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Top Five June Events in Ames


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!


June 1 | 5–8 p.m.

Downtown Ames

Check out Ames’ unique downtown area, all while enjoying local artwork. Discover the artwork of over 60 artists including painters, jewelry makers, photographers, woodworkers, potters, sculptors, musicians, and much more. This is a fun night out for those who love seeing creativity in action!

Scandinavian Days

June 1–3 | Various activities all day

Story City

Head just a few miles north of Ames and celebrate Scandinavia in this multi-day event. Scandinavian Days began in 1965 as part of the Syttende Mai (17th of May) celebration, also known as Norwegian Constitution Day, that Story City’s Immanual Lutheran Church held each year. While the festival has changed and grown over the years, visitors can still expect to experience traditional foods, folklore and a community with a rich heritage.

Summerfest in Campustown*

June 2 | 3–9 p.m.

Welch Avenue, Campustown

Bring the family and celebrate the beginning of summer in Campustown. This free event offers family-friendly activities until 7 p.m., including a root beer garden, face painting, balloons, a petting zoo and more. For the 21+ members of the family, there will also be a beer garden and live music to enjoy until 9 p.m.

Hope Run for Hospice*

June 16 | 6:45 a.m.–12 p.m.

Ames Middle School

Run for a good cause at the Annual Hope Run for Hospice. The event offers three separate runs: a timed 5K race, a one-mile fun run/walk and the Hope Run Jr., for children 10 and under. Not a runner? Register as a volunteer! Proceeds from this event support Mary Greeley Medical Center Hospice, an organization that provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their loved ones.

Pollinator Fest*

June 23 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Reiman Gardens

Celebration National Pollinator Week at Reiman Gardens. Learn why bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and more are so valuable to the ecosystem! Numerous collaborators will be on hand to make sure the day is educational and plenty of fun, including Iowa State University Pollinator Working Group, ISU Entomology Graduate Student Organization, ISU Graduates in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Blank Park Zoo and Ames High School.

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* All events marked with an asterisk (*) are funded in part by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. The program funds a wide range of events and activities that are open to the public and enhance both residents’ and visitors’ experiences. Learn more about the program here.