17th Annual Bastille Day Festival on July 13

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!

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13th Annual Waiters Race: The popular Portland Waiters Race starts 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 register online  or contact the Race Manager for more info.

Air France raffle: Win two tickets to Paris! Drawing at 6 pm at the Bastille Day Festival on Saturday at Jamison Square. Buy tickets at the event and online here.

L’Avenue de la cuisine: French-themed menu options will be plentiful from popular Portland spots including St. Honoré Boulangerie, C'est Si Bon Crêperie, Oufti Belgian Waffles, and Olympia Provisions. 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.

zephyr2018Le Marché: Enjoy the wares of local arts & crafts vendors (including many importers of French products) and find a bargain at the stunningly huge French book sale hosted by the Alliance Française.

Live Music: The festival features French-themed music on the main stage throughout the day, including cafe music from the Zéphyr 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.

kid2018Pour 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-Chevaux on NW Johnson and marvel at the collection of vintage Citroëns.

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, and to our events partner, The French American Chamber of Commerce. Thanks also to in-kind sponsors A. Hardy USA, Perrier/Nestlé Waters USA, Sokol Blosser, and Avanti Travel.


Parking Information

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.

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Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
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