Bastille Day 2017 Events in Washington DC

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Bastille Day is a French national holiday celebrated on July 14th commemorating the storming of Bastille Prison in 1789 and the launch of the French Revolution. The Alliance Française de Washington and French restaurants in the Washington DC area offer special events and menus in celebration of Bastille Day. This is a great opportunity to learn about the culture and cuisine of France.

Bastille Day French Festival - July 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington DC.

This annual DC festival celebrates France both past and present, with festivities for visitors of all ages, including dance performances, live music, French games, and hands-on art projects. Events take place among Hillwood-founder, Marjorie Post’s first collecting passion for the decorative arts of 18th century France, as well as the magnificent gardens on the estate. The event is sponsored by The Alliance Française de Washington, the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world.

Bastille Day DC Celebration - July 15, 2017, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC. "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!" or "Let The Good Times Roll!" Since New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and holds the title of the most francophone of the US cities, we will highlight this amazing city on the eve of its 300th birthday.

DC Road Runners Bastille Day 4 Miler - July 14, 2017, 7- 9 p.m. Fletcher's Boat House, 4940 Canal Rd NW Washington, DC.

Commemorate the storming of the Bastille on a four-mile out-and-back run on the C&O Canal Towpath. After the race stick around and celebrate a great run with your fellow runners, watch the awards announcements and partake in refreshments. 

Bastille Restaurant - 606 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA. Parisian native Chef Christophe Poteaux, who, along with his wife Chef Michelle Poteaux has been serving French-inspired cuisine at Bastille restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, feel that celebration should not just last one day.

  For the week of July 11- 16, 2017, the Chefs Poteaux have declared it French Restaurant Week at Bastille.  All week long, the restaurant will offer a three-course $35 prix fixe dinner of French classics to celebrate French Independence Day. The meal includes a choice of starters such as soupe du jour; escargots provencales; melon, concombres et Feta or salade “Niçoise” followed by a choice of entrée with such selections as moules frites; grillade de poisson, Chermoula; confit de poulet à la Basquaise; onglet à l’échalotte; grillades d’Agneau or risotto au tomates et fenouil.

Central Michel Richard - 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. Celebrate Bastille Day at DC’s premier French-American bistro. Central will kick off its weeklong celebration of festive food and wine pairings on Tuesday, July 11. In honor of the holiday, Central will end the week with a special three-course menu for $48 with optional French wine pairings for an additional $24, available Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15. The prix fixe menu includes gougères and fricassé d’escargots in the appetizer course, a lamb chop, piperade, baby kale & yogurt cumin sauce entree and Paris-Brest for dessert.  

Cafe du Parc - 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC.

 Celebrate Bastille Day at Café du Parc with an evening of French fare, a cash bar, and live music. Enjoy specials such as made-to-order crepes ($10) as well as three glasses of wine and a cheese & charcuterie board for $30.

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