Best Bastille Day Celebrations

Bonjour, readers!

This week, New York City is getting some French flavor for Bastille Day. Throughout the week, dozens of French restaurants throughout the Big Apple will be participating in French Restaurant Week. These eating establishments will be offering special meals for $17.89, a price that reflects the year the French Revolution began. On Friday, the big event will be the Bastille Day Ball. Additional New York Bastille Week happenings can be found online.

ParisNew York isn’t the only city to celebrate French cuisine and culture this week. Of course there are festivities in Paris and throughout France, but also in other locales, both expected and unexpected. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites.

In New Orleans, Bastille Day events include French Quarter walking tours, cooking demonstrations, and more.

South Africa‘s Franschhoek Bastille Festival has been around for 20 years. Festival activities include boules, The Waiters’ Race, the minstrel parade, and a popular barrel-rolling contest, not to mention lots of vin from Franschhoek’s award-winning wine estates.

Boston‘s Bastille Day events include a popular party on Marlborough Street.

CountiesIn London, the 2013 Bastille Festival in Bankside features educational workshops, cultural presentations, bilingual storytelling, an artisan craft market, French food, and the Bal Populaire, a traditional open air party.

The Heiva festival in Tahiti was traditionally the French Polynesian observance of France’s Bastille Day. Events include the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Tahitian fête.

Washington, D.C.‘s Bastille Day French Festival “celebrates France both past and present, with festivities for visitors of all ages, including dance performances by The New York Baroque Dance Company, live music, French games, and hands-on art projects.”

Wat Pho BangkokIn Bangkok, the Alliance Francaise is hosting a free party on Saturday to celebrate French National Day.

Milwaukee‘s Bastille Days attracts more than 250,000 visitors. The festival includes live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, and a 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.

Are there other Bastille Day celebrations that you love? Let us know!


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