Mile of Music mural. Photo courtesy of Appleton Downtown on Facebook

APPLETON — Returning for its eighth year in 2021, Mile of Music is a one-of-a-kind festival in the Fox River Valley.

With more than 80,000 people checked out The Mile in 2019 alone, and organizers say the festival is drawing national attention.

The eighth rendition of Mile of Music is presented by Fox Communities Credit Union and is set for August 5-8, 2021.

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Mile of Music kicked off in 2013 as a cover-free festival highlighting handcrafted artistry.

The theme quickly caught on with music lovers everywhere and is still the focus today as The Mile continues to make music accessible to everyone with nearly all shows FREE to attend.

Organizers welcome the finest talent, including singer-songwriters, duos and multi-piece bands showcasing original roots music ranging from indie and folk-rock to soul, to folk, bluegrass and more.

On top of that, the festival highlights homegrown talent and recruits the best emerging artists from all over the U.S.

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By staff