Special Events Venues

Planning Anything. Anywhere. Anytime.

Dine among the murals of Christian Peterson, retreat and re-group at the Iowa 4-H Center, or commune with the butterflies while at Reiman Gardens. Iowa State’s Campus and surrounding community have unique venues to make your special events even more spectacular. Visit with our coordinators about how to make your event stand out as a one-of-a-kind experience.

Iowa State University Campus Facilities

Ames/ISU Ice Arena

1507 Gateway Hills Park Dr


  • Indoor ice arena hosts high school and college-level hockey, also offers recreational skating
  • Annually hosts Midwest High School Hockey Championships and ISU Cyclone Hockey games.
  • Public skating
  • Hosts hockey games, including collegiate level

Home to Cyclone Hockey, the Ames/ISU Ice Arena is a perfect escape for fans and skaters of all ages.  Lessons, open skate, and rentals are all available at this location close to campus.

A facility operated jointly by the City of Ames and ISU, the ice arena hosts public skating, skating lessons, hockey games and special events. Located south of the ISU Towers on Mortensen Road.

Fisher Theater

200 Beach Ave

(515) 294-3347

  • 451-seat theater
  • No seat is more than 13 rows from performance
  • Media booth with full lighting capabilities
  • Permanent and portable sound systems

The uniquely designed Fisher Theater is the perfect setting for intimate performances or as a breakout for a large group session, and conveniently located next to the Scheman Building and C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.

No member of the audience is more than 13 rows from the speaker in the uniquely designed 451-seat Fisher Theater. It is a perfect setting for intimate performances.

Reiman Gardens

1407 S. University Blvd


  • Largest public gardens in Iowa
  • Conservatory Complex
  • 14-acre complex

Reiman Gardens offers a beautiful setting for weddings, corporate retreats, holiday parties, special events and more! We’ve combined facilities and open spaces to create a flexible, affordable option for your next gathering, large or small.

17-acre public botanical garden including tropical plant conservatory, butterfly wing with hundreds of live butterflies, and gift shop. Events open to the public and annual changing displays.

Ames Community Facilities

Ames City Auditorium & Durham Bandshell

515 Clark Ave


  • Seating for 881
  • Parking adjacent to building
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Short walk to nearby shops and restaurants

Join the growing number of businesses and performing arts groups who have chosen the Ames City Auditorium. Reasonably priced, the auditorium is ideally suited for meetings, lectures, and all types of dance, music and theatrical performances.

The beautiful Auditorium, seating for 881, is suitable for meetings, lectures, and performances. Durham Bandshell, nestled in Ames oldest park, is perfect for outdoor events.