[updated July 14, 2011]
Bastille Day, the French national holiday, is celebrated on July 14 (le quatorze juillet) to honor the anniversary of the 1789 storming of the Bastille in Paris. Frenchmen & women in NYC will start the celebration early with events this weekend. Like any good holiday, why limit the festivities to just one day? Welcome to Bastille Week!
July 10 – 17, 2011
Bastille Week in NYC
*1789 was the year of the storming of the Bastille.
Thursday, July 14
Bastille Day Ball 2011 – Bal de la Fête Nationale
Live Orchestra & DJ
2 Ticket options:
Bleu $30 online ($35 at the door) : General admission; passed hors d’ oeuvres, cashbar.
Rouge $120 : Red Carpet treatment : Gourmet Buffet dinner + Open Bar til 10:30pm + seating in the newly renovated VIP Lounge.
Raffle with Grand Prize: 2 Round trip tickets NYC to Paris on Air France
404 10th Ave. (33rd St.)
New York, NY
Sunday, July 10
Bastille Day Celebration on 60th Street
Celebrate French culture at the annual French block party on 60th St. between Fifth and Lexington Ave.
Activities for the entire family:
French cuisine tastings
French-themed market stalls featuring artists and artisans from various regions of France, as well as other French-speaking countries.
Kids games (petanque) & face painting
Live mime – 12-5pm
Accordion music – 1-5pm
Citroen Car Show 1-5pm
Sunday, July 10
Bastille Day in Brooklyn
Brooklyn’s annual Bastille Day celebration includes pétanque games and French food and drink and various outdoor activities at some of Smith’s Street’s bistros, including:
128 Smith St. (Dean St.)
Robin des Bois
195 Smith St. (between Warren & Baltic St.)