In case you missed it, the Great Milwaukee Summer is (more or less) back! Oodles of summer festivals and music series are currently on the books, many of them returning for the first time since 2019. And you can add Bastille Days to that ever-growing list.

“After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the city’s beloved French festival will return to Downtown Milwaukee this July,” reads the Bastille Days website. “Although slightly downsized, Bastille Days patrons can expect great food, entertainment, the return of the infamous Storm the Bastille Run/Walk, along with some fresh new twists to create an authentic French flavor.”

How will the fest be downsized, you ask? “One change will be that the iconic Eiffel Tower, which requires significant restoration each year, will not return to Bastille Days in 2022,” explains a press release. “However, the team is reviewing options on how to bring it back in 2023 which marks Bastille Days’ 40th anniversary.”

As always, the action is set to take place in and around Cathedral Square Park. Want to register for the Storm the Bastille Run/Walk? Do that HERE.

“Run through the streets of Downtown Milwaukee with 5,000 of your closest friends!,” says the website. “Runners and walkers kick off Bastille Days with the annual Storm the Bastille 5K Run/Walk, in honor of the 18th century attack on the Bastille prison in Paris. The 5-K run and 2-mile walk will take place on opening night of the festival, July 14th at 9pm. This year’s 5K run/walk will begin on North Jefferson Street, adjacent to Cathedral Square Park. The course will lead participants through the scenic streets of downtown Milwaukee & the Historic Third Ward.”

Here’s the Bastille Days schedule:

Thursday, July 14, 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Storm the Bastille at 9 p.m.)

Friday, July 15, 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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