Bastille Day 2018: Where to Celebrate in Washington D.C.

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Like France, Washington D.C. offers an abundance of ways to celebrate on July 14th.  Here’s the rundown:

Party at the The French Embassy

The Comité Tricolore Washington DC invites all France-lovers to celebrate Alsace through its wines and gastronomy. The long list of participants includes Central Michel Richard, Convivial, Esprit du vin, Ladurée, Le Café Descartes, Plume at the Jefferson Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton and the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. There will also be an auction, which is already available online.  Tickets are available online, ranging from $95 to $175.
Friday, July 13th from 7:30pm to 11:30pm at 4101 Reservoir Rd NW.

A Picnic with the Sofitel

The French hotel Sofitel will celebrate on July 14th with a picnic, accompanied by live music, cartoonists, tricolore snowcones, and rosé and champagne at a special price. A prize will be awarded for the best French costume, so don’t be shy! This event is free.
Saturday, July 14 at Lafayette Square, 806 15th Street Northwest, from 2pm to 4pm.

A Daft Punk and French House Party

The U Street Music Hall club is organizing a French evening with DJs-in-residence Will Eastman and Ozker. The musicians will spin French techno music from the years 1997 through 2002. The club will give out French flags to fans, while artist Robin Bell will transform the nightclub with projections inspired by the national French holiday. Tickets are already available — $10 before the day of the show and $12 at the door.
Saturday, July 14 at 10:30pm at 1115 U Street NW.

Wine Tastings

The Cork & Fork wine shop in Logan Circle will offer wine tastings from different regions in France that will last 15-20 minutes. Tickets are on sale — just $5.
Saturday, July 14th from 3pm to 6pm at 1522 14th St NW.

In the Petworth neighborhood, the Petworth Citizen is also offering a wine tasting. The wines will be selected by Jeff Snow of Glou-Glou Wines and Chantal Tseng will provide commentary.
Thursday, July 12 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at 829 Upshur St NW.

A Bastille Noir evening at Le Diplomate

The famous French restaurant Le Diplomate invites you to celebrate July 14th “with je ne sais quoi and a little naughtiness.” The evening will begin with a concert hosted by a DJ at 9:30pm, followed by a drag show at 10pm, and the party will continue until 2am. There will also be a cartoonist to draw caricatures. A special menu will be offered with house cocktails. In the afternoon, from 11:30am to 5:30pm, the restaurant welcomes children and their parents to celebrate July 14 with music and activities.
Saturday, July 14 from 11:30am to 5:30pm and 10pm to 2am at 1601 14th St NW.

Bastille Restaurant in Alexandria

They can’t call themselves “Bastille” and not dedicate a week to July 14! The owners, Christophe and Michelle Poteaux, will host several events to celebrate the national holiday including a “French restaurant week” from July 10-15. Enjoy a three-course lunch menu for $25 and dinner menu for $35. After the meal, relax at their petanque court.
July 10-15 at 606 N. Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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