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Things we’re excited about in August

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Ahhh the dog days of summer have arrived and I don’t know about you, but I intend to get as much fun in while I still can. Let’s dive right in – no pun intended – to some of the big events on the horizon.

August events in Appleton WI

If you’re a music-lover, then this is your month! Mile of Music presented by Tundraland Home Improvements takes over College Avenue in downtown Appleton Aug. 3 through 6. This highly-anticipated festival brings in musicians from all over the country who play at local restaurants and hangouts downtown. With musical events going on all day and night, this is sure to be a hit the whole family can enjoy.

Another musical event aims to bring in tunes while tuning up your behind – Bike to the Beat takes place Aug. 5. With ride options of distances ranging from 10 to 50 miles, this event is great for all ages and abilities.

After you go for your bike ride, come out to Jefferson Park and help the environment with Aquatic Invasive Species Snapshot Day, also taking place Aug. 5. Join nearly 200 other water enthusiasts at one of 14 rendezvous sites around Wisconsin for the fourth annual event that aims to get people out on lakes and streams to search for invasive species in an effort to protect Wisconsin waters.

Aug. 7 through 11 is Studio Art Classes: Art by Chance, and Let’s Face It: The Art of Portraiture presented by The Trout Museum of Art. Both classes are for kids only. Children ages 5-8 can participate in the Art by Chance course and kids ages 11-14 can make a portrait. Both are five session courses, but times vary so visit the website here for more information.

Summer Fun in the Park: Flight Night is sure to be more than just hot air on Aug. 9. Kites, hot air balloons, a hot air balloon show, music, craft projects, a bounce house, popcorn, and Barrel Train rides will all be featured at this community event. Come check out all the fun from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Darboy Community Park.

If you’re a true Wisconsinite, you sure won’t want to miss this next event. Burger Fest is taking place Aug. 11 and 12 at, where else, the burger capitol of the world – Seymour. The event features “The World’s Largest Hamburger Parade,” hamburger memorabilia, a ketchup slide, car show, motorcycle charity ride, bun run, kid’s activities, live music and a balloon glow. This event only continues to grow in popularity and is truly a blast each and every time I go.

It’s hard to believe we’re only halfway through August, but there’s more to see and do! The 25th Annual Community Cookout, helping the Fox Cities celebrate diversity and culture takes place Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Jefferson Park in Menasha. This event is a yearly tradition that brings people together for food, fun and laughter while promoting diversity and inclusion. This is a free event that anyone and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Anyone driving through Wisconsin can very quickly tell we’re in the land of cows and corn, so why not celebrate it? A corn roast is taking place at Thompson Center on Lourdes in Appleton on Aug. 22, from 5-9:30 p.m. $10 gets you into the event to enjoy a host of activities and live music, as well as a full meal.

On Aug. 23, come down to Fox Cities Stadium and find out how you could become the difference for someone facing life and death. CPR in the Park is a free event from 8 a.m. to noon where people of all ages can come down and learn how to properly perform hands-only CPR. Techniques are constantly changing and this is a skill you may never want to use, but it’s good to know how to save a life if you’re ever in a situation where these skills are needed.

Lastly, August wraps up with the nationally-renowned musical “Wicked” at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. This critically-acclaimed Broadway show takes a look at what happened in the Land of Oz, and why the Wicked Witch of the West really isn’t who you think she is. This show is sure to fill up fast, so if you want tickets, click here. The show runs from Aug. 30 through Sept. 10.

As summer comes to a close for 2017, there’s no lack of fun to be had in the Fox Cities, so get out there and enjoy it!

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