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There's plenty going on in the Fox Cities every month of the year. The events calendar is packed with live Broadway Theater, art exhibits, family events, community festivals, or museum exhibits. Come see all that's happening!

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Nearby CommunitiesThe Nearby Communities include the City of Seymour, the Towns of Freedom and Mackville and the Villages of Black Creek, Shiocton and Wrightstown. These communities are located outside of our Fox Cities, but offer many fun, family-friendly annual events.

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Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

June 30, 2018 - March 31, 2019

Open during normal Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-4pm

History Museum at the Castle
330 E. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the most extensive and comprehensive exhibition featuring America’s most popular sport ever to tour. Organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in association with NFL Films, the exhibit presents a panoramic view of the story of professional football—from its humble beginnings in the late 19th century to the cultural phenomenon it is today—and brings together an extraordinary collection of artifacts, while creating an unforgettable interactive experience.

This exhibition anticipates the Green Bay Packers' 100th anniversary and is a cornerstone event in the multi-year celebration of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary.

$15 for adults
$10 for Youth (ages 17 and under)
Children 5 and under FREE

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Perthshire Paperweights Collection

September 28, 2018 - September 20, 2020

Tu - Sa 10am-4:30pm
Su 1-4:30pm
Closed Mondays

Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass
165 N. Park Ave.
Neenah, WI 54956

View more than 900 weights from the renowned Scottish paperweight maker, Perthshire. This exhibit is the first showing of the gift to Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass from the collection of Les and Angie Smith.

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Downtown Appleton Farm Market

November 03, 2018 - May 25, 2019


Downtown Appleton
10 W College Ave
Appleton, WI 54911

Experience a large indoor Farm Market with up to 50 vendors selling fresh fruits & vegetables, meats & dairy, breads & baked goods, specialty foods and handcrafted items.  Allow extra time before or after the market to enjoy the restaurants, retail stores, the Museums and all that Downtown Appleton offers!

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Rhythms & Brews at Riverview Gardens

November 21, 2018 - May 01, 2019

WEDNESDAY'S ONLY 7:00-8:30pm

Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens
1101 S. Oneida Street
Appleton, WI 54915

Rhythms & Brews at Riverview Gardens returns for a third season beginning Wednesday, November 21 and running through Wednesday, May 1 at Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens. Nicolet Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 season of Rhythms & Brews, which will stage 24 FREE original music shows.

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Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts

December 28, 2018 - March 31, 2019

Mon: Closed
Tues-Wed, Fri-Sat: 10am-4pm
Thurs: 10am-8pm*
Sun: 12pm-4pm

*Closed on select Thursday evenings for Jazz at the Trout

Trout Museum of Art, The
111 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911

Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts features over 70 works by more than 50 of the country’s most celebrated artists. Included are works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Thomas Moran, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist.

This exhibit showcases painting, water color, sculpture, sketches, drawings, photography, and much more within a variety of movements including impressionism, realism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, and pop art.

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The Lion King

February 07, 2019 - February 24, 2019

Feb. 7-8: 7:30pm
Feb. 9: 2pm; 7:30pm
Feb.10: 1pm; 6:30pm
Feb. 12-13: 7:30pm
Feb. 14: 2pm; 7:30pm
Feb. 15: 7:30pm
Feb. 16: 2pm; 7:30pm
Feb. 17: 1pm; 6:30pm
Feb. 19-22: 7:30pm
Feb. 23: 2pm; 7:30pm
Feb. 24: 1pm; 6:30pm

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
400 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911

AWARD WINNING BEST MUSICAL More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King, and now you can too when the Fox Cities’ best-loved musical returns to the Fox Cities P.A.C.

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Riverfront Pirates at the PDC

February 11, 2019 - June 01, 2019


Paper Discovery Center
425 W. Water St.
Appleton, WI 54911

Swashbuckling adventure awaits you at the Paper Discovery Center starting February 11. Come experience our new, hands-on exhibit all about PIRATES. Riverfront Pirates will be the only pirate exhibit in the Fox Valley this winter and spring. Can you spy plunder hidden in plain sight? Will you make it?

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Best Picture Festival

February 16, 2019 - February 23, 2019

Feb. 16
11 am: Nominated live-action shorts
1:35 pm: 'Green Book'
4:20 pm: 'A Star is Born'
7:10 pm: 'BlacKkKlansman'

Feb. 23:
11 am: Nominated animated shorts
1:05 pm: 'The Favourite'
3:40 pm: 'Vice'
6:30 pm: 'Black Panther'
9:20 pm: 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Valley Grand Cinema
W3091 Van Roy Rd.
Appleton, WI 54915

If checking the Best Picture nominees off the to-watch list one by one seems like too tall a task, there's always Marcus Theatres' Best Picture Festival. It's become an annual tradition and both Bay Park Cinema in Ashwaubenon and Valley Grand Cinema in Buchanan (near Appleton) are among the locations taking part.

The two-day binge takes place over two Saturdays in February — Feb. 16 and 23 — and offer movie-goers a way to knock out four Best Picture nominees in one sitting. There is a catch, however: 'Roma,' which was released straight to Netflix, isn't part of this year's festival. The other seven Best Picture-nominated movies are and, as a bonus this year, each day starts off with a run through the nominated shorts.

Admission for Feb. 16 is $28. For Feb. 23 it's $35. Food and baverages will be 20% off for those with Best Picture Festival tickets. (Single-film tickets also won't be available for these showings.)

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Women Who Test Appleton: Meet & Greet

February 20, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

Uncorked Bistro
108 W Wisconsin Ave
Neenah, WI 54956

This is the first meeting of the Appleton Chapter of Women Who Test. Let’s get to know each other and throw out ideas about future activities and programs. Uncorked offers food, wine, and a host of other beverages. Please RSVP to let us now you’re coming!

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Jazz at the Trout - ZIJI

February 21, 2019

Opening Performance - 6:30pm
Main Performance - 7:30pm

Trout Museum of Art, The
111 W. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911

Jazz at The Trout Season IX celebrates 'Women do Jazz', featuring the virtuosity and versatility of the women of jazz throughout the season.

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Fox Cities Visitor Guide

Fox Cities Visitor Center

3433 W. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54914


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