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Guide to fall activities in Ames

October 10, 2023

There is so much to do this fall season! Check out this guide to fall in Ames for all the fall festivities you could want!

pumpkin ghost kid at spirits in the reiman gardens during the fall

Spirits in the Gardens

Reiman Gardens’ popular fall celebration is back, with even more spooky fun on two weekends (Oct. 13-15 / Oct. 20-22). See 1,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns throughout the 17-acre botanical garden. Friday nights are great for adults!


Pumpkin Express

All aboard for a trip to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad’s pumpkin patch on The Pumpkin Express, Oct. 7, 14, and 21. At the patch, kids hop off the train and select their perfect pumpkin. Grownups will appreciate the eye-popping scenery over the Des Moines River valley.


Cyclone Football

Fall weekends were made for football! Celebrate the Cyclones (and all things Iowa State and Ames) on these game days: Nov. 4 (Kansas / Homecoming), and Nov. 18 (Texas).


Jack Trice 100

The year-long commemoration of Jack Trice, Iowa State’s first Black athlete, who died of injuries sustained in a football game in 1923, ends this fall. Iowa State University, University Museums, and Cyclone Athletics commemorate Jack’s brief life and enduring legacy.


Halloween tricks & treats

Get the most out of those Halloween costumes at these trick-or-treat events:


The great outdoors

Savor the season with these outdoor offerings from the Iowa Arboretum and Story County Conservation:


On stage at Stephens Auditorium

The fall entertainment season is starting with a bang at Iowa State’s Stephens Auditorium. Check out this lineup:


Sneak peek: Merry & Bright Holiday Weekend

Mark your calendars for December 1-3! This Ames-area winter celebration features community activities throughout Story and Boone Counties. Highlights include the Reiman Gardens Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show, Main Street Ames Snow Magic Kickoff, Iowa State University’s Winterfest, Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Santa Express, Ames TUBACHRISTMAS, and much more.


Written by Rachel Gantt, Marketing & Communications Intern


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