The 9th Annual Bastille Day Festival takes place Saturday, July 9, 2011, from noon until 8pm at Jamison Square Park in the Pearl District. Admission is free.
The Fête de la Bastille commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison on le quatorze juillet, 1789. The Portland celebration features the 7th Annual Portland Waiters Race, musical acts, French food and wine and a themed market, pétanque demonstrations and lessons, a singing of La Marseillaise, and a Jardin of Wine and Beer.
If you make it to this festival, I recommend the Jardin of Wine and Beer. The trick though, is that this fest takes place the same day as the Mississippi Avenue Street Fair. Fortunately Pix Patisserie (3901 D N Williams) also throws a Fête de la Bastille, and has scheduled theirs for July 16th this year – details forthcoming!
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