From Family Activities to Fresh Produce and
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.
Here's a quick look at Downtown Appleton's community
calendar of Annual Events:
Chili Cook Off
Inside City Center, last Saturday in January
Taste chili prepared by Downtown chefs with at least one ingredient
from the Downtown Appleton Farm Market! Then vote for your
Death By Chocolate
College Avenue, February 14 (Valentine's Day); 4:30-8:30
Downtown Appleton becomes a dessert-lovers' paradise as local
restaurants feature their tasty chocolate treats. Tickets are just
$20 per person or two for $35, but quantities are limited! Be
sure to vote for your favorite!
Mini Golf On The
College Avenue, April 12, 2014
Play a hole of mini-golf at a variety of Downtown bars and when
you've completed 9 holes, gather at the "19th
Hole" at Anduzzi's Sports Bar for a fun party and
prizes! Team costumes, drink specials, and fun are all par
for the course!
College Avenue, April 26, 2014
Enjoy a fashion show, swag bag and numerous activities and
shopping specials throughout Downtown Appleton for ladies of all
ages! Be sure to redeem your Reward Card at Happy Hour.
Appleton Giving Hope & Sidewalk Celebration
Downtown May 4-10, 2014
Look for the ribbons and shop Downtown Appleton! A
percentage of proceeds from sales by businesses displaying the
ribbon 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. Plus we'll have a Sidewalk Celebration on Saturday,
Memorial Day Parade
College Avenue, May 26, 2014 at 9 am
A popular family activity, come Downtown and help us remember those
who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Mid-Week Farm Market
Washington Square, Wednesdays, June 4-Sept. 24, 2014,
A new option to get your farm fresh produce, meat, and dairy
products at the end of your day. With some of your favorite
vendors and some new ones to love!
Heid Music Summer Concert
Thursdays, June 5- Aug. 28, 5:30-8:30pm at Houdini Plaza
(and Jones Park last week of each month)
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
Lunchtime Live Summer
Houdini Plaza, Thursdays, June 5-Aug. 28, 2014,
Enjoy live music during your lunch break! Just the right amount of
music for the middle of the day.
Flag Day Parade
College Avenue, June 14, 2014 at 2 pm
Come enjoy the United States' largest 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 down College Avenue
and turns north on Drew Street to the City Park.
On The Town
Third Friday of the month: June - 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!
Every Saturday, June 21-October 25, 2014; 8:00 am-12:30 pm (See
below for the Indoor Market)
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! PLUS, enjoy the local restaurants,
retail stores, the Building for Kids Children's Museum and all that
Downtown Appleton has to offer!
Art At The Park, a program of The
Trout Museum of Art
City Park, July 27, 2014; 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.
Children's Parade, a program of The Building For
College Avenue, Wednesday, July 23, 2014; 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
Downtown Golf Outing
Reid Municipal Golf Course, Sept. 5, 2014
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 26 & 27, 2014
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
College Avenue, Saturday, October 18, 2014; noon-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 participating retailers. Retailers are also
collecting canned goods to donate to the St. Joseph Food
Program. Tickets are just $20 each or two for $35, but
quantities are limited.
Downtown Appleton Indoor Winter Farm
City Center Plaza (10 College Avenue)
Saturdays, November - Spring, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
The Downtown Appleton Farm Market continues throughout the winter.
Fresh produce and products will change throughout the season, so
don't miss out. The season will begin with fall veggies, squashes,
lamb, elk, bison, and other meats and poultry. It will also feature
breads and baked goods, 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!
Downtown For The Holidays
Holiday Kick Off & Window Display Contest
"Date Night Downtown", November 14, 2014, 6-9pm
Enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience in Downtown Appleton.
Enjoy the window displays, carolers, special offers and
sales, and refreshments!
Family Day Downtown, November 22, 2014:
Enjoy all of the above plus visits & photos with Santa, story
times and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus.
Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade
College Avenue, November 25, 2014 - 6:30 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
Small Business Saturday
College Avenue, November 29, 2014 all day!
Experience Downtown Appleton! 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 more! Feel good about buying local and supporting
Independent Businesses. Relax! You're Downtown!
Please note: per City of Appleton ordinance,
no pets are allowed at any special events.