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Snow Magic Events in Downtown Ames
The Snow Magic, presented by Duck Worth Wearing, 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!
Send a letter to Santa Claus! Depot Deli & Cookies Etc. has Santa's mailbox and letters to fill out that go straight to the North Pole! Santa Clause always responds to good boys and girls!
SNOW MAGIC KICKOFF - FRIDAY, NOV. 10
Come experience the Snow Magic of the holiday season at our Downtown Businesses from 5-8 pm!
Schedule: 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 (Ryan Sheeler) 5-8 p.m. — Café Diem (Second Chair Brass) Food Truck Locations: CornBred—304 Main Ida’s— 405 Main Salt & Pretzel — 203 Main Street
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY - SATURDAY, NOV. 25
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 *Greetings from Cy (Treats on a Leash) 10am-11am
Old-Fashioned Christmas - SATURDAY, DEC. 2
Step back in time in Downtown Ames with an Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration hosted by the Ames Historical Society. Create your own Christmas Traditions by visiting your favorite Downtown businesses. Saturda, December 2 from 10 am-2 pm, Santa will be at the Ames Historical Society from 10 am-noon!
SANTA’S TRAIN IN DOWNTOWN AMES- SATURDAY, DEC. 9
From 11 am-1 pm bring the kids downtown to ride Santa’s Train! Iowa State's Cy, sponsored by Duck Worth Wearing and the Loft, will be there to celebrate the Snow Magic Season from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.!
Attendance Expectation: 5,000
Presenting Sponsor: $2,500 - 1 sponsorship available
Gold Sponsor: $1,000 - 1 sponsorships available
Silver Sponsor $500 - 4 sponsorships available
Small Business Saturday Sponsor $500 - 2 sponsorships available
The annual ArtWalk, presented by Stoltze & Stoltze Family Dentistry and in part by Ames Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Wells Fargo and Ames Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a great event that showcases downtown businesses as well as community artists. Discover the artwork of painters, jewelry makers, photographers, woodworkers, potters, sculptors, musicians, and much more. Join us June 2nd from 5-8 p.m. throughout our downtown district for the ArtWalk and see creativity in action!
4th of July Parade 7/4/17
The 4th of July Parade presented by Duck Worth Wearing is a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the link below to see the parade route, parade entry form, volunteering opportunities and events throughout the day.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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. email@example.com
11:00 am: Parade starts!
9:00 am - 7:00 pm: Dog Dock Jumping @ 500 Block of Burnett
PARADE ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN UNTIL JUNE 28TH BY 12:00 PM OR UNTIL WE REACH OUR MAXIMUM ENTRIES. GET YOUR ENTRY IN TODAY! CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE PARADE ENTRY FORM.
You can use the Paypal link below to pay your entry fee but you must turn in the parade entry form as well.
Attendance Expectation: 5,000
Presenting Sponsor: $2,500 - Duck Worth Wearing
Gold Sponsor: $1,500 - 2 sponsorships available
Silver Sponsor $500 - 4 sponsorships available
Dignitary Car Sponsor $250 - 4 sponsorships available
Bill Riley Talent Competition Sponsor - $500 - 2 sponsorships available
Summer Sidewalk Sales 7/27/17-7/29/17
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! Watch our Main Street Cultural District Facebook page for previews of who is having what sales! Take a stroll in Downtown Ames and check out what our local businesses have to offer.
Get ready... Set... Shop local!
Attendance Expectation: 1,000
Presenting Sponsor: $500 - 1 sponsorship available
Firefly County Nights 7/14/17 & 9/8/17
Firefly 2017 is an event you won't want to miss! We kick things off with a Friday night show on July 14th and continues on Friday September 8th, the night before the CyHawk football game.
Grab you tickets here for general admission or access to the party pit (21+). With a party pit ticket, you will be allowed access to the premium viewing area right in front of the stage and will recieve a FREE collectible mason jar to sip whatever feels right all night.
Join us for a night of BBQ, beer, lemonade, ice cream and all things country! Get your tickets here.
Foodies & Brew 8/4/17
Join us on Friday, August 4th 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.
WHEN: August 4th, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHO: Featuring musicians Ben Shrag & The Cautionaries, Sean Huston Combo and Evan Campbell.
WHERE: On the corner of Douglas and Main in Downtown Ames, IA
COST: Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 day of the event)
Foodies & Brew is a fundraiser for the Main Street Cultural District to support beautification and growth of the downtown business district.
Attendance Expectation: 500
Presenting Sponsor: $2,000 - 1 sponsorship available
Entertainment Sponsor - $1,000 - Paul Livingston Hunziker & Associates
Glassware Sponsor - $1,250 - H.L Munn Lumber Co.
Join us Saturday, September 16, 2017, in downtown Ames for the 6th 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 through tickets until 5pm.
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 on October 27th from 10am - 2pm!
Thank you for your interest in being a vendor at MSCD events in downtown Ames. Before filling out the application below, contact Edana Delagardelle at 515-233-3472 for a list of events accepting applications.