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.
Do I need a ticket for Mile of Music?
No! Mile of Music features 800+ sets of absolutely FREE live, original music.
What is the cost for this event?
Mile of Music is FREE to attend thanks to our sponsors and Music-Makers! We encourage you to purchase merchandise from your new favorite artists and/or food and beverage from the many wonderful downtown-area venues and shops.
What is a Music-Makers Badge?
Our Music-Makers help make the festival free for all to attend and support the original music movement in the area through the purchase of a Music-Makers Badge. It’s a way to support and sustain the festival for years to come, while offering perks to purchasers, including exclusive shows throughout the year, discounts, and more! Being a Music-Maker is the best way to enjoy Mile of Music and support the festival. Learn more about becoming a Music-Maker here.
Okay…so how does this work?
Download our app or explore our website and pick the artists you’d like to see and shows you’d like to go to! As venue capacities allow, you’ll be able to see some great artists while supporting the downtown businesses. 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 website schedule will always be the most up to date.)
What streets are closed for Mile of Music?
For Mile 4 in August 2016, only a small section of Appleton Street adjacent to Houdini Plaza will be closed to traffic. Otherwise, all streets are open for concertgoers to freely move along the sidewalk. The Mile of Music Festival is mostly indoors with the exception of a few venues and outdoor main stage 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: parts of College Avenue are closed for the Downtown Farm Market on Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Appleton Street to Drew Street, plus Houdini Plaza. This area remains closed until 2 p.m.
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 or someone 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 venues violating this request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know the place I’m headed to is a venue?
You can also find a listing of official venues online and through the festival app, and printed in the festival guide. Additionally, look for the large “Official Venue” signs that have a Mile of Music logo on them!
What if the weather is unfavorable?
Since the festival operates mostly indoors, the show still goes on and many of the showcases are unaffected! Changes to show times or cancellations will be announced via our website, app notifications and through social media.
What is My Mile?
By entering your first and last name and email address, you can create a My Mile account! A My Mile account allows you tag favorite artists, create your own personal schedule, manage your favorites and get directions to venues.
Thanks to Stellar Blue Technologies, My Mile was launched in July 2016 just in time for Mile 4! Create a FREE My Mile account to take advantage of all that Mile of Music has to offer. Head to the top of our website and select “My Mile” to get started, or enter your information on the homepage popup image.
To reset your password, log out of My Mile and click to sign back in. Before signing in, click the “Forgot Password?” link and you’ll be redirected to change your password.
What’s on the Mile of Music app?
RECENTLY ADDED: track the Mile of Music bus in real time to find out where you might be able to hop on!
Is there food available for purchase?
A variety of dining options are available at many of the venues and the many restaurants, coffee shops and pubs that fill downtown. Find your options here!
Can I bring my pet?
No. Appleton city ordinance does not allow pets at any special event, with the exception of service animals.
Can I carry my drink around with me?
No. Alcoholic drinks must be consumed in the venue, including Jones Park and Houdini Plaza. Any violations are subject to tickets from the Appleton Police Department.
Is this event all-ages?
If a venue is 21+, you’ll see a “21+” graphic on the venue photo on our app. Additionally, the printed festival guide features a small icon next to any venue that is all-ages. Please bring valid identification to the festival if you plan on purchasing alcohol and/or visiting the 21+ venues. About half of the venues offering music are all-ages.
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 Minneapolis/St. Paul. There is easy access to Downtown Appleton from both US Highway 41 and WI Highway 441. Click here for more info.
By plane, Appleton International Airport (ATW – www.atwairport.com) is located 5 miles to the west of Downtown Appleton.
How do I volunteer?
Help Make the Music Happen by volunteering to help with a variety of roles, while still enjoying the festival! For more volunteer information or to sign up click here.
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 costs 75 cents/hour, limited to two hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Meter parking is free after 6 p.m. and on Sundays. Ramps are $2/entry, with the exception of the City Center Plaza ramp, which has 70 metered spots (3 hour limit).
Other options include Valley Transit. Valley Transit will again provide free rides on the Mile of Music bus on College Avenue between State and Richmond Streets. The Mile of Music bus picks up in front of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center on Division St. every 30 minutes (approximately) Thursday through Saturday from 1pm to 10pm.
Taxi services and Uber are also 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: You are not allowed to park overnight on city streets. Also, on Saturday August 5, 2017 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 this area and vehicles violating this will be towed at the owner’s expense. Please abide by all bagged and restricted parking meters and city parking signs and regulations.
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
– Prices starting at $18
– Electricty available on select sites
– About 12 miles from festival grounds
Apple Creek Campground
– 30 AMP electric & water – $36 daily / $216 weekly
– 20/30/50 AMP electric & water – $38 daily / $228 weekly
– About 16 miles from festival grounds
Calumet County Park
– Prices starting at $18
– Electricity available on select sites
– About 18 miles from festival grounds
I’m a 2017 Music-Maker. Where do I get my badge?
Badges can be picked up the week of the festival, beginning Monday, July 31, at our Mile of Music Headquarters at the Fox Cities PAC.
How do I submit for consideration to play Mile of Music?
We are currently accepting artist/band applications for Mile 5 (August 3-6, 2017). Click HERE to apply today!
All artists/bands interested in performing at Mile 5 in August 2017 MUST fill out an artist submission application in order to be considered.
Where can I purchase merchandise?
Merchandise is available at 2-3 locations within the festival. Locations to be announced.
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.
Check out other area lodging options thanks to our lodging partners.
How do I stay connected and receive updates for Mile of Music?
We’d love for you to be in the know, and you have many different options to do so!
Do Music-Makers Badges get me priority access or skip-the-line status?
Only for a few select shows during the festival. Otherwise, venue access is the same for everyone; free, but first-come, first-served.
More on Music-Makers perks here.
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 nearly 800 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.