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
College Avenue, January 30, 2016
Ride the trolley to businesses featuring a travel destination complete with decorations, refreshments, special offers and more. Attendees eligible to win a "Staycation" package including one night stay at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 2 tickets to winner's choice of Cinderella or Motown at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, and a $50 gift certificate for Katsu-Ya. Bon Voyage!
Death By Chocolate
College Avenue, February 14 (Valentine's Day)
Downtown Appleton becomes a dessert-lovers' paradise as local restaurants feature their tasty chocolate treats. Be sure to vote for your favorite treat!
Downtown, Feb. 29, 2016
Businesses are offering deals so big they can only be offered every 4 years!
Annual Awards Celebration
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel......Tuesday, Mar. 15
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
Mini Golf On The Town
College Avenue, April 9, 2016
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!
Ladies Day Downtown!
College Avenue, April 30, 2016
Enjoy a fashion show, swag bag and numerous activities and shopping specials throughout Downtown Appleton for ladies of all ages!
Downtown Appleton Giving Hope
Downtown May 1-7, 2016
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. Don't miss the Sidewalk Celebration on May 7, 10am-2pm.
Art On The Town
Third Friday of the month: May - September; 6- 9pm
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!
Memorial Day Parade
College Avenue, May 30, 2016 at 9 am
A popular family activity, come Downtown and help us remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
WOW- Wild On Wednesdays!
Wednesdays, June 1-Aug. 31
Downtown Appleton wants to make Wednesdays one of your favorite days of the week.
We've got something for everyone; Music, Movement, Movies, & More:
Heid Music Summer Concert Series
Summer Thursdays, June 2 - Sept. 1, 2016, 5:30-8:30pm
Move, groove and relax to the rhythm of the region's hottest live bands during free concerts right 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.
Lunchtime Live! Concerts
Houdini Plaza, Summer Thursdays, June 2 - Sept. 1, 2016, 11:30am-1pm
Enjoy live music during your lunch break! Just the right amount of music for the middle of the day.
Running Thursday - Saturday, June 2 -Sept. 24, 2016 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
College Avenue, June 11, 2016 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.
Downtown Appleton Farm Market
Outside on College Avenue...Every Saturday, June 18-October 29, 2016; 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
College Avenue, Wednesday, July 27, 2016; 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 buildingforkids.org
Outdoor Movies in the Plaza
Houdini Plaza, Wednesdays, July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2016 at 8:15pm.
Enjoy FREE family friendly movies in Houdini Plaza. Bring your own chair or blanket. Concessions available.
Art At The Park, a program of The Trout Museum of Art
City Park, July 31, 2016; 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
Downtown Appleton & The Riverfront, August 4-7, 2016
200+ Original Artists, 800+ Live Performances, 50+ Venues, 1 Great Mile of Music!
A Taste Of Downtown! Golf Outing
Reid Municipal Golf Course, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
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
College Avenue, September 23 & 24, 2016
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.
College Avenue, Saturday, October 15, 2016; 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 participating retailers. Retailers are also collecting canned goods to donate to the St. Joseph Food Program. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 for just $20 each, but quantities are limited.
Downtown For The Holidays Including:
Tour the decorated windows and stop in the shops for refreshments and specials!
One Stop Elf Shop Kids Market
Inside City Center, Saturdays
A safe and fun place for kids to shop for their loved ones.
Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade
College Avenue, November 22, 2016 - 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!
College Avenue, November 26, 2016 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 Fest
Houdini Plaza & College Avenue, Dec. 17, 2016
Enjoy fun for the whole family featuring ice carving demonstrations, live music, visits with Santa & his reindeer, horse drawn carriage rides, refreshments and more in Houdini Plaza. Plus ice carvings along College Avenue all day!
Please note: per City of Appleton ordinance, no pets are allowed at any special events.
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