Friday, August 19, 2022 

All Day Ames Chamber of Commerce Welcome Back Specials* 
Participating businesses will offer ISU students back-to-school deals from retail to restaurants to services. Check here for a list of participating partners!
6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Iowa State Welcome Cookout 
Grab your fellow campers and head out to the flagpole for some free 'dogs and burgers! Stay to enjoy the tunes and games to celebrate the end of a rad summer!


 6 p.m.

Cyclone Volleyball vs. Missouri (exhibition)*
Cheer on the volleyball team to a win as they compete against the Mizzou Tigers! Bring your student ID with you for entry.

Hilton Coliseum 
9 p.m. Outdoor Movie | Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Head on down to the grassy lawn and BYOB (bring your own blanket, silly!) and kick back with a throwback flick. Free snacks and drinks for the first 500 campers. 


Saturday, August 20, 2022

8 a.m.- 12 p.m.

G.O.A.T Breakfast*
We told you there would be goats! Before you plank with your new BFFs, grab the Greatest Of All Time Breakfast to fuel you for the inflatables, bag-toss-a-palooza (get your stretch on!), and enter a drawing for some sweet prizes-- but you must have your student ID to win! 

  • Breakfast from 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. 
  • Goat Camp Calisthenics at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (a favorite beach towel is recommended to participate)
Central Campus North Campanile Lawn
8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Ames Farmers' Market
Satisfy your sweet tooth or pick up some fresh flowers from the farmer's market. Along the way, you can learn more about the downtown district and meet some new friends! Make getting there a breeze by taking the CyRide red route and get off at City Hall. 

Ames Main Street 
All Day

Ames Chamber of Commerce Welcome Back Specials* 
See above for more information. Check here for a list of participating partners!

10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Cyclone Football Scrimmage* CANCELLED  
12 p.m.- 2 p.m. ISU Bookstore Open House 

Need to stock up on some knee socks and ring tees? Couldn't fit everything in your VW bug? Skip on down to the bookstore for some great merch and groovy deals. And, you'll save some dough 'cuz the bookstore is always sales tax free. Take a super rad photo (you might know it as a selfie) to enter and win a neat-o prize pack. Hurry on down because these deals won’t last! 

Need to grab a bite for lunch? Lance and Ellie's and Panda Express are conveniently located in the Memorial Union! Hours are 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Iowa State Bookstore, Memorial Union
1 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Furman Aquatic Center Free Day for ISU Students*
Splish splash your way over to the Ames Pool for a day of fun and relaxation. Don't forget that your student ID is your ticket to get in! Need to hitch a ride with your floatie in tow? Jump on the CyRide green route and get off at the Ames High School. 

Furman Aquatic Center, 1635 13th Street 
2 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. BINGO*
Enjoy the air conditioning and snacks away from the summer sun and compete with others to win some out-of-this-world prizes with a good ol' fashioned classic. Bring your student ID in order to win! Did we mention there will be prizes?
Sun Room and South Ballroom, Memorial Union
6 p.m.- 7 p.m. Hypnotist chrisjones
Looking for an out of body experience? Check out America's Got Talent's chrisjones performance or participate and see what he might do when you're under his spell. 
Durham Great Hall, Memorial Union
9 p.m. Outdoor Movie | Spiderman: No Way Home
Snag some popcorn and a front row seat to enjoy Marvel's 2021 Spiderman hit. Don't get caught in the multiverse!  Free snacks and drinks for the first 500 campers. 
Central Campus South Campanile Lawn 

* ISU Students only. Bring your student ID to receive deals, win prizes, and gain access to events.

All Cyclone Welcome Weekend events are alcohol  and substance free.

Questions? Email and one of our super rad camp counselors will get back to you in a jif! 

Iowa State University is committed to advancing equity, access, and inclusion for students with disabilities. Cyclone Welcome Weekend activities are open and inclusive to all. Students in need of specific accommodations to participate fully should work with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to identify resources helpful for their success. Information about SAS is available online at, by email at, or by phone at 515-294-7220.