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Friday List: The best of July in the Fox Cities


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It’s among the most jam-packed months in the Fox Valley calendar. 

July has a wealth of activities to enjoy and picking and choosing isn’t going to be easy. With July on our heels,  this week’s Friday List features the Top 10 events awaiting us in the seventh month of 2019 … this time, in chronological order

July 3; Appleton Fourth of July Celebration

It’s more than just the fireworks — although they make for a fabulous conclusion. Activities at Appleton’s Memorial Park will begin at 4 p.m. and include live music from Polar Vortex and Boogie and the Yo Yo’z.

July 5; Beer, Brats and Beethoven

The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra returns to Fox Cities Stadium for a free, family friendly night of music with offerings ranging from Beethoven to Uptown Funk. The night will conclude with a huge fireworks celebration.

July 12-13; Greenville Lions Catfish Extravaganza

On Friday, get ready for the races — that is, the catfish races. Come back Saturday for a concert with 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul and Loverboy. Extravaganza might be the perfect descriptor of such a weekend.

July 18-20; Paperfest

Kimberly’s Paperfest is the ultimate community festival with sporting events, live music, entertainment, food and rides. 

July 21; Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet

Sweet rides will pack Pierce Park from front to back in what’s one of the largest free car shows in the Midwest. Nearly 1,200 cars will be on display. The show brings in nearly 15,000 people annually.

July 22-28; EAA AirVenture

Though not technically a Fox Valley event, when the world’s biggest aviation event is just a half hour away, it has to make the list. AirVenture is awe-inspiring even for those who wouldn’t consider themselves aviation fans. It draws celebrities, people arrive from around the world and the air shows are no less than spectacular. If you haven’t yet taken part in AirVenture, it has to be part of your July to-do list.

July 23-28; Outagamie County Fair

Live music? Check. Live animals? Check. Fair food and carnival rides? Double check. The county fair is a classic and it just isn’t summer without attending one or more.

July 25-28, July 31-Aug. 4; Riverside Players presents “Clue: the Musical”

Riverside Players is in its 63rd season of Theatre in the Park — it’s truly a Neenah tradition. The productions take place in picturesque Riverside Park. The cool breezes off the water and tall trees surrounding the pavilion add a unique element to evening out at the theatre.

July 27; Donald Driver Charity Softball Game

Celebrities and pro athletes will converge on Fox Cities Stadium for a fun afternoon that’ll benefit others. Fans will spend a few hours among the famous and leave with a Donald Driver bobblehead.

July 28; Art in the Park

It’s been an Appleton tradition for decades and for good reason. Beauty will abound whether its scenic City Park or the works of nearly 200 artists that’ll be on display. Art in the Park draws art lovers from far and wide. This year marks its 59th annual edition.