Clock Tower in Campustown

Ames, Iowa

Welcome to Campustown

Whether you live, work, eat, shop or play in the Campustown District, we strive to provide you with the best experience possible. Campustown is home to unique shops and a variety of restaurants and bars featuring cuisine from all over the world. No matter how you choose to enjoy the district – Campustown is for you.

Since 2010, the Campustown Action Association has worked to make Campustown a destination district for the entire Ames community. CAA seeks to create and foster a vibrant Campustown District that blends new development with old traditions and where everyone is welcome.

Campustown Action Association

What we do

Make Campustown Shine

A clean up program designed to encourage a sense of pride by maintaining an attractive, inviting Campustown District.

Campustown Facade Grant

This program is designed to encourage investment in Campustown properties, while maintaining the diverse aesthetic the district is known for.

Campustown Events

From small gatherings to larger festivals, CAA events bring thousands of people to the Campustown District every year.


CAA is here to support our members, our district and our community. Let us know how we can help.


We want to help promote your business. Because every time one of you succeeds, the Campustown district gets a little better.


CAA partners with Iowa State, the City of Ames and many other community organizations. We’d love the opportunity to partner with you!


Upcoming Events

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We Want You

Become a Member

The Campustown Action Association (CAA) is looking for businesses, non-profits, and individuals interested in helping shape the growth of Campustown. Joining CAA will give you a voice in guiding policy in the area, aid you in finding allies in your neighbors, and help you promote your business or organization as well as the entire Campustown District.

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This is cool. Did you know what VEISHEA stood for?Today in Ames history: On March 29, 1922, six college celebrations combined and officially formed VEISHEA. The name stood for Veterinary medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics, and Agriculture. The weeklong celebration with its iconic cherry pies was first held in May 1922 and canceled in 2014 after numerous years of property damage.

This photo is from the first VEISHEA parade in 1922. They are heading east on Osborn Drive. The Hub, which was the station for the Dinkey train, is on the left and Gilman Hall is center.

View more photos of the first VEISHEA parade in Ames Public Library's Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive:

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A cool way to help you stay motivated.Register today for our TAKE THE CHALLENGE HOME incentive program and stay active this spring at home! Register by emailing Nancy Shaw at ... See MoreSee Less

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