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Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

400 W. College Ave. , Appleton, WI 54911 United States

Upcoming Events

Oct. 2017

Steep Canyon Rangers

Oct. 9 @ 8:00 am

A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the Steep Canyon Rangers the Grammy ® Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013. They are as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony. The Rangers are world-class musicians who are just as at home…


Lawrence University “Kaleidoscope”

Oct. 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An explosion of exceptional music-making, Kaleidoscope returns for its sixth edition. A 75-minute, non-stop musical whirlwind performed from various spots throughout the PAC’s auditorium, it features 300 Lawrence students and 15 ensembles, including the symphony orchestra, concert choir, saxophone quartet, jazz ensemble, gamelan ensemble and opera ensemble, among others. Tickets available at both the PAC (920-730-3760) and Lawrence (920-832-56749) box offices.


Throughout the course of our lives, we are challenged to adapt and reimagine who we are in every moment. DIAVOLO brings a full evening experience in two parts, L.O.S.T. features DIAVOLO’s newest works – “Cubicle” and “Passengers”– and boldly tackles the essence of what divides, unites and inspires us to rise.

Nov. 2017

The Little Mermaid

Nov. 4 @ 2:00 pm

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film, this beloved family classic is now on stage with all the songs you love. So dive on in!


Take Me to the River features Grammy®-winners Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush and William Bell along with The Hi Rhythm Section, the Stax Academy Alumni Band, Frayser Boy & Al Kapone, plus Music Director Boo Mitchell. Following in the footsteps of the award winning 2014 documentary film of the same name, Take Me to the River is a live concert journey through the soul of American music, celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis that flourished during a time…

Dec. 2017

The Nutcracker

Dec. 16 @ 7:30 pm

A Fox Cities holiday tradition returns! The Makaroff Youth Ballet, in collaboration with the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet. Watch in awe as talented local dancers tell the classic holiday tale of Clara’s adventures with the Prince and his army of toy soldiers, the Mouse Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy, accompanied with live music by the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Appleton Boychoir. For show dates and times, please visit the show’s page…

Feb. 2018

On Golden Pond

Feb. 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

On Golden Pond is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home in New England for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited…


An American in Paris

Feb. 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award®-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! The New York Times raves,…

May. 2018

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

May. 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling…

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