JOIN US AS DOWNTOWN APPLETON ARTISTS, RETAIL SHOPS, RESTAURANTS AND MORE CREATE AN EXPERIENCE YOU WON’T FORGET!

Explore and enjoy rhythm & music, performing arts, visual arts, art of food, art of fashion, and more.  Join us for exciting, open-air, walkable activities that will be full of creativity the third weekend May through August. See below for each month’s special features and what you can expect!

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for all the 2021 Special Features:
- May 21-23 - Fiber Rain & Garden Art
- June 18-20 - Artful Chairs
- July 16-18 - Chalk Walk
- August 20-22 - Paint Out

DOWNTOWN CREATES... FIBER RAIN & GARDEN ART

As you stroll Downtown Appleton, enjoy:

  • Fiber Rain: one-of-a-kind yarn-creations displayed on planters, way-finding signage, light poles, and more! These pieces will brighten the downtown sidewalks with their clever designs that will also brighten your day.  The displays will be up by noon on Friday, May 21.
  • Hmong Needle Point creations displayed in storefront windows.  The beautiful artwork will be displayed by noon on Friday, May 21 and remain up the entire weekend.
  • Adopt-A-Planter Displays: Join in the artistic creation by ADOPTING a tree planter on College Avenue to create a garden masterpiece in one of the 72 tree planters along College Avenue. Submit a design/sketch of what your tree planter design will look like (ie: floral arrangements, fairy gardens, metal garden sculptures, etc.) to be reviewed by our selection committee for approval. Various categories to participate in include: Artist/Individual | Non-Profit Organizations | Commercial (For-Profit) | Group (neighbors, teams, families, etc.).  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as submitted starting April 23-May 19.  CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION!
  • Downtown Sidewalk Shops - Saturday, May 22: Shop & support local in an open-air environment while Downtown businesses have items outside on the sidewalks. Click here for list of participating shops.

While admiring the Fiber Rain & Garden Art creations, be sure to stop in to shop & dine at the local small businesses in the district.  From local boutiques, food & drink, and so much more; experience how the arts are a part of your every day life!


DOWNTOWN CREATES... ARTFUL CHAIRS  
JUNE 18-20 

In art, a chair can symbolize the hope of a return, a welcome sign or simply an invitation for one to sit.  Downtown Creates...Artful Chairs will feature up to 100 wooden chairs repurposed and upcycled to be painted or decorated pieces of art that will welcome the community back into the Downtown district for the start of One Great Summer 

Each chair will showcase talent from the community: local artists, nonprofits, students, families, businesses, and more! YOU can join in the artistic creation by creating an ARTFUL CHAIR to then have on display along College Avenue the weekend of June 18-20! 

Submit a design/sketch of what your chair will look like to be reviewed by our selection committee for approval. Participate in JUST FOR FUN or IN IT TO WIN IT for your chance to win a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Place prize. 

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as submitted starting May 10-June 16. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The week following the event, some of the chairs on display will be part of our ONLINE silent auction. Proceeds from the Artful Chairs in the auction will go to the Boys & Girls Club. More details coming soon. 

While enjoying the ARTFUL CHAIRS on display, also be sure to stop by the Downtown Sidewalk Shops - Saturday, June 19: Shop & support local in an open-air environment while Downtown businesses have items outside on the sidewalks. Click here for list of participating shops. 

Stop in to shop & dine at the local small businesses in the district.  From local boutiques, food & drink, and so much more; experience how the arts are a part of your everyday life!