JOIN US AS DOWNTOWN APPLETON ARTISTS, RETAIL SHOPS, RESTAURANTS AND MORE CREATE A BEAUTIFUL, ARTISTIC 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!

Downtown Creates...Student Art Gallery, May 20, 5 - 8 p.m. in Downtown Appleton 

Join us as we display a variety of artwork from Appleton Area School District students including wire sculptures, 2D art and more! We are also bringing back artful chairs, a grand display of custom painted chairs by students and other members of the community. 

Art Beyond Borders Traveling Exhibit available May 16 - 23 

  • A special traveling exhibit will be featured Downtown for the week of May 16 - 23 
  • The exhibit features 24 paintings from the Art Beyond Borders collection. "Art is the universal language. In a world of nearly 7 billion people, it’s easy to find differences. Discover how we all have something in common—the desire to express ourselves with art. This eye-opening exhibit will change the way your viewers see the world.  Art defies the barriers of language and time, of culture and economics." 

Movie Night in Houdini Plaza Sponsored by Appleton Public Library

New to the Downtown Creates series, the Appleton Public Library will be showing a movie at two Downtown Creates events in Houdini Plaza starting at dusk, free to the public! 

  • Mean Girls: May 20th 
  • Black Panther: July 15th 

Live Paining in Houdini Plaza Sponsored by Renewal by Andersen 

Special Features at Downtown Businesses 

Lillians of Appleton
  • Student art inside, live music outside and lots of great shopping
  • 5:00-6:00 Performance by Amelia Grace, a singer and student at Appleton West 
  • 6:15- 6:45 Performance by The Kaukauna Singers one of which is a Lillians Team Member 

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for the rest of the Downtown Creates Series throughout the summer! 

  • June 17: Street Music Night
  • July 15: Chalk Walk
  • August 19: Paint Out