From Family Activities to Fresh Produce and FUN!

When you visit the Fox Cities, there's always something going on in Downtown Appleton. Throughout the year, thousands of people come to this Wisconsin destination for fun, food and entertainment making it One Great Place!

Here's a quick look at Downtown Appleton's community calendar of Annual Events:

Downtown Appleton Farm Market
Inside City Center...Saturdays, November-January 25, 2020; 9am-12:30pm
The Downtown Appleton Farm Market continues throughout the winter. Fresh produce, meats, breads & baked goods, dairy products, homemade soup & dip mixes, quality handcrafted items, jewelry, and much more. PLUS, enjoy the local restaurants, retail stores, the Building for Kids Children's Museum, Trout Museum of Art, History Museum at the Castle and all that Downtown Appleton has to offer!
Outside on College Avenue... Saturdays, June 20 - October 31, 2020; 8 am-12:30 pm

Vacation Destination
January 25, 2020
"Travel around the world" when you visit businesses featuring destinations complete with decorations, refreshments, special offers and more. The more destinations you visit, the more chances you have to win fabulous prizes. Bon Voyage!

Community Public Market
One Great Place for Community Gathering
Saturday - February 8, March 21 & April 18, 2020; 9 am-3 pm at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center
Join us to explore vendors and offerings in Farm Market Square, Artisan Alley, Wellness Walkway, Tasty Trail, Retail Road, and Play & Learn Lane.  Experience live music, retail shopping, delicious food, family-friendly activities and so much more!

Death By Chocolate
February 15, 2020
Don't forget to buy a ticket for our annual dessert-lovers' paradise as local businesses feature their tasty chocolate treats 1-4 pm! (Tickets on sale Monday, January 13, 2020)

Leap Local
February 29, 2020
Downtown will give you a reason to leap from business to business as we celebrate Leap Day with local activities.  Businesses offer deals so big they can only be offered once every four years!

Annual Meeting & Report
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Join us to hear the highlights of the past year as well as our plans for 2020!

Spring Into Style Ladies' Day Downtown!
March 28, 2020
Enjoy a fashion show, swag bag and numerous activities and shopping specials throughout Downtown Appleton for ladies of all ages!

Mini Golf On The Town
April 4, 2020
Play a hole of mini-golf at a variety of Downtown bars and when you've completed 9 holes, gather at the "19th Hole" for a fun party and prizes!  Team costumes, drink specials, and fun are all par for the course!

State of Downtown Development Summit
Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, TBA
Learn more about Downtown development opportunities & resources.  Network with other developers, design firms, real estate brokers, financial institution representatives, and contractors.

Art On The Town
Third Friday of the month: May - September; 5- 8pm
Downtown Appleton's art museum, galleries, studios and stores open their doors to allow the public to experience their favorite or brand-new form of art! Take this art walk and enjoy numerous venues featuring a variety of artist displays, demonstrations, live music and refreshments. Look for the bright yellow banners!
Now featuring Creative Kids with family friendly activities  in June, July, & August  in Houdini Plaza from 3:30-6pm on Art on the Town days.

Downtown Craft Beer Walk
May 16, 2020
Enjoy a tasting tour of WI brewed beers at various bars throughout Downtown! Taste different craft beers, learn about their attributes, and view the great public art!

Memorial Day Parade
May 25, 2020 at 9 am
A popular family activity, come Downtown and help us remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Applications for the Parade will be accepted in spring.

Heid Music Summer Concert Series
Houdini Plaza, Summer Thursdays, June 4-Aug. 27, 2020, 5:30-8:30 pm
Move, groove and relax to the rhythm of the region's hottest live bands during free concerts Downtown. Before or after you are Downtown enjoying the live music, visit one of our 70+ local restaurants or bars and clubs for a bite to eat or something cool to drink and check out the retailers who stay open later on Thursdays.
Lunchtime Live! Concerts
Houdini Plaza, Summer Thursdays, June 4-Aug. 27, 2020, 11:30am-1pm
Enjoy live music during your lunch break! Just the right amount of music for the middle of the day.

Downtown Trolley
Running Thursday - Saturday, June 4 to Sept. 26, 2020 it's the perfect way to get around Downtown and to our beautiful Riverfront. Take the trolley to enjoy the sights, sounds and delicious smells of our great area.

Flag Day Parade
June 13, 2020 at 2 pm
Come enjoy the United States' oldest Flag Day Parade as we celebrate America with bands, floats and other displays. The Appleton parade route starts at Oneida Street on Wisconsin Avenue and heads west to State Street then south to College Avenue.  It continues east and then turns north on Drew Street to the City Park.  Applications for the Parade will be available in spring.

Street Music Week
June 8-12, 2020 noon-1pm
Enjoy musicians performing up and down College Avenue from noon to 1 p.m.  All tips will be donated to Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin.

Downtown Appleton Farm Market
Outside on College Avenue...Every Saturday, June 20 - October 31, 2020; 8:00 am-12:30 pm
Experience the area's largest Farm Market with more than 150 vendors selling fresh produce and flowers, exotic meats and cheeses, breads and baked goods, specialty foods and handcrafted items along with live music!

Children's Parade, a program of The Building For Kids
Wednesday, July 22; 6:00 pm
Celebrate summer by participating in this favorite family activity - the Downtown Appleton Children's Parade. Everyone is welcome to attend. Register at

Art At The Park, a program of The Trout Museum of Art
City Park, July 26, 2020; 9 am-4:30 pm
Check out artists' wares, grab a bite to eat or just sit back and relax to the music during Appleton's premier arts and entertainment festival held in and around City Park.

Mile of Music, a program of Mile of Music
Downtown Appleton & The Riverfront, July 30 - Aug 2, 2020
900+ Live Performances, 70+ Venues, 1 Great Mile of Music!

A Taste Of Downtown Golf Outing
Reid Municipal Golf Course, TBA
Enjoy delicious tastes from a variety of Downtown restaurants plus 18 holes of golf, contests, prizes and more! Member businesses and the public are invited!

Downtown Craft Beer Walk
Enjoy a tasting tour of craft beers at various bars throughout Downtown! Taste different craft beers, learn about their attributes, and view the great public art!  Choose between THREE different walk styles: Standard Walk, VIP Walk, & Firkin Walk.

License To Cruise & Octoberfest*, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce
September 25 & 26, 2020 T

Two separate events on two different days that add up to a weekend of great fun! License to Cruise kicks off on Friday night when hundreds of classic cars line The Avenue. On Saturday, Octoberfest - Appleton's biggest festival - draws 100,000+ people Downtown to enjoy live music, arts and crafts, a family fun activities area and tons of mouth-watering festival food and beverage items.

Ladies Night Out! Shop, Sip and Stroll
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Enjoy a night out on the town with all your ladies!  Shop the many unique boutiques and specialty shops in downtown Appleton with great specials just for you, all while tasting Wisconsin wines at each stop!
Soup Walk
Saturday, October 17, 2020; 1-4:30pm
Enjoy this annual event featuring Downtown restaurants and their best soups! Try a taste at each of the different venues and vote for your favorite at your last stop!   Tickets go on sale Sept. 23 for just $20 each, but quantities are limited.
ADI Awards Celebration
Everyone is invited to celebrate with us as we honor deserving businesses and enjoy "tastes" of Downtown food, art and music!

Downtown For The Holidays:
Light Up Appleton partnered with The Trout Museum of Art
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Kick off the holiday season at Light Up Appleton! Join the Trout Museum of Art and Appleton Downtown Inc. for a fun-filled, family-oriented holiday celebration taking place in Houdini Plaza. Enjoy our holiday make & take art activities, live music, carols, hot cocoa, live ice carving demo, letters with Mrs. Claus and more! Click here for additional details!

Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Head to Downtown Appleton to continue your celebration of the holidays with the largest night-time parade in Wisconsin featuring bands, floats, local groups and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself.

One Stop Elf Shop Kids Market
City Center Plaza, Saturdays Nov. 30-Dec 21, 2019  9am-12:30pm
A safe and fun place for kids to shop for their loved ones with the help of an elf!

Small Business Saturday - SHOP APPLETON FIRST!
November 30, 2019 all day!
Pick up a Passport and have it stamped at businesses as you enjoy shopping in the unique clothing boutiques, great gourmet coffee shops, a huge variety of places to eat and fun entertainment options. Lots of special offers, refreshments and the opportunity to win great prizes  and gift certificates!

Holiday Fun Fest
December 14, 2019, 9am-1:30pm
Enjoy fun for the whole family featuring live music, visits with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, story time, and games inside the Farm Market.  Plus enjoy the unique boutiques, restaurants, museums and all that downtown has to offer.

Please note: per City of Appleton ordinance, no pets are allowed at any special events.

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