Bastille day festival live IN THE PEARL, SATURDAY, july 16, 12-6pm. 

The Alliance Française de Portland presents the 20th Annual Bastille Day Festival in celebration of the French National Holiday. Like our Fourth of July, the French National Holiday celebrates a revolution that changed a nation. In 1789 the French stormed the Bastille prison, marking the birth of the modern French nation. The storming of the Bastille symbolizes the key values of Liberté, Fraternité, and Egalité for all citizens.

Our Festival celebrates French culture with a day in the park – a day to enjoy music, dancing, good things to eat and drink, and amusements with friends and family. Get out and see things! Talk to people! Laugh in the sun!


About 96.5 million people speak French as their mother tongue in 134 countries. Get a taste of French culture from far-away places at the 20th Annual Bastille Day Festival, presented by the Alliance Française de Portland.

In recognition of francophonie, we bring you Cajun music from Louisiana, settled by French Canadians in the 17th century, and dancers from the former French colony of Tahiti.

What You'll Find at the Bastille Day Festival

live music

A variety of French-themed music from a great lineup of musical artists all afternoon.
Plus a special appearance of Tahitian dancers.

french food

From moules-frites to pastries and sandwiches to charcuterie, our Food Court is not to be missed. Bring your appetite!

the marketplace

French-related crafts and goods bring a French market experience to our plaza. Take home children's clothes, table linens, shopping baskets,  jewelry, and more.

fun for kids

From enjoying fencing demos to making something colorful at the Alliance Children's Activities table to wading in the fountain, kids will love it here. There's even a clown!

used book sale

A mind-boggling selection of used books in French and English, including a large selection of cookbooks! A huge range of authors and topics. Deals you won't believe!

Wine Garden

And beer! Enjoy a glass of wine as you take a seat in the wine garden and just people-watch, listen to music, or crunch a baguette sandwich.

Costume contest

Post a photo on Facebook of yourself in costume in front of the Alliance tent on Bastille Day. We'll tally the 'likes' on July 18 and award a prize to the winner.

Getting There

Find the Bastille Day Festival at Jamison Square in the Pearl between NW 10th and NW 11th at NW Johnson. Click here for a Google map. Metered street parking is available but limited in the Pearl.

The Jamison Square stop on the Portland street car line is NW Johnson for the NS Line,  A Loop or B Loop. Check out maps and schedules and click on the Interactive map to see Jamison Square. 

About the Alliance Française de Portland

The Alliance Française de Portland is a chartered member of an international non-profit organization founded in Paris in 1883 to promote French language and culture. There are currently 832 Alliances in 134 countries worldwide.

To fulfill our mission, we teach French classes for adults and children and hold events such as Bastille Day to help Portland get more acquainted with French culture. We offer group and individual classes year-round; please view our current term here. Our teachers are native-level French speakers trained in teaching French as a foreign language. Sign up for our newsletters and see what we're doing when.

We are a non-profit and are totally self-supporting through our classes, events, memberships, and donations. Click here if you'd like to make a donation.

Get Involved

Those interested in volunteering for the event should contact the Alliance office. Let us know a little about you and your interests. We can especially use volunteers with an OLCC serving licence for the Wine Garden, as well as volunteers to help throughout the event, the morning setup and the evening teardown.

A few spots for food or marketplace vendors are still available. Please contact the Alliance office.

Sponsorships are vital to this event and are available to businesses, organizations, or individuals. Download the sponsor package to see the benefits of sponsorship.

Please note that the Alliance Francaise complies with current COVID regulations and recommendations of the State of Oregon.
The Alliance Française de Portland is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.



Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office. After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.


The Alliance office is virtual
during the COVID pandemic.
Quickest contact is
Leave a voicemail at  503.223.8388. 



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