing until the end.

Based on the film this fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score that will keep you guessing until the end.

Tickets may be purchased online OR at Ali Cakes at 300 Main Street, downtown Ames.

Jun
26
9:00 am09:00

Puffle and Plushie Design Camp

June 26 - 29, ages 7 - 9
Cost: $130
Design your own Puffles (furry stuffed creature) or your own unique Plushie characters and make them come to life! Design, draw patterns, stuff and sew your new friend using felt, fun fur, feathers and buttons. Create accessories for your new pet, and then use them as characters in imaginative drawings and paintings.

Jun
26
7:00 pm19:00

Brews & Brains

  • Alluvial Brewing Company

Trivia at Alluvial hosted by Adam Wright

Free admission.
Teams of 1-4.
8 fast-paced rounds of trivia
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Jun
27
4:30 pm16:30

Getting to Work: A Story County Effort

  • Ames Public Library

Community Conversation related to Story County's needs, wants and possible solutions for rural transportation options for employment. This event is hosted by Progress Industries, the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Coalition for Integration & Employment. We have been invited to participate as community stakeholders.

Jun
27
6:00 pm18:00

Sparkling Wine & Mimosa Sampling

  • Della Viti

Join us for a journey through sparkling wines - all types, regions etc. We love the bubbles, and if you do too - or you want to... this is the tasting for you!

Light appetizers provided for you to enjoy as we meander through 6 or so different samples of bubbles.

We will also be exploring the quintessential brunch cocktail - The mimosa!

Call 515-232-0241
email dellaviti.ames@gmail.com
or sign up at www.dellavitiames.com in our store.

Space is limited - we will have some really fabulous bubbles to share...and don't forget the prize at the end!

Cost: $25

Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

The Fermented Kitchen Course #2: Yogurt and Kefirs (Dairy, Non-Dairy, and Water)

Yogurt and Kefir are probiotic powerhouses and should definitely be included in your intestinal health playbook! Yogurt is milk that has been cultured with a bacterial culture and kefir is milk (or water) that has been cultured with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). In this class you will learn the science and process of how to make dairy yogurt, non-dairy milk yogurt, dairy kefir and water kefir. There will be samples, recipes and take-home kefir grains so that you can start your own cultures.

RSVPs required. Class fees are non-refundable. Please RSVP with a cashier or marketing staff over the phone or on your next shopping trip. Class size limited.

Location: Wheatsfield Co-op,  413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, Iowa

Cost:  Members $5 // Non-Members $8

Led-by: Sara Reece

Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Ames Historical Socitey Lecture Series-Prehistoric Story County

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

By Matt Donovan, Iowa D.O.T. Archeologist and Historian

Matt will present the pre-history of Story County and Ames, starting with the ice age and continuing through time to native cultures and early historic settlements.  He’ll mix together topics on Iowa archaeology in general and the specific archaeology and history of Story County with maps, pictures and artifacts. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library.

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
28
7:00 pm19:00

Brains & Brews

  • Alluvial Brewing Company

Trivia at Alluvial hosted by Adam Wright

Free admission.
Teams of 1-4.
8 fast-paced rounds of trivia
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Jun
30
5:00 pm17:00

Ames on the Half Shell - Burnin' Sensations

The Ames Jaycees are excited to have Burnin' Sensations close out the 2017 season of Ames on the Half Shell!! The band starts at 5:00pm. We will provide the cold beverages and good food, you just come and enjoy the kick-off to summer!
More details to follow!

Admission: $5.00
Alcoholic beverages: $4.00 or 3/$10
Non-alcoholic beverages: $1.00
Food vendors: Carlos Quesadilla and Finley's Curbside Beastro
 

Jul
1
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Joyful Colorz with Face Painting

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jul
1
11:00 am11:00

Family Fun Fest

  • Lifepointe Church

Stop by the Plucky Paws table at the Family Fun Fest celebration atLifepointe Church in Ames! Kids get to meet and pet Marmalade the Therapy Dog, play humane education games and win prizes, and Stephanie will have discount training coupons for the grown-ups. Training demonstrations with Marmalade take place on the main event stage at 11am and 12pm. Be sure to enter for your chance to win a free children's Birthday Pawty with Marmalade!

Jul
1
11:00 am11:00

Yoga & Brews

  • Alluvial Brewing Company

Bring your own mat and join us for craft brews, kombuchas or coffee included with your fee!

Cost: $15 at the door, no pre-registration. Cash only.

Location: Alluvial Brewing Company, 3715 West 190th St.

Ames 4th of July Parade!
Jul
4
11:00 am11:00

Ames 4th of July Parade!

The 4th of July Parade and festival is a city sponsored Main Street Cultural event. This is one of the largest events of the summer, and attracted thousands of attendees last year! What a great connection between Main Street and the city of Ames!

Questions concerning parade line-up can be emailed to events@amesdowntown.org. Click the link below to see the parade route.

PARADE ROUTE 

Bill Riley Talent Competition - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 4th at Main and Burnett. the winner of the Ames competition goes on to compete at the state fair.  To enter the Bill Riley Talent Competition email Sarah Buss at the Chamber of Commerce. sarah@ameschamber.com

Below is a list of our events along side our 4th of July Parade

Monday, July 3rd:

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Dog Dock Jumping @ 500 block of Burnett

At dusk- City of Ames Fireworks @ 1407 University Blvd.

Tuesday, July 4th:

8:30 am - 10:30 am: City Hall Pancake Breakfast @ front entrance of City Hall

7:45 am: Friendship Ark 5k and Free Kids Run @ Ada Hayden Park

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Bill Riley Talent Competition @ Intersection of Main & Burnett Ave. The winner of the Ames competition goes on to compete at the state fair.  To enter the Bill Riley Talent Competition email Sarah Buss at the Chamber of Commerce. sarah@ameschamber.com

11:00 am: Parade starts!

9:00 am - 7:00 pm: Dog Dock Jumping @ 500 Block of Burnett 

The Parade will begin immediately after the Bill Riley Talent Competition, at 11 am. 

PARADE ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL June 28th at 12:00pm OR UNTIL WE REACH OUR MAXIMUM ENTRIES. 

GET YOUR ENTRY IN TODAY!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE PARADE ENTRY FORM.

Jul
8
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jul
9
9:00 am09:00

Garden Art Fair

  • Reiman Garden

Reiman Gardens is proud to host their annual Garden Art Fair on Sunday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come enjoy the work of 60 new and returning artists who will be displaying and selling their garden and nature inspired art. These high-quality products include jewelry, watercolor, pottery, woodwork, glass, and more.

While here, visitors can view and buy a variety of high quality art as well as all Gardens’ features: the summer blooms, the Hughes Conservatory, the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and the Gift Shop.

Free for members and ISU students
Reduced admission rate for the general public.

$7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors ages 65+, $3.00 for kids ages 4-17, and free for kids ages 3 and under.

No registration required.

Jul
9
2:15 pm14:15

Where are we?: Geography at Hoggatt

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

By Glenn Sibbel, Hoggatt School Docent

This 1860s geography lesson discusses the prairie, the village of Ames, and the states of that time, ending with a geography word game of only places established by 1860.

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

Brews & Brains

  • Alluvial Brewing Company

Trivia at Alluvial hosted by Adam Wright

Free admission.
Teams of 1-4.
8 fast-paced rounds of trivia
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Jul
14
Jul 15

Firefly Nights After Party

  • McFly's

Mcfly's has teamed up with the Ames Main Street Cultural District for the official Firefly Country Nights After Party!

Stop on your way down for a cold one, and swing back to see concert opener Jesse Allen play an encore set starting around 10pm. Beer specials running all night!

$2.50 Coors, Coors Light, and Miller Light bottles
$2.50 PBR Tallboys
$3 Blue Moon bottles

No cover charge and a great time to be had!

Jul
15
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Iowa Games Walk begins at the Farmer's Market.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jul
22
8:00 am08:00

McFlys Annual Golf Tournament

  • Twin Anchors Golf Course

Sign up for Mcfly's annual golf tournament!

July 22nd at Twin Anchors Golf Course in Colo, IA
Play is 2-person, Best Ball
$28 per person includes 18 Holes and a golf cart

Grand Prize is a four person pass to golf at Ames Golf and Coutry Club!

Sign up with your bartender or message us here on Facebook!

Jul
22
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Hovick Petting Zoo from 9 am - 12 pm.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jul
25
7:00 pm19:00

World War II History Talk: B17 Bomber Crash in Story County 1944

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

By Matt Donovan, Iowa DOT Archeologist and Historian
In March 1944, a B17 bomber based in Kearney, NE crashed near Maxwell, IA, lost while flying in a snow and wind storm and taking the lives of seven crew members. A mail carrier was the first to reach the scene on the Cleat Donahoo farm 40 miles from Des Moines. The Donahoos witnessed the crash from their bedroom, seeing an explosion before the ship fell. The speaker has researched aviation archaeology in Iowa and will provide interesting details about this WWII-era tragedy. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program.
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale
Jul
27
10:00 am10:00

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale

The Summer Sidewalk Sale is an semi-annual sale held in Downtown Ames. These sales attract people to the District and promote shopping local in the streets of Downtown Ames. 

Discounts, promotions, sales and many other good deals! Take a stroll in Downtown Ames and check out what our local businesses have to offer. 

Get ready... Set... Shop local!

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sales
Jul
28
10:00 am10:00

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sales

The Summer Sidewalk Sale is an semi-annual sale held in Downtown Ames. These sales attract people to the District and promote shopping local in the streets of Downtown Ames. 

Discounts, promotions, sales and many other good deals! Take a stroll in Downtown Ames and check out what our local businesses have to offer. 

Get ready... Set... Shop local!

Jul
29
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jul
29
8:30 am08:30

Princess Pool Party

  • Furman Aquatic Center

Rise with the sun and splash with a mermaid at this uniqe morning swim party! 

Furman Aquatic Center has invited THE LITTLE MERMAID and her friends to Ames! Spend your time visiting with the princesses and mermaids, create a princess-themed craft, and swim in the splash pool. 

Yummy donuts and refreshing juice will be served. Registration fee is for one adult (ages 16+) and one child. Cost is $20 for Ames residents and $25 for non-Ames residents. 

Be sure to pack your camera for photo opportunities with the princesses! Adult will register for this party and enter the name of participant during the registration process. No need to come much earlier - the pool gates open at 8:30 AM sharp! 

Register through one of these methods:
In person at the Community Center, 515 Clark Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Over the phone by calling 515-239-5350
Online at www.amesparkrec.org

Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Yoga & Brews

Get your body and mind ready for the weekend by joining us for Yoga in an awesome brewery setting! Followed by a sampling of refreshing locally made beverages. Doors open at 9:50 am.

Cost: $15/ (Cash Only, no signup)

Location: Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Avenue

Please bring your own mat!

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale
Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Main Street Summer Sidewalk Sale

The Summer Sidewalk Sale is an semi-annual sale held in Downtown Ames. These sales attract people to the District and promote shopping local in the streets of Downtown Ames. 

Discounts, promotions, sales and many other good deals! Take a stroll in Downtown Ames and check out what our local businesses have to offer. 

Get ready... Set... Shop local!

Jul
30
2:15 pm14:15

What They Wore: Corsets, Bustels, and More

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

Join Sharon Wirth to learn about what people of the Civil War era wore.  Try on bustles, corsets, and hoop skirts to see how these then-common items feel and restrict your everyday activities

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jul
31
6:00 pm18:00

Summer is for Rose'!

  • Della Viti

Ahhh, Summer is the perfect time for Rose'!
Join Jeff from Okoboji Wines to explore this amazing summer wine together. Many different varietals, colors, and flavors will make it into a delicious evening to be sure.
Light Appetizers provided to enhance your tasting experience.

Cost: $25

call 515-232-0241
email: dellaviti.ames@gmail.com
sign up www.dellavitiames.com

Foodies and Brew
Aug
4
6:00 pm18:00

Foodies and Brew

Join us on Friday, August 4th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Downtown Ames for Foodies & Brew – a special evening event that features local cuisine and regional craft beer sampling! 

Local restaurateurs and chefs will showcase their talents by providing samples of unique food creations. Event attendees will be encouraged to visit each station and vote for the People’s Choice Award. A selection of craft beers will also be available for sampling, and each attendee will receive a souvenir glass. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the event.  

• 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

• Music by Ben Shrag and the Cautionaries, Sean Huston Combo and Evan Campbell. 

• Corner of Douglas and Main in Downtown Ames

• Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 day of the event) Click the link below to buy now!  

Foodies & Brew is a fundraiser for the Main Street Cultural District to support beautification and growth of the downtown business district.   

Aug
5
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Aug
5
11:00 am11:00

Yoga & Brews

  • Alluvial Brewing Company

Bring your own mat and join us for craft brews, kombuchas or coffee included with your fee!

Cost: $15 at the door, no pre-registration. Cash only.

Location: Alluvial Brewing Company, 3715 West 190th St.

Aug
6
2:00 pm14:00

Hoggatts Game Day

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

Come play the simple but energetic games that school children played in the 1860s!

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Aug
12
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Salsa Contest

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Aug
12
8:30 am08:30

Super Hero Pool Party

  • Furman Aquatic Center

The Super Hero Pool Party is an event put on by the Iowa League of Heroes. Start your Saturday off with a splash! 

Aug
13
1:00 pm13:00

Infusion Workshop and Tasting

  • The London Underground

The London Underground is having an Infusion Workshop & Tasting event! Learn to infuse liquors with herbs, flowers, and vegetables and use them for cocktails.

Reserve tickets here: http://www.theundergroundames.com/product-page/august-infusion-workshop

Cost: $25

 

Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Pub Fiction

  • Downtown Ames

Pub Fiction is a literary pub crawl to benefit the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation. Participants will dress as literary characters and enjoy exclusive drink specials, prizes and fun at five host drinking establishments.

The crawl will end at London Underground!

Aug
19
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Free Watermelon Day

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Aug
26
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Aug
26
10:00 am10:00

Yoga & Brews

Get your body and mind ready for the weekend by joining us for Yoga in an awesome brewery setting! Followed by a sampling of refreshing locally made beverages. Doors open at 9:50 am.

Cost: $15/ (Cash Only, no signup)

Location: Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Avenue

Please bring your own mat!

Aug
29
7:00 pm19:00

World War II History Talk:

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

Presented by Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian
The home front contributions of Iowans and Americans divided into four historical fronts: the farm front, the production front, the community front, and the kitchen front. Food for Freedom directed American farmers in the all-out production needed for the war effort and the Allies’ relief, and Iowa farmers led the nation in crop and livestock production. Iowa’s small businesses and industries such as Maytag added to the “Arsenal of Democracy” by filling many military sub-contract orders while the two newly constructed ordnance plants in Burlington and Ankeny produced thousands of bombs and millions of machine gun bullets. Iowa’s small towns and cities matched and exceeded records in the eight War Bond Drives as well as the numerous scrap drives for iron, paper, rubber, and tin, and Iowa’s women met the rationing and production requirements demanded from the federal government in all home kitchens. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. Made possible by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Sep
2
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Sep
9
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Joyful Colorz with Face Painting 9 am - 12 pm.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Sep
16
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Main Street Cultural District Oktoberfest
Sep
16
1:00 pm13:00

Main Street Cultural District Oktoberfest

Join us Saturday, September 16, 2017, in downtown Ames for the 5th Annual Main Street Oktoberfest celebration presented by First National Bank of Ames!  Enjoy live polka music, dancing, great German Food, "Guten Tag" games, and much more!  Under 21 must be accompanied by parent.

Beer will be sold by the glass from 1-10pm with a special craft beer sampling from 10 Iowa breweries 2-5pm. 

Sep
23
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

World War II Talk: Working With The Enemy: German, Italian, Japanese, Prisoners in Iowa of the Second World War

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

Presented by Dr. Chad W. Timm
As part of a relatively quiet and underpublicized government program, thousands of enemy soldiers invaded Iowa in 1943. With the hugely successful 1942 Allied campaign against Adolf Hitler’s vaunted Afrika Corps in North Africa, the number of enemy prisoners of war (POW) needing interment grew dramatically. Great Britain, no longer able to accommodate the increasing number of POWs, looked to the United States for help. Helping with the detainment of enemy POWs made sense, as American cargo vessels were returning home after delivering war materials with empty hulls. What began as an experiment in isolated locations in the south and southwest eventually led to more than 500 camps and 400,000 enemy soldiers interned in the United States, including two camps in the state of Iowa. Due to a severe shortage of agricultural laborers coupled with increased War Food Administration quotas for farm goods, Iowa’s farmers needed help doing their part to assist the United States in winning the war. This talk will focus on the creation of two POW camps in Iowa during the Second World War: one in the Northern Iowa town of Algona and one in the Southwestern Iowa town of Clarinda. Some of the topics discussed will be life in a prisoner of war camp, community relations, the POW labor program, branch camps in more than 30 Iowa communities, and the arrival of Japanese prisoners at Camp Clarinda in early 1945. Camp Clarinda was one of only two camps in the country to house Japanese soldiers. The story of POW interment in Iowa is a fascinating story of Iowans being confronted by the enemy; an enemy they not only needed to help them meet their wartime goals, but that also challenged them to find the humanity in the eyes of the enemy. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. Made possible by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Sep
30
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Oct
7
9:00 am09:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Chili Cook Off, Joyful Colorz with Face Painting

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Oct
14
9:00 am09:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Special Event: Hovick Petting Zoo

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Oct
21
9:00 am09:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

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! 

Oct
28
9:00 am09:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

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.

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


Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Yoga & Brews

Get your body and mind ready for the weekend by joining us for Yoga in an awesome brewery setting! Followed by a sampling of refreshing locally made beverages. Doors open at 9:50 am.

Cost: $15/ (Cash Only, no signup)

Location: Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Avenue

Please bring your own mat!

Jun
24
8:00 am08:00

Iowa Games Gravel Grinder

  • Alluvial Brewing Company

Once again Josh Magie will be the commissioner of the Iowa Games Gravel Grinder. Registration is online, at the link, or onsite on the the day of racing.

There will be both a 32, and 62 mile course, with the 62 milers starting at 8 a.m, and the 32 milers starting at 10 a.m.

We will once again be hosted by Alluvial Brewing Company, and there will be a food truck onsite for post-race refueling.

These races are self-supported, but there will be a check point/aid station at the mid-point of the 62 mile race, to refill water bottles, and some snacks.
 

Jun
24
8:00 am08:00

Yoga Session

  • Valor and Violet

Valor and Violet is hosting free yoga classes every Saturday morning that the Farmer's Market is going on. 

Location: 310 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010

Jun
24
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jun
23
7:30 pm19:30

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Ames Community Theater

The suave and debonair con artist, Lawrence Jameson, takes a small time American grifter, Freddy Benson, under his wing. When egos collide, the fun begins. This fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and will keep you guessing until the end.

Based on the film this fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score that will keep you guessing until the end.

Tickets may be purchased online OR at Ali Cakes at 300 Main Street, downtown Ames.

Jun
23
6:00 pm18:00

Summer Friday Fun Ride Brew Tour

  • Torrent Brewing Co.

Back by popular demand! Ames Bicycle Coalition and Ames Velo are joining forces to host a casual ride between Torrent Brewing Company and Alluvial Brewing Company

LIGHTS (front & rear) required by law after dark
HELMETS strongly encouraged
*We are waiting on food truck confirmation and will update as soon as possible*

We will depart Torrent and Alluvial as a group at the times listed below. People may ride on their own schedule if they so choose. If you ride with the group, we will not leave anyone behind, but you should be comfortable riding in the roadway and as part of a group. 

6:30 p.m. - Depart Torrent as a group
8:30 p.m. - Depart Alluvial as a group

You don't have to be 21 to ride, but you do have to be 21 to enter the breweries and consume beers. If you're under 18, please have an adult parent or guardian riding with you. You are responsible for your own way home if you overconsume and cannot safely operate your bicycle!

Jun
23
5:00 pm17:00

Ames on the Half Shell - Great Caesar's Goat

  • Half Shell

The Ames Jaycees are excited to welcome Great Caesar's Goat to Ames on the Half Shell!! The band starts at 5:00pm. We will provide the cold beverages and good food, you just come and enjoy the kick-off to summer!

Admission: $5.00
Alcoholic beverages: $4.00 or 3/$10
Non-alcoholic beverages: $1.00
Food vendors: Carlos Quesadilla and Finley's Curbside Beastro
Sponsor: Orange Theory Fitness
Community partner: Paws & Effect

Jun
23
11:00 am11:00

Truckload Sale

Wheatfield Co-op's biggest sale of the year! Deep deals on products from around the Co-op.

Location: Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, Iowa.

Under the tent in the parking lot. 

Jun
22
7:30 pm19:30

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Ames Community Theater

The suave and debonair con artist, Lawrence Jameson, takes a small time American grifter, Freddy Benson, under his wing. When egos collide, the fun begins. This fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and will keep you guessing until the end.

Based on the film this fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score that will keep you guessing until the end.

Tickets may be purchased online OR at Ali Cakes at 300 Main Street, downtown Ames.

Jun
22
2:00 pm14:00

Thursday Grill Out

  • Depot Deli

Location: Depot Deli & Cookies, Etc. 

Chicken Breasts night! Get a chicken breast and a drink for $5 while you enjoy outdoor games on our patio!

Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Pammel Court Panel

The evening will include a brief talk on the history of Pammel Court and its significance to the Iowa State community, followed by a panel discussion on what life was like in married student housing. Once the conversation has begun, we encourage those in attendance to share their reminisces and stories. 

Free and open to the public

Location: Ames Public Library Auditorium

Presented by: Ames Public Library and the ISU Department of History

Jun
21
6:00 pm18:00

Herb Walk

Wondering just what an “herb walk” is? Think of it as a guided tour of our local weeds and trees. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes; apply insect repellent if bugs bother you. Bring your curiosity and questions. Keep in mind we will be walking off trail for some parts of the walk.

RSVPs required. Please RSVP with a cashier or marketing staff over the phone or on your next shopping trip. Class size limited. RSVP fees are non-refundable.

Location: Starts at Ames' Emma McCarthy Lee Park (south of Ross Road in west Ames)

Cost: Free

Led-by: Nancy Beatty, RN, Wheatsfield Co-op

Jun
21
3:00 pm15:00

Shock Top Summer Solstice

  • McFly's

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in style with Shock Top and McFly's! 
Grab your light-up bracelet and toast the solstice. $3 Shock Top pints all day and a free pint at 9pm for everyone in the bar!

It's the longest day of the year to party!

Jun
20
6:30 pm18:30

DIY-Farm Fresh Flower Bouquets

Beth will share fundamental design ideas she employs in her own flower arranging style and give some tips on how to make the simplest florals (found flowers, grasses and leaves) shine. Then, with flowers from her farm, everyone will create their own floral arrangement. Bring a vase or tall 32 oz Ball-style jar to take your flowers home in or prepay for a recycled vase for $2 when you register.

RSVPs required. Class fees are non-refundable. Please RSVP with a cashier or marketing staff over the phone or on your next shopping trip. Class size limited.

Location: Wheatsfield Co-op, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, Iowa

Cost: Members $18 // Non-Members $20

Led-by: Beth Wilbur, Elizabella Flower Farm

Jun
20
6:00 pm18:00

Worldly Goods Gathering of Artists

  • Worldly Goods

The Ames Community Arts Council’s Gathering of Artists are held on the third Tuesday of each month at various locations, and are intended to showcase local artists from Ames and the surrounding area. Artists and art enthusiasts of all types are invited to meet other artists, get feedback, get inspired, and have fun. The meetings are free and open to all.
 

The non-profit, fair-trade store features art of all kinds, from jewelry and woven goods to instruments and cooking tools and so much more. It's going to be a creative evening of fun!

Jun
19
6:00 pm18:00

Orange Leaf Fundraiser

  • Orange Leaf

Join us at the Orange Leaf in Ames to fundraise for the Octagon Center for the Arts! From 6-9 PM, 10% of all proceeds will go towards our non-profit art center. No promotional flyer is necessary, simply come in and enjoy!

Jun
18
2:00 pm14:00

Who Is That Hoggatt Guy Anyways?

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

By Kathy Svec, Ames Historical Society Researcher

Of all the names closely associated with the early development of Ames, few rank ahead of the very colorful Col. Lucian Q. Hoggatt. This program tells the story of this “bigger than life” character!

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
18
2:00 pm14:00

Hands-on Buttermaking

Location: Hoggatt School, 18th and Burnett

Experience how to make butter the way it was done in the days of Hoggatt School with a hands-on demonstration. Then see how it tastes!

Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
17
7:30 pm19:30

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Ames Community Theater

The suave and debonair con artist, Lawrence Jameson, takes a small time American grifter, Freddy Benson, under his wing. When egos collide, the fun begins. This fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and will keep you guessing until the end.

Based on the film this fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score that will keep you guessing until the end.

Tickets may be purchased online OR at Ali Cakes at 300 Main Street, downtown Ames.

Jun
17
5:00 pm17:00

Little Woods Herbal PCB Drawings

  • Little Woods Herbal

Opening reception for the "PCB Drawings" exhibition at Little Woods Gallery. The exhibition will show works from the series with the same name. All these works are manufactured as typical circuit boards, though, in this case, they are not functional and solely intended to be displayed as art.

Jun
17
12:00 pm12:00

Community Ice Cream Social

Location: Ames History Center

Our annual ice cream social during Iowa Museum Week is our way of thanking the community for supporting us. Join us for free ice cream sundaes and kids' activities!
Contact information: Visit www.AmesHistory.org for more information.

Jun
17
8:00 am08:00

Farmer's Market

The Ames Main Street Farmer's Market features Local Iowa vendors/producers offering seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, arts, crafts, fresh flowers, plants and much more.

Location:  The 300 and 400 block of Main Street, including Tom Evans Plaza.

Jun
16
7:30 pm19:30

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Ames Community Theater

The suave and debonair con artist, Lawrence Jameson, takes a small time American grifter, Freddy Benson, under his wing. When egos collide, the fun begins. This fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and will keep you guessing until the end.

Based on the film this fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score that will keep you guessing until the end.

Tickets may be purchased online OR at Ali Cakes at 300 Main Street, downtown Ames.

Jun
16
5:00 pm17:00

Ames on the Half Shell - Vinyl Vagabonds

The Ames Jaycees are excited to welcome Vinyl Vagabonds to Ames on the Half Shell!! The band starts at 5:00pm. We will provide the cold beverages and good food, you just come and enjoy the kick-off to summer!
More details to follow!

Admission: $5.00
Alcoholic beverages: $4.00 or 3/$10
Non-alcoholic beverages: $1.00
Food vendors: Carlos Quesadilla and Finley's Curbside Beastro
 

Jun
15
7:30 pm19:30

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  • Ames Community Theater

The suave and debonair con artist, Lawrence Jameson, takes a small time American grifter, Freddy Benson, under his wing. When egos collide, the fun begins. This fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and will keep you guessing until the end.

Based on the film this fast-paced hysterically funny musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score that will keep you guessing until the end.

Tickets may be purchased online OR at Ali Cakes at 300 Main Street, downtown Ames.

Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Tip Top Bike Night with The Kraft Brothers

  • Tip Top Lounge

The Kraft Brothers are returning this Thursday for Bike Night for Tip Top's big Country night. If you have never seen them, you want to be here! They will also be giving away Zume Badminton set donated by one of our Bike Night sponsors KD Amusement and Zylstra will be giving out a $50 gift card at 7:30! Must be present to win! Food will also be provided by Finley's! 

 

Jun
15
4:00 pm16:00

Depot Deli's Thursday Grill Out

  • Depot Deli

Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers made to order! Get your burger and a drink for $5 while you enjoy outdoor games on our patio! Come grill out with us at Depot Deli. 

Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

Brains & Brews

  • Alluvial Brewing Company

Trivia at Alluvial hosted by Adam Wright

Free admission.
Teams of 1-4.
8 fast-paced rounds of trivia
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Jun
14
6:30 pm18:30

Italian Regional Roses & Traditional Cuisine

Dave will share specially selected rosé wines for this Italian cooking class. As a bonus, Dave will share a few easy recipes for regional Italian meals that pair perfectly with his wine suggestions. Come try some recipes and some roses for your warm weather entertaining or weeknight meals.

RSVPs required. Class fees are non-refundable. Please RSVP with a cashier or marketing staff over the phone or on your next shopping trip. Class size limited.

Location: Wheatsfield Co-op,  413 Northwestern Ave, Ames, Iowa

Cost: Members $8 // Non-Members $10

Led-by: David Thompson, Dimitri Wines