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10 Ways to Fill Your Spring Bucket List in Ames
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10 Ways to Fill Your Spring Bucket List in Ames

Spring has arrived, bringing with it warmer temperatures and the desire to be more active. One way to make sure you don't miss out on fun springtime activities is to make a bucket list and check things off as you go. Here are 10 ways to get you started!

1. DNCE Concert

The L.A. based four-piece group, led by front man Joe Jonas, brings the concert scene to Hilton Coliseum on April 5. DNCE first introduced themselves to audiences worldwide with the release of their debut single “Cake By The Ocean” in September 2015. The song entered the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became one the most played radio songs of the year. Chord Overstreet, best known for his role on “Glee” will be the special guest. 

2. Cyclone Gridiron Club Spring Football Game

Although football probably isn’t at the top of your mind quite yet, this is your chance to catch a preview of the 2017 Iowa State Football Team. The Spring Game will be held at Jack Trice Stadium at 1 p.m. on April 8. Coach Matt Campbell and the team have been hard at work in the off season and are ready to show their progress.

3. ISU Fashion Show

The evening of April 8, you can experience the long runway, dazzling lights, and stunning clothing designs on the Stephens Auditorium stage at The Fashion Show. It’s like New York Fashion Week, but produced entirely by students! In its 35th year, The Fashion Show will have a theme of “Altered Aspects” and is one of the largest student-run fashion shows in the nation. Pre-order tickets so you don’t miss out on this night of glamour and excitement!

4. Spring Egg Hunt

The Easter weekend wouldn’t be complete without a colorful egg hunt for the kiddos. From 9 – 11 a.m. on April 15, festivities will include an egg hunt for all children 6th grade and younger, goodie bags for trading in eggs, craft and activity stations and a visit from the Reiman Gardens’ spring bunny!

5. Geocache Egg Hunt

Have you heard of geocaching? Your family will love this new-age way of hunting eggs on April 15. Learn how to use a GPS, then go search the woods to find the Conservation Bunny’s nests of hidden treasures. Collect prizes and candy and discover some of nature’s treasures along the way. Be sure to keep a watchful eye as you may come across a golden egg containing giveaways!

6. Opening Weekend of Washed Ashore™ at Reiman Gardens

Where can you find a colorful, garbage-to-art exhibit featuring 10 giant sea life sculptures made from trash collected from beaches to graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways? Washed Ashore™ will be the major annual exhibit for Reiman Gardens in 2017, opening on Saturday April 29 and will run through October.

7. Main Street Farmers’ Market Opening Weekend and Food Truck Showdown

These days, it seems like farmers’ markets and food trucks go hand-in-hand. Find both during the opening weekend of the popular Main Street Farmers’ Market in downtown Ames on May 6. Enjoy the market atmosphere and get the first picks of the season of locally produced fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, honey, jams, eggs, flowers, baked goods, handcrafted items and much more. You can also help pick the winner of the Food Truck Showdown while filling your belly.

8. Lucky Star Spring Market

Are you a craft enthusiast, DIY-er, or just like feeling like you are in a European market? The Lucky Star Spring Market at the ISU Research Park Parking Lot on May 13 is a wonderful one-day outdoor shopping experience that features vendors selling hand-made crafts, jewelry, clothing, vintage goods and art. You’re sure to come upon a “lucky find” and leave with an abundance of inspiration!

9. Iowa Able Run

This annual “Run for a Cause” takes place at Ada Hayden Heritage Park in north Ames on May 20. There are options for a 2.5K, 5K, 10K and Kids’ Fun Run, all in support of the Iowa Able Foundation. Since 2004, Iowa Able has provided an accessible borrowing option for Iowans with disabilities and aging Iowans. Run, walk or roll to register for this fun, family event today!

10. Derek & Julianne Hough MOVE-BEYOND-LIVE ON TOUR

The Hough siblings are promising fans their biggest and best show yet, with brand-new stage production inspired by the elements – earth, wind, fire, and water – which the duo have infused into fresh, high impact choreography that only they can deliver. On May 26, the pair will be joined by the Move Company Dancers for group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in between.

Spring is the perfect time to fill your bucket list and start checking things off! For a full list of things to DO, EAT, and SHOP in Ames and the surrounding community, check out our event calendar at ThinkAmes.com.

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