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Octoberfest: What to Know Before You Go

License to Cruise 
6:00 - 9pm - Friday, September 29th

Octoberfest weekend kicks off with License to Cruise, one of Appleton’s largest classic car shows. Includes approximately 400 classic cars lining ColleLicense to Cruise 6:00 - 9pm - Friday, September 29th
Octoberfest weekend kicks off with License to Cruise, one of Appleton’s largest classic car shows. Includes approximately 400 classic cars lining College Ave, live music, and food.
A few things to know….

• Vehicles are NOT allowed to park on the avenue after 3pm.
• License to Cruise is an alcohol-free event. Bars and Restaurants are open but no drinks are not permitted in the street.

9am - 6pm - Saturday, September 30th
Appleton largest block party with live music, food & drink vendors, arts & crafts, and a family fun area. Don’t forget your ID if you want to purchase beer!

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• FAQ's and other event information

Appleton Parking App: No Coins, No problem! Download and use the free Passport Parking App available for Apple or Android devices. Pay for and extend your parking remotely, and also receive notifications when your time is almost up Payment for parking can be made by debit or credit card. The app allows users to extend parking time remotely – provided it is within the time limit of the parking space. Users can also receive notifications when their time is about to expire. The meters will still accept coins for users that prefer that method. The app is available for use at all of the almost 1,000 metered parking spaces across downtown. No free parking—you can either use the area parking ramps & garages, street meters, or legally street park on surrounding neighborhoods.

5 Parking Garages: Yellow; Red; Green; Blue; & Purple

East Washington Street Ramp (Yellow)—located on the corner of Franklin & Morrison;

Radisson Ramp (Red)—located on the corner of Appleton & Lawrence St.

City Center Ramp (Blue)—3 hour limit; $1 for less than 2 hours, $2 for 2-3 hours, and $3 for 3 hours. Located on the corner of Washington St. & Oneida.

Soldier’s Square Ramp (Purple)—3 hour limit with a flat $2 fee. Located on the corner of Allen St, & Oneida.

P.A.C Ramp (Green)—located on the corner of Division & Washington;

Green, Yellow, and Red Ramps all accept cash, credit cards, permits, & validated hotel cards. Pay as you exit with rates starting at $1 for less than 2 hours, $2 for 2-3 hours, $3 for 3-4 hours and $5 for over 4 hours.

  • Parking Meters

Metered parking is $0.75 per hour and are limited to two hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. However, keep in mind that much of College Ave will be closed for the event so metered spots will be limited.

Don’t Want to Worry about Parking?

Valley Transit will be offering park & ride for just $.25 per ride from various spots around the area.

Cab Corral – Cabs and Ubers will be designated to pick-ups and drop-offs on Washington Street, from Onieda St. to Appleton St., just one block North of the event.

Shuttle – Tanner’s Grill & Bar in Kimberly will be running a continuous shuttle from the bar to downtown Appleton. Unlimited trips for $5/person and you’ll also receive a coupon for 10% off food at Tanner’s and a free domestic tap beer at Mill Creek.  


Alcoholic beverages can be purchased on Octoberfest grounds—BYOB is not a thing, so don’t try it.  It’s illegal and strictly enforced.

Are you 21 with a valid ID? Great! Outside beer sales start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Bring your ID and get a wristband from one of the designated wristband booths. After getting your wristband, you’ll then need to purchase drink tickets. These tickets can be taken to any of the outdoor booths to purchase beer. Ticket sales end at 5 p.m., booths close at 5:30 p.m.--unused tickets cannot be redeemed for cash. No ID? No wristband. No exceptions.


If there’s a band you want to see, plan ahead. Crowds are large, especially afternoon, so if you want to be sure you get a decent spot, get there early!

8 different bands staged along the Avenue, 6pm-9pm

  • • Corner of College & State St.: 484th Army Band
  • • Corner of College & Walnut St.: Tarl Knight
  • • Corner of College & Morrison St.: The Polar Project
  • • Houdini Plaza: Doo Wop Daddies
  • • Corner of College & Durkee St.: John Lambert
  • • Corner of College & Superior St.: The Relics
  • • Corner of College & Division St.: Appleton Rock School
  • • Roaming Entertainment: Jukebox Barbershop Quartet

  • Saturday
    Music all day on 5 different stages from 26 artists, 9am-6pm

  • • NBC 26 Stage – Corner of College & Division St.
  • • Razor 94.7 Stage – Corner of College & Superior St.
  • • 95.9 Kiss FM Stage – Houdini Plaza
  • • 1150 WHBY/The Score Stage – Corner of College & Durkee St.
  • • 105.7 WAPL/WFRV Stage – far West End of College Ave

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 11:57

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