The very first San Francisco Bastille Day celebration took place in 1880, and a mere 138 years later, the Official Committee of French-American Organizations of Northern California is planning a grand Bastille Day celebration with a kermess — an outdoor festival — followed by a French-style bal populaire — a fireman’s ball. The event opens at 10 am and runs till 7 pm on Saturday, July 14, at Embarcadero Plaza, across from the Ferry Building.
The free admission event organized under the patronage of the Consul General of France in San Francisco, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, is open to all French and American residents and visitors of the Bay Area to enjoy a multitude of French establishments, food, wine and beer booths, a Citroen vintage car show, games of pétanque, a kid’s garden, tours of the San Francisco’s French Quarter, French musicians, and all kinds of fun for the entire family! And for the first time ever in San Francisco, there will be a course de garçons de café — a waiters race!
The day’s activities will culminate at 5 pm with the enjoyment of a bal populaire featuring local French bands, including Rue’66, San Francisco’s only authentic 60s French yé-yé band, and Virginie Marine, dubbed “the new voice of French music.” The Bastille Day celebration is expected to draw-up thousands of visitors throughout the day!