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Indoor car show will be at the
Fox Cities Exhibition Center

Classic Car Show

Friday, Sept. 29th

Octoberfest weekend kicks off with License to Cruise, a classic car show on Friday night at 3 p.m. Complete with about 400 classic cars, live music and great food, you won’t want to miss one of Appleton’s largest car shows.

Interested in displaying your vehicle that’s 2003 or older? Come on down to the avenue on Friday, September 29 at 3 p.m.! Registration is only $5.00 to park your car on the avenue. Special interest vehicles will be showcased in the Expo Center. Contact Gary Rohde to be in the Expo Center.

License to Cruise Schedule

12:00 PM
No traffic will be allowed to enter onto College Ave.
12:30 PM
ALL vehicles parked on College Avenue (including show cars) will begin to be towed at owner’s expense.
12:45 PM
Volunteer vehicles and food vendors enter.
1:20 PM
Vendors must have vehicles off the avenue.
1:30 PM
Show vehicles are allowed on College Avenue and will be positioned by LTC staff. Cars will fill-up one block at a time, going from the theme cars out.
9:30 PM
License to Cruise officially ends. After the crowd disperses, ALL vehicles must be removed from those portions of College Avenue that are remaining closed for the evening. Any vehicles remaining in those areas will be towed at owners’ expense. Vehicles in other areas of downtown must be legally parked.

License to Cruise Event Map

Food Vendor Lineup

Frequently Asked Questions

License to Cruise is from 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2023.

Show vehicles will be allowed on College Avenue at 1:30 and will be positioned by LTC staff. Cars will fill-up one block at a time.

NO! Any vehicles on the avenue between 12:00 p.m and 1:00 p.m. will be towed at owners expense.`

License to Cruise is on a “First come, First served” basis. If you wish to park together, please arrive together.
If you want to park with your club, please plan to meet somewhere off the Avenue and line up together so that you may enter the Avenue as a group. Be sure to let the people directing traffic know you are with a club and how many cars there will be.

All vehicles must have been manufactured in 2003 or before and can not have any visible primer or rust. You must bring your vehicle registration with you in case there is a question on the year of your vehicle.

Enter from North State Street or South Drew Street. Please refer to our map.
The cost to participate is $5.00 per vehicle payable as you enter the Avenue (correct change is appreciated).

The vehicles DO NOT cruise. Vehicles enter College Avenue and stay parked from 3:00 to 9:30 p.m.

No “carry ins” are allowed.

No! The Appleton Common Council passed ordinance #10-47: “Animals are prohibited on public property located within the Downtown District (Richmond St. to Drew St./south side of Lawrence St. to north side of Washington St.) for special events.”

Violators will be fined. $186.00.

Once your vehicle is parked on the avenue your vehicle “MUST” remain parked until 9:30 p.m. It is not necessary for you to remain with your vehicle, however, Octoberfest / License to Cruise is not responsible for any damage to vehicles during the event.

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