2018 Events

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Art Walk - june 1, 2018

The annual ArtWalk is a great event that showcases downtown businesses as well as community artists. Discover the artwork of over 60 artists including painters, jewelry makers, photographers, woodworkers, potters, sculptors, musicians, and much more. Join us on the first Friday in June from 5-8 p.m. throughout our downtown district for the ArtWalk and see creativity in action!  Presenting Sponsors: The Loft and Cafe Diem.  Supporting Sponsors: Stoltze & Stoltze Family Dentistry, Vision Bank, Della Viti, Gilger Designs, and Scott Richardson State Farm Insurance. 

Click here to see ArtWalk artists and activities.

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4th of july - july 4, 2018

The 4th of July Parade, presented by Duck Worth Wearing and the City of Ames, 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! Check out the parade route by clicking here

At this time all parade staging areas are full and we are no longer taking parade entries.  Questions concerning parade line-up can be emailed to director@amesdowntown.org.  To volunteer to help with the parade please click here.  

Supporting Sponsor: Elmquist Towing

 

 

 

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RAGBRAI - july 24

The Ames RAGBRAI local organizing committee is excited to welcome back RAGBRAI to Ames and Iowa State University for an overnight stop on Tuesday, July 24, 2018! Previously, we welcomed RAGBRAI in 1973, 1983, and 2008.

We invite you to come see all the CYtes of Ames and Iowa State University!

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Summer Sidewalk sales - july 26 - 28

The Summer Sidewalk Sales, presented by Duck Worth Wearing and Cafe Diem,  is a semi-annual sale held by businesses 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.  Presenting Sponsors: The Loft and Cafe Diem.  Supporting Sponsors: Stoltze & Stoltze Family Dentistry, Vision Bank, Della Viti, Gilger Designs, and Scott Richardson State Farm Insurance.

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

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Restaurant week - september 14 - 23

Main Street Iowa Restaurant Week - Sept. 14-23.  Details to be announced soon!  Presenting Sponsors: The Loft and Cafe Diem.  Supporting Sponsors: Stoltze & Stoltze Family Dentistry, Vision Bank, Della Viti, Gilger Designs, and Scott Richardson State Farm Insurance.

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Smithsonian traveling exhibit - september 29 - November 11

Ames MSCD chosen to host the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit

Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Football. People around the country are drawn to compete in these sports and many others. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns.

Ames Main Street, in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Main Street Iowa (MSI), will celebrate this connection as it hosts “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.  Hometown Hero Sponsors: Ames Convention and Visitor's Bureau Community Grant, Ames Tribune; Team Captain Sponsors: Iowa State University Athletics, Hunziker & Associates Realty, Hunziker Property Management, HCS Builders, City of Ames; Mediacom; Cheerleader Sponsors: Ames Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo Bank. 

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Oktoberfest- september 15

Join us Saturday, September 15, 2018, in downtown Ames for the 7th 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.  

Live Music Schedule:

1-3pm The Barn Owl Band

3-4pm- Second Chair Brass

4:30-6:30pm- Barefoot Becky

6:30-7pm- ISU Tubas

7:15-9:15pm - Burnin' Sensations

 

CLICK BELOW FOR TICKETS:$10 ADMISSION IN ADVANCE - $12 AT THE GATE!

$20 Online - gate admission and craft beer sampling - $25 at the Gate

THIS YEAR'S OKTOBERFEST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR, FIRST NATIONAL BANK.

Craft Beer Sponsor: Alfred's Carpet & Decorating

Mug Sponsor: Paul Livingston, Hunziker Realty

FOLLOW US ON OUR AMES MAIN STREET OKTOBERFEST FACEBOOK PAGE FOR NEWS ON THE EVENT.

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Trick or treat - october 26

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 26th from 10am - 2pm!  Presenting Sponsors: The Loft and Cafe Diem.  Supporting Sponsors: Stoltze & Stoltze Family Dentistry, Vision Bank, Della Viti, Gilger Designs, and Scott Richardson State Farm Insurance. 

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Snow magic - november 8

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!

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!  Presenting Sponsors: The Loft and Cafe Diem.  Supporting Sponsors: Stoltze & Stoltze Family Dentistry, Vision Bank, Della Viti, Gilger Designs, and Scott Richardson State Farm Insurance.

 

2019 Events

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January Dollar Days - January 24-26

Details coming soon!

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Diy Downtown - February 23

Details coming soon!

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Music Walk - April 26

Details coming soon!