Sep
24
10:00am10:00am

Octagon Art Festival 2017

Join us for the 47th Annual Octagon Art Festival! Stroll lovely downtown Ames while you check out the live music, food trucks, and a children's art area. The star of the show is the original artwork of over 100 artists from across the Midwest! This is the perfect place to find a gift or treat yourself -- you'll discover high quality pottery, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, photography, sculpture, mixed media and more. Admission is free. The Festival is held outdoors on pavement, rain or shine, in the Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames. The Festival is brought to you by the Octagon Center for the Arts, a non-profit community arts center located in downtown Ames. For more information, visit https://www.octagonarts.org/

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Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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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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Main Street Trick - or - Treat
Oct
27
10:00am10:00am

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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Snow Magic Kickoff
Nov
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

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.

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Small Business Saturday
Nov
25
9:00am 9:00am

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

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

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. 

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Aug
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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Aug
26
5:30pm 5:30pm

Annual Benefit Dinner

Ames Historical Society invites you to share in an evening of celebrating Ames History at our annual fundraising benefit dinner.

Local theater professor and historian Jane Cox will produce a staged reading of World War II experiences from her book, Heroes Among Us. 

We will also present our annual Farwell T. Brown Award and have a live auction of community experiences.

This is a 1940s themed evening so WWII-era costumes are encouraged!

Date: Saturday, August 26th
Time: Social- 5:30
Dinner- 6:00
Program and auction to follow
Place: City Church, 2400 Oakwood Rd, Ames

COST: $60 per person
Alll WWII veterans from Story County will be admitted for FREE!

Please RSVP by August 14th

Can RSVP and Pay by online, email, calling, or mail.

Contact:
info@ameshistory.org
515-232-2148
www.ameshistory.org
http://www.ameshistory.org/content/2017-benefit-dinner-reply

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Aug
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

Community Game Day

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!

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Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

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!

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Aug
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

Barbecue & Beer with Matt Woods

The second installment of the soon to be infamous Barbecue & Beer Event Series, a collaboration between Alluvial Brewing, Cornbred Barbecue and great central iowa musicians. 

Featuring the AMAZING Blues/American Roots music of Story County's own Matt Woods. Opening for Mr Woods is Chris Meyers

Alluvial doors open @ 4
Cornbred window opens @ ~5:30
Music begins at 6

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Aug
24
to Aug 25

Lydia Can't Breathe // Hazer // Line of Departure

Today, rock music and metal music seem to have been masked, manipulated, and drawn with every characterization possible. With genres of stagnate duplications and pools of curiously aggressive music addicts, the looming fans looking for an outlet have come to find Florida quartet Lydia Can’t Breathe. Over the past few years they have made a lot of noise in the metal scene. While constructing a sound unique to the usual genre classifications, this metal/rock band from Florida defies the normal sound with an exciting mixture of growling vocals, natural vocals, driving an over tone of heavy break downs with catchy progressions.

Come check out this fantastic touring act with Iowa natives Hazer and Line of Departure getting things started right!

Doors: 8 PM
Showtime: 9 PM
Tickets: $5
21+

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Aug
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

DG's Comedy Showcase

Hey Ames cuties check this out! Shane Lucas Price is rolling through DG's on his summer tour and is gonna be accompanied by some of our favorite people. Dark priestess and all around Glamazon warrior Mara Spooner will be hosting! Keep your eyes peeled and hold on to yo butts it's gonna be a party!

Featuring!
Hannah Tighe
Molly McDonald
Mark Moore
Jua Rudison

Doors: 6 PM
Showtime: 7 PM
Tickets: $5
21+

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