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 -October; 8 am-12:30 pm
January 27, 2018
"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 10, 2018
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!
Wildwood Film Festival
February 16 & 17, 2018
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.
Annual Meeting & Report
March 20, 2018
Join us to hear the highlights of the past year as well as our plans for 2018!
Mini Golf On The Town
April 7, 2018
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!
April 14, 2018
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
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, May 15, 2018
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 19, 2018
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 28, 2018 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, June 7 - Aug. 30, 2018, 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 7 - Aug. 30, 2018, 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 7 -Sept. 29, 2018 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 9, 2018 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 11-15, 2018 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 25, 2018; 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
Art At The Park, a program of The Trout Museum of Art
City Park, July 29, 2018; 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 2-5, 2018
900+ Live Performances, 70+ Venues, 1 Great Mile of Music!
A Taste Of Downtown Golf Outing
Reid Municipal Golf Course, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018
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 28 & 29, 2018
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.
ADI Awards Celebration
Everyone is invited to celebrate with us as we honor deserving businesses and enjoy "tastes" of Downtown food, art and music!
Saturday, October 20, 2018; 1-4pm
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.
Downtown For The Holidays:
Light Up Night®, a program of the Trout Museum of Art
& 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!
One Stop Elf Shop Kids Market
City Center Plaza, Saturdays TBA 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
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 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 24, 2018 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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