Bastille Day? More like Bastille Week! All around New York City, Bastille Day events have expanded out from July 14th. We’ve compiled a list of events, spanning July 9th to July 16th, of parties, pétanque, and performances, for you to check out. Happy celebrating!
July 13th — French Morning and French Tuesday Party at the Sky Room
French Morning and French Tuesdays are teaming up to host a lovely soirée francaise at the Sky Room on July 13th. The evening begins at 7:30pm (so as to ring in Bastille Day at the same hour as the french) and ends at 1:00am. The evening is Provence themed, and includes a raffle for a flight to Provence. Dress code is “French Chic.” Sign up by filling out the form at the bottom of this page (330 W. 40th Street, Manhattan).
July 13th — Bastille Day Ball at Club 404
The Bastille Day Ball brings in Bastille Day in style with their party at Club 404, starting at 6:00pm on the 13th. A gospel choir, DJ, raffles, drinks, and plenty of dancing will keep the party going until 1:00am on the 14th. General admission is $30, or you can treat yourself to a VIP ticket for $120 and gain access to a buffet, an open bar, and the VIP lounge. More information and tickets here (404 10th Avenue, Manhattan — 212-889-5966).
July 9th — La Defense
La Defense, a French-American bistro in Downtown Brooklyn, will be hosting a pétanque tournament on Saturday, July 9th. The tournament starts at 10:30am, but with two DJs set to spin tunes all day, guests will want to stick around for the music and the additional outdoor dining space, complete with an extra bar and an oyster bar. To play in the tournament, teams of the three should sign up for $45 at the restaurant before the tournament (2 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn — 718-855-4200).
July 10th — Bar Tabac
On Sunday, July 10th, the restaurant Bar Tabac hosts their annual pétanque tournament right down the middle of Smith Street, the Restaurant Row of Brooklyn. For $45, teams of three can sign up to show their pétanque skills off to hoards of French and Francophile spectators. The tournament begins at 11:30am. We must warn you, the Bar Tabac celebration sets the bar high. The festivities include live music, food stands, raffles, and plenty of alcohol. For more information, contact Bar Tabac (128 Smith St, Brooklyn – 718-923-0918).
July 10th — Provence en Boite
Provence en Boite, another French restaurant in Carroll Gardens neighborhood, hosts a pétanque tournament on Degraw Street. Additional tables will be set up so you can pop a bottle of rosé after (or before) you play. (Hey, it’s a celebration!) Sign up for the tournament in person at the restaurant before the tournament begins (263 Smith Street, Brooklyn – 718-797-0707).
July 10th — Harlem
Not to be left out, Harlem has their own Bastille Day pétanque tournament at the french restaurant Maison Harlem. In addition to pétanque, food stands, shopping, and music will keep the block party going from 12:00pm-5:00pm (W. 127th St. and St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan — 212-222-9224).
July 14th — Félix
Lower Manhattan celebrates Bastille Day on the actual day with a pétanque tournament at the french restaurant, Félix. Food, music, and pétanque will all be inside the restaurant, starting at 11:30am and going until midnight. It’s too late to sign up for the competition, but you can still go for the music, food, and a casual game of pétanque between the tournament games (340 W. Broadway — 212-431-0021).
July 16th — Tournesol
In Queens, Pascal Escriout’s french restaurant Tournesol hosts their pétanque games in the Prudenty Parking Lot of Long Island City. Games will be played from 12:00pm-8:00pm. It costs $15 per person to play, with a maximum of three people per team. To sign up, email [email protected] (Prudenty Parking Lot, 5012 Vernon Boulevard, LIC — 718-472-4355).
July 10th — Bastille Day on 60th Street
FIAF’s fantastic Bastille Day on 60th Street festival will take place on July 10th, from 12:00pm-5:00pm. French Morning will of course have a stand, so feel free to stop by and say “salut!” There will be champagne and wine tastings, performances (including one by the cast of “An American in Paris”), and a book signing by best-selling author Marc Levy. For the soccer fans, FIAF will be streaming the finals of the Euro Cup live. (Allez les bleus!) More information is available here (60th Street and Lexington Ave, Manhattan — 212-355-6100).
July 14th — “An Attick Full of Hope” by Bronx en Seine
For one day only, Bronx en Seine will be performing a bilingual version of their show, “An Attic Full of Hope”. The show is the result of two years of cross-continental collaboration between high school students in Nanterre, France and the Bronx. The show is inspired by the book, The House on Mango Street, and address themes such as adolescents’ desire for independence and the struggles of immigrants. The show plays on July 14th at 2:30pm, and again at 7:30pm, in the Florence Gould Theatre in the FIAF building. Get more information and download free tickets here (55 East 59th Street, Manhattan).
July 14th — The Triplets of Belleville
You might have seen the Franco-Belgian animated classic, The Triplets of Belleville, but have you seen it accompanied by a live french band? Thanks to BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, this Oscar-nominated film will be playing with accompaniment in the Prospect Park Bandshell at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm). Admission is free. You can find more information about the event here (9th Street and Prospect Park West, Brooklyn — 718-683-5600).
July 16th — “A Musical Tribute to the French Spirit” with Floanne
While you dine and drink at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the French singer Floanne will be crooning “A Musical Tribute to the French Spirit,” featuring the songs of the French greats: Edith Piaf, Brigitte Bardot, Jacques Brel, Victor Hugo, Jean Anouilh, Michel Legrand, and more. Tickets are $25, with a $25 food and drink minimum, and all proceeds go to the non-profit organization Strength to Strength. The show begins at 9:30p (doors open at 8:45pm). For more information and to purchase tickets, click here (254 W 54th Street, Manhattan — 646-476-3551).