The other Independence Day, commonly known as Bastille Day, or the anniversary of the beginnings of a bloodbath that made France miserable for about 10 years, provides an excellent afterparty as our red-white-and-blue hangovers slowly fade. Check out these fun events in commemoration of that July 14:
Pix Patisserie's bash on July 13 will feature a mini-Medoc run, live music all day from the likes of Tope, Gulls, and Sun Angle, a grape stomp, Champagne-sabering tutorial, and a bicycle scavenger hunt. Great food will include offerings from a whole-roasted pig as well as a champagne and oyster bar, and of course, save room for dessert. This celebration benefits the Oregon Food Bank, so bring non-perishable food items for chances to win prizes. The party starts at 2 pm and goes late.
Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant is located at 2225 E Burnside.
Also a day early, Director Park will host the largest Bastille Day celebration on the West Coast, replete with a Portland Waiter's Race, an "avenue de la cuisine" featuring the likes of St. Honore Boulangerie and Brasserie Montmartre, and an art exhibit featuring work by students of Portland's French language immersion schools. Entry to this July 13 event is free and the festival runs from noon to 6 pm.
Director Park is located at 815 SW Park.
Apparently it's tradition to celebrate firemen on the day before Bastille Day. In such fashion, Vie de Boheme will be throwing a Bal des Pompiers on July 13, with French tunes by Eric John Kaiser and WC Beck. French food, wine, and cocktails will be offered. Firemen get free entry, but everyone who merely wants to dance with firemen pays an $8 cover. Festivities kick off at 8:30 pm and go late.
Vie de Boheme is located at 1530 SE 7th.
Joyeux July 14!