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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 THAT DUE TO EXTREME HEAT, THIS CONCERT HAS MOVED INSIDE. PLEASE USE THE SOUTHWEST ENTRANCE OF STEPHENS.

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!

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