Bastille Day in NYC: Celebrate France's National Holiday

Trade in the red, white and blue for le bleu, blanc and rouge at pétanque tournaments, cancan performances, French feasts and other Bastille Day events.

0

Comments

Add +
Cancan dancers at Bastille Day on 60th Street.

Cancan dancers at Bastille Day on 60th Street.

Ooh la la! Francophiles have their choice of fetes as Bastille Day takes over New York City. Annual events include the French Institute Alliance Française's street fair, Bastille Day on 60th Street and Bar Tabac's pétanque tournament in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.


RECOMMENDED: Summer in New York guide


When is Bastille Day?

Bastille Day is always held on July 14 to commemorate French Independence Day (July 14, 1789). The big day doesn't fall on a Sunday this year, so annual events like Bastille Day on 60th Street will be held the day before, Sunday July 13.

Bastille Day 2014

Bastille Day Celebration on 60th Street

  • Critics choice
  • Free

No need to storm the French Institute Alliance Française to get a taste of Gallic culture at this holiday affair.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sun Jul 13
More info

Bastille Day 2014

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Smith Street's Gallic bistros shut down the thoroughfare for a day of music, French food and aperitifs.

4Knots Festival After-Party

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Jonathan Toubin (wearing a Louis XVI–style wig) hosts and spins his collection of French 45s into the wee-hours.

  1. Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club north side of Pier 17, Beekman St, at South St
  2. Sat Jul 14 - Sun Jul 15
Buy tickets

THE SALON: Pièce de Résistance

  • Critics choice

The Hot Sardines and Gordon Webster Blues Quartet provide the swinging tunes at this jazzy Bastille Day party.

  1. Rebel 251 W 30th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Jul 13 - Sat Jul 14
Buy tickets

Bastille Day at Cercle Rouge

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Michael Arenella, NYC bandleader and impresario of Jazz Age decadence, leads his Hot Eight at this alfresco downtown party.

  1. Cercle Rouge 241 West Broadway, between Beach and White Sts
  2. Thu Jul 17
Buy tickets

Paris Opera Ballet

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After a 16-year hiatus, Paris Opera Ballet returns to New York for the Lincoln Center Festival with three programs.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Wed Jul 11 - Sun Jul 22
Buy tickets


  1. 2014
  2. more

Users say

3 comments
James Martin
James Martin

Great Bastille Day celebration in New York at 60th and 5th Avenue. over 20,000 people were there with food sellers and other entertainment. It was a perfect day...no rain....and a great crowd. The organizers even provided great enterainement. There were clowns dressed in colorful costumes blowing up balloons and also 3 beautiful girls doing the French Can Can dance dressed in eye catching costumes. I took a video of their dancing....it can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkRC_l69Tl8

Orson
Orson

Try moving the comma: "Although in 2013, Bastille Day falls on a Sunday, when it doesn't annual events like Bastille Day on 60th Street are always held on the Sunday after July 14." Although in 2013 Bastille Day falls on a Sunday, when it doesn't, annual events like . . . Keep in mind what clauses you are trying to separate here. You may also replace "although" with "while."

austin
austin

"Although in 2013, Bastille Day falls on a Sunday, when it doesn't annual events like Bastille Day on 60th Street are always held on the Sunday after July 14." Please read this out loud and try again.

Events & Festivals calendar

  1. The High Line

    RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions There’s ...

  2. Socrates Sculpture...

    It’s harder to justify indoor art-peeping once the...

  3. Gazillion Bubble...

    Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's bliss...

2175 more events »

Subscribe to Time Out New York on Spotify for playlists and recommendations from our Music team.

Check out New York's best restaurants, hottest street style, cool apartments and more.