5 fun things to do in and around Ames this weekend

Whether you’re in the mood to shop at farmers’ markets, listen to music or attend a plant sale, there’s plenty going on in Ames and Story County this weekend to suit your cravings.

Farmers ‘market season is beginning for two popular markets this weekend – the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market on Saturday and Maxwell’s Market in the Park on Sunday.

Seasons are coming to a conclusion for two local music organizations. Central Iowa Symphony’s season finale is Saturday, and Ames Town & Gown hosts its final concert of the season Sunday.

Reiman Gardens holds its annual Plant Sale Extravaganza this weekend, with a members-only event Friday and open-to-the-public event Saturday and Sunday.

Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market begins season Saturday

The season kicks off for the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market from 8 am to 12:30 pm Saturday in the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street.

Opening day will feature live music by Ace Jones, and Joyful Colorz will provide free face painting.

The market will run every Saturday through Oct. 15. Hours will remain the same through October, when the times change to 9 am to 12:30 pm

The market has expanded this year to include more vendors.

Jennifer Buehler of Ames browses vegetables at the Ames Downtown Farmers' Market on Oct.  17, 2020.

“We are thrilled to open our 12th season of the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market this weekend,” Lojean Petersen, market manager, said in a news release. “We are expanding again with 20 new full-time and occasional vendors joining the market this year. We are also excited to bring back the Annual Farm to Table Dinner in July. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, we are eager to bring community together again for this fan-favorite event. ”

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