Your biweekly newsletter on what to do and where to stay, eat, and shop in Ames, Iowa. 
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Spend the day in Ames like a local: RAGBRAI style

Don’t miss the fun waiting for your RAGBRAI rider(s) on Tuesday, July 25, or after they take off on Wednesday – discover all there is to do in Ames! With food and fun from dusk to dawn, you’re sure to be satisfied with your day.

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July 3, 2023

Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks begin at dusk around the Iowa State Center parking area. Sponsored by Discover Ames Community Grant. While in town don't miss out on the annual 4th of July Parade taking place in Downtown Ames at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4th.

Light up the night

July 8-9 & 14-16, 2023

Summer Iowa Games

The Summer Iowa Games take place annually during July in Ames. Over 60 sports are offered during the Summer Games in an Olympic-style festival. Special events are a large part of the Summer Iowa Games environment including the Opening Ceremony and Athlete Jamboree.

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July 11, 2023

Tunes in the Trees

The NOLA Jazz Band has been in demand across the greater Midwest and continues to build their reputation regularly across the U.S. All band members have a common love for the “feel” of both traditional and current New Orleans based music – real, gutsy, raw, heartfelt, and entertaining. The band truly enjoys playing this fun music together and sees their audiences as part of their “family living room experience” for each performance. Bring your lawn chair. Food truck(s) open at 5 p.m.

Tune in
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RAGBRAI L is coming to Ames

2023 will be the fifth time Ames will host RAGBRAI as an overnight town, and no better timing than the 50th Anniversary!



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