The West Coast’s largest Bastille Day celebration will take place on Saturday, July 13 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at Jamison Square in the Pearl! The Saturday festival is free and open to the public and attracts as many 8,000 participants. Take a look Bastille Day 2018 by clicking here, then save the date for this year's festival!
13th Annual Waiters Race: The popular Portland Waiters Race returns to Bastille Day and will start at 2:00 pm. Racers will be competing for $2000 in prizes (mostly cash)! Cheer them on as they circle the square three times while balancing glasses of water on a tray — it’s not easy! The winner will combine the best time with the fewest spills. Interested waiters can sign up online to register.
L’Avenue de la cuisine: French-themed menu options will be plentiful from popular French spots such as St.Honore Boulangerie. The popular wine & beer garden in Jamison Square will feature specialty cocktails from diamond sponsor, Hardy Cognac. Plus you’ll enjoy refreshing beers and wines.
Live Music: The festival features French-themed music on the main stage throughout the day, including cafe music from the Zephyr trio, Dixieland jazz from the Mudtown Stompers, cool jazz from the Djangophiles, hot retro tunes from DJ Cecilia, and Breton favorites from Merlin, a lively father-daughter accordion-fiddle duo.
Le Marché: Enjoy the wares of local arts & crafts vendors (including many importers of French products) and find a bargain at the dazzling French book sale hosted by the Alliance Française.
Pour les enfants: Look for a wide range of children’s activities with special activities led by Portland Art Museum docents, face-painting, and more.
Pour tous: Enjoy the fencing demonstrations, then try it yourself with the masters from Northwest Fencing Center. Wander through the Concours de Deux-Cheveux on NW Johnson, and marvel at a collection of vintage Citroens.
Jamison Square is located at 810 NW 11th Avenue at NW Johnson in the Pearl. The festival occupies the entire Square, known for its shady lawns and spacious fountain. Jamison Square can be reached by the Portland Streetcar A Loop and NS Lines, with stops at NW Johnson and NW 10th/NW 11th.
The Bastille Day Festival is presented by the Alliance Française of Portland. Thank you to our major cash sponsors the French American International School and Kafoury-McDougal. Thanks also to in-kind sponsors A. Hardy USA, Perrier/Nestlé Waters USA, and Sokol Blosser.
**A limited number of craft and education spots for this festival are still available. Contact Sherry Charles at email@example.com or call 503.223.8388 with questions.**