Bastille Festival 2016 on July 9

The Alliance’s 14th annual Bastille Day Festival takes place on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from noon-6 pm. The Portland festival is one of the largest Bastille celebrations on the West Coast. This year’s festival is celebrated for the second year outdoors at the Portland Art Museum across from the SW Park Blocks. And of course the Bastille Festival is free and open to the public!

Look for fun activities for the whole family, including music, a photo booth, street performers, le marché (the marketplace), French cuisine, and the Spirit of Bastille Costume Contest.

Music and Fun All Day Long

Jet Black Pearl, the amazing international accordion artist and singer, will dazzle and entertain with favorite French songs as well as some new and exciting directions.

Wandering Court Musicians, soprano Wendy Steele and tenor Alexander Trull, will perform madrigals and art songs echoing days gone by.

And our house DJ will keep the sounds flowing with music from the wide world of francophonie.

You’ll be awed by the circus artistry of Heather Pearl, entertainer extraordinaire. Heather crafted her art at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the SF School of Circus Arts. Prepare to applaud wildly!

Concours de Costume: L’Esprit de la Bastille

Come in a costume that evokes the Spirit of Bastille Day and join our fashion parade at 4 pm. The three top concepts will walk off with a prize, judged by Northwest Children’s Theater founder and director, Judy Kafoury.

Just for Kids

Learn about children’s immersion programs from participating French schools such as FAIS (the French American International School) as well as French-related opportunities at Canoe Island (summer camps for kids in the San Juan Islands) and  Andeo International Homestays (student hosting service). Children will also find fun things to do at the school booths. Kids and grownups alike will enjoy ongoing fencing exhibitions from the Northwest Fencing Center.

L’Avenue de la Cuisine

French-themed menu options will be plentiful from sources such as the St Honoré Bakery and Pi Squared Pizza along with fabulous crepes from C’est Si Bon and ice-creams of Ruby Jewel.

Adults will enjoy wine and beer in the jardin de vin, with beers, an extensive wine selection of French and Oregon wines, aperitifs such as Lillet, and Hardy Cognac’s special collection of cocktails.

Special Wine Tasting at 1 pm and 3 pm in the jardin de vin!

Enjoy a special wine tasting of four highly “slurpable” (and eminently affordable) summer wines, curated and presented by wine scholars and sommeliers Maxine Borcherding of the Taste & Compare Academy and Ed McDonald of Elevage Wines.

Maxine and Ed have selected bright and refreshing wines from the Loire Valley perfect for warm weather and lighter menus. You’ll taste a sparking rose, two whites, and a red, all ideal for summer. Of course Maxine and Ed will tell you all about each wine you sample.

The tasting will be presented in two sessions: the first at one o’clock and the second at three o’clock. Each will run 30-40 minutes, enough time to enjoy and discuss the merits of each. Click here to sign up for the one o’clock tasting and here to sign up for the three o’clock tasting. Each session is limited to 35. A limited number of tickets will be available at the event. Buy a ticket at the Alliance Française booth or the entrance to the Wine Tasting.

Shopping at Le Marché

At the French-themed marketplace in the outdoor sculpture mall, you’ll find a variety of shopping opportunities, among them Traditions de France (100% French-made items for the home), Les Couleurs de Provence (signature table coverings of Provence), Versailles Gardens (elegant accessories for the garden),  Bag It Totes (unique shopping bags), Attic Antics (vintage finds & European treasures), and Oya Elegant Gemstone Jewelry (crafted with exotic stones from Istanbul.)

A Very Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Interested in supporting this event? Would you like to make a donation? Please call the Alliance Française office at 503.223.8388 with questions.

Find out more about our sponsors: FAISKafoury & McDougalHardy CognacThe Oregonian, and Perrier & Nestlé Waters USA.

Getting to the Bastille Festival

The Portland Art Museum is located at 1219 SW Park Avenue between Jefferson and Main in the park blocks (between SW 8th and SW 9th Avenues). You’ll find Festival events and activities in the sculpture mall between the museum building and the Mark building and in the street in front of the museum.

The bus and streetcar travel directly past the Museum, and the MAX light rail has a stop only four blocks away. TriMet’s Trip Planner gives you step-by-step travel directions from your location by bus, light rail, or streetcar.

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