Celebrate Bastille Day in New York City!

June 23, 2016 | By French Culture

Bastille Day—also known as French National Day—commemorates the start of the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789. In New York, the occasion presents several fun opportunities to explore and celebrate French culture, both on the commemorative day and throughout the preceding weekend.

Below is a list of fun Bastille Day events supported by the French Embassy:

FIAF Bastille Day Fair

60th Street between Lexington & Fifth Avenues, Manhattan
Sunday, July 10 | 12pm-5pm | Free

Part of the Paris-New York Tandem, a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between the two cities, the Bastille Day Fair is a delightful afternoon of French food, culture, and entertainment. Stop by for a champagne tasting at the FIAF Skyroom, French éclairs, macaroons, crêpes, cheese, performances on an outdoor stage, free French classes, and more. Kids will love the puppet show, face painting, mime acts, arts and crafts, and music.

Bastille Day Ball

Club 404, 404 10th Avenue, Manhattan
Wednesday, July 13 | 6pm-1am | $30-120

Celebrate France under the patronage of the French Embassy in the U.S. with a fun evening of live music by Brick City Gospel Chorale, DJ Super Jamie, and a raffle with two NYC-Paris round-trip tickets at stake.  Enjoy a gourmet buffet and 4-hour open par with a VIP ticket.

An Attic Full of Hope Performance

Florence Gould Hall (FIAF), 55 East 59th Street
Thursday, July 14 | 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Free

Bronx en Seine, a Franco-American creative collaboration featuring young performers and spanning two years, will culminate with a performance of An Attic Full of Hope, featuring 30 young performers from Nanterre and the Bronx, accompanied by three musicians. Part of the Tandem Paris-NY, a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange between New York and Paris.

Screening of The Triplets of Belleville with Live Score

Prospect Park Bandshell
Thursday, July 14 | 8pm | Free

See The Triplets of Belleville with a live orchestral accompaniment of Benoit Charest’s score and vocals by chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot. Presented by BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

Raashan Ahmad and Friends at France Rocks Summerfest

New Nublu
Thursday, July 14 | Free

The thriving hip hop artist—who also happens to be an emcee, DJ, producer, and label owner—presents his show, “New World,” with friends. 

Screening of Un Flic

Riverside Park, Pier I
Friday, July 15 | 8:30pm | Free 

Part of Films on the Green Festival, Jean-Pierre Melville’s thriller Un Flic features French film stars Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve features both a heist and an intense love triangle. 

Even more Bastille Day events in and around New York:

17th Annual Greater New York Citroën & Velosolëx Club Rally & Rendez-Vous

Various locations in Manhattan
Sunday, July 10 | All Day | Free

Meet at 9am at Grant´s Tomb (Riverside Drive at 122nd St.) to catch Greater New York Citroën & Velosolëx drivers and riders as they embark on their 17thannual rally around Manhattan in classic Citroën cars and on Velosolëx motorbikes. The vehicles will make pit stops at France-related landmarks around the city (including Washington Square Park, two L’Occitane boutiques, and a Maison Kayser patisserie) and will ultimately be parked and on view in front of the FIAF Bastille Day Fair on Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, starting at 1:30pm.

Pétanque Tournament

Bar Tabac, 128 Smith Street, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 10 | 10:30am | $45 per team of 3 players 

Join over 70 teams for a tournament of the quirky French sport Pétanque. With music in the background and food and beverage by Bar Tabac, the sandy courts offer an excellent way to greet summer.

French Dining & Pâtisserie

Take part in French Restaurant Week from July 13-10 or splurge on New York’s many acclaimed French restaurants, including Daniel, Le Bernardien, and Café Boulud. Plus, sample the best of French macaroons at one of the many delicious French bakeries.

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