Eating and Drinking Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton

Downtown Appleton is full of delicious places to eat and enjoy drinks with friends. Have you experienced any of these eats and drinks in our downtown?

  • 521689_10150735689244259_866206057_nGet lunch from a food truck/cart.  Great variety so try something new!
  • Enjoy the Beer Garden at Fox River House, with a full bar and live music every weekend.
  • How about spending a Tuesday night at Spat’s on their Spatio?  $10 for a drink of your choice and 10 minute massage.
  • Try a Bloody Mary at The Wooden Nickel or Bazil’s Pub.  (Hint:  both feature Bloody Mary’s on Saturday mornings during Farm Market)
  • Play a game of beanbags or pool on the patio at Anduzzi’s Sports Club while enjoying a beverage.
  • Savor a refreshing lemonade from Anthony’s while at the Farm Market or Heid Music Summer Concerts.
  • Cupcakes from Green Gecko Grocer & Deli or Fat Girlz Bakin’ are just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Enjoy fresh gelato anytime from Copper Rock Coffee or on Saturday mornings from Aspen Coffee & Tea at the Farm Market.
  • Get a brain freeze from cold ice cream from Harmony Café or Acoca Coffee.
  • Challenge yourself to try a different fruit or vegie each week at the Farm Market.  By the end of summer you will have tried many new tastes and hopefully discovered new favorites.
  • Tableside guacamole from Sangria’s is sure to please with a glass of sangria or margarita.
  • Do something after work and enjoy Happy Hour at one of the Downtown bars.
  • A bowl of mussels and a bottle of wine make a great date night at Il Angolo Resto Bar.
  • Stuffed chicken wings are one of those special creations from Mai’s Deli that you have to try.
  • Iced coffee provides your caffeine fix but is perfect on a hot summer day.  Try Copper Rock Coffee’s Iced Americana with white chocolate flavoring for a refreshing treat.
  • Take an ethnic taste tour by eating in a different restaurant each night.  Choose from Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Middle Eastern, Greek, Afghan, German, Mexican or classic American  Soul Food.
  • Deep fried oreos offer a unique taste sensation weekly at the Farm Markets and Heid Music Summer Concerts.
  • While you can get eggrolls anytime inside, hot eggrolls eaten outside seem even better.  Available at the Farm Markets and Heid Music Summer Concerts.
  • Be sure to get your squeak on with fresh cheese curds each week at the Farm Market.
  • Discover what it is about gyros that make them the perfect summer lunch or dinner?  Maybe it is the cucumber sauce at Josef’s Gyros Kabob.
  • Enjoy dining al fresco at one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating.


Enjoy the Great Indoors – Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton


Downtown Appleton is full of fabulous indoor spaces where you can learn about your community,  take a class, get pampered and relax, stay overnight and more.

10455919_559630657480086_3648827953642828203_nHere are a list of great indoor ideas:

  • Attend a City council meeting and find out how your local government works.
  • Take a class at the Trout Museum of Art
  • A massage from Massage Connection, Pavana Salon & Spa, Spa BenMarNico, or Sunflower Spa will help you work out those kinks from too much desk time or too much time on the links or your boat.
  • Take advantage of the Homerun Package combining an overnight stay at the CopperLeaf Hotel with tickets to a Timber Rattlers game.
  • Trivia Night with friends at Appleton Beer Factory, The Clubhouse inside The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel or Jim’s Place always entertains.


Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton with Kids

What can you do with your kids in downtown this summer? Here are some great ideas!

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  • Kids love The Building For Kids Children’s Museum on rainy summer days or when they have just had a little too much sunshine and need a break!
  • The Summer Reading Program at the Appleton Public Library offers something for pre-schoolers, grade schoolers, and even middle schoolers.
  • Buy a Valley Transit Freedom pass and let the bus chauffeur your kids.  Go to and click on the Valley Transit link on the bottom of the page.
  • Enjoy open studio hours, concert drop-ins, classes and camps at Miativity Room and unleash your creative side.
  • Spread a blanket on the ground and have a picnic at Houdini Plaza during a Lunchtime Live concert every Thursday 11:30am-1pm.
  • Check out the Kids Market  and special activities in Houdini Plaza on the third Saturday of the month during the Farm Market 8am-12:30pm.
  • Go crazy at Crazy Sweet’s Jelly Belly display where you can get 24 different flavors of jelly beans.
  • Mile of Music’s Mile 2 will feature even more free, hands-on music making activities and workshops for ALL festival-goers Aug. 7-10!
  • Enjoy an outdoor movie in Houdini Plaza as part of the “Summer of Suess”   July 23 — How the Grinch Stole Christmas (26 min),  August 20 — The Lorax (86 min), and August 13 — Horton Hears a Who (86 min)
  • The playground at Jones Park offers fun during the Heid Music Summer Concerts on July 31 and August 28.   (Hint:  Bring a blanket for them to lie on after they have burned off energy on the playground.)
  • Chalk On The Town offers special kids’ activities in Houdini Plaza on July 18 from 2-5pm including sidewalk chalk, story time and face painting.
  • Kids age 12 & under can march in costume, decorate bikes or wagons–anything non-motorized in the 6th Annual Downtown Appleton Children’s Parade on July 23 at 6pm.  Register for free by July 15 at the Building For Kids’ website.
  • The Paper Discovery Center offers exciting kids’ activities all summer long providing a fun way to learn!


Nostalgic Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton

Do you love nostalgia? Like exploring? Summer in Downtown Appleton is great for discovering old and new memories.

Here are a few nostalgic ideas:
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  • Take a walk – you will discover something new about downtown every time!
  • The History Museum At The Castle has walking tours, bus tours and bike tours allowing you to explore Appleton and learn a little history at the same time!
  • Try the candy you enjoyed the most as a kid at Crazy Sweet…remember candy necklaces or salt water taffy?
  • Revisit the Lions that were decorated for the Wisconsin Premiere of Lion King at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in 2006.
  • Don’t miss the History Museum At The Castle’s exhibit Food: Who We Are and What We Eat.
  • Hearthstone Historic House Museum offers a look into the past at the first home in the US powered by hydroelectricity.


Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton! Artsy and Entertaining

Summer is full of fun in Downtown Appleton and you can enjoy fun art and entertainment all over our downtown.

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Lunchtime Live

Here are some Artsy and Entertaining ideas:

  • Attend Art On The Town on the third Friday of the month (July 18, Aug. 15, and Sept. 19), with a special feature each month and different artists in 22 venues, there is something for everyone!
  • Be a part of the art by creating your own Chalk Masterpiece on July 18.  Register at Trout Museum of Art under Events.  (Participation is free.)  You could win a prize!
  • Have a picnic at Houdini Plaza during Lunchtime Live concert every Thursday 11:30am-1pm.
  • Rock on at the Heid Music Summer Concerts every Thursday 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Mile of Music’s Mile 2 Aug. 7-10 will feature twice as many musicians and triple the number of venues!
  • Weekly karaoke is plentiful at the bars Downtown including Apple Pub on Sunday nights, Déjà vu Martini Lounge on Tuesday nights with a live band and University Shot Bar on Wednesday nights.
  • Make your own unique garden decoration at The Fire.  Choose a tile mosaic, ceramic or wind chime.
  • Enjoy a concert at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center featuring: The 5 Milers Folk Music Benefit Concert on July 17, Menopause The Musical Aug. 12-23, Steely Dan on Aug. 19, Ron White Nutcracker on Aug. 22, and The Moody Blues on Sept. 3.


Volunteer Opportunity! at Octoberfest


logo_octoberfestOctoberfest is a “community driven” event. Each not-for-profit booth that sells food at the event uses the profits to support their community projects.  For some, Octoberfest is their major fundraiser for the year.  It is estimated that more than $2.5 million have been reinvested in our community as a result of Octoberfest.

Description of duties: 
Block Captains are a very important part of Octoberfest.  Two block captains are assigned to each block on College Avenue.

Block Captains are responsible for:

  • Monitoring the set-up of not-for-profit booths
  • Monitoring tear down of the not-for-profit booths
  • Guiding lost children to the police command center or headquarters
  • Answering questions from the general public such as locations of stages, medical facilities and food booths
  • Talk with vendors if they are not following proper procedures/rules as explained to them in the vendor meeting.  If they continue to do so, call headquarters and one of the Board members will handle the situation.

The following are the available shifts:

  • 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If interested in volunteering, go to and click on Volunteer in the top right corner and complete the registration process.


Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton – Great Outdoors!

Want to enjoy summer outdoors in our great downtown?  Here is a list of fun activities you can do outside in Downtown Appleton.

Great Outdoors:

  • Ride the Downtown Trolley!  - It’s free and the brochure includes historic information on sites you pass Downtown and along the Riverfront!
  • Play a round of golf at the newly renovated Reid Municipal Golf Course
  • Volunteer at a downtown event. Volunteers are needed at the Heid Music Summer Concerts, Midweek and Saturday Farm Market, Art On The Town and Mile of Music.
  • Meander through the Downtown Appleton Farm Market every Saturday 8am-12:30pm. You’re sure to run into a few friends as well as satisfying your fresh, local food cravings!
  • Check out the new Midweek Washington Square Farm Market behind City Center every Wednesday 3:30-7:30pm. A smaller more intimate experience that still offers all your favorite categories!
  • Watch the river flow from Fratello’s Waterfront, Atlas Coffee Mill or Pullman’s at Trolley Square.
  • Find the sidewalk poem recently stamped in the cement at City Park.
  • Enjoy the flowers in the planters along College Avenue.They seem especially beautiful this year.