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!
Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been canceled or reimagined. Check in often to see the latest happenings in Downtown Appleton and be sure to follow us on Facebook regarding new announcements!
Here's a quick look at Downtown Appleton's community calendar of Annual Events:
Downtown Appleton Farm Market
Inside City Center...Canceled for November 2020-January 2021
There are many safety concerns once the event moves indoors with a smaller footprint, therefore, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, there will be no Indoor Farm Market during the winter months (November to January).
We highly encourage you to continue to support our local farmers and vendors by shopping with them directly during those months. Keep watching our Downtown Appleton Farm Market Facebook page for weekly posts on great products and how you can purchase from the various vendors.
Golden Ticket Giveaway!
January 11 - 31, 2021
The holiday season has passed, but that doesn't mean your supporting local businesses efforts should! The Wisconsin winter is here and we need to continue to do our part for the local economy & community by shopping, dining, and supporting small! Let's keep the momentum from the holidays going with a fun, NEW way to spend dollars locally for a chance to win Golden Tickets! CLICK HERE to learn how you can enter to win.
Death By Chocolate To-Go Boxes
Preorder of boxes begins January 25
This year, our annual Death by Chocolate event gets a twist! Preorder a box of specialty chocolate treats from different downtown local businesses! It will be the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the dessert-lovers in your life. (Preorder begins Monday, January 25 with pick up of boxes on Feb. 12 & 13)
Avenue of Ice
Starting Friday, February 19
Show your local love for Downtown Appleton starting Friday, February 19 while strolling and enjoying ice sculptures in front of the unique boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants. Stop in the small businesses to enjoy featured winter items to warm up including hot chocolate, hats & scarfs, winter brews, and so much more!
"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!
Annual Meeting & Report
Join us to hear the highlights of the past year as well as our plans for 2021!
Community Public Market
One Great Place for Community Gathering
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!
Spring Into Style Ladies' Day Downtown!
Enjoy a fashion show, swag bag and numerous activities and shopping specials throughout Downtown Appleton for ladies of all ages!
Downtown Craft Beer Week
Downtown bars & restaurants are selling the greatest of the great for you to pick up and enjoy during Craft Beer Week May 11-17. Choose between a variety of specialty crafted packs featuring 1-3 different national breweries: 6-pack, 12-pack, or a case!
Mini Golf On The Town
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!
Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2021 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.
Third Friday of the month: June - August; 5- 8pm
Running Thursday - Saturday, June-September; 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
2021 TBA 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
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, 2021 Dates TBA; 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
Celebrate summer by participating in this favorite family activity - the Downtown Appleton Children's Parade. Everyone is welcome to attend. Register at buildingforkids.org
Art At The Park, a program of The Trout Museum of Art
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
Watch their Facebook page for updates throughout the year
900+ Live Performances, 70+ Venues, 1 Great Mile of Music!
A Taste Of Downtown Golf Outing
Reid Municipal Golf Course, 2021 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!
Downtown For The Holidays:
Light Up Appleton Window Walk
The unveiling of holiday spirit in Downtown Appleton!
Stroll the Avenue to view the decorated windows of Downtown Appleton decorated to this year's theme, Hope for the Holidays. Enjoy Light Up Appleton as you stroll the Avenue and learn how different cultures celebrate using light! Cultural signs will be displayed in store front windows sharing their stories and traditions.
Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Please note: per City of Appleton ordinance, no pets are allowed at any special events.
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