The Alliance Française is hosting its annual Bastille Day celebration 4pm-midnight on Saturday, July 13 at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington. There will be fun events for the entire family. Highlights include the Third Annual Best Baguette Competition, the Citroën Club Car Show, and a wine taste-off. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Southside Aces Brass Band, Mark Stillman, and the Francine Roche Trio beginning at 6pm. A dance hour with the Jeunes Cadres Dynamique, the Alliance Française Young Professionals group, will begin at 11pm. Children’s activities include crafts, face painting, a coloring contest and a storming of the Bastille. From 4pm to 8pm there will be an art fair featuring local artists. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event ($10 for AF members and children under 10).
Bastille Day is the French Independence Day, July 14, 1789, when French citizens overthrew the monarchy and stormed the infamous prison in Paris, the Bastille.