Bastille Day in Milwaukee is 4-0 this year. And, a replica of the Eiffel Tower, which was absent from last year’s gala, will return.
A free French-themed street festival is scheduled for July 13-16. Here’s information about this year’s installment, including food, wine, entertainment, events and the popular Bastille Storm 5K.
What are the opening hours on Bastille Day?
July 13-15, 11am-11:30pm and July 16, 11am-8pm.
Where is Bastille Day located?
Cathedral Square Park and surrounding areas, 520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee.
storm the bastille, its significance
The popular Bastille Storm 5K Run/Walk presented by Madison Medical will begin July 13 at 9pm.
The event commemorates the storming of the Bastille, an 18th-century French prison, which sparked the French Revolution.
The start and finish will be on North Jefferson Street, adjacent to Cathedral Square Park. The route goes through the city center and the third district.
Online registration costs $35 until June 30 at 11:59 p.m., with prices increasing after that, according to the event’s registration page. Registration includes a Storm Bastille t-shirt, timing bib and a post-race beer or bottle of water. Participants must register by July 4th to guarantee they’ll get a shirt.
When registering, people will have the option to donate towards the ongoing restoration and operation of the Eiffel Tower replica, the press release notes.
Game day pickup is from 7pm to 9pm at Taylors’ white tent on the corner of Wells and Jefferson streets.
After the party there will be entertainment by DJ Shawna.
To register for Storm Bastille, visit runsignup.com/stormthebastille5k.
food and wine
Many Bastille Days favorites will return, including Beignets Français, Lake Park Bistro, Lagniappe Brasserie and Cream & Crepe Cafe, according to a press release.
Door Peninsula Winery will again be offering wine tastings throughout the event. And, a brand new painting and drinking experience will be held July 15-16.
Entertainment, Events, Markets
More than 50 performances will take place across five stages, including the “Educators Credit Union Main Stage” and “Gruber Law Firm’s ‘One Call…That’s It'” stage, according to a press release. That’s two more stages than last year’s “slightly scaled down” festival.
Entertainment lineup includes Madame Gigi’s Outrageous French Can-Can Dancers, Robin Pluer, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Extra Crispy Brass Band, house and disco featuring “French Chill” in collaboration with WMSE, the festival’s second Year “This Is” it! Drag show” and more. There will also be roaming buskers.
Other festivities will include:
- Madison Medical Bastille Day Market.
- Love Lock Sculpture Attendees can place padlocks.
- fortune teller.
- Henna artist.
- French Bulldog Kissing Booth.
- Tours and activities at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Eiffel Tower replica returns
The 43-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower is the unofficial symbol of the festival and is not part of the 2022 event. Last year, East Towns Association said the structure “requires major repairs every year” but they were “reviewing” how to return it to its original condition in 2023.
The replica, which will be part of this year’s Bastille Day commemorations, is “under restoration,” a release said.
Children’s Day on July 15 will feature a variety of events, including a donut breakfast, a performance by the Milwaukee Ballet, Cole’s art studio and kid-focused vendors, the release said.
Do you have a motorcycle? The event, in partnership with Harley-Davidson, is offering free on-site motorcycle parking on Bastille Day, July 14-16, as part of their homecoming and anniversary celebrations.
M-Series from The Hop Stop by the venue.
Attendees can purchase parking at the BMO Tower, located at 771 N. Broadway, one block from the festival, the release said. The release notes that the structure is fully enclosed and has 24/7 on-site security. People can use Honk Mobile to buy parking in advance for a $5 discount.For instructions on this, please visit easttown.com/bastille-days.
Otherwise, the festival recommends parking just north of Ogden (then go south) or west of Water Street (then go east).
More Bastille Day info/updates
For more information or updates on Bastille Day, visit easttown.com/bastille-days.
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