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.

Business Sign Up: https://forms.gle/vrpPBm5pUFpPxTfQA

Volunteer Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DA4A82CABFE3-48057993-2024


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.


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


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


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

TS Bank | 402 Lincoln Way | CD Special (TBD)

Octagon Center for the Arts | 427 DouglasTBD

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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May 15 - 17 2024


Downtown Ames
304 Main StreetAmesUnited States