Philadelphia’s celebration of the French Bastille Day is a treasured annual tradition, and this year boasts an agenda that is not to be missed. With a mixture of familiar events, new surprises to look forward to, and one very sentimental farewell, this years’ Bastille Day (July 14) might just be the most anticipated one yet.
In honor of Bastille Day, Ocean Prime will offer a succulent Foie Gras appetizer--a French delicacy--all week long. For an even more authentic taste of France, pair with their Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuissé 2015 from the Burgundy region. 124 S. 15th St., 215.563.0163,
Why wait until July 14 to start the festivities? Royal Boucherie will kick off Bastille Day on July 11 with raffles, events and menu specials— all culminating at a can't-miss party. Events include a French wine and cheese tasting with fare by DiBruno Bros., followed by a “Rosé and Bubbly” sampling. On Saturday, don your best French attire and join Royal Boucherie for a party featuring shortcake and live jazz music from Victor North Quartet. 52 S. Second St., 267.606.6313
Discover Philadelphia nightlife à la française at the Fairmount French Fling Bar Crawl, where you can get your fix of French beer with Kronenbourg specials from favorite Fairmount spots like the Belgian Café, Bishop’s Collar, Fare, London Grill, and Urban Saloon.
After 24 years of serenading Philadelphia, the Eastern State Penitentiary Bastille Day celebration will come to an end with one last, epic performance. Featuring the familiar Tastykake avalanche and Bearded Ladies’ drag cabaret, the farewell act promises to go out in true Bastille Day style —with plenty of laughter, lots of applause and, perhaps, even a few tears. 2027 Fairmount Ave., 215.236.3300.
This year, French bistro Parc celebrates both Bastille Day and its 10th Anniversary with a mega-party featuring traditional French cuisine, al fresco dining, surprise performances, and more. 227 S. 18th St., 215.545.2262.
Whether you are celebrating with your family or your wildest friends, Savona has an activity for everyone. Enjoy a summer BBQ and live French music along with a variety of activities including Petanque and Cornhole competitions, and a children’s cooking class. For the adult crowd, Savona will host a happy hour where they will offer diners traditional French dishes like boeuf bourguignon, escargot, and imported French cheeses. 100 Old Gulph Rd., Gulph Mills, 610.520.1200.
In honor of Bastille Day, treat your palate to a French-inspired four-course meal at Bistrot La Minette. The $40 prixe fixe menu (offered both Saturday and Sunday) includes authentic French dishes and desserts. 623 S. Sixth St., 215.925.8000
This year, The Good King Tavern expands its Bastille Day Block Party to include neighbors Nomad Pizza and Hale & True Cider, in its largest-yet outdoor celebration. Come prepared with cash to enjoy the varied food and beverages offered. Kater and 7th Streets., 215.625.3700.
Surround yourself with French culture at the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie’s annual Bastille Day fundraiser. Open to members and non-members alike, the non-profit organization will provide guests with a buffet, open bar and silent auction, and will raffle off round trip-tickets to Paris. 555 Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215.735.5283.