One of the most distinctive aspects of New Orleans is its French roots. It manifests in many forms including food, music, language, street names, and holidays in NOLA. And Bastille Day, held this year on Thursday, July 14, is the cream of that holiday crop.
Bastille Day – when France overthrew its monarchy, marking a transition to democracy – to the French is much like Independence Day to the US. People celebrate with fireworks and good food.
What about New Orleans Bastille Day? There are fireworks, good food, and a lot more. Browse this guide to learn about the independence celebrations around town.
Tickets are now on sale for Bastille Day Fête 2022, the biggest locally-celebrated event of Bastille Day. Hosted by Alliance Française of New Orleans in the Garden District, the Fête will feature crêpes, a champagne bar, a French DJ, live music, and kids' activities.
But that’s only the half of it.
When you come out to Bastille Day Fête 2022, dressing up as a French stereotype earns you a free drink ticket at the door. Think mustaches, berets (as long as you pair with another accessory), and la marinière stripes.
When it comes to drinking, New Orleans always puts their unique spin on it, and, in this city, you’ll never show up in costume alone!
Hampton Street Vineyard will host a sophisticated celebration in the Main Street District with live music, hors d'oeuvres, aperitif cocktails, and a photo booth. On the menu: smoked salmon, beef bourguignon, and peach soufflé, to name a few. Reserve your spot on the website.
Enjoy the all-French concert of internationally-acclaimed opera singer André Courville, hosted by The Acadiana Center for the Arts, a local performance arts venue. He will be joined by one of the Acadiana’s premier pianists, Kevin Martin. Together, the performance will tell the story of French music and its evolution over four centuries. Concertgoers will experience everything from 19th-century music to the hits of the 1940s and 1950s.
Bastille Day is one of our favorite events of the year. Many vendors come out to provide cold beverages, wine tastings, snacks, and live music. If you’re visiting New Orleans on July 14, this is one holiday you won’t want to miss out on.