How to celebrate Bastille Day in Sydney 2019

Bastille Day a.k.a. French National Day might be July 14, but that doesn’t mean celebrations cannot last all week long. And they do. Here’s everything you need to know to celebrate Bastille Day (err-week?) in Sydney.

Bonjour! Ça va? Yeah, that’s about the extent of our French, too. While we might not be a French nation, we can still very much appreciate a grand festival, particularly if it’s coupled with great French cuisine, and a rousing can-can number (remember Moulin Rouge?)

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we do make quite a big fuss over Bastille Day. Blame it on the presence of the Alliance Française de Sydney, or blame it on the weekend that leads up to the big day. Either way, you’ve got some patriotic French flag waving and fromage tasting to do this Bastille Day. No, seriously.

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Bastille Day celebrations in Sydney

Clear the calendar, you’re going to be busy this week. What? Don’t believe us? You need to read on, then.


Bleu Blanc Rouge Festival

Failed French in high school? We’ll forgive you... this time. Translated, "Bleu Blanc Rouge" means "Blue White Red" and symbolises the French flag, which is made up of these three very colours.

This festival aims to celebrate Bastille Day the way the French do: with music, dance, food, friends, and family. Expect a food market, live concerts, openair cinema, French cabaret, French wine tasting, all you can eat fondue sessions, Saturday night dance party and more Frenchy French French goodness.

Bastille Day Party – Free Circus Acts

Roving entertainment is hitting the streets for this year's even with circus acts ready to regal and delight. Follow the clowns, trapeze artists, fire twirlers, sword swallowers and the mandatory French mime as they impress both individually and collectively, choreography their artistry to perfect in front of your very eyes.


Bastille Day Celebrations @ The Argyle

  • When: 12 July 2018, 5pm-late
  • Where: The Argyle, The Rocks
  • Cost: $20
  • For more information: Bastille Day Sydney

Each year, without fault, the number of attendees to The Argyle’s Bastille Day Celebration event grows. Last year, there were over 1,600 Francophiles knocking on its doors to witness the Can dancing, Champagne sipping, and crepe eating in action.

This year, who knows how many mariniere-wearing party hardy's will be attending, but with a program that includes French music, cancan dancers, French tipples and more cheese than you can imagine. We suggest you book your ticket fast.


Bastille Day Dinner @ Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon

A top rated French restaurant, according to Dimmi, Claire’s is a true testament to authentic French cuisine.

In a four-course degustation, this Oxford St institution is inviting you into its boudier to sump on a surprise amuses bouches, entree, main and special desert. There will also be accordian music and cancan dancers. Just ‘cos.

Bastille Day fashion buys

French chic. It’s a thing. It’s fashionable, effortless, flattering, stylish, and sophisticated all in one. And it doesn’t now, nor does it ever, involve a beret. Here are our hot picks to wear on Bastille Day.

French cooking classes, high teas and drink packages

Are you hosting a party and need a little nudge in the right cooking or wine-buying direction (who doesn’t?). Maybe you’d prefer to skip the parties altogether and celebrate quietly over a French inspired high tea? Mademoiselle, take your seat, because you’ve come to the right place. Here are the best deals for French cooking classes, French wine packs, and high teas in Sydney.

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