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:

Vacation Destination
January 29, 2022
"Travel around the world" when you visit businesses featuring destinations complete with decorations, special offers and more. The more destinations you visit, the more chances you have to win fabulous prizes. Bon Voyage!

Community Public Market
February 12 & March 19, 2022
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 12, 2022                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Join us for a sweet day on the Avenue... Death by Chocolate returns! This year returns with two routes to choose from, 11 stops per route.  You can stroll up and down the avenue and taste different chocolate treats at participating Downtown businesses, all while shopping for the perfect Valentine's day gift!

Avenue of Ice
Starting Friday, February 18, 2022
Show your local love for Downtown Appleton starting Friday, February 18 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!

Annual Meeting & Report - Virtual
March 23, 2022
Join us virtually to hear the highlights of the past year as well as our plans for 2022!

Mini Golf On The Town
April 9, 2022
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 Craft Beer Walk
May 14, 2022

Downtown bars & restaurants are sampling craft brews from a variety of breweries! Purchase your ticket to walk, taste, and enjoy the downtown district and new craft beers!

Downtown Creates...
May 20: Student Art Gallery, June 17: Street Music Night, July 15: Chalk Walk, August 19: Paint Out

Explore and enjoy rhythm & music, performing arts, visual arts, art of food, art of fashion, and more.  Join us for exciting, open-air, walkable activities that will be full of creativity the third weekend May through August.

Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022

Downtown Trolley
Running Thursday - Saturday, June 2 -September 24; 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 11. 2022 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.

Downtown Appleton Farm Market
Saturday's, June 18  - October 29, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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!

Fridays: June 3 - August 26, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Enjoy live music during your lunch break! Just the right amount of music for the middle of the day.
Heid Music Summer Concert Series
Thursdays: June 2 - August 25 5:30 - 8:30pm, Jones Park
Move, groove and relax to the rhythm of the region's hottest live bands during free concerts. 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.

Street Music Week, a program of Heid Music
June 13-17, 2022

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.

Art At The Park, a program of The Trout Museum of Art
July 23-24, 2022
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.

Children's Parade, a program of The Building For Kids
July 27, 2022
Celebrate summer by participating in this favorite family activity - the Downtown Appleton Children's Parade. Everyone is welcome to attend. Register at

Mile of Music, a program of Mile of Music
August 4-7, 2022
900+ Live Performances, 70+ Venues, 1 Great Mile of Music!

A Taste Of Downtown Golf Outing
September 7, 2022, Reid Municipal Golf Course
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!

Irish Fest of the Fox Cities
September 16 & 17 - Jones Park
IrishFest of the Fox Cities is a celebration of everything Irish and Celtic. This 2-day festival features 2 stages, 18 musical performers, 3 dance teams, and 2 Irish sports clubs from right here in the Fox Valley. Food and Fun for all ages! Come get your green on!

License To Cruise & Octoberfest*, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce
September 23 & 24
- Watch their Facebook page for updates.

Ladies Night Out! Shop, Sip and Stroll
October 6, 202, 4-9pm
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
October 15, 2022
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 just $20 each, but quantities are limited.
Downtown Craft Beer Walk
October 22, 2022

Downtown bars & restaurants are sampling craft brews from a variety of breweries! Purchase your ticket to walk, taste, and enjoy the downtown district and new craft beers!

Downtown For The Holidays:
Light Up Appleton
November 19, 2022
The unveiling of holiday spirit in Downtown Appleton!

Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade
November 22, 2022
Details TBA

Small Business Saturday
November 26, 2022
Details TBA

ADI Awards Celebration
December 6, 2022
Celebrate with us and honor deserving businesses!


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

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