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Photo by Daniel Erath

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We all know how much French influence there is in New Orleans. You can spot it from a mile away: the architecture, the street names, the food, so it’s fitting that we would celebrate French holidays here too. This Sunday is Bastille Day, a holiday in France that commemorates the French Revolution and independence from monarchy (sound familiar?). Here in America’s most French city, you can celebrate their independence with these events.

Thursday, July 11th

Grande Krewe Bastille Day and Anniversary

Since the 4-year anniversary of the opening of this winery and spirits shop coincides with Bastille Day weekend, Grande Krewe is celebrating with three days of French wine tastings and live music. Thursday kicks off the celebration with a tasting of 15 small grower champagnes, and on Saturday, the Merry Antoinettes will make an appearance. Oh, and it’s free.

5:30 pm, 511 Marigny St.

Friday, July 12th

Friday Nights at NOMA: French Fête

Every Friday, NOMA puts on a program of live music, children’s activities, and more, and this Friday, they’re hosting a celebration of France. There’s a screening of the French movie Haute Cuisine, a cooking demonstration with Chef Chris Montero, and many other activities focused on French art and culture. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, as well as food from local food trucks. Regular admissions prices apply, and NOMA members get in free.

5:00 pm, 1 Collins Diboll Circle

Saturday, July 13th

Bastille Day Block Party

There’s nothing better than a block party in the summer. Enjoy live music and dancing starting at 5:00 pm, and local restaurants, including Café Degas and Santa Fe, will have food and drinks for sale. There will also be an arts market and a costume contest for who can portray the best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon. Let them eat cake.

4:45 pm, 3100 block of Ponce de Leon St.

Monday, July 15th

Bastille Day Celebration and Maison Des Illustres Presentation at Degas House Museum

In celebration of both Bastille Day and Edgar Degas’s 185th birthday on July 19th, the Degas House Museum—where Degas’s maternal relatives lived and where the painter himself created 18 paintings—will be offering birthday cake and French cuisine. In addition, French Ambassador Philippe Etienne will present the Maison Des Illustres award to the Degas House to honor its tribute to French culture. End your celebration by experiencing one of the most famous French painters!

3:15 pm, 2306 Esplanade Ave.