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Vancouver’s Bastille Day French Festival

Bastille Day at the Roundhouse

Bastille Day is a French national holiday. It’s celebrated each year on July 14th with French food, music and entertainment at the Roundhouse in Vancouver.

In 2022 the Bastille Day event takes place on July 16th. Other exceptional events also happening that same weekend include the Uptown Live street party and music festival, Lynn Valley Days in North Vancouver, and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach. What an exciting weekend it’s going to be!

 


This article contains the following information about the Bastille Day Festival:

What is Bastille Day? | Festival Details | 2022 Festival | 2022 Festival Entertainment | Other Information


 

Bastille Day at the Roundhouse in Yaletown

Vancouver normally hosts a Bastille Day celebration on July 14th every year but it took place on July 11th in 2021 because of the pandemic, and it takes place on July 16th (a Saturday) this year. The event happens at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. A celebration of French food and music, the festival features a selection of live entertainment and vendor stalls.

The event is presented by the Bastille Day Festival Society. The non-profit organization aims to promote French culture around Vancouver.

 

Uptown Live in 2022

 

What is Bastille Day?

Bastille Day is a French national holiday. It takes place each year on July 14th which is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.

The storming of the Bastille is an important holiday in France because it marks the beginning of the French Revolution back in 1789. Originally built as a medieval fortress, the Bastille was later converted into a state prison. It has become a symbol of royal authority and repression.

 

Bastille Day Festival at the Roundhouse
Bastille Day at the Roundhouse

 

Festival Details

In keeping with the original date, the holiday is celebrated each year on July 14th. The 2022 Vancouver festival, however, takes place on Saturday, July 16th.

The festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Centre in downtown Vancouver. The venue’s address is 181 Roundhouse Mews. It’s just a few blocks from the north False Creek Seawall and close to the Yaletown-Roundhouse SkyTrain Station.

In pre-COVID years, as many as 10,000 people have attended the event. Admission to the festival is usually free and everyone is welcome. In 2021, however, tickets cost $20 per person and were limited to a maximum of 100 participants. The 2022 edition is free and open to all.

 

Lynn Valley Days

 

The Bastille Day Festival in 2022

The 2022 version of the Vancouver Bastille Day Festival is a return to more of what the event was like pre-pandemic, although it’s not taking place on Bastille Day itself.

Vancouver’s French community celebrates Bastille Day with a festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Vendors sell French products and food at the event. There are also family-friendly activities as well as live music, entertainment and a raffle. For adults, there is also a beer garden that sells French wine.

The day’s events begin at 9:00 am, although most of the activities and vendors aren’t fully open until around 10:00 am. That’s when the French Market officially begins with plenty of food options as well as other items. At that time the Kids’ Corner and other games begin at the Roundhouse as well. At noon the beer garden opens for all those aged 19 and up.

Also taking place at the festival is a classic car show beginning at 2:00 pm. There are some parked in the plaza outside the Roundhouse and others along the waterfront. Like with the rest of the festival there is no cost to check out the variety of old vehicles. The festival ends at 6:00 pm.

 

Live Music at Bastille Day
Live French Music at the Roundhouse

2022 Festival Entertainment

To accompany the food, drinks and activities the festival also has a series of live performances. They take place on an outdoor stage from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 2022 schedule is as follows:

  • 11:00 am – Royal Westminster Regiment Marching Band
  • 12:00 pm – Joshua Minsky
  • 1:15 pm – Royal Westminster Regiment Marching Band
  • 2:15 pm – Francois Laberge & Réjan Bussières 
  • 12:00 pm – Neezar
  • 12:00 pm – Louise Vanhelle

 

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

 

Other Information

To learn more about the festival visit the Vancouver Bastille Day Festival website.

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