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Celebrate Bastille Day With Parties, Wine, Waiter Races, and More

This weekend (7.14-7.16) offers the chance for New Orleanians to toast the red, white, and blue of a different sort — this time in honor of our French ancestors. Bastille Day (or le quatorze juillet) commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789, an event that ignited the French Revolution. It’s also a chance to celebrate the country’s daughter, La Nouvelle-Orléans. Check out NoDef's list of events below, and laissez les bons temps rouler. 



Bastille Day Fête (NOMA, 6PM)

Named one of the best Bastille Day celebrations in the country, this annual party celebrates the French connection in La Nouvelle-Orléans. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress prison in Paris, on July 14, 1789, an event that ignited the French Revolution. Activities at NOMA include art tours, cooking demos, musical entertainment, and much more. 


Bastille Day Wine Dinner (The Grill Room at the Windsor Court, 6:30PM)

The Grill Room's Chef de Cuisine Gabriel Charpentier hosts a six course French-focused dinner, paired with wines from Alsace, Bordeaux, and Savennieres. 


Bastille Day WIne Dinner (Arnaud's, 7PM)

Arnaud's will open its historic doors for a four course dinner designed by Chef Tommy DiGiovanni. Some of the finest champagne from France, Moet & Chandon, will be flowing. 




Two Mile Race (St. Bernard State Park, 8:15AM)

The Chalmette Track Club presents a morning run around the park. Every runner will receive a Bastille Day t-shirt, and can indulge in French fare like wine and cheese. 


French Cultural Fete (Louisiana Children's Museum, 11AM)

This free museum day kicks off with story time at 11AM in The French Library, complete with French and English tales and games. The rest of the party will offer kid-friendly activities like crafting an illuminated Eiifel Tower with fireworks, bottle cap macaron ornaments, amd coloring the French flag. LCM will also host a French language scavenger hunt through the museum. 


Faubourg St. John Celebration (3100 Ponce de Leon, 4:30PM)

La Nouvelle-Orléans has deep French roots, but there's something special about celebrating in Faubourg St. John, the original neighborhood of the French Creole aristocracy. Venture over for an epic block party, featuring kids acitivities, art markets, and costume costumes for all aspiring Napoleons and Marie Antoinettes. Live music will be supplied by Harmonouche, Ukelele Jake, and High Ground Drifters. Attendees can sample bites from 1000 Figs, Cafe Degas, Fairgrounds Coffee House, Liuzza’s by the Track, Lola’s, Pal’s Lounge, Santa Fe, Swirl Wines, and Toast.




Bartender and Waiters Race (1100 N. Peters St., 4PM)

One of the great traditions of Bastille Day are the annual (and worldwide) waiter races, with NOLA's edition celebrating the thriving F&B industry with the inclusion of bartenders as well to walk (not run!) without spilling any food or drinks from their prepared race trays. Music, food, and market wares will be available at the French Market. 


Vive La France Musical Extravaganza (Trinity Episcopal Church, 5PM)

Have a Bonne Fête Nationale, and round out your Francophile weekend with a free concert highlighting classical and contemporary music of the country. Saxophonist Calvin Johnson will perform, as well as trumpeter Fritzgeral Barrau. Also on the lineup are Phil The Tremolo King & Trio, singer/guitarist Maria Victoire, Albina Prizgintas & Les Amis, Les Bohemiens Instrumental Ensemble, Jean Montes, dancer Nanette Ledet, and NOCHE Harp Ensemble with "Music de Bretagne." 

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