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A Summer Music Guide for Ames

May 31, 2023

There is music in the air all summer long in Ames! Here is an A-Z Summer Music Guide with some of the best places you can find live music in Ames this summer!

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Prairie Moon Concert


Alluvial Brewing

Alluvial Brewing is a great place to drink deliciously crafted beer and listen to wonderful music! They have live music every week over the summer! Visit our events calendar and check out their socials for more details.


Bandshell Park 

Right by the heart of downtown Ames, you can enjoy wonderful music in beautiful scenery. This summer, Bandshell Park Is hosting Ames on the Half Shell. You can see Ames on the Half every Friday throughout June. That’s not all Bandshell Park is offering. Ames Municipal Band will also be performing every Thursday in June and July this summer. Visit our event calendar for more information.



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There is always something fun going on here! Check out their live music every Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and enjoy awesome food and great service! You can stay updated by visiting their social media.


Della Viti 

Della Viti is the perfect place to sip and sway. Della Viti has different musical events going on all summer. You don’t want to miss the fun they have in store! Keep updated with their summer music schedule through their website and social media.


3 white men on a small stage. Two of them are playing electric guitars on the sides and in the middle there is a man playin on the drums. The environment is dimly lit with colorful string lights behind the.
Live music performance at Della Viti


Iowa Arboretum 

Make sure you tune in this summer to the Tune in the Trees series happening at the Iowa Arboretum and Garden. You can enjoy this musical event one night a month. Find more details in our event calendar.


London Underground 

Tired of Iowa? Need something “a little Brit different?” London Underground is a British pub with live music located in Downtown Ames! Check their website for their summer calendar.


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London Underground



Noir, a prohibition-themed bar, has live music most Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. You find more info on these dates and artists by visiting their website.


Roosevelt Park 

Roosevelt Park is hosting its 20th season of Summer Sundays with live music every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and a different artist every week. You can find more details on the artists by visiting our event calendar.


Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards 

Prairie Moon is a family-owned winery and vineyard in Ames. Not only do they have great wine, but they also have great music. Prairie Moon will have live music every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. with a different artist weekly. You can find more info by visiting their website.


Guy in red shirt with guitar performing and singing out outside.
Prairie Moon Performance


Ames RAGBRAI entertainment – July 25 (Main Street)


Hairball poster ragbrai concert series 2023

Main Stage

  • Danny Grause – 2:00-3:00
  • Stranger Than Fiction – 3:30-5:00
  • Burnin’ Sensations  – 6:00-8:00
  • Hairball – 8:30-10:30

First National Bank Stage

  • Great Caesar’s Goat – 2:00-3:30
  • Foxpin – 4:30-6:00
  • Buckmiller/Schwager Band  – 7:00-8:30
  • The Cherrypickers – 9:00-11:00



By Rachel Gantt, Marketing & Communications Intern


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