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Metro Milwaukee’s Weekend Festivals Preview – July 12-15

There’s a little something for everyone in Southeast Wisconsinthis weekend when it comes to festivals. In just three days, you could travel to France, see fireworks each night, cruise in a bicycle parade and more! Each festival is unique on its own, but all offer the same thing – boundless fun for all ages. Check out this weekend’s festival guide:



Bastille Days (Cathedral Square Park, Milwaukee)

Bastille Days is the biggest French festival in North America, celebrating the French Independence Day with plenty of food, beverage, music, street performers and family activities. Don’t miss the extravagant 43-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower, either!

Sure, we all look forward to tasting delicious wines and cheeses, but perhaps the most-anticipated event of Bastille Days is the “Storming of the Bastille” 5k race and 2-mile walk, which takes place tonight at 9pm. The race begins at Cathedral Square and winds through Downtown Milwaukee, finishing back at Cathedral Square, where participants and spectators can continue the celebration at the festival.

New this year is the festival’s Mardi Gras Friday, which features a discounted happy hour from 5-7pm with specialty drinks and entertainment. In light of the Mardi Gras theme, there will be thousands of beads festival goers can wear.

If you’ve got little ones, make sure to get to Kids Day. Held from 10am-3pm on Saturday, the day will showcase French cooking, ballet, soccer, art and more French culture the kids will love getting their hands on. And best of all – it’s free!

Where: Cathedral Square, Milwaukee (Kilbourn Ave & N Jefferson St)

When: Thursday-Friday 11am-midnight, Saturday 10am-midnight, and Sunday 11am-9pm

How much?: Entry is free!

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Friday – Sunday

South Shore Frolics (South Shore Park, Bay View)


South Shore Frolics is Bay View’s largest festival, and in its 63rd year, is chock-full of entertainment the entire family can enjoy. Keep yourself busy with food and beer, fantastic live music, kids games, classic car show, the Frolics Festival of the Arts and fireworks every night of the festival! Kick off the weekend at the festival’s Friday Night Fish Fry (beginning at 4pm) and end perusing beautiful works of art at the Frolics Festival of the Arts, on Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Where: South Shore Park, Bay View (2900 South Shore Dr)

When: Friday 4-10:30pm, Saturday 12:30-10:30pm, Sunday 10am-10:30pm

How much?: Admission is free!

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Tour de Fat (Milwaukee’s Lakefront)

This nationally-traveling festival is sponsored by New Belgium beer, and is back in Milwaukee this year encouraging folks to grab a bike and join for a whimsical day of entertainment and two-wheeled revelry. Enjoy a costumed bike parade, which kicks off from Café Hollander at 10am, plenty of New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, delectable food, unusual bike contests and much more! Proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation.

Where: McKinley Park’s Coast Guard Event Area (Lincoln Memorial St, Milwaukee)

When: Saturday 10am-3:00pm (parade registration at 9am)

How much?: Admission is free!

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Maxwell Street Days (Firemen’s Park, Cedarburg)

A Cedarburg Volunteer Fire Department tradition for more than 40 years. There are four Maxwell Street Days per year. You’ll find close to 1,000 spaces filled with antiques, collectibles, crafts, produce, sports and rummage. And of course, there will be plenty of food, beverages and music throughout the day.

Where: Firemen’s Park, Cedarburg (Washington Ave)

When: Sunday 7am-3pm

How much?: Admission is free!

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Did we miss one of your favorite festivals? Let us know in the comments section!



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