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Monday planner: drive-in concerts a highlight of the week ahead

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It’s easy to get caught up in all that we’re missing in 2020.

But it’s a better plan to recognize that while there’s fewer events on the calendar, there’s still more than enough to get your fill of entertainment.

This week’s biggest events will take place at the ballpark. There’s still room for those of you who procrastinated, so load up the car.

The three-day Paperfest Rockin’ Drive-in Concerts will be held at Fox Cities Stadium on Thursday through Saturday. It’s replacing the canceled Paperfest for 2020, though organizers say the shows will carry the spirit of the beloved Fox Valley festival.

“This event is all about local, and held for local – local bands, local sponsors and local nonprofits,” Paperfest Director Matthew Boots said.

Vic Ferrari’s Symphony on the Rocks headlines Thursday night. American Platinum will open for Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z on Friday. Saturday’s lineup will feature Ask Your Mother and Road Trip followed by the Kamps Bar & Grill Fireworks Show.

Expect a good time in a safe environment.

The drive-in format allows organizers to space it out. They’re planning a major sound and light production on an elevated stage. Fans can enjoy the show from the car or set up lawn chairs.

Concession stands will be open inside Fox Cities Stadium. Beverage golf carts sponsored by Fox Communities Credit Union will travel around the parking lot. 

Tickets remain for each night and they can be purchased through the Timber Rattlers box office or online at www.rockindrivein.com.

Gates open at 5pm each night with the headline act taking the stage at 7:30pm. Tickets are $30 per car for general admission or $60 for VIP spots closer to the stage.

The 32nd annual Paperfest and the Combined Locks Centennial Celebration have been postponed until next year. The traditional event will return on July 15-18, 2021. 

Elsewhere in the Fox Valley:

It’s Appleton Children’s Week, and if you have young ones, know there’s still plenty of fun in store in spite of changes. This year, the annual children’s parade is being replaced with a parade of yards. Click here for more details.

A-Town Unplugged will head east to K-Town of Wednesday night to headline this week’s Live from Hydro Park show. A youth band from Appleton Rock School will open the free Downtown Kaukauna show at 5:30 p.m. It’s the second show of the Hydro Park season after a weather cancellation last week.

Luma Knotty will play this week at Riverside Park as part of the Future Neenah Summer Concert Series. That show starts at 6 p.m.

The Heid Music Summer Concert Series will continue in virtual format this week with Fire on High hitting your television or device on Thursday at 6 p.m. The live shows are streamed on Facebook at the Appleton Downtown Inc. page.