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-May; 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 15 -October 26, 2019; 8 am-12:30 pm

Vacation Destination
January 26, 2019
"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!

Love Is In The Air featuring Death By Chocolate
February 9, 2019
Show your local love for Downtown Appleton while strolling and enjoying ice sculptures, unique boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants.  Enjoy ice sculpture demonstration & more in Houdini Plaza.  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 14, 2019)

Annual Meeting & Report
March 20, 2019
Join us to hear the highlights of the past year as well as our plans for 2019!

Wildwood Film Festival
March 22 & 23, 2019
Enjoy this festival celebrating Wisconsin Film Talent. The Wildwood Film Festival is a festival for Wisconsin films only. Whether it's the primary creative personnel (producer/director/writer), the actors or even the locations, all projects featured have direct ties to the state.

Mini Golf On The Town
April 6, 2019
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!

Spring Into Style Ladies' Day Downtown!
May 4, 2019
Enjoy a fashion show, swag bag and numerous activities and shopping specials throughout Downtown Appleton for ladies of all ages!

State of Downtown Development Summit
Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, May 14, 2019
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 18, 2019
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 27, 2019 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*, May 30 - Aug. 29, 2019, 5:30-8:30pm
*Except on Thursday, July 4th
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*, May 30 - Aug. 29, 2019, 11:30am-1pm
*Except on Thursday, July 4th
Enjoy live music during your lunch break! Just the right amount of music for the middle of the day.

Downtown Trolley
Running Thursday - Saturday, May 30-Sept. 28, 2019 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 8, 2019 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 10-14, 2019 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 - October; 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 24, 2019; 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 28, 2019; 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, August 1-4, 2019
900+ Live Performances, 70+ Venues, 1 Great Mile of Music!

A Taste Of Downtown Golf Outing
Reid Municipal Golf Course, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
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
September 14, 2019
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 27 & 28, 2019
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.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
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 19, 2019; 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
Tuesday, October 29
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 presented by The Trout Museum of Art
with Downtown Window Walk
Start with a family friendly event and lighting ceremony in Houdini Plaza.  Then tour the decorated windows and stop in the shops for refreshments & specials from 5-8pm!

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. 24-Dec 22, 2018  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 15, 2018, 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.  And horse-drawn wagon rides outside! 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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