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Discover downtown Ames

July 29, 2022

Ames downtown mural
Downtown is the beating heart in the center of Ames. Discover downtown’s unique, independent shops and restaurants, farmers market, festivals and special events, live music, and so much more!

 5 things to discover downtown

  1. The best shopping: Shop for books, clothing, shoes, chocolate, candles, home décor, and more.
  2. A bit of art, a bit of history: Visit Ames History Museum, Octagon Center for the Arts, arts festivals, and street art.
  3. Vintage & consignment: Downtown is a hub for resale shops and sustainable goods.
  4. Great food and drink: Don’t miss Ames favorites like Aunt Maude’s and Great Plains, plus new coffee shops, restaurants, and bars.
  5. Music: Music lovers head downtown year-round for live music at bars and restaurants; concerts at Ames City Auditorium; music festivals; and summer sounds at Bandshell Park.
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