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
making it One Great Place!
Here's a quick look at Downtown Appleton's community
calendar of Annual Events:
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!
Appleton Farm Market
Inside City Center...Every Saturday, November-May;
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
Outside on College Avenue...Every Saturday, 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
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.
Houdini Plaza, Wednesdays, June 3-Sept. 30, 2015,
A new option to get your farm fresh produce, meat,
and dairy products at the end of your workday. With some of
your favorite Saturday vendors and some new ones to love, still
offering a large variety in a smaller setting!
Heid Music Summer Concert Series
Summer Thursdays, starting June 2, 2016,
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! Concerts
Houdini Plaza, Summer Thursdays, starting June 2, 2016,
Enjoy live music during your lunch break! Just the right amount of
music for the middle of the day.
Running Thursday - Saturday, June -Sept., 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
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
Outside on College Avenue...Every Saturday, June
20-October 31, 2015; 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
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
Art At The Park, a program of The
Trout Museum of Art
City Park, July 24, 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.
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
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!
Cruise & Octoberfest, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber of
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
College Avenue, Saturday, October 17, 2015; 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
Downtown For The Holidays
Downtown, Nov. 13, 2015; 6-9pm
Tour the decorated windows and stop in the shops for refreshments
One Stop Elf Shop Kids
Inside City Center, Saturdays Nov. 21-Dec. 19, 2015; 9am-1pm
A safe and fun place for kids to shop for their loved ones.
Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade
College Avenue, November 24, 2015 - 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
Small Business Saturday - SHOP APPLETON
College Avenue, November 28, 2015 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. 19,
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.