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 2023 (Mile 10) is scheduled for August 3-6, 2023 in Downtown Appleton! We are excited to see you for our Mile-stone year.
Where is your Lost & Found?
Stay tuned for details on the location of our Mile 10 lost and found.
If you lost something at Mile 9, please contact Star Protection & Patrol at 920-527-0510.
Lost something at a previous Mile Festival or another Mile of Music Presents event? Send us an email here.
Okay…so how does this cool thing I've heard about actually work?
Download the Mile of Music app from CoreBTS, on the App Store or Google Play or explore our website, thanks to Stellar Blue Technologies, 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 all of our 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 hundreds of 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, Music-Makers and amazing community supporters! 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 approximately 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.
Sunday, though still busy with music, typically goes from about noon to 6:00 p.m.
These hours may change for 2023, so stay tuned!
Is this event all-ages?
Yes. However, about half our venues are 21+. For those venues, you’ll see a “21+” graphic on the venue photo on our app.
The printed festival guide also features a small yellow 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 know the place I am headed is an official venue?
A list of official venues can be found on our website, on the Mile of Music app and in the printed festival guide. Additionally, look for “Official Venue” signage as you walk The Mile.
What if the weather is unfavorable?
Well, we’re not sure if we like that attitude! 🙂
Since a majority of the festival the festival operates indoors, the fest goes on and many sets are unaffected. However, if Mother Nature isn’t on our side, outdoor shows are cancelled, unless noted otherwise. This may result in the full cancellation of a showcase or changes to show times, which can then be found on our website, app and through social media. (We appreciate your patience in the times we have had to make such changes!)
If you are searching for shelter from severe weather, we recommend the following locations:
- Fox Cities Exhibition Center (355 W Lawrence St)
- City Center Plaza (open until 9pm Thursday-Saturday)
- Lower Level of Hilton Appleton Hotel Paper Valley (in the case of severe weather)
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!
I’m from out of town. How do I get to Mile of Music?
We like to say, ‘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 experiences.
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!
Airbnb is also an option in our area.
Where can I park?
Check out Appleton Downtown Inc.’s parking map for parking information. The ramps are a great way to go, with maximum cost of $5 a day in the Red, Green and Yellow ramps. 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. We also encourage car-pooling, and please make sure you always have a sober driver.
Download the Passport parking app for easy payment for parking meters! Check out more information here.
Downtown parking ramps are now “pay as you exit”. For more information, click here!
Public Transportation: Valley Transit.
Fox Valley Cab: 920-734-4545
Aloha Taxi: 920-757-5544
Note: 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?
Typically, only a couple of streets are closed to vehicle traffic. Most streets are still open as crowds make their way on the sidewalks. It is important that you 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 still parked in this area the night from 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, Jones Park, Lawrence Lawn (LU Campus). 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?
Mile of Music’s Headquarters will be housed at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (400 W. College Ave.). HQ will house the Music-Makers/Volunteer/Sponsor Lounge, as well as information and check-in stations, a merchandise stand and more!
HQ Hours for Mile Week 2022:
August 1: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
August 2: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
August 3: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
August 4-6: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
August 7: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How do I volunteer?
We’re glad you asked! Volunteer opportunities for Mile of Music in 2023 will be posted in Spring 2023.
Interested in volunteering at our events throughout the year? Email [email protected] to be added to our list!
Do you have a group interested in volunteering at Mile of Music? We’d love to tell you more about our group volunteer program! Email [email protected].
Is there food available for purchase?
There are a wide variety of eating options during the festival to choose from. For those of you who are on the go, we have food trucks at various main stage locations. Downtown restaurants, pubs and coffee shops will also offer everything from simple menu items to gourmet entrees specially prepared for all you foodies!
2022 Food Truck Locations:
- Bernatello’s Pizza
- Street Grub
- Los Tres Manantiales
Lawrence Lawn Stage
- Bernatello’s Pizza
- El Sabor Mexican Grill
- Baker Joe’s treats
- Stone Arch Brewpub
- Caribbean Taste
Hilton Appleton Paper Valley Grab & Go Station
Where can I purchase merchandise?
Merchandise locations for the 2023 festival will be announced in Summer 2023.
Did you know 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 CoreBTS, 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 Music-Maker. Where do I get my Badge?
Music-Makers Subscription physical Badges can be picked up at Mile of Music HQ the week of the festival.
What is a Music-Makers Subscription?
Our Music-Makers serve as individual “sponsors” and supporters, 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!
Check the website here for the full list of perks! 2023 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 and we’ll connect you to one of our Mile Team members to get you the info you need!
How do I become a vendor for Mile of Music?
Please keep in mind that the streets of Downtown Appleton are not closed for Mile of Music. If you are interested in participating in Mile of Music as a vendor, please email [email protected].
How do I submit for consideration to play Mile of Music?
Thank you for the incredible response to our Mile 10 (2023) New Artist Submission Form. We are sorry to share that the submission process for new artists to be considered for Mile 10 has already reached (and exceeded) the maximum, so we have closed the submission portal. To say that we are humbled by this overwhelming response from potential new artists would be an understatement. A bit stunned might be a more apt description as this is, by far, the biggest response we have had for the open submission process since Mile of Music started in 2013.
Thanks to all the artists that submitted and to fans who encouraged their favorites artists and friends to submit.
If you did not get a chance to submit, we hope you’ll stay tuned for our Mile 11 (2024) New Artist Submission form, which will launch on November 1, 2023.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL new 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, as we are proud to be a music festival started for the express & exclusive purpose to showcase your original works!
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!
- Check out Mile of Music on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat (@mileofmusicfest), TikTok (@mileofmusicfest), and LinkedIn.
- Download our mobile app in the App Store or on Google Play.
- Sign up for the Mile of Music email list: http://bit.ly/MoMEmailList
- Interested in year-round events in the Fox Cities? Head to our Mile of Music Presents social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
What's your COVID-19 Update for 2022?
July 19, 2022:
As we approach Mile 9, Mile of Music continues to follow the current CDC Guidelines related to COVID-19.
Current CDC information has Outagamie County as a low level designation for community spread with the following recommendations:
- Stay up-to-date with vaccinations
- Stay home if not feeling well and do not attend public gatherings
- Get tested if you have symptoms
Please note: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending Mile of Music, you assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure.
Thank you for taking precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the community spread in our area.
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 hundreds of 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.