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Bastille Day 2018 Outdoor Festival: Waiters Race, French Food & Music | SF

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Justin Herman Plaza | 1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA


Come and be a part of a grand Bastille Day celebration and discover French cuisine, wines and crafts.

The very first San Francisco Bastille Day celebration took place in 1880, and this year – 140 years later – the official committee of French-American organizations of Northern California is planning a grand Bastille Day celebration with a Kermesse (outdoor festival) followed by a Bal Populaire (Firemen’s Ball) a la française.

Bastille Day Festival
Saturday, July 14, 2018 | 10 am to 7 pm
Justin Herman Plaza, SF
FREE – RSVP on Facebook

The free admission event organized under the patronage of the Consul General of France in San Francisco, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, is open to all to enjoy a multitude of French establishments, food, wine and beer booths, a vintage Citroën car show, a French hair salon, games of “Pétanque,” a kid’s garden, tours of the SF’s French Quarter, French musicians and all kinds of fun for the entire family.

Plus don’t miss the “Course de Garçons de Café,”or Waiters’ Race, the first of its kind in San Francisco.

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A Waiters’ Race, or “Course de Serveuses et Garçons de Café,” is a race that tests the speed at which a waiter can carry a loaded tray without tipping any of its contents. This race has been going on in France since the 1930s. The race will start at 3:30 pm. If you are interested in competing, please register online here.

Pétanque is a French game similar to lawn bowling or bocce ball. Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a “cochonnet” or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. Join in from 10 am to 4 pm to learn the game and partake in tournaments organized by the SF Club.

French Hair Salon

  • Wig Station (FREE):
    Marie-Antoinette? ’20s finger-waves? ’60s bombshell? Selfie Alert: Try on wigs from different french hair eras
  • Quick-Styles ($15)
    Some curls, a sleek style, maybe a few braids — lets tweak or refresh your hairstyle! A 20-minute service that will get you ready for saturday night. 

The Children’s Playground, located next to the pétanque courts, will feature several games to delight children of all ages.


Event Details


Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Bastille Day, Block Party, Club / DJ, Eating & Drinking, Fairs & Festivals, Outdoors
Address: 1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

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