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515 Week Celebration May 15-19

May 9, 2023

Calling all those who live, work, and play in the 515 area code!

Downtown Ames is hosting 515 Week, a weeklong celebration filled with different events happening each day of the week, including family night, a food truck showdown, history walk, and live music. There’s something fun for everyone!


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Monday, May 15, business hours

Check out specials at participating local businesses, and enter US Bank’s $515 giveaway! See giveaway rules here

Tuesday, May 16, 5-8:00 p.m.

Face painting, balloon artists, and crafts – oh my! Head to Tom Evans Park at 5:00 p.m. to join in on the fun. 

Wednesday, May 17, 5-9:00 p.m.

You’ve heard of battle of the bands, but have you heard of battle of the food trucks? Choose between 11 local food trucks to grab a bite from while you stroll through the nighttime farmer’s market, accompanied by a live performance from Jake Doty. 

Thursday, May 18, business hours

Ready for a taste of Ames’ rich history? Learn more about the history of downtown’s buildings on the history walk!

Friday, May 19, 6-9:00 p.m.

515 Week will conclude with the BIG BASH, with a live performance by The Punching Pandas, a beer garden, and food trucks! The winner of US Bank’s $515 giveaway will be announced prior to the show, so don’t forget to go early!


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