Top 5 Bastille Day Events in the Boston Area

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The French Cultural Center’s Bastille Day Block Party

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the French Cultural Center of Boston’s blowout Bastille Day celebration. Find yourself transported to Paris with this street party set in historic Back Bay. Musical acts Ginkgoa, a rhythmic mélange of old Paris vibes and New York pizzazz, and Emeline Michel, a Haitian musician known for her pop, jazz, and bluesy riffs, will keep toes tapping well into the night as you dance under the stars. Food from some of Boston’s top French restaurants and drinks, including wine and beer, will be available for purchase to round out this night of revelry.
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The Beehive’s 9th Annual Bastille Day Celebration

Honoring France’s fête nationale, the normally American-themed Beehive restaurant will transform the night into a Gallic jubilee, featuring French-inspired music, cocktails, wine and food. Executive Chef Greg Torrech will be serving traditional dishes such as steak frites, moules marinières, tuna niçoise, and more…not to mention the wine selection including cremant d’Alsace. Capping off the evening will be a performance from New York’s Chloé Perrier, known for her jazz classics, bossa nova, French songs and original compositions. Running from 5pm – 2am with music starting at 8:30pm, reservations are strongly recommended. Call or reserve online.

The Lizard Lounge at Cambridge Common’s welcomes Atlas Soul

Looking to move to some groovy French beats? Head over to the Lizard Lounge on Massachusetts Avenue to get funky with Atlas Soul, a Maghreb-funk quintet that sings in French, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew and English. Taking over the venue for a Bastille Day boogie session, they are pairing with Cocek! Brass Band to blow the night out of the water. Music starts at 9pm, $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

The Green Room in Union Square featuring Les Enfants d’Orphée

If a crazy loud party isn’t your jam and classical music more your scene, head over to the Green Room in Union Square for a special performance by the international group Les Enfants d’Orphée. Performing Bacchus and Cupid, come listen to thrilling cantatas as Bacchus declares war on Cupid, complete with special guest Byron Schenkman on the harpsichord. $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors, children under 15 FREE.

Bastille Day Garden Party in North Andover

Perfect for children, this outdoor event in North Andover offers a relaxing reprieve from the thrum of the city. Hosted by the Stevens-Coolidge Place, an early-American estate, it welcomes families and friends alike to spend the day in their French Potager Garden. Projects range from flower crown making to lawn games, complete with refreshments, music and story times in the late afternoon. Register online with the Trustees of Reservations here.

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