When revolutionaries stormed and captured the Bastille fortress – which was used to imprison political and religious dissidents – on July 14, 1789, it was considered the start of the French Revolution and the beginning of the end for the French monarchy. That day became known as Bastille Day, and celebrations are held annually all across France. If you're keen to join in on the fun, swap your beanie for a beret and head over to Federation Square from July 16 to 17.
Fed Square will transform into a French winter market with vendors peddling French cheeses, crêpes, Champagne and pastries. While you feast, live entertainment like acrobatic performances, jive dancers, choral singers and jazz and funk musicians will take over the main stage. Ticketed talks and masterclasses will also run over the two days, including sessions on French cheeses, fragrances and cocktails as well as discussions about the French Revolution and Pablo Picasso.
If you can't make it into the city, you can still tune into some Bastille Day-themed online events, including a virtual French trivia night and a guided online wine tasting.
For more program information, visit the Bastille Day French Festival website.