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RAGBRAI support drivers: spend the day like a local

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.

RAGBRAI route inspection team rides through jack trice stadium


After a busy morning of packing, driving, and everything in between, fuel up with our favorite local coffee spots. Burgie’s Coffee & Tea Co. is guaranteed to set your day up right with two convenient locations or try Stomping Grounds’ relaxing patio on Welch Ave. in campustown.

If you’re looking for a delicious meal along with quick energy, check out:

While enjoying your coffee on the go, make sure to stop and enjoy the beauty of Iowa State University. Located in the heart of campus, the Iowa State University Memorial Union is a perfect one-stop shop for art, entertainment, and food!


Next, get a true Ames experience and shop at all of our locally owned businesses. Find your next favorite clothing item, home décor, books, and so much more!

Want a breath of fresh air? Ames has you covered! Visit Ada Hayden Heritage Park, McFarland Park, or Tedesco Environmental Learning Center to enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery. Or, on the riders’ route, visit Reiman Gardens to discover even more amazing sights of Ames.

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Finally, get ready to celebrate Ames RAGBRAI right with an evening full of fun-filled games and delicious food from local vendors. Sip on an ice-cold brew while enjoying the Ames concert series headliner: Hairball.

Main Stage

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

First National Bank Stage

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

If you want to take a break from the action, but still enjoy live music, check out Alluvial Brewing Company in north Ames, or Cornbred downtown.


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  1. Where is the main stage of music events happening? You only give a schedule but not the location!!!

      1. No they don’t. Where exactly is the Vendor area in relation to the camping areas? I’m trying to decide which camping area I should head to to set up tents for my team.

        I also haven’t found info on KYBOS and shower availability at each of the camping areas.

        1. Hi Cathy, all of our maps are on our maps page on the RAGBRAI portal of the website If you would like to park a support vehicle next to your tents overnight you should head to lots G2/3, G4/5 and G8. Tent only camping is at Brookside Park, and free RV camping is at the S lots East of Jack Trice stadium. Each campground is outfitted with KYBOs and handwashing stations.

          Showers are located in lot G10, Brookside Park (main campground), Towers North (Pork Belly) – $8 for shower; $1 for towel, Lied Rec Center – $10 (includes towel), State Gym – $10 (includes towel), Brancel Charters (Haunted Forest Campground) – $8 for shower; $2 for towel, and Furman Aquatic Center.

          For this information and more head to the RAGBRAI portal on our website at

  2. Where is a good place in Ames to park your bike Tuesday night prior to Wednesday mornings departure?

  3. Marmalade Moon is selling their house made ice cream til 10p on Tuesday! Main Street near the stage at their shop. A MUST TRY!

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