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:
Death By Chocolate
College Avenue, February 14 (Valentine's Day); 1-4:30
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 Town
College Avenue, April 11, 2015
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 18, 2015
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.
Downtown Appleton Giving Hope & Sidewalk
Downtown May 3-9, 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
Summer Kick Off Golf Outing A Taste Of
Reid Municipal Golf Course, Friday, May 29, 2015
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!
Memorial Day Parade
College Avenue, May 25, 2015 at 9 am
A popular family activity, come Downtown and help us remember
those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
NEW! Mid-Week Farm Market
Wednesdays, June 3-Sept. 2015
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!
Summer Concert Series
Thursdays, June 4- Aug. 27, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm
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 Concerts
Houdini Plaza, Thursdays, June 4-Aug. 27, 2015,
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 13, 2015 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 and then turns north
on Drew Street to the City Park.
Art 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!
Inside City Center...Every Saturday, November, 2014-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 offer!
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!
Art At The Park, a program of The
Trout Museum of Art
City Park, July 26, 2015; 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 22, 2015; 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
Cruise & Octoberfest, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber of
College Avenue, September 25 & 26, 2015
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
7th Annual Soup Walk
College Avenue, Saturday, October 17, 2015; 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 For The
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
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! 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! Feel
good about buying local and supporting Independent Businesses.
Relax! You're Downtown!
New! Holiday Fun Fest with Thrivent
Financial's Avenue of Ice.
Houdini Plaza & College Avenue, December 20, 2014
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
Living Window Displays noon-3pm and ice carvings along College
Avenue all day!
Please note: per City of Appleton ordinance, no pets are
allowed at any special events.