Mile of Music is a free music festival featuring original music from hundreds of emerging artists each summer. The festival is located in the heart of Downtown Appleton, a walkable mile of restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, bars and more. For more information about Downtown Appleton, visit Appleton Downtown, Inc. and to discover more about what the Fox Cities has to offer, visit the Fox Cities Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

When is Mile of Music?

Mile of Music in 2020 has been canceled. Please read our full statement here.

Mile of Music in 2021 will take place in Downtown Appleton August 5-8, 2021!

Thank you for your support & understanding.

Where is your Lost & Found?

A lost and found location for Mile of Music 2021 will be posted closer to the festival.

Okay…so how does this whole thing work?

Download the Mile of Music app on the App Store or Google Play or explore our website to map out which artists you’d like to see. Once you develop a plan of which shows you’d like to attend, you’ll be able to see great up-and-coming artists while supporting downtown businesses in any of our wonderful venues (as capacity allows).

The week of the festival, you’ll find printed festival guides at most of our official venues throughout Downtown Appleton, while supplies last.

NOTE: Our online (website) schedule will always be the most up-to-date, with the app updates following shortly after.

Do I need a ticket for Mile of Music?

NO! Mile of Music features 900+ sets of absolutely FREE live, original music. Simply walk into any official Mile of Music venue and you’ll be able to enjoy the music for free (as capacity allows).

What is the cost for this event?

FREE! Mile of Music is free thanks to our sponsors and Music-Makers! We encourage you to purchase merchandise from your new favorite artists and/or food and beverages from the many downtown venues and shops!

What if I am asked to pay a cover charge?

Mile of Music is a FREE festival. If you are asked to pay a cover charge, you are not at an official Mile of Music venue (found on the web, mobile app or in the printed festival guide) or a venue is violating the spirit of the festival.

Festival venues are expected to be compliant with the no cover charge policy. Please inform us of any venue violations at [email protected].

What are Mile of Music's hours?

Each day and venue varies, but performances typically run from 12 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Sunday, though still packed with music, typically goes from about 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hours may vary for each festival. 

Is this event all-ages?

Yes. However, some venues are 21+. If this is the case, you’ll see a “21+” graphic on the venue photo on our app. For 2019, we have nearly 30 all ages venues!

The printed festival guide also features a small icon next to any venue that is all-ages. Please bring a valid ID to the festival if you plan on purchasing alcohol and/or visiting the 21 and over venues. Approximately half the venues are all-ages venues.


How do I volunteer?

We’re glad you asked! Volunteer opportunities for Mile of Music in 2021 will be released in the spring of 2021.

Interested in volunteering at our events throughout the year? Email [email protected] to be added to our list!

What if the weather is unfavorable?

Well, we don’t like that attitude!

Since the festival operates mostly indoors, the show goes on and many sets are unaffected. However, if Mother Nature isn’t on our side, we occasionally have to move things around. This may result in cancellations or changes to show times, which can be found on our website, app and through social media. (We appreciate your patience in the times we have had to deal with this!)

Our website schedule will always be the most up-to-date. On the app, we encourage you to enable push notifications! 

Cross your fingers for sunshine!

How do I know the place I am headed is an official venue?

A list of official venues can be found online, on the Mile of Music app and in the printed festival guide. Additionally, look for “Official Venue” signage as you walk The Mile.

I’m from out of town. How do I get to Mile of Music?

All roads lead to one great Mile! Mile of Music calls Downtown Appleton’s College Avenue home, an easily walkable mile-long stretch of hospitable establishments. Appleton is part of the Fox Cities, a destination for many great events.

By car, Appleton is about 30 minutes south of Green Bay, 2 hours north of Milwaukee, 3 hours from Chicago and 4 ½ hours from the Twin Cities. There is easy access to Downtown Appleton from both Interstate 41 and WI Highway 441.

By plane, Appleton International Airport (ATW) is located 5 miles west of Downtown Appleton at W6390 Challenger Drive.

Where should I stay?

There are many hotels in the Fox Cities, and they fill up quickly, so booking as soon as possible is encouraged!

Hotels in the heart of Downtown Appleton:
Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley: 920-733-8000
Copper Leaf Boutique Hotel & Spa: 920-749-0303
Courtyard Appleton Riverfront: 920-903-9256

Airbnb is also an option in our area and a great way to meet locals!

Where can I park?

Check out Appleton Downtown Inc.’s parking map for parking information. Parking may be limited, so please plan accordingly. Street parking currently costs $1 per hour, limited to two hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Meter parking is FREE after 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and all day on Sundays.

Downtown parking ramps are now “pay as you exit”. For more information, click here!

Other options include Valley Transit. Separate from its normal routes, Valley Transit will again provide free rides on The Mile of Music Bus (an attendee favorite!) on College Avenue between State and Richmond Streets. Ride the bus for a half hour set with your new favorite artist! Details to come.

Taxi services and Uber/Lyft are available in Appleton:

Fox Valley Cab: 920-734-4545
Aloha Taxi: 920-757-5544

Note: Parking is not allowed on city streets. On the Saturday of the festival, cars must be moved from the Appleton Downtown Farm Market streets (College Avenue from Appleton Street to Drew Street, plus Houdini Plaza). There is no overnight parking available in these areas and violating vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Please abide by all bagged and restricted meters, city parking signs and regulations, and business lot signage.

Is RV parking available?

Mile of Music is not a camping festival and there is no RV parking available downtown.

Here are the nearest RV parking locations that we are aware of:

High Cliff State Park
Approximately 12 miles from Mile of Music (Downtown Appleton)

Apple Creek Campground
Approximately 16 miles from Mile of Music (Downtown Appleton)

Calumet County Park
Approximately 20 miles from Mile of Music (Downtown Appleton)

What streets are closed for Mile of Music?

Stay tuned for updates for Mile of Music in 2021.

Mile of Music is mostly held indoors, with the exception of a few venues and outdoor stages such as Houdini Plaza. Please follow all traffic signals whether you are driving or walking in order to keep everyone safe and keep things flowing smoothly. And don’t forget there are sidewalks on each side of the street!

NOTE: College Ave. will be closed for the Downtown Farm Market (8 a.m-12:30 p.m.) on the Saturday of the Festival. The closure is from Appleton Street to Drew Street, plus Houdini Plaza. The area remains closed until 2 p.m. Vehicles parked in this area the night before the market will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Can I carry my drink around with me?

NO. Alcoholic drinks must be consumed in the venue or within the designated perimeter of outdoor stages, including Houdini Plaza, Emmett’s, Spats and Washington Square. Any violations are subject to fines from the Appleton Police Department.

The Appleton Police Department has asked that the Mile of Music Team be on the lookout for violators of this regulation. If you are asked by a volunteer to finish your drink (or throw it away) before leaving the perimeter, please listen to them. They’re just looking out for you, as tickets with large fines can be written to violators. 

Can I bring my pet?

Appleton city ordinance does not allow pets at any special event, with the exception of service animals. This ordinance is limited to our parks. Each individual venue makes their own decision on this policy.

What information can I get at the Mile of Music Headquarters?

You can find volunteer information, merchandise, artist check-in information (if you are an artist), Music-Makers Badge pickup, etc. If you have a general question about the festival, head straight to HQ!

More information on HQ coming in 2021!

Music-Makers also have access to the exclusive Music-Makers Lounge, where you’ll find treats, water and other select beverages. It’s a great place to take a quick break! Artists have access to food and beverage in the Artist Lounge. 

Is there food available for purchase?

A variety of dining options are available at many venues and restaurants, coffee shops and pubs that fill downtown.

More information coming in 2021!

Where can I purchase merchandise?

Merchandise is sold at our Mile of Music Store locations during each festival. 

In the meantime, we have an online store too!

What is "My Mile"?

Creating a My Mile account through our website allows you to favorite artists, build your own personal schedule, manage your favorite artists, get directions to venues and more! Check back for updated details on the newest version of My Mile!

My Mile launched in July 2016 thanks to our official website partner, Stellar Blue Technologies.

What’s on the Mile of Music app?

The Mile of Music app, produced by Skyline Technologies, features the most up-to-date schedule, lineup, artist links and much more to give you the most optimal on-the-go festival experience. Just search “Mile of Music” in the App Store or on Google Play!

I’m a 2020 Music-Maker. Where do I get my Badge?

2020 Music-Makers Subscription physical Badges can be picked up the week of the festival. More information coming this summer!



What is a Music-Makers Subscription?

Our Music-Makers help keep the festival free for all to attend and are supporters of the original music in the area throughout the calendar year. Becoming a Music-Maker is a great way to financially support and sustain the festival for years to come, while receiving a few year-round perks, too!  

A few 2020 perks include:

  • Music-Makers-only shows during 2019 AND during Mile 8
  • Exclusive discounts on merchandise, ticketed 2020 concerts
  • Exclusive merchandise pack 
  • And more!

A Music-Makers Subscription is not a “festival badge” per se, as many of the perks are given throughout the year, in addition to during the festival.

2020 Subscriptions are on sale now! 

Does a Music-Makers Badge allow me priority access or skip-the-line status?

Only for a few shows/venues during the festival. These will be specified to Music-Makers prior to the Festival. Otherwise, venue access is the same for everyone; free, but first-come, first-served.

For more on Music-Makers perks, click here.

How do I become a sponsor for Mile of Music?

Thanks for your desire to help make the music happen! Send an email to [email protected] for more information on sponsorship opportunities! 

How do I become a vendor for Mile of Music?

At this time, Mile of Music does not have a vendor program. Because Mile of Music takes place in downtown, vendors can still sell freely without our permission if they follow the City of Appleton’s ordinances regarding food trucks/vendors. Please keep in mind that the streets of Downtown Appleton are not closed for Mile of Music.

For more information, email [email protected]

How do I submit for consideration to play Mile of Music?

Thank you for your interest! Currently, we are on hold with all booking as we assess and plan for 2021. Since our lineup for Mile 8 was complete, our goal would be to honor as many commitments as possible from 2020 before entering discussions with new artists for 2021. We are confident and optimistic that submissions will return in the fall of ‘21 for Mile 9 in 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL artists/bands MUST submit their interest in performing at the Festival via this online submission and during the allotted time period in order to be considered for Mile of Music. All artists/bands must also have at least fifty (50) minutes of original music to perform. Absolutely no covers allowed.

How do I request a donation from Mile of Music?

Requests for donations for local fundraising and non-profit events can be made by e-mailing [email protected]. PLEASE NOTE: Requests must be made at least six (6) weeks in advance of your event in order to be considered. All donations are based on availability and are subject to the discretion of the Mile of Music Team. 

How do I stay connected and receive updates for Mile of Music?

We’d love for you to be in the know, and have many different options to do so!

Mile of Music Artist & Schedule Disclaimer: Mile of Music is a handcrafted artisan festival showcasing original artists and their original music. It’s a “cover-free zone!” With 900 live music sets being scheduled, please understand that there may be changes to the lineups as things evolve for bands and performers leading up to the festival, and that all artist lineups are subject to change. We will keep you informed of any changes as they occur, and we reserve the right to substitute artists to complete lineups or to perform where other artists have had to cancel or rearrange their performance dates and times. As a music festival fan we sincerely appreciate your understanding of this possibility as our festival continues to evolve.

Mile of Music Limited Capacity Disclaimer: All venues have limited capacities. Admittance to performances is at the discretion of each venue and is on a first-come, first-served basis as the capacity for each venue allows.