515 Days


May 15 - 17, 2024

515 Days

515 Days are a spring celebration in Downtown Ames for those who live, work and play in the 515 area code, beginning on 5/15. Learn more about each day’s activities by clicking on the links below.


Wednesday, May 15 – Downtown After Sundown

The Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market will be open for a night time market! There will also be a Food Truck Showdown complete with a beer garden, featuring live music by Jake Doty!

Thursday, May 16 –  Family Night

Downtown Ames will have a range of family friendly activities to enjoy! Participating restaurants will have family friendly specials.

Friday, May 17 – The Big Bash.

515 Week will conclude with the BIG BASH in Bandshell Park featuring the band, The Punching Pandas. The BIG BASH will feature a beer garden and food trucks in addition to the The Punching Pandas playing live on stage! The winner of the $515 giveaway will be announced by our presenting sponsor, First National Bank, prior to the music starting.


Enter To Win $515 Dollars in Community Cash!

Many downtown businesses offering specials related to 515 (see the list below).

When you make purchases totaling $25 or more, bring your receipt to the Ames Chamber of Commerce office at 304 Main Street to enter the $515 Community Cash giveaway!

The winner will be drawn at Bandshell Park on Friday at 6:00pm before The Punching Pandas begin playing. You must be present to win!


Business Specials During 515 Week!

Oak Lane Candle
Co. | 121 Main Street15% Off

Dog-Eared Books | 203 Main Street | On Wednesday, we’ll be hosting 515 authors from 5-7pm for a signing at our front tables. Joe Geha will be signing his book, “Kitchen Arabic”, and Shannon Evans will be signing her books, “Rewilding Motherhood” and “Feminist Prayers for My Daughter.” On Thursday, at 7pm, we will be hosting a special Cocktails & Conversations with Megan Bannister, author of “Secret Iowa: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure”. Tickets are available at https://dogearedbooksames.com/author-series-cocktails-convos/ and include a copy of the book.

Marmalade Moon | 207 Main Street | Buy 5 bags of candy, get 1 for 5¢

Heroic Hair | 209 Main Street |Buy one retail product, get a free mini hempz lotion

Emerhoff’s Footwear | 215 Main Street | We will be offering 20% off all shoes sandals and purses for 515 days.

Treats On A Leash | 216 Main Street | Buy any 5 or more items (pet food excluded), get 15% off your order. Special good Wed. May 15th through Friday May 17th only.

Homegrown | 218 Main Street | Homegrown Grand Opening on 5/15 and Buy 5 items and get 15% Off

Moorman Clothiers | 226 Main Street | 15% Off all Iowa State Apparel

Chocolaterie Stam | 230 Main Street | Special – bag of 15 solid chocolate medallions for $5.15

Worldly Goods | 233 Main Street | “Buy 5 and get 15% Off” on our regular priced items.

Duck Worth Wearing | 232 Main Street | Buy 5 items get 15% off

The Loft Resale | 233 Main Street | Buy 5 items get 15% off


Nook & Nest | 301 Main Street | Buy 5 Cards, 6th is Free

Z.W. Mercantile | 301 Main Street | 5.15% off your entire purchase. (Not combined with other discounts)

Life Distilled | 301 Main Street | $5.15 off a purchase of $51.50 or more

Cooks’ Emporium | 313 Main Street | Buy 5 Bottles of Olivelle and get 15% off

Ames British Foods | 328 Main Street | Purchase $25 or more and receive anywhere from 5-15% off your purchase.

Everts Flowers Home & Gifts | 329 Main Street | WEDNESDAY SPECIAL – 20% off Regular Priced Items – Excludes: Fresh Plants, Fresh Flowers, and Clearance


MEMBERS1st Community Credit Union | 423 Main Street | Every new membership opened during 515 Days will be entered into a drawing for a prize basket. Basket will include MEMBERS1st merch and gift certificates from local businesses.


Cornbred | 526 Main Street | $5.15 off a purchase of $30 or more if they show a receipt from any downtown shopping purchase.


313 Bar & Lounge | 115 5th St. | $5.15 off all orders over $25

American Country Home Store | 210 5th St. | 15% Off Storewide Sale

Identity Salon | 307 Kellogg |$15 off hourly service

TS Bank | 402 Lincoln Way | TS Bank will be running a CD special for this event. We are offering 5.15% APY on a 12-month CD. Learn more about the CD special here!

First National Bank | 405 5th St. | Enter for a chance to win $100, $50 or $25 in Community Cash. Use online form, www.fnb247.com/education-center/515-days-contest/, or submit a paper copy at First National Bank’s booth during 515 Days Family Night on Thursday, May 16, 5pm to 8pm.

First National Bank | 405 5th St. | 515 Days $10 Special with New Kids First Savings account at First National Bank, more information here: www.fnb247.com/education-center/

Octagon Center for the Arts | 427 Douglas | The Octagon Center for the Arts will hold an art sale May 13th to the 15th. This unique event will allow patrons to view and purchase items from the Octagon which have never before been featured in the Octagon Shop. On Wednesday evening we invite the community to help us prepare for our summer patio parties by painting the patio! Everything will be provided – you bring the creativity!

Great Harvest Bakery | 502 Burnett |Play Bakery Bingo to earn discounts and free food

Torrent Brewing Company | 504 Burnett | BOGO pints each day. New beer each day for specials

Ames Public Library | 515 Douglas | Spend $15 in Ames Public Library’s Literary Grounds used book store and get a $5 gift card for a future purchase!


Thank you to our Sponsors!


515 Week is presented by:


Garbage Sponsor:


Additional Sponsors Throughout 515 Week:






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