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Whether you’re a young family looking for fun, kid-friendly activities, a retired couple searching for a relaxing getaway or a college student who just wants something fun to do on the weekend, Ames and Iowa State University are for you!  Are you planning a trip to see us soon? Check out the blog posts below for more information about all the fun things we have to offer!

This week in Ames: Oct. 11-17

What’s happening in Ames this week? A lot! So, let’s get started.

On Thursday night, the band RIVVRS performs at the M-Shop at 8 p.m. RIVVRS has just released Start Living, a raw, vulnerable collection of alternative folk songs about the struggles that come with addiction, mental health, and sober recovery.

ISU Theatre performs Corner’s Grove, a story about “growing up, hometown, friendships, and drinking in parking lots,” Thursday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 17 at Fisher Theater. The play, a reverent nod to Our Town, follows a group of young people in the town of Corner’s Grove from high school into adulthood as they deal with leaving home, falling in love, gender identity, and the death of Whitney Houston.

Want something lighter? On Friday night, Stephens Auditorium presents Whose Live Anyway?, 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and songs all based on audience suggestions. Bring your best ideas and prepare to participate.

Your weekend looks scary, with Ames Haunted Forest offering chills and thrills Friday and Saturday night, and Reiman Gardens’ popular Spirits in the Gardens providing a more kid-friendly experience Friday through Sunday, Oct. 15-17.

The Gardens’ annual Spirits in the Garden event features more than 1,000 carved Jack-o-lanterns, candy, entertainment, and more. Bring the kids in costume!

Ames Haunted Forest, on the other hand, is not for the faint of heart. Check it out weekends throughout the month of October…if you dare!

If spooks and spirits are not your thing, head to Downtown Ames on Saturday morning for one LAST (sob!) Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market of the season. Scoop up pumpkins, mums, apples, other fall produce, and baked goods while you can. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Runners will want to check out Fletcher’s 5K from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The event is sponsored by Mary Greeley Medical Center’s Birthways Unit and supports The Fletcher Foundation, whose mission is to support families who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad continues its popular Pumpkin Express runs. Bring the kids!

On Sunday, you have two more opportunities to get outdoors. The 35th Run for the Roses begins Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. This fun event benefits arthritis research grants. Later that day, grab your mountain bike and saddle up for an exploration of the Skunk River greenbelt with Story County Conservation’s Bike the Greenbelt event.

Also on Sunday, Iowa’s poet laureate Debra Marquart offers a free afternoon of music and readings from her new essay collection, “The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays Between Exile & Belonging,” at Ames Public Library. A book signing will be held afterwards at Dog-Eared Books on Main Street.

Sunday also kicks off Iowa State University’s Homecoming celebration. Head downtown for the annual parade, featuring floats, music, and much more.

Finally, take in a performance of Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latino dance organization and one of America’s cultural treasures. Ballet Hispánico will take the stage Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium.

Have a great week!

 

Fall for Ames

Hey, it’s fall, y’all! And there are so many fun, fall-themed things to do in Ames that you need to get started NOW!

This week (Oct. 4-10), head downtown for a new fall event: Witches Walk! Downtown businesses will be open late and hosting snacks and sips from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7. This event invites the community to come out for a scary good time. Participating Main Street businesses include Cooks’ Emporium, Della Viti, Heroic Hair, Oak Lane Candle, Nook & Nest, and Dog-Eared Books. The first 250 people will receive a commemorative wine tumbler.

Another option for your Thursday night is First Thursday Oktoberfest, from 5-7 p.m. in Boone. Boone Valley Brewing will bring a selection of local favorites, plus you can enjoy food trucks, a farmers’ market, live music, and craft vendors.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad offers its second Pumpkin Express of the season. Take the family on this hour-and-30-minute journey to the railroad’s own pumpkin patch. Children may select their perfect pumpkin before returning to town.

It wouldn’t be fall without visits to local apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Lucky for us, Ames has several fun destinations within easy driving distance:

Black’s Heritage Farms pumpkin patch is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Nov. 1 – and it’s located just two miles south of Jack Trice Stadium. Choose from pre-picked pumpkins, or ride on the hayrack to the pumpkin patch to pick your own. Bring the kids!

Red Granite Farm is located west of Ames (2013 130th St., Boone) is a horticulturalist’s delight. The farm offers locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, perennials, and succulents. In the fall, you’ll find one of the most sophisticated selections of pumpkins and mums in central Iowa.

– Located south of Ames on 32835 610th Ave., Cambridge, family-friendly Center Grove Orchard is the Disney World of pumpkin patches. This place has it all: 25 acres of pumpkins and gourds, more than 6,000 apple trees, a farmyard filled with more than 25 activities (including a corn maze and super slides), plus dining venues, a coffee shop, and Country Store retail shop. Don’t miss the cider donuts from the bakery!

– Finally, head to Geisler Farms for pumpkins, straw bales, gourds, homemade pies, and jams. Their kid-friendly Fun Zone has more than 30 attractions including grain wagon hoops, a pumpkin punch rope maze, the barrel roll, and steer roping. Located at 5251 N.E. 94th Ave., Bondurant.

And that’s not all!

– For fall produce – pumpkins, mums, apples, and more – visit Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Take a hike at McFarland Park (just north of Ames) or Ledges State Park (south and west of Ames). Both parks have abundant fall color, hiking trails, water features, and picturesque spots for your fall picnic.

– If you’re looking for inspiration for your 2021 Halloween costume, look no further than Spirit Halloween, now open at North Grand Mall.

 

– And while it’s not this week, you should get your tickets to Reiman Gardens’ annual Spirits in the Garden event so you don’t miss the fun. The popular fall celebration is held the evenings of Oct. 15-17, with more than 1,000 carved Jack-o-lanterns, candy, entertainment, and more. Bring the kids in costume!

But not everything this week is bathed in pumpkin spice.

– Take in a free performance by comedian Amos Gill on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Union M-Shop.

– Don’t miss The Fab Four on Friday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium. It’s the ultimate Beatles tribute!

– On Saturday, Oct. 9, take a self-guided tour of nearly a dozen artists participating in the Ames Artists Studio Tour. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit any or all of the studios to view demonstrations and purchase original artwork.

– For the first time in more than a year, you can hear the Central Iowa Symphony in concert on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Ames City Auditorium.

– Cap off your weekend with the Bonsai Show at Reiman Gardens. Open Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the annual Bonsai Show features an ancient Asian artform that uniquely weds horticulture and art.

 

This week in Ames: Sept. 27 – Oct. 3

The evenings are getting cooler, and pumpkins are springing up on porches all over Ames. Fall is in the air!

This week, grab the kids and head out to Doolittle Prairie for Story County Conservation’s Prairie Seed Harvest event (4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30). The family-friendly seed harvest is a great opportunity to learn more about the prairie.

Also on Thursday, you can attend the first of two concerts this week at the ISU Memorial Union Maintenance Shop. Indie rock band Fox Royale performs Thursday night at 8 p.m.; The Get Up Kids perform the next night at 8 p.m. All M-Shop concerts are open to the public; get your tickets in advance and save the $2 upcharge at the door.

On Friday, Prairie Rivers of Iowa presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival – A Celebration of Our Environment, a collection of documentary films that educate, entertain, and inspire. The film festival begins at 6:30 p.m. at Ames City Auditorium. The festival’s finale will be the Iowa PBS documentary “Iowa Land and Sky: Iowa Cities, Towns and Waterways.”

Another option for your Friday night entertainment is country music star Gary Allan in concert at Stephens Auditorium on the ISU campus. Get your tickets at Ticketmaster.com.

There’s a whole lot happening in Ames this upcoming weekend:

Start your Saturday morning at Ames Main Street Farmers Market. Come out for pumpkins, mums, apples, and other fall produce, plus food trucks and baked goods. Don’t forget that market hours change this weekend: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

If you have trouble getting to museums during the week, you can enjoy three fall exhibitions during the Fall Open House Weekend on the ISU campus. At the Christian Petersen Art Museum see Charles Ginnever: Folded Forms and reACT exhibition Color Matters. At the Farm House Museum, catch the exhibition Flicker and Flame: Whale Oil and Kerosene Lamps. Both museums will be open Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Of course, the big event this weekend is Cyclone football vs Kansas. Kickoff time is 6 p.m. at Jack Trice Stadium, but tailgate lots will open at 7 a.m. for Cyclone Club members; general public lots open at noon.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s Pumpkin Express takes its first fall 2021 run to a pumpkin patch, where kids can select their perfect pumpkin before taking the train back to Boone. Additional Pumpkin Express rides will be held later in October. See details here.

Homemade and vintage vendors will be out in force at the Beautiful Land Pop-Up Market on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy more than 60 local makers, vintage collectors, food trucks, and live music at the market, located in the Fareway parking lot, 619 Burnett, in the heart of downtown Ames.

While you’re downtown on Sunday, head for the Ames City Auditorium at 2 o’clock to hear a concert by the Lake Wobegon Brass Band. The performance is a fundraiser for local Scout Troop 160.

Also downtown on Sunday, you can catch a performance of Climate Change Theatre Action 2021 at the Ames Public Library at 3 p.m.

And finally, end your busy Ames weekend with Three Dog Night in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Stephens Auditorium. The legendary rock band brought us the iconic “Joy to the World” way back in the early seventies and is now in its fifth decade of making joyful music.

 

 

This week in Ames: Sept. 20-26

What’s happening in Ames this week? Concerts, lectures, this fall’s biggest arts festival, a wedding expo, a junk jaunt, and a whole lot more.

Music fans, take note: This week marks the last performances in TWO summer concert series. On Tuesday (Sept. 21), singer/songwriters David G. Smith and Robert Deitch will wrap up the nine-show Goldfinch Room on the Lawn series. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Stephens Auditorium. On Sunday, Chad Elliott will entertain at Prairie Moon Winery from 3-6 p.m. Five bucks gets you access to music and a glass of sangria.

Our local prairie spaces will be abuzz this Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, it’s Prairie Seed Harvests from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Doolittle Prairie (560th Ave. in Story City). This family-friendly seed harvest is a fun opportunity for kids to learn more about the prairie. Then on Wednesday, kids will enjoy the Prairie Pollinator Party from 2-3:30 p.m. at McFarland Park. They’ll explore the blooming, buzzing prairie, hunt for insects, and even make a seed ball to take home. Both events are sponsored by Story County Conservation.

Two lectures will be held this week on campus. On Wednesday, Kesho Scott, a diversity trainer/consultant and professor at Grinnell College will discuss “The Black Holocaust: How the Atlantic Slave Trade Still Affects Us Today.” The next night, Ruben Viramontez Anguiano will present “Towns and Ranches: Testimonies of Latino/a Families and Communities in Northwest Iowa.” Find out more and peruse the full list of lectures here.

This weekend offers a variety of activities. Kicking it off is the popular Central Iowa Junk Jaunt. This vintage shopping road trip includes stops at brick & mortar shops, barns, sheds, and outdoor markets. Locations include Dakota Junction and 62 Prairie in Ames, seven stops in Boone, five in Story City, one in Randall, six in Jewell, and one in Slater. (See the map here.) The fall Junk Jaunt runs Friday through Sunday.

On Saturday, bring the family to “Play Ames: Imagine Your City,” a free community engagement festival. The grand opening is planned for at 10 a.m. at 5th Street & Burnett in downtown Ames. Then, from noon to 5 p.m., kids and adults are invited to four locations, each offering creative activities:

  • Reliable Street: Guerilla gardening, origami of dreams, board games
  • East 7th Street: Digital mapping, mapping of places, pop-up van with virtual reality
  • Franklin Park: Breathing game, sensory path
  • 5th Street & Burnett: Mural painting, live music

Sunday’s Octagon Art Festival is the highlight of the fall for art-loving central Iowans. Stroll Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and browse original artwork by 100 artists from 15 states, plus enjoy live music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. A “Chalk the Block” contest will take place in the 400 block of Burnett Avenue, just north of Tom Evans Park beginning at 10 a.m., with judging at 2 p.m.

For brides- and grooms-to-be, don’t miss “United at the Union” Wedding Expo on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. You can meet with some of the best wedding vendors in central Iowa, all under one roof!

 

This week in Ames: Sept. 13-19

Happy Monday! Here’s what’s happening in Ames this week:

Lecture season has begun on the Iowa State campus. This week, you can catch a lecture titled “Youth Voting and the 26th Amendment: Youth Can Make a Difference” by Bobbi Gentry on Monday night (Sept. 13) in the Memorial Union Sun Room. But Iowa State offers so many lectures that you should just take a look at the full list and mark your calendar now. Most lectures are held in the Memorial Union; some are held elsewhere on campus, and a few are virtual events. All lectures are free and open to the public.

If you’ve been waiting to go to Reiman Gardens this fall, wait no longer. The Gardens’ new signature garden space, Sycamore Falls, is having its big grand opening Wednesday, and the Gardens will be open to everyone from 3-6 p.m. at no charge. The Sycamore Falls area includes a water wall, stream, waterfalls, reflecting pool, and a tower that overlooks the site – welcoming all Ames visitors driving down University Boulevard.

Maintenance Shop concerts have also begun their season at ISU. If you’ve never been to a concert at the Memorial Union’s M-Shop, you’re missing out. The musical acts are unique, and the venue is intimate, making each concert a dynamic experience. This Thursday, you can catch Vesperteen in concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the general public are just $12 in advance, or $14 at the door.

Campus is going to be a little quieter this Saturday with no football game. We’re probably headed to the Ames Downtown Farmers Market for early-fall produce, and we might hang around for shopping and some gelato. Who knows? We might even eat dinner at The Spice and then go listen to Jack Curtis at Noir starting at 7 p.m.

If you missed it last week, your kids will be happy that Thomas the Tank Engine is coming back to town. “Day Out with Thomas” is rolling back into Boone this Friday through Sunday (Sept. 17-19) with the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s Party Train Tour. Advance tickets are required.

This weekend provides another great excuse to go to Reiman Gardens. The Garden Quilt Show is back, from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 17-19, co-sponsored by the Iowa Quilters Guild. You’ll see garden-themed quilts created by talented Midwestern textile artists. Vendors will demonstrate, display, and sell fabric art.  While you’re there, be sure to check out the ongoing OrigamiintheGarden2 sculpture exhibit.

And, finally, Burnin’ Sensations will perform live at Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. If you haven’t been out to the winery in north Ames, what are you waiting for? It’s always a fun time!

 

This week in Ames: Sept. 6-12

We hope you’re enjoying this first full week of September! There’s a lot going on this week, so let’s get started:

Tuesday night, Society of Broken Souls, a Folk Noir songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalists Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter, will perform as part of the Goldfinch Room on the Lawn series at 5:30 p.m. Fingers crossed that the weather forecast holds! These outdoor concerts are fun and relaxing; you can bring your own picnic dinner, but The Traveling Pig food truck will also be around, as well as a bar selling beer and wine. Admission is $10. Bring your lawn chairs!

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In Ames, Friends of Army Aviation will sponsor a 9/11 Memorial Ride on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday (Sept. 9, 10, 12). Rides on a Huey Helicopter from the Vietnam era will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Ames Municipal Airport. The Huey Helicopter will also be at the Boone Municipal Airport on Sept. 11. For both events, find ticket info here.

On Friday and Saturday, Maximum Ames is holding two nights of free live music at three venues in conjunction with Ames Pride’s “Pride Around Town” event. Check out the lineups at Alluvial Brewing Company, London Underground, and The Angry Irishmen. Find all the details here.

This is another BIG Cyclone football week. For the second time in three years, Iowa State will be the site of ESPN’s College GameDay, the network’s signature college football pregame show, on Saturday, Sept. 11. (The three-hour show begins at 8 a.m. central time on ESPN.) The set will again be located South of MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium in the grassy area between the Sukup End Zone Club and Reiman Gardens. Plan for lots of extra traffic in Ames on Saturday morning.

Of course, that’s just the early part of the day. At 3:30 p.m., Iowa State takes on the University of Iowa, and the annual Cy-Hawk showdown promises to be as exciting as ever. The game, which is sold out, kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and will be shown on ABC. Tailgate responsibly!

If you have young kids, they’ll be thrilled that Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to Central Iowa. “Day Out with Thomas” is rolling into town Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 11-12) with the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s Party Train Tour. Advance tickets are required, but if you’ve waited too late to reserve your seats, another “Day Out” event is coming our way the weekend of Sept. 17-19. For tickets or more info, visit the Day Out With Thomas webpage or call the depot at 1-800-626-0319.

For outdoor fun and competition, check out the Great Ames Adventure Race on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The race is an all-ages amateur athletic event combining paddling, bicycling, and running, starting at 7:30 a.m. Check it out at
http://www.greatamesadventurerace.org

And finally, don’t miss Dueling Pianos Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards. $5 gets you access to the lawn and, as always, includes a free glass of sangria.

 

August 30, 2021

Get ready for gameday!

The big news in Ames this week is Cyclone football. After a 2020 season without tailgating, and limited fans in the stadium, this football season is highly anticipated.

The Saturday, Aug. 4 game against University of Northern Iowa Panthers begins at 3:30 p.m. in Jack Trice Stadium.

Parking lots open at 7 a.m., and stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to the game.

For parking information and for a list of what is (and isn’t) allowed in the stadium, click here.

 

Facilities

Fans will see a lot of exciting changes when they head toward Jack Trice Stadium from the north. A $90 million, five-level Sports Performance Center has been completed, and an elevated north stadium concourse and north plaza have been added. The concourse extension creates a continuous pedestrian walkway around the stadium.

 

Tickets

This year, the Cyclones have broken a school record total of season football tickets sold, surpassing the 48,000 mark for the first time ever. As of last Friday, a limited number of single tickets were still available. If you need tickets, they can be purchased online or by phone (toll free at 888-478-2925 or locally at 515-294-1816).

On gameday, if any tickets remain, you can purchase them at the will-call window at the Athletics Ticket Office.

For fans without tickets, two great places to watch the game in Ames are Wallaby’s (in north Ames) and Welch Ave Station (in campustown).

Not in Ames? You can catch the game on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

 

Get your Cyclone gear

Don’t forget to gear up for the season! Ames shops have what you need for late-summer games as well as those chilly fall events. Try Barefoot Campus Outfitters, Dogtown University, or Iowa State University Book Store for all the latest fashions and sports-worthy accessories.

Cyclone Central Tailgate 

For pre-game fun, check out the Cyclone Central Tailgate at the ISU Alumni Center (429 Alumni Lane). Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the ISU Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band performs a step show on the Alumni Center staircase before marching to the stadium. (Photo courtesy Matt Van Winkle, ISU Alumni Association)

 

Preseason polls

Iowa State is ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP poll behind the strength of 19 returning starters from last year’s PlayStation Fiesta Bowl championship team that went 9-3. Three Cyclone football players have been named AP First-Team Preseason All-American, and four Cyclones made the USA Today Sports Preseason All-America Team.

Go,Cyclones!

August 23, 2021

This week in Ames 

This is a big week in Ames, as students have returned to Iowa State for the fall semester. Classes officially began on Monday, Aug. 23. Welcome to Ames, everyone! Good luck with classes!

Before the summer gets away from you, be sure to enjoy Ames patios this week! Here are just a few options for local al fresco dining:

  • Dublin Bay is an Irish pub with a generous beer menu, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more, all served on a vibrant outdoor patio.
  • Wallaby’s, a bar and grill in Somerset, features a rooftop bar and dining area. Keep Wallaby’s in mind this fall, too…it’s a great place to watch the game on TV!
  • Cornbred Barbecue features smoked meats, unique bar snacks, beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic refreshers in the heart of downtown Ames at the Old Train Depot. Just follow the party lights!
  • For local beer, check out Alluvial Brewing Company in north Ames, with live music on Thursday nights and food trucks available some weekend nights.

Midwestern American songwriter/folksinger Marques Morel will perform at the Goldfinch Room songwriter showcase on the Stephens Auditorium front lawn on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the nine-show concert series this summer. Admission is $10 per person. “Doors” will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, and you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets for this outdoor concert. You may also bring a picnic with non-alcoholic beverages if you wish; a food truck and bar are available on site. This event is supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO EXTREME HEAT ON TUESDAY, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN MOVED INSIDE STEPHENS. PLEASE USE SOUTHWEST DOORS FOR ENTRY.

On Thursday, check out the Charles Ginnever Inside/Outside Party from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on campus at the Christian Petersen Art Museum and Anderson Sculpture Garden. On exhibit in both the Anderson Sculpture Garden and Christian Petersen Art Museum, Ginnever’s sculptures challenge the viewer to interact with art from multiple perspectives. Enjoy the start of the fall semester with refreshments and conversation, and experience these two exhibitions by the renowned sculptor!

This weekend, head over to Nevada for Lincoln Highway Days. Enjoy local music, food booths, a parade (Saturday at 10 a.m.), antique cars, craft show, and free family games. The events will run from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday.

You’ll have two Ames farmers’ market options on Saturday: Ames Main Street and North Grand, both open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stop by for a variety of seasonal produce, flowers, hand-crafted items, live music, and prepared foods.

On Sunday, enjoy a fun, live music event at Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards. Baberhood Bluegrass Band will perform an outdoor concert from 3-6 p.m. This group specializes in bluegrass, with an emphasis on folk, but they may surprise you with some rock or country music! Local wine and beer are available for purchase on site, and we highly recommend ordering one of the brick-oven pizzas, which are divine. A $5 entry fee at the door includes a glass of sangria.

Have a great week!

August 19, 2021

This week in Ames

This week, don’t miss out on the popular “OrigamiintheGarden2” sculpture exhibit currently on display at Reiman Gardens. And stop by the Ames History Museum, 416 Douglas Ave., to learn about groundbreaking women from Ames in the “A Woman’s Place is Everywhere” exhibit.

On Friday, support Prairie Rivers of Iowa and enjoy a pint of craft beer at Alluvial Brewing Company. The “Butterflies, Bees & Brew” event is a fun way to support Prairie Rivers’ environmental efforts. For $25, you can try Alluvial’s specially brewed “Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Blueberry Mead” made with locally sourced honey, as well as enjoy live music, prairie walks, and food trucks. The fundraiser runs from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Alluvial Brewing Company, 3715 W. 190th Street in Ames.

This weekend:
• Head downtown for a late-summer farmers’ market on Saturday morning (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
• Stay downtown for some back-to-school shopping…or visit North Grand Mall for kids’ apparel and accessories. While you’re there, check out the new location for Coe’s Floral, Gifts & Design; an expanded Inside Golf; and new food options: Strawberry Hills Sweets & Treats and Time to Roll ice cream and Tex-Mex
• Enjoy an end-of-summer celebration at Bandshell Park on Saturday, sponsored by Ames Public Library. Bring a picnic dinner and listen to music by The Cherry Pickers from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
• Cap off your Saturday night with a performance by Coffeeshop Romance at Noir, 405 Kellogg.
• On Sunday, peruse more than 30 local handmade and vintage vendors at the family-friendly Beautiful Land pop-up market at the Fareway parking lot, 619 Burnett in downtown Ames, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to live music by Fred Love from 12:30-2:20 p.m., and purchase delicious ice cream from the ISU Creamery from 2-4 p.m.

See our calendar for all the details!

June 2019

The Sounds of Summer

Published June 13, 2019. Music abounds this summer throughout the Ames area with several outdoor entertainment options for you to enjoy the warmer weather and your tunes. More

May 2019

Unusually Ames: Take It Outside!

Published May 31, 2019. What could be better than 26 different ways to enjoy patio dining this summer in Ames? Maybe just having a guide to all the options! More

April 2019

A Fresh Look at Spring in Ames

Published April 17, 2019. In the season of rebirth and rejuvenation, it may be time to take a fresh look at some unexpected ways to soak up spring and renew your plans to visit Ames! More

March 2019

Put a “SPRING” in Your Step with a Twist

Published May 31, 2019. It may have felt like a long winter, so it seems about time to look towards the next season. Check out some out-of-the-ordinary ways to put a spring in your step in Ames this month! More

January 2019

Unusually Ames: A different kind of off-roading

Published January 25, 2019. With winter in full swing, it’s not unusual to hear reports warning to “Stay off the roads.” In the Ames area, though, that’s a call for fun, not fear. Check out some of the tremendous opportunities for “off-roading” activities available this winter. More

December 2018

‘Tis the Season for the Unexpected in Ames!

Published December 11, 2018. With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, no one gives it a second thought when they see holiday decorations in every town square, ice skating at the plaza, or restaurants advertising favorite comfort foods. But what if you added a twist to your traditions and ventured to Ames for the out-of-the-ordinary this winter? You might find yourself surprised by the unexpected! More

November 2018

Home for the Holidays: Thanksgiving in Ames

Published November 14, 2018. Trading in the hustle and bustle of road trips or airports for a Thanksgiving in home sweet Ames? Enjoy the holiday with family and friends while leaving the kitchen clean-up to someone else! We’ve compiled a list of CYtes ready to welcome you and yours in for a Thanksgiving feast! More

A Magical Season Begins in Ames

Published November 7, 2018. As the temperatures get cooler and the days get shorter, a magical season begins in Ames and on the campus of Iowa State University. With all that’s planned from now through New Year’s, a weekend in Cyclone Country is the perfect addition to your holiday traditions. More

October 2018

The Ames’ Sports Legacy: Setting the Groundwork for Greatness

Published October 24, 2018. People around the country are drawn to compete in all kinds of sports. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do people more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. More

September 2018

September Art & History

Published September 11, 2018. In the fall of 1969, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra opened the first performance season at C. Y. Stephens Auditorium in Ames with a five-performance, week-long festival. This year Stephens Auditorium will begin a year-long campaign to celebrate 50 years of programming history launched by that premier event. More

August 2018

Top Five August Events in Ames

Published August 2, 2018. Summer is winding down. But don’t start buying new notebooks and dusting off those bookbags just yet! There’s still plenty of fun events you can attend in Ames before summer is officially over. Keep reading to find out our top five favorite August events! More

July 2018

Beat the Heat in Ames

Published July 16, 2018. It’s 100 degrees and 80 percent humidity outside. Your ice cream is melting, and the kiddie pool in the backyard just isn’t as fun anymore. You don’t want to spend another day inside watching cable, so where do you go to cool down? Ames, of course! Ames has lots of fun ways for you and your family to beat the heat this summer. More

Top Five July Events in Ames

Published July 3, 2018. Summer is in full swing! That means pools days, lots of ice cream and, of course, tons of fun events in Ames! Keep reading to check out our top five favorite things to do this month. All these events are open to the general public, so you’re more than welcome to bring the whole family. More

June 2018

Top Five June Events in Ames

Published May 30, 2018. Are you looking for fun events to attend now that school is out? We’ve got you covered! Check out our favorite top five events happening in Ames this June! More

May 2018

Top Five May Events in Ames

Published May 2, 2018. Ames and Iowa State University is a great place to visit this May.  Summer is just on the horizon, and there are great events happening all month long! Keep reading to check out our five favorite events that you should attend this month. More

April 2018

CYcle to Ames!

Published April 26, 2018. Do you enjoy pedaling on two wheels? Then you’re in luck! Ames is a great bicycling community, welcoming casual riders and experienced pros alike. Keep reading to check out just a few of the cyclist-friendly businesses that you might want to visit while you’re here. More 

Top Five April Events in Ames

Published April 3, 2018. April is a great time to visit Ames and Iowa State University! The weather is beginning to warm up, flowers are starting to bloom and fun events are happening. Keep reading for a list of our top five favorite events to attend this month. More