If you love French cuisine, live music, and a 43-foot tall Eiffel Tower replica, the Bastille Days celebration is the place for you! This year, Cathedral Square Park is throwing its 36 Year Anniversary of Bastille Days from July 13th until July 16th. The event runs from 11 a.m. until the late evening each day. Check the Bastille Days celebration website for more details!
To kick off the event, the ‘Storm the Bastille 5K run’ will begin at 9 p.m. for over 5,000 runners and walkers. The race will go through East Town and into the Third Ward. The following night, one of the most exciting parts of the Bastille Days celebration, the Mardi Gras parade, will be going on. The parade will take place on Friday at 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. down ‘Main Street’ (Kilbourn Ave).
This year, over 250,000 visitors will get to experience live music across four stages. There will also be a decadent international marketplace where you can take home a piece of French cuisine. If you would rather leave the cooking to professionals, chef and wine demos will be going on all weekend. These chefs will be cooking up French and Cajun cuisine for you to try, and you won’t want to miss it.
Attending the Bastille Days celebration is free of charge, thanks to sponsors such as; Associated Bank, Bud Light, Madison Medical, EDI, International Autos Group, Gruber Law Offices, Saz’s, 330 Kilbourn, Pepsi, Door Peninsula Winery, the Plaza Hotel, Shorewest Realtors, and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bastille Days is the main fundraiser for East Town Association, a nonprofit organization. It helps to promote businesses in the area of the eastern part and downtown Milwaukee.