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.

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 schedule will always be the most up-to-date.

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 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 & venue varies, but performances in our venues typically run from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday (August 2) – Saturday (August 4).

Sunday, though still packed with music, typically goes from about 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Please consult the schedule (coming summer 2018) for more information!

Mile of Music Headquarters hours will be updated closer to the 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. The printed festival guide 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.

If you are attending a show at Washington Square or Houdini Plaza, please bring your valid ID (no matter how old you are), as you will be carded for a drink sales wristband.

Check back in late spring for a full list of all-ages venues.

How do I volunteer?

Information on Mile 6 volunteer opportunities will be available in the spring of 2018.

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

What if the weather is unfavorable?

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.

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” 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 of Music! Mile of Music makes its home in Downtown Appleton’s College Avenue, 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! Check out the list of area lodging options here.

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

Check out other area lodging options thanks to our lodging partners.

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 75 cents 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 rates/regulations, click here!

Other options include Valley Transit. 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
Appleton-Neenah-Menasha Taxi: 920-733-4444
Aloha Taxi: 920-757-5544
A-Town Taxi: 920-428-8294

Note: Parking is not allowed on city streets. On August 4, 2018, 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?

For Mile 6 (2018), only a small section of Appleton Street adjacent to Houdini Plaza will be closed to traffic. All other streets are open for normal traffic flow. Concertgoers can freely move along the sidewalks. (Updated 2/1/18)

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.

NOTE: College Ave. will be closed for the Downtown Farm Market (8 a.m-12:30 p.m.) on Saturday, August 4. 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?

No. Appleton city ordinance does not allow pets at any special event, with the exception of service animals.

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

If there’s anything you want to know about Mile of Music, our headquarters (HQ) is the place to go! Our HQ is located at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (400 W. College Avenue).

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!

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.

Check back this summer for an updated list of venues with food, or click here.

Where can I purchase merchandise?

Merchandise will be available during Mile Week (July 30-August 5) at the following locations: Houdini Plaza (weather permitting) and Mile of Music’s HQ at the Fox Cities PAC. Any additional locations & store hours will be announced prior to the festival.

Looking for merch now? Check out our online store!

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! New My Mile features will be announced in Spring 2018.

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!

New app features will be announced in Spring 2018!

I’m a 2018 Music-Maker. Where do I get my Badge?

2018 Music-Makers Subscription physical Badges can be picked up the week of the festival, beginning Monday, July 30 at our Mile of Music HQ at the Fox Cities PAC. 2018 Music-Makers will receive more information closer to the festival via email.

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 2018 perks include:

  • Music-Makers-only shows during 2018 AND during Mile 6
  • Exclusive discounts on merchandise, ticketed 2018 concerts
  • 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.

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

Only for a few shows 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! If you are interested in sponsoring Mile of Music, email [email protected]. We have many sponsorship levels ranging from $500-$50,000.

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.

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

The artist/band application for Mile 6 (August 2-5, 2018) is CLOSED. 

We will begin accepting applications for Mile 7 in August 2019 via our website (check the ‘ARTISTS’ tab) beginning November 1, 2018. The application for Mile 7 will be available to any and all applications interested in performing at Mile of Music for approximately two (2) months.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL artists/bands MUST submit their interest in performing at the Festival via this online application during the allotted time period in order to be considered for Mile of Music. All artist/bands MUST 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?

We are happy to help community events through donations! Requests for donations for local events and non-profits can be made by emailing [email protected]. Please note, requests must be made at least two weeks in advance to be considered.

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.