BASTILLE DAY FÊTE – Free Festival at Spanish Plaza

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Bastille Day free festival New Orleans

The Spanish Plaza turns French for a day!
For the fourth year, New Orleans’ Bastille Day weekend’s main event is Bastille Day Fête: a free, public festival taking place this year at the revitalized Spanish Plaza at the Riverwalk. Catch a Mississippi River breeze while feasting on delicious French food from local restaurants and dancing to the sound of live music. This year’s line-up will feature exceptional local artists and francophone acts.

Children will be treated to face painting, French storytelling, arts activities, and the chance to explore a fireboat! (Traditionally in France Bastille Day celebrations are held in firehouses). We’ll also have a Bastille Day-themed photo booth by Photeaux Bella.

And to top it off, dogs are invited too…dress up your pup for the annual French Dog Contest where all dogs are welcome to show off their French spirit and win prizes!
Considering bicycling down to the Spanish Plaza? Pas de soucis! Park your bike hassle free at Bike Easy’s Bicycle Valet presented by Cox.

Festival Schedule

11:00-12:00 Music on Stage by Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots
11:30-3:00pm Bastille Day Fireboat Tours presented by The Port of New Orleans
12:00-12:30 Welcome to the Festival from MC Mark Romig (NOTMC) and Festival Presenters: Alliance Française of New Orleans, Consulate General of France & French-American Chamber of Commerce
12:30-13:30 Music on Stage by T’Monde
13:30-14:00 Bastille Day Dog Costume Contest Concours du chien le plus français
14:00-14:30 Kids Performing
14:30-15:00 Panier “Guest the Weight of the Bask” Winner Announced; Awards to Photo Contest Winners
15:00 – 16:00 Grammy-winning Hot 8 Brass Band
15:30- Water Show on the River presented by The Port of New Orleans

9pm- Fireworks show cancelled due to permitting issues, but you can still tune in to WHIV 102.3 to hear the Marseillaise, or join the Faubourg St. John Celebration from 5-9:30pm.

Food Vendors Include:

Breads on Oak
Café Degas
Crèpes à la carte
Petite Rouge Cafe Camionette
St. James Cheese Company

Participating Riverwalk Vendors Include:

Riverview Hammocks
Imperial Woodpecker Snoballs
Riverwalk Amusement
Airbrush Tattoo
NOLA Wireless iPhone
Ata Pashmina
NOLA Wooden Toys Shop
Crazy Lobster
Poppy’s Timeout Sport’s Bar


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