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Ames Children’s Choirs


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515.290.1422

The Ames Children's Choirs include three choirs for boys and girls, ages 7 to 18, from eight central Iowa communities.

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Ames City Auditorium & Durham Bandshell

515 Clark Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.239.5365

The beautiful Auditorium, seating for 881, is suitable for meetings, lectures, and performances. Durham Bandshell, nestled in Ames oldest park, is perfect for outdoor events.

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Ames Community Arts Council


Ames, IA 50010
515.233.6110

Encourages community involvement in the arts; enhances and promotes the arts through education, outreach and publicity; and provides coordination among arts organizations.

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Ames Community Theater (ACTORS, Inc.)

120 Abraham Dr
Ames, IA 50014
515.292.2073

ACTORS stages five productions annually including comedies, dramas, and musicals. This community theater is open to anyone who enjoys putting on a show. Tickets are available at actorsinc.org.

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Ames Historical Society

416 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.2148

Discover fascinating local stories, explore changing exhibits, hear engaging programs, delve into research materials, select Ames-related gift shop items. Open 6 days/week: M-F 1-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-4pm.

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Ames Parks & Recreation

1500 Gateway Hills Park Dr
Ames, IA 50014
515.239.5350

Oversees more than 1,200 acres of parks, 30 miles of pedestrian trails, Furman Aquatic Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, Community Center, Homewood Golf Course and over 150 recreation programs.

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Ames Public Library

515 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.239.5656

Ames Public Library provides books, movies, music, research tools and free reference services along with programs for all ages, meeting rooms and computer commons.

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Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Assocation


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515.292.3891

Presents five chamber music concerts featuring internationally renowned ensembles and brilliant emerging artists in ideal settings on and off campus and a popular musicale featuring local artists.

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Art House on State

221 S State St

Madrid, IA 50156
515.720.5237

Art House on State features the work of central Iowa artists in a variety of media, including watercolor, oils, pastels, fiber, glass and more.

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Boone History Museums Boone History Center

602 Story St
Boone, IA 50036
515.432.1907

The Boone History Center, a 110 year old Masonic Temple, features seven galleries packed with STORIES, ARTIFACTS, and PHOTOS of BOONE COUNTY & CENTRAL IOWA. TUES-FRI 10-4, SAT 10-1.

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Central Iowa Symphony


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A community orchestra whose collective goal is to foster quality performances, offer satisfying musical experiences, and nurture educational and cultural growth in central Iowa.

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Ciccotti Art Glass

2306 258th St
Ames, IA 50014
515.231.1267

Unique Hand-blown glass work. Demonstrations and tours. Gallery/gift shop, custom orders, corporate gifts and trophies. Workshops offered, see website for details.

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Creative Spirits Ames

4820 Mortensen Rd
Ames, IA 50014
515.509.2265

Bring your friends, beverages and snacks and enjoy while painting with Creative Spirits! Our artists will guide you through the painting process. No experience necessary. Amateurs strongly encouraged.

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Design on Main

203 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.708.2825

An extension of Iowa State University's College of Design, Design on Main aims to share the artistic practice generated within the university with the larger community.

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Gilger Designs

236 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.0678

Gilger's family owned art gallery is where you'll find truly unique jewelry and art that's in a league of its own. Think green and turn your old gold into attention grabbing one-of-a-kind originals.

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Iowa Arboretum

1875 Peach Ave
Madrid, IA 50156
515.795.3216

Enjoy thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers in this 378 acre public garden. Hike woodland and prairie trails. Grounds are open year-round, sunrise to sunset. Admission: $5 per car. Free to members.

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Iowa State University Alumni Center

420 Beach Ave
Ames, IA 50011
515.294.6525

A one-of-a-kind venue for meetings and special events. Contact our professional events staff to help plan your upcoming event. We are also home to the ISU Alumni Association.

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Iowa State Center

Lincoln Way and University Blvd
Ames, IA 50010
515.294.3347

Stephens Auditorium hosts a diverse range of entertainment events. Fisher Theater is home to ISU Theatre presentations, and the Scheman Building hosts conferences, seminars and social events.

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Iowa State University Deparment of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management


Ames, IA 50011

A multi-disciplinary academic department ranked in the top ten nationally. Our Tearoom is a relaxing place to eat on campus. The Annual Fashion Show, sells out C.Y. Stephens Auditorium every April.

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Iowa State University Memorial Union

2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50011
515.296.6848

Located in the heart of Iowa State, The Memorial Union houses the University Book Store, food, convenience store, art studio, bowling, entertainment, parking ramp and event/meeting facilities.

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Iowa State University Museums

290 Scheman Bldg
Ames , IA 50011
515.294.3342

Brunnier Art Museum, Christian Petersen Art Museum, Farm House Museum, Art on Campus Collection and Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden.

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Iowa Youth Ballet Company


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515.233.0826

Enjoy the Iowa Youth Ballet’s dance presentations! See website and Robert Thomas Dancenter Facebook page for information on upcoming shows.

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ISU Theatre


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515.294.2624

Don’t miss out on ISU Theatre's exciting 2016-17 season! Catch a spring performance of The Secret Garden and The Birds. Check www.theatre.iastate.edu for updated information!

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Main Street Cultural District

304 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.3472

More than 50 locally owned, retail shops and restaurants. Events include Farmers' Market, ArtWalk, Firefly Country Nights, 4th of July Parade and Festival, MusicWalk, Oktoberfest and Snow Magic.

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Maximum Ames Music Festival


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The 2016 Maximum Ames Music Festival will be September 15-18 in downtown Ames. This year's event is sponsored in part by the Ames Community Grant Program.

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Octagon Center for the Arts

427 Douglas Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.5331

The Octagon Center for the Arts is a community art center providing gallery exhibits, art classes for children and adults and an art shop featuring Iowa artists.

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Robert Thomas Dancenter

319 S 17th St
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.0826

Robert Thomas Dancenter offers a variety of dance classes from beginning to advanced, preschool to adult, for serious and social dancers and dance supplies, since 1978.

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Senior Variety Show


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515.232.8294

A community tradition for 21 years, the Senior Variety Show cast of 100 actors and musicians (age 60+) has delighted local audiences each August, and raised over $160,000 for various senior programs.

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Stephens Auditorium

1805 Center Dr
Ames, IA 50011
515.294.3347

This 2,747-seat auditorium (including the 112 seat orchestra pit) creates a great event with a striking environment and excellent acoustics for lectures, meetings, performances and speeches.

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Story Theater Company


Ames, IA 50010
515.233.6980

Providing performance opportunities for children ages 6 to 18 from Ames and surrounding communities, and professionally produced shows for central Iowa audiences.

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Talent Factory, The

1114 6th Street
Nevada, IA 50201
515.382.0085

We are a live entertainment venue, housed in a historical movie theater, showcasing local and national singers, musicians, comedians, magicians, comedian hypnotists and live bands.