Here's a quick look at some of Downtown Appleton's community Annual Events that are coming up:
B.Y.G.D. Bring Your Girlfriends Downtown! A Ladies Event!
College Avenue, Saturday, March 24, 2012
Enjoy a delicious breakfast, fashion show, swag bag and numerous activities and shopping specials throughout Downtown Appleton for ladies of all ages!
Appleton Downtown Walking Trivia Tour In Celebration Of Earth Day
College Avenue, Saturday, April 21, 2012; 11 am-3 pm
Leave those cars behind, take a walk Downtown, answer Earth Day trivia questions posted at participating businesses and have a chance to win Appleton Downtown Incorporated (ADI) gift certificates.
Downtown Appleton Giving Hope!
May 6-12, 2012!
Look for the pink 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 Breast Cancer programs and research. Enjoy all that Downtown Appleton has to offer while buying local and supporting a great cause.
Memorial Day Parade
College Avenue, May 28, 2012 at 9 a.m.
A popular family activity, come Downtown and help us remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Johnson Bank Downtown Cool Trolley
Designed to fit the weekend warrior in all of us! Running June 7 through September 27, Thursday-Saturday, it's the perfect way to get around Downtown and to our beautiful Appleton Riverfront. It's free to ride! Take the trolley to enjoy the sights, sounds and delicious smells of our vibrant area.
Thursday and Friday, 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 11 pm
Art On The Town
Third Friday of the month: June – September; 6:00-9:00 pm
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, music and refreshments. Look for the bright yellow banners!
Flag Day Parade
College Avenue, June 9, 2012; 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.
Downtown Appleton Farm Market
Every Saturday, June 16-October 27
8:00 am-12:30 pm (See below for the Indoor Market)
Experience the area's largest Farm Market with more than 100 vendors selling fresh produce and flowers, exotic meats and cheeses, breads and baked goods, specialty foods and handcrafted items along with live music and free newspapers. PLUS, enjoy the local restaurants, retail stores, the Building for Kids Children's Museum and all that Downtown Appleton has to offer! Special Features on the third Saturday of the Month throughout the Farm Market season: Art Market featuring Handcrafted fine art and craft media and Green Market featuring products that help Reduce, Recycle and Reuse the earth's resources.
Heid Music Summer Concert Series – Presented By Budlight Lime, Millcreek and Fox Cities Sign & Lighting Services
College Avenue, Thursdays, June 7-August 30; 5:30-8:30 pm.
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 to drink.
Riverbeat Music On The Fox Series
Every Saturday 12:30-2:30 pm following the Downtown Farm Market
FREE Summer Music Series on Appleton's Riverfront. Enjoy a variety of beats to beat the heat: pop, jazz, folk, rock, country and more live music at multiple venues along the Riverfront!
Art At The Park, a program of The Trout Museum of Art
City Park, July 29, 2012; 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 Kids
College Avenue, Wednesday, July 25, 2012; 6:00 pm
Celebrate summer by participating in this favorite family activity – the Downtown Appleton Children's Parade. Everyone is welcome to attend and it's FREE. Register at buildingforkids.org
Taste Of Downtown Golf Outing
Reid Municipal Golf Course, Friday, September 7, 2012
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 28 & 29, 2012
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. octoberfestonline.org
College Avenue, Saturday, October 20, 2012
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.
Downtown Appleton Indoor Winter Farm Market
City Center Plaza (10 College Avenue)
Saturdays, November 3 -March 30, 2013
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, quality handcrafted items, apples, shrimp and fish, jewelry, rugs, and more along with live music and free newspapers. 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
Downtown Appleton's Window Display Contest Kickoff
College Avenue, November 17, 2012 all day
Enjoy refreshments, carolers, a visit with Santa and make 'n takes as you stroll the Avenue's wide variety of eateries, 60+ unique shops, 50+ eateries and 70+ pubs, bars and clubs. Lots of special offers too! Feel good about buying local and supporting Independent Businesses. Relax! You're Downtown!
Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade
College Avenue, November 20, 2012 – 6:25 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.
The Day After Thanksgiving Promotion and Small Business Saturday promoting Peace & Love, Not Push & Shove!
College Avenue, November 23 & 24, 2012
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 too! Feel good about buying local and supporting Independent Businesses. Relax! You're Downtown!