What happens when you combine a vibrant, one-mile stretch of Downtown Appleton, Wisconsin, with 200+ up-and-coming artists performing FREE shows with live, 100% original music over four days? You get to experience an unforgettable music-filled weekend with over 700 incredible shows!

Mile of Music kicked off in 2013 as a cover-free festival highlighting handcrafted artistry. The theme quickly caught on with music lovers everywhere and is still the focus today as The Mile continues to make music accessible to everyone with nearly all shows FREE to attend. We welcome the finest talent, including singer-songwriters, duos and multi-piece bands showcasing original roots music ranging from indie and folk-rock to soul, to folk, bluegrass and more! On top of that, we highlight homegrown talent and recruit the best emerging artists from all over the U.S.

Mile of Music 3 in Appleton, Wis. August of 2015. Photo by Graham Washatka -

Photo by Graham Washatka

Along with providing plenty of opportunities to take in the music, attendees are encouraged to make music while they’re at The Mile, too! Our Music Education Team hosts dozens of hands-on music events like artist-led songwriting workshops and interactive drum circles.


Returning for its eleventh festival in 2024, Mile of Music is a can’t-miss festival. With more than 85, 000 people checking out The Mile in 2022 alone, we’re cultivating something one-of-a-kind in the Fox Cities community that’s drawing national attention. The tenth rendition of Mile of Music is set for August 1-4, 2024.

Photo by Bryan Lasky (Mile 10 – 2023)


“When you hear “music town,” people might think that places like Chicago and Nashville are where to be since these cities have the big venues and music labels. But Appleton is quickly coming up on that list as this is where the true music fans are. It’s one of the best places in the country to be right now if you’re looking for new and exciting music.” – Patrick Roberts (Veseria), Artist · READ MORE

“I just wanted to thank you so very much for inviting me to perform at MoM – I am still getting emails from fans about it. I got a couple hundred!!! It really was the highlight of my summer. Thank you for all your hard work.” – Sarah Potenza, Artist

“A great thing about this festival is everyone comes for the same reason – a common love for music. When you go to a show, it doesn’t feel like you’re walking into a crowd of strangers. It’s more like a crowd of new friends.” – Scott Peeples, Music Fan · READ MORE

“With the integration of the Music Education Team into the heart of the festival, Mile of Music has something really special. There are so many opportunities for attendees to interact with artists, learn from them and get involved with the music first-hand.” – Jaclyn Kottman, Mile of Music’s Music Education Team · READ MORE



Mile of Music isn’t quite like any other festival you’ve experienced before. Join us August 1-4, 2024, as 40+ venues throughout Downtown Appleton play host to indoor and outdoor shows on stages of every size. Take time to explore the restaurants, shops, museums, bars and coffee shops along The Mile as there are fun stops at every turn and most are filled with music!


Photo by Bryan Lasky (Mile 10 – 2023)