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.



Add +

Bastille Day events and activities 2013


  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Offer

Take the playfulness of Beck and mix it artfully with the louche French cool of Serge Gainsbourg, and you have, in an elegant nutshell, Gallic song man Philippe Katerine.

  1. French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall 55 E 59th St, between Madison and Park Aves
  2. Until Fri Jul 12
Buy tickets

The Parisian Ball

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Babel New York and Fete Paradiso being Bastille Day early with "the world's first festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels."

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Sep 7 - Sun Sep 8
More info

The French Spirits Soirée

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Offer

Time travel to bohemian Paris at this indulgent pre–Bastille Day fete.

  1. Astor Center 399 Lafayette St, at 4th St
  2. Sat Jul 13
Buy tickets

Bastille Day on 60th Street

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Indulge your inner Francophile at this three-block-long fest.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sun Jul 13
More info

Classic Album Sundays: Air's Moon Safari

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This listening party takes a Gallic turn for Bastille Day.

  1. Output 74 Wythe Ave, at North 12th St, 11211
  2. Sun Feb 23
More info

The Little Opera Theatre of NY

Celebrate Bastille Day in Queens with an hour-long program of selections from French operas.

  1. Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Blvd, at Broadway
  2. Until Sun Jul 14
More info

Bastille Day events and activities 2012

  • Bastille Day on 60th Street

    Bastille Day Celebration on 60th Street

    No need to storm the French Institute Alliance Française to get a taste of Gallic culture at this holiday affair.
  • Bastille Day Celebration on Smith Street

    Bastille Day 2014

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

    4Knots Festival After-Party

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

    THE SALON: Pièce de Résistance

    The Hot Sardines and Gordon Webster Blues Quartet provide the swinging tunes at this jazzy Bastille Day party.
  • The Jazz Age Lawn Party happens on Governors Island this weekend.

    Bastille Day at Cercle Rouge

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

    Paris Opera Ballet

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

  1. 2014
  2. more

Users say

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 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 can be viewed at:


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."


"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. Cherry Blossom...

    You don’t have to take a 15-hour flight to Japan t...

  2. Tulip Festival

    Every year during spring, the West Side Community ...

  3. Bacon and Beer...

    Breweries (Gun Hill, Bronx Brewery) and restaurant...

402 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.