New Orleans revels in its French heritage so much, the city has turned its Bastille Day Fête into a weekend-long celebration with activities throughout the city. During the second weekend in July, there are numerous activities, usually including French cooking demonstrations, music, kids’ activities, specialty French cuisine, a film festival and even a dog costume contest. Check it out beginning Saturday, July 13th at City Park!
The main event bringing French flair to the people of New Orleans has been at the New Orleans Museum of Art. There are many free activities outside the museum in City Park and a small fee for activities inside the museum. The grounds of City Park are transformed into a French village in traditional fireman’s ball theme. Activities include pétanque demonstrations and contests, mimes, balloon artists, a dance floor with music, French-inspired food trucks and a light show finale on NOMA’s building. Past food vendors have included Crepes a la Cart and Café Degas, to name a few.
Other city events usually include a neighborhood block party in Faubourg St. John. The New Orleans Yacht Club hosts a regatta with boats decorated to honor France. Prizes for best decorated are handed out by the Consulate General of France followed by French wine tastings with music and cheeses.
Additionally, the French Market Bastille Day Bartender and Waiters Race pits local bartenders and waiters in a speed walk down French Market Place. Whoever spills the least of their croissants, champagne and water is the winner. There is a party after the race, with French food and drinks for sale.
Bastille Day Fête is presented in partnership by the Alliance Française, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the French-American Chamber of Commerce (Gulf Coast Chapter), the New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation.
Make plans now to party like the French at Bastille Day Fête! There are no tickets for the event, but food and drink will require cash. For more information about Bastille Day Fête’s many events, visit www.neworleans.com.
Brookstone Park, providing the perfect balance of comfortable and convenient apartments in Covington, Louisiana, is helping spread the word about this special event happening in our community! We believe it’s in your best interest to attend with family and friends!
Saturday, July 13, 2019—5:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119