Bastille Day @ French Institute Alliance Français
NYC’s largest celebration of France’s national holiday. FIAF’s Bastille Day fête fills three blocks of the Upper East Side with French food, wine, fashion, music, dance, workshops, and more. Live music includes renowned French singer Gérard Chambre, Chloé Perrier & French Heart Jazz Band, Paris-based chanteuse Dahlia Dumont, and French Riviera band Les P’tites Ouvreuses. There will also be Joanna Wronska doing the can-can and feather dance, participatory art with French-Iranian performance artist Cocovan, miming by Cat Gasta, kids’ book workshops with Fly Away Books, champagne, wine, and chocolate tastings, the French Garden marketplace, and much more.
1:30–3pm • 3:30–5pm
FIAF Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street
Champagnes from Besserat de Bellefon, Delamotte, Laurent-Perrier, Michel Gonet, and Pol Roger, and cocktails from Giffard will be served along with treats from Jacques Torres Chocolate, Ladurée, and Maman Bakery. The Avalon Jazz Band will perform live music. Learn More | Buy Tickets
FIAF Tinker Auditorium, 22 East 60th Street
Featuring wines from Château d’Esclans, Château de la Clapière, Château La Gordonne, and Miraval, cocktails from Ricard, beers from Kronenbourg, cheese from Président, and charcuterie from Trois Petits Cochons. Learn More | Buy Tickets
Grand Prize — Luxury Escape to Cannes for Two!
Additional prizes include a Thermomix® TM5 digital countertop appliance, a customized gold bracelet by Atelier Paulin, French beauty products, gourmet gift baskets, and lots more.
Côte d’Azur France Village
60th Street, near Madison Avenue
Côte d’Azur Village will spotlight the famed south-east region of France. Presented by the Côte d’Azur France Tourism Board, along with 20 partners from the region, the Village will offer visitors special travel deals, gifts, and activations courtesy of Fragonard Parfumeur, les P’tites Ouvreuses, and Hotels.com/Expedia Group.
The French Garden
60th Street, between Fifth Avenue & Madison Avenue
The French Garden, a showcase of premium French fashion, accessories, food, and travel brands, will this year feature:
- Atelier Paulin
- French Wink
(Atelier Novo, Calisson Inc, Emma & Chloé, Merci Bisous, Môme Care, Tissage Moutet)
- Strasbourg Tourism Office
- Saint James
60th Street, from Madison Avenue & Lexington Avenue
More than 40 purveyors of the best of French food, beauty, fashion, culture, and travel will be featured at this year’s Bastille Day fête.
Corner of Fifth Avenue & 60th Street;
In front of FIAF on 60th Street, between Madison & Park Avenues;
Corner of Lexington Avenue & 60th Street
Stop by the FIAF Booths to purchase prize drawing and tasting tickets, and also for special promotions on French classes and FIAF Memberships.
Main Stage (60th Street & Park Avenue)
Throughout the afternoon, FIAF will present live music and dance performances by acclaimed guest artists from France and New York.
- 12:35pm — Can-Can: Joanna Wronska (Main Stage)
- 12:40pm — Chloé Perrier & French Heart Jazz Band (Main Stage)
- 12:50–4:20pm — Live Art with artist COCOVAN (On 60th Street)
- 12:50–4:20pm — Mime with Catherine Gasta (On 60th Street)
- 12:55–5pm — Citroën Car Show (Fifth Avenue at 60th Street)
- 1:10pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm — Music: The Love Show (Main Stage)
- 1:25pm — Feather Dance: Joanna Wronska (Main Stage)
- 1:30pm — Music: The Blue Dahlia (Main Stage)
- 2:30pm — Music: Les P’tites Ouvreuses (Main Stage)
- 3pm — Hungry March Band (On 60th Street)
- 3:30pm — Music: Rodeo Joe (Main Stage)
- 4:15pm — Zouk Dance Lesson with Franck Muhel (Main Stage)
Fly Away with Books Workshops
1–4pm • Ages 4-10 • Free!
FIAF Library Booth, 60th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues
The FIAF Library will offer three playful and imaginative workshops for kids led by renowned French illustrators and authors. Workshops are presented in partnership with Fly Away with Books, a program of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy’s family program Kids Trail.
- 1–2pm: Geometry of Animals with Lucie Brunellière
- 2–3pm: Full Speed Ahead! with Cruschiform
- 3–4pm: Pop-up Art with Anouck Boisrobert & Louis Rigaud
Gérard Chambre: Si on chantait l’Amour
3pm • Free!
FIAF Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street
Renowned French singer Gérard Chambre, with Eric Breton at the piano, will perform French songs made memorable by singers like Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, Johnny Hallyday, and others whose voices left their mark on France and the world. Performance presented in partnership with Pierre Cardin.
“After great success in Paris and around the world, I am delighted to bring Gérard Chambre’s show to New York for FIAF’s Bastille Day celebration.” — Pierre Cardin
FIAF Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street
In French with English subtitles
In this delightful comedy from Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the duo behind the award-winning film The Intouchables, a wedding planner/caterer must pull off a magnificent wedding in a 17th-century French château while the celebration and his personal life descend into chaos.Learn More | Buy Tickets
Sunday, July 14th, 12 p.m. // 60th St. from Fifth Ave. to Lexington Ave., Manhattan // Free