2018 Bastille Day Celebrations in the Midwest

2018 Bastille Day Celebrations in the Midwest


Bastille Day Chicago

Friday, July 13th • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free – Open to all
Presented by the Committee of the French Societies and the Consulate General of France.
Location: Lycée Français de Chicago – 1929 W Wilson Ave (Ravenswood)

Picnic, pétanque, children’s corner, music with DJ Mwelwa, waiters race/course de garçons de café, grand raffle, photo booth… and special participation of the “Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps” who will bring to life the history of the French presence in the Midwest, with their brightly colored uniforms and the sounds of fifes and drums as well as The LaSalle Explorers who recreated the 3,300-mile canoe journey in North America of French explorer René-Robert Cavalier de La Salle. They will bring a canoe and stories of their adventure.

Bastille Day at the Alliance Française de Chicago!

Saturday, July 14th • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago – 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
Join an authentic atmosphere with traditional bal musette to have fun and dance to all evening, food…


Saturday, July 14 • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Presented by the Alliance Française d’Indianapolis and the City of Carmel, with the participation of Fréderic Cholé, Deputy General of France for the Midwest.
Location: Sophia Square, Carmel, IN

Program includes music performance and French gastronomy… Don’t miss this great event!


Friday, July 13th • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Presented by the Alliance Française of Central Iowa and the Des Moines Sister Cities Commission
Location: Birdland Park Ding Darling Shelter – 2100 Saylor Road, Des Moines, IA

Don’t miss a great evening with pétanque tournament, music and dancing, a little ceremony and a lot of food.


Saturday, July 14 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Presented by Alliance Française de Louisville and Sister City Committee Louisville-Montpellier, France
Location: TBC
This traditional picnic will be held in the presence of a group of exchange students from Montpellier.


Friday, July 13 • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Presented by Alliance Française de Détroit/ French Institute, l’Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
Location: Country Club of Detroit, 220 Country Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, beverages and entertainment.


Friday, July 13 • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Presented by the Alliance Française de Minneapolis/ Saint Paul
Location: Grand Rounds Brewing Co.’s patio – 43 Rd Street SW, Rochester, MN

Live music by Francine Roche and Mark Stillman of the Francine Roche Trio, crêpes, French wine and Grand Round’s selection of local beer!


Saturday, July 14 • 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Presented by Alliance Française de Saint Louis, la Société Française de St. Louis and St. Louis – Lyon Sister Cities

Location: Missouri Athletic Club – 405 Washington Avenue, Saint Louis, MO


Sunday, July 15th • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Presented by the Alliance Française d’Omaha
Location: Joslyn Castle – 3902 Davenport Street, Omaha, NE

Join us for an early evening of food and friendship, et La Marseillaise, at Joslyn Castle


Saturday, July 14 • 12 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Wade Oval in University Circle – 10820 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH

Join the French American Chamber of Commerce Ohio, Maison Francaise, the City of Cleveland, and a Rouen delegation and the Consul General of France for the Midwest region, Guillaume Lacroix, for a typical French Bastille Day celebration on Wade Oval with food, entertainment, and street vendors.

Friday, July 13th • 6:00 pm
Presented by the Alliance Française de Cincinnati

Location: Swain Park – 7650 Cooper Rd, Montgomery, OH, 45242

Live music by Lagniappe, prizes for best dishes, and games for the kids. Each guest or family brings a dish for six to share, and the beverages of their choice.
This year, the annual Bastille Day event will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans.


Thursday, July 12 thru Sunday, July 15
Presented by The East Town Association with the participation of the Alliance Française de Milwaukee
Location: Cathedral Square Park – 520 E Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI

Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations, returns to downtown Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park, July 12 – 15. The free four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows. Don’t miss the booth of the Alliance Française and the delicious Beignets!