Bastille Day celebrations in NYC

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  • Photograph: Matthieu Raffard

    Bastille Day on 60th St

  • Photograph: Matthieu Raffard

    Bastille Day on 60th St

  • Photograph: Sean Ellingson

    Bastille Day on 60th St

  • Photograph: Sean Ellingson

    Bastille Day on 60th St

  • Photograph: Sean Ellingson

    Bastille Day on 60th St

  • Photograph: Ania Gruca

    Cobble Hill Bastille Day; Photograph by Ania Gruca

    Bastille Day Celebration on Smith Street

  • Bastille Day Celebration on Smith Street

  • Photograph: Ania Gruca

    Cobble Hill Bastille Day; Photograph by Ania Gruca

    Bastille Day Celebration on Smith Street

  • Bastille Day Celebration on Smith Street

Photograph: Matthieu Raffard

Bastille Day on 60th St

Bastille Day on 60th St
Wend your way down 60th Street for a celebration of French food and culture. Stalls from the likes of Franois Payard and Bistro Chat Noir will feature sweet and savory selections, like coffee clairs ($4) and baguettes filled with grilled beefsteak and tarragon mustard aioli ($6). Pick up treats such as macarons and Bordeaux-style canels, and try $15 tastings featuring provenal wines, assorted French curds and a choice of a cocktail or a beer ($15). Tap your toes to classic French swing by New York band Les Chauds Lapins, or brush up on your high-school Franais with free 30-minute language workshops led by teachers at the French Institute Alliance Franaise. 60th St between Fifth and Lexington Aves (bastilledaynyc.com). Sun 10 noon--5pm. Free.

Bastille Day Celebration
Bar Tabac hosts its annual ptanque tournament (a game similar to bocce) to kick off Bastille Week—a seven-day celebration of French independence, culture and food. Cheer for the teams outside the restaurant on Smith Street from noon to 8pm; spend the rest of the day enjoying glasses of ros de Provence, French beers and $5 Ricard cocktails. When hunger strikes, dig into the $17.89 three-course prix fixe, comprising Gallic dishes such as saucisson and steak frites. Bar Tabac, 128 Smith St at Dean St (347-809-3499, bastilleweek.com). Sun 10 noon--8pm. Free.

Bastille Day at Jacques Bistro
Celebrate French independence at this two-part Gallic fete. Start upstairs at Jacques Bistro with a rustic spread of whole, smoked barbecue pig, corn on the cob and mashed potatoes ($17.89); while you eat, enjoy pitchers of cocktails ($17.89) to the sounds of Edith Piaf and other French tunes. At midnight, the party moves downstairs to 1534, a cocktail den tucked beneath the restaurant. There you'll be greeted with a burlesque performance from Anne Louise Marquis, plus absinthe-tinged concoctions like boozy root-beer floats ($10) and gratis Popsicles made from punch. 1534, 20 Prince St between Elizabeth and Mott Sts (212-966-5073). Thu 14 6pm--2am.

Midsummer Night Swing: The Hot Sardines
Retro partyers Gemini & Scorpio hijack—or, rather, collaborate with—Lincoln Center's outdoor dance bashes in honor of Bastille Day. The Hot Sardines and accordion player Mira Stroika will perform a collection of chansons. Grab a beret or Marie Antoinette wig for the French-themed costume contest. The party continues into the wee hours at Iguana New York (240 W 54th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave) with electroswing tunes and $5 mojitos and margaritas. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, W 62nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves (212-721-6500, midsummernightswing.org). Thu 14 at 6:30pm. $17; afterparty $10, with Midsummer Night Swing ticket purchase $5.

Bastille Day Ball
Dress to the nines for this glam soiree at the swanky 404 lounge. After you're done snacking on hors d'oeuvres and rubbing shoulders with French ambassadors to the U.S. and U.N., dance the night away to live music from La Vie en Rose and a DJ set by Charlotte Balibar, who will spin French music and dance tunes. You may even go home with the coveted raffle prize of round-trip tickets to Paris. 404, Tenth Ave at 33rd St (347-632-5583, bastilledayball.org). Thu 14 at 7:30pm; $30, VIP $120.

French Films on the Green
The French Embassy cosponsors film screenings in parks on summer Fridays, and this week's Gallic treat is La Gloire de mon Pre (My Father's Glory), the story of a young boy as he explores Provence on a summer vacation. The film will be shown with English subtitles. Riverside Park, Pier 1, near 70th St (212-606-3600, frenchculture.org). Fri 15 at 8:30pm; free.

Bastille Festival 2011
The tricolor will fly above Times Square as almost 50 artists and performers will storm—okay, attend—this rooftop celebration organized by social group French Culture Nights. Learn about French wines, food and ptanque, while listening to the "French Madonna," Floanne Ankah, or examining Pierre-Henry Gurard's intricate paper sculptures. Novotel Hotel, 226 W 52nd St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-315-0100, bastillefestival.com). Sat 16 11am--1am. $10; with online registration, children under 13 free.

Bastille Day Bash
This Saturday afternoon party from the Skint (theskint.com) goes all-out with the Love Show burlesque dancers in Marie Antoinette wigs as well as mimes from Clown About Town. Les Hot Sardines, a singing, tap-dancing hot-jazz group will perform, as will cabaret singer Mira Stroika. Free Bulldog Gin cocktails until 3pm ($5 after) and $3 Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale fuel the party until the rendezvous ends at 6pm. Littlefield, 622 Degraw St between Third and Fourth Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (littlefieldnyc.com). Sat 16 at 2pm. $2; with Total 4th Avenue Immersion card $1, see brooklynbased.net for details.

—Additional reporting by Kate Spalla

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