Portland’s Bastille Day Celebrations

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Bienvenue! This Saturday, July 15, is the largest Bastille Day celebration on the West Coast!

If you’re in Portland or the area, be sure to drop by Jamison Square in the Pearl, from noon to 6pm.

Activities and Festivities include the annual Waiters Race, French-themed foods and cocktails, cafe music and jazz, pétanque, fencing, and a chance to win 2 round-trip tickets to Europe! Experience joie de vivre in your very backyard!

11th Annual Waiter’s Race

The popular race starts at 2pm; arrive early to cheer them on. Waiters must circle Jamison Square three times, balancing glasses of water on a tray — it’s harder than it looks! They must get the best time with the fewest spills! Winners will be awarded $2000 in prizes! Interested waiters can sign up online to register.


L’Avenue de la Cuisine

Local restaurants will roll out their Francophone menus; sample fresh confectionaries and baked delights from St Honore Bakery, C’est Si Bon Crêperie, and Ruby Jewel Ice Cream. There will also be beer, wine, champagne and specialty cocktails available by the glass.

Musique à la France

The main stage will erupt into French-themed music all day, from the accordionist Jet Black Pearl,  French cafe music of the Zephyr trio, the jazz guitar stylings of the Djangophiles, the Mudtown Stompers, and Falcon, a lively father-daughter accordion-fiddle duo.


Also to “Découvrir”:

Children’s activities, coloring playtime, arts and crafts, a Bastille-inspired costume contest, and a very special performance of puppet theatre from the Northwest Children’s Theatre. The adventurous can watch or play pétanque with the Lake Oswego Pétanque Club, or marvel at fencing demonstrations from the Northwest Fencing Center. The Alliance Française will also be there of course, hosting a huge French book sale.


Win a Trip to Europe!

Be sure to stop by the tent of the French-American Chamber of Commerce for regional activities and raffle tickets for a chance to win two round-trip tickets to Europe on Delta Air Lines!

How to Get There: Jamison Square is located at 810 NW 11th Avenue at NW Johnson in the Pearl. Jamison Square is accessible by the Portland Streetcar A Loop and NS Lines, with stops at NW Johnson and NW 10th/NW 11th.

Willamette Intl Travel regularly books clients on unforgettable, incredible trips through Paris, France and Europe. 

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