Bastille Days unveils its annual feast of events and entertainment
This afternoon, Bastille Days, now in its 33rd year of existence, announced its lineup of acts and activities for its annual four-day festival of food, drink, music and general revelry in Downtown's Cathedral Square Park.
The festivities kick off Thursday, July 10 with the annual BMO Harris Bank Storm the Bastille 5K run/walk through the streets of Downtown Milwaukee and the Third Ward. The run/walk kicks off at 9 p.m. at Jefferson and Wells Streets, with registration costing $20, or $25 if one chooses to wait until the day of the event.
The rest of the day features French CanCan dancers, mini French lessons and live musical performances from I'm Not A Pilot, Extra Crispy Brass Band, Robin Pluer, The 5-Card Studs and The Squeezettes. Milwaukee Brewing Company will also tap a new French-themed brew at the Madison Medical Affiliates Beaux Arts Stage for sampling.
Friday, July 11 will move from the Bastille to the Big Easy as Mardi Gras themed parades will hit the town throughout the evening, with The Soul Rebels, The Delta Routine, The WhiskeyBelles and Rebel Grace providing the soundtrack.
Kids Day is Saturday, July 12, with music, mini French lessons, magic and appearances by the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Milwaukee Admirals on the schedule. At night, more musical performances will hit the stage, with Funkadesi, Vic and Gab, R.A.S. Movement and dance company Femme Feroce all on tap.
Bastille Days wraps up Sunday, July 13, with the annual Waiter/Waitress Race along with performances from Willy Porter, The Love Monkeys, Chasin' Mason and Ivy Spokes.
Every afternoon during the long weekend, Milwaukee chefs from restaurants including Maxie's, Le Reve, Lake Park Bistro, Wolf Peach and Il Mito will serve up tips, techniques and, of course, food to festival goers as well.
For more information on the events on deck for Bastille Days, visit its website.
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