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Alluvial Brewing Company

3715 West 190th St
Ames, IA 50014
515.337.1182

Located 3 miles north of Ames. Our taproom features 10 unique varieties of craft beer dedicated to quality and taste, focused on celebrating our community and our unique piece of Iowa.

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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 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 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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Black’s Heritage Farm

26156 530th Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.292.1936

Come visit the Farm! We offer a unique experience for family events. Home of Iowa's best sweet corn.

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Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & James H. Andrew Museum

225 10th St
Boone , IA 50036
515.432.4249

A historical, educational railroad museum providing excursion train rides across the beautiful Des Moines River Valley. Tickets available online at www.bsvrr.com.

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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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Forte Studios

927 6th St
Boone, IA 50036
515-309-1524

Professional audio engineers working in a world class acoustical space. Providing audio and private forensic services. Recording, mixing, mastering, converting, and post-production for video & music.

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Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center

2508 Mortensen Rd
Ames, IA 50011
515.294.4950

The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Leaning Center is a unique facility to Iowa State University. It includes a 33,000 sq. ft. arena, four classrooms, and large atrium.

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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 University Athletics Department

Jacobson Athletic Building
1800 S 4th St
Ames, IA 50011
515.294.3662

Home to Iowa State Cyclone sports teams. Visit www.cyclones.com for event schedules and tickets.

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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 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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Lucky Star Market


Ames, IA
515.450.2302

A wonderful, one-day shopping experience that features vendors selling hand-made crafts, jewelry, clothing, vintage goods and art. Festive food, drink and family activities throughout the day.

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Massage Heights

637 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.7359

Healthy living begins here. Our licensed, registered and certified massage therapists provide a variety of therapeutic massage treatments customized to address your individual needs.

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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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Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards

3801 W 190th St
Ames , IA 50014
515.232.2747

Located 3 miles north of Ames. We are a family owned winery that makes all wines on premise and have 12 acres of our own vineyards. Stop in to try our statewide known Honeymoon Red.

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Reiman Gardens

1407 S. University Blvd
Ames, IA 50011
515.294.2710

17-acre public botanical garden including tropical plant conservatory, butterfly wing with hundreds of live butterflies, and gift shop. Events open to the public and annual changing displays.

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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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Seven Oaks Recreation

1086 222nd Dr
Boone, IA 50036
515.432.9457

Year-round outdoor recreation. Downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Canoe, kayak and river tubing, paintball and camping. Event space for up to 400.

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Snus Hill Winery

2183 320th St
Madrid, IA 50156
515.795.3535

Rural, peaceful, award-winning winery with scenic views from multi-level decks. Gorgeous tree shaded lawn, tasting room and gift shop. Live music on Fridays and Sundays during warm weather.

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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 City Antique Carousel

102 City Park
Story City, IA 50248

Enjoy a ride on the Story City Antique Carousel! Built in 1913, the carousel consists of horses, pigs, roosters, dogs, chariots, a spinning tub and an original Wurlitzer Military Band organ.

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Story County Conservation

56461 180th St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.2516

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, develops and manages wildlife habitat and offers educational programs for all ages.

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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.

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Trailside Rentals

326 W 2nd St
Madrid, IA 50156
515.230.6712

Rent a bike or recumbent trike and ride the High Trestle Trail! Open 10-6 weekends and holidays, by appointment Monday, Thursday, and Friday, April-November. Wheelchairs available.