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 Vacation Destination
Last Saturday of January
"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 "Staycation" prizes. Bon Voyage!

Death By Chocolate
February 14 (Valentine's Day)
Downtown Appleton becomes a dessert-lovers' paradise as local businesses feature their tasty chocolate treats.   Be sure to vote for your favorite treat!

Downtown Appleton Farm Market
Inside City Center...Saturdays, November-May; 9am-12:30pm
The Downtown Appleton Farm Market continues throughout the winter. Fresh produce, meats & poultry, breads & baked goods, dairy products, homemade soup & dip mixes, quality handcrafted items, jewelry, rugs, and much more Including gluten free items. PLUS, enjoy the local restaurants, retail stores, the Building for Kids Children's Museum and all that Downtown Appleton has to offer!
Outside on College Avenue... Saturdays, June -October; 8:00 am-12:30 pm

Spring Into Style Ladies Day Downtown!
April 1, 2017
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 8, 2017
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!

Downtown Appleton Giving Hope
May 7-13, 2017
A percentage of proceeds from sales by businesses displaying Giving Hope signs will be donated to the American Cancer Society in support of Cancer programs and research. Enjoy all that Downtown Appleton has to offer while buying local and supporting a great cause.

Craft Beer Week
May 17-20
Enjoy National Craft Beer Week at your favorite Downtown watering hole!  Taste different craft beers and brews, enjoy a beer dinner, learn from a local brewery rep, and more!

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 June 16, July 21 & Aug. 18 in Houdini Plaza from 3-5pm.

Memorial Day Parade
May 29, 2017 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 are now open!

Heid Music Summer Concert Series
Houdini Plaza, Summer Thursdays, June 1 - Aug. 31, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm
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 1 - Aug. 31, 2017, 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 1 -Sept. 30, 2017 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.

Noon Tunes
Creative Parklet Place, Wednesdays, June 7-Aug. 30, 2017, 12-1pm
Enjoy live music during the lunch hour every Wednesday  next to Copper Rock Coffee Co!

Flag Day Parade
June 10, 2017 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 are now open!

Downtown Appleton Farm Market
Outside on College Avenue...Every Saturday, June - October, 2017; 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 26, 2017; 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 30, 2017; 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.

State of Downtown
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Aug. 2, 3-7:30pm
Learn about the Downtown Plan and opportunities for growth.  Enjoy a Networking reception and Commercial Space Open House.

Mile of Music, a program of Mile of Music
Downtown Appleton & The Riverfront, August 3-6, 2017
230+ Original Artists, 850+ Live Performances, 70+ Venues, 1 Great Mile of Music!

A Taste Of Downtown! Golf Outing
Reid Municipal Golf Course, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
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!

License To Cruise & Octoberfest*, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce
September 29 & 30, 2017
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.

Fall Into Fashion Ladies Day
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 9am-5pm
Enjoy a fashion show, swag bag and numerous activities and shopping specials throughout Downtown Appleton for ladies of all ages!

Downtown Craft Beer Walk
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Enjoy a tasting tour of WI brewed beers at various bars throughout Downtown!

ADI Awards Celebration
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Everyone is invited to celebrate with us as we honor deserving businesses and enjoy "tastes" of Downtown food, art and music!  More details to come.

Soup Walk
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 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 Oct. 1 for just $20 each, but quantities are limited.

Light Up Night, a program of the Trout Museum of Art
& Downtown Window Walk
Friday, November 10, 2017
Start with a family friendly event and lighting ceremony in Houdini Plaza from 4:30-6:30pm.  Then tour the decorated windows and stop in the shops for refreshments & specials from 6-9pm!  Many of the businesses will have an artist in residence as well!

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

Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade
November 21, 2017 - 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.

Small Business Saturday - SHOP APPLETON FIRST!
November 25, 2017 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 gift certificates!

Holiday Fun Festival
December 16, 2017 all day!
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.  The Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market will be back inside City Center as well. Plus enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, refreshments and more in Houdini Plaza and throughout Downtown.

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

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