Free Events in Ames this July

Summer is about halfway over now, but there’s still plenty of things to do in Ames for free! If you’re spending your summer break in Ames or planning to come visit, these events are a great way to learn more about the community and save money. I’ve compiled a list of events that are free and open to the public below:

July 1-2, Monday and Tuesday: Ames Public Library Book Sale

This is one of my favorite events to go to in Ames because you can get books for $1, and you get such a huge selection of books! Cost: Free on these two days.

July 2, Tuesday: July Ames Poetry Slam

Come to the Rotary Room at the Ames Public Library at 6:45 to compete and perform your own slam poetry, or to watch performers. Cost: Free.

July 3, Wednesday: Fireworks

The fireworks show will start after dusk around 10pm, and they will be launched from the east fields of Jack Trice Stadium.

July 4, Thursday: Community Pancake Breakfast

Come get free pancakes from 8:30-10:30am at the front entrance of City Hall, hosted by the Ames Mayor and City Council. Cost: Free.

July 4, Thursday: Downtown Ames 4th of July Parade

The parade starts at 11am in the downtown area of Ames, and there will be other activities throughout the day hosted by the city of Ames including: a dog jumping competition, grilling, a 5K, and more! Click here for more information. Cost: Free.

July 14, Sunday: Garden Art Fair

Reiman Gardens will be hosting their annual Garden Art Fair with garden and nature-inspired art from over 60 artists. 9am-4pm. Cost: Free with ISU student ID.

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