Bastille Day Chicago



Picnic/Pique Nique


6:00-10:00 p.m: Enjoy the summer evening and bring your own picnic to dine en plein air. Wine, champagne and light cocktail will be available for purchase and consumption in the picnic area.  Profits from the bar will help cover the expenses for this free event. 

Please note that outside alcoholic beverages are PROHIBITED at Navy Pier! Merci de votre compréhension!


Children's corner/Le coin des enfants


6:00 to 8:00 p.m: Wonderful, fun activities for young people:  face painting, cupcake decoration, a bubble show, summer games, cotton candy  - this treat is called Barbe à Papa in France (Grandpa’s beard)...…
Arts and crafts provided by IETS TRY ART




6:00 to 10:00 p.m: The coolest and most classic French sport ever, pétanque has been played on the place publique of each town and village in the south of France for centuries. All you have to do is get close to the cochonnet [ko-sho-ney]… and pretend you’re in Marseille or a village en Provence! Volunteers will be on-hand to demonstrate the game, show you how to play, and organize casual games on one of our two courses. To get an avant-goût, check this out. Come wearing a striped t-shirt and a bandana! Allez-y !


DJ Mwelwalle/Un disque-jockey extraordinaire


6:00 to 9:00 p.m: Mwelwa Musambacine  is influenced by cultures and people across the globe. He is recognized across music circles as one of Chicago's best international and world music DJs. Mwelwa's assorted global mix includes reggae, kizomba, salsa, afro pop, bachata, samba, merengue, afrobeat, semba, jazz, funk, son, soukous, makossa, calypso, zouk, house, coupé décalé, soca, cumbia and various types of Arabic, Indian & African varieties. Mwelwa also plans and promotes events as a part of Akasuba./Sunny Side Up. Bring your dancing shoes!


The Irving Sisters


7:15 to 7:35 p.m:The Irving Sisters will perform after the Consul General of France’s speech (at 7:00 pm). The jazz trio will sing songs inspired by France, including familiar tunes by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet. Chris Waltz will join on guitar.

8:15 to 8:35 pm: second part of the songs


Waiter Race/La course de garçons de café


7:00 to 9:00 p.m: Anyone can enter! Watch would-be waiters compete in a race that involves running as fast as you can while balancing a tray… without spilling a drop of Grand Cru. It’s our traditional event for Bastille Day, and anyone can win! For all ages.

We are looking for champions!
Everybody gets a photo – souvenir!


Fireworks/Feux d'artifice


10:15pm: Every Bastille Day celebration ends with fireworks and this year is no exception! Wind up your evening at Navy Pier watching their fabulous fireworks show! You'll have the best seat, right at the Pier.