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Bastille Day 2019 Outdoor Festival: Waiters Race, French Food & Music | SF

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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - All Day | Cost: FREE
Embarcadero Plaza (Formerly Justin Herman Plaza) | 1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA


The very first San Francisco Bastille Day celebration took place in 1880, so come and be a part of a grand Bastille Day celebration and discover French cuisine, wines and crafts at this Kermesse (outdoor festival).

Bastille Day Festival
Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 11 am to 7 pm
Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco
FREE

The free admission event is open to all to enjoy a wine, pastis and beer garden, a vintage Citroën car show, 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.

2019 Entertainment & Schedule

  • 11:00a Opening Bastille Day San Francisco 2019
  • 11:30a Moorea Swing Boys Tahitian Dance Group
  • 12:00p & Friends (On The Terrace)
  • 12:00p To 4:30Pm Petanque Tournament
  • ​12:30p Fashion Show By Ricochet (On The Stage)
  • 1:00p French Connection Chansons FrançAises (On The Terrace)
  • 1:30p Moorea Swing Boys Tahitian Dance Group
  • 2:00p Bistrot Moustache (On The Terrace)
  • 2:30p Moorea Swing Boys Tahitian Dance Group
  • 3:00p & Friends (On The Terrace)
  • 3:00p To 4:00p Waiters’ Race
  • 4:30p National Anthems (On The Stage)
  • 4:35p Speech Of M. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, General Consul Of France At San Francisco
  • 4:45p Rue ’66 (On The Stage) – San Francisco’s only authentic 60s French “yé yé” band
  • 5:45p French Oak – Gypsy Musette (On The Stage) –  French jazz gipsy band
  • 6:30p Music Ends
  • 7:00p After Party By L’Apero – 111 Mina Street

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.

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.

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


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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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