Bastille Days

July 11-14, 2024 │ Storm 5k: Thursday July 11

July 11- 13 ┃ 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

July 14 ┃ 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Milwaukee Bastille Days

Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations, is held in Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park. The free, four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, French and Cajun cuisine, and roaming busker entertainment.

Our festival was named one of the best Bastille Days celebrations in the world by National Geographic. Read more HERE!

Storm the Bastille 5K Run/Walk

Run through the streets of Downtown Milwaukee with 5,000 of your closest friends! 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 11th 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.

Ride Le Hop to Bastille Days!

The M-Line stops in the middle of the festival grounds!

For more info regarding The Hop’s route CLICK HERE!

Driving to Bastille Days?

Discounted parking is available in the following lots: 770 N Jefferson Garage (518 E Mason,) Cathedral Square Garage (530 E Mason,) 822 N Van Buren Lot.

Visit to reserve parking early and use code “PARIS” to receive 25% off.

Thank You to our Generous Sponsors