Okay, so for those of you who skipped out on world history (I don’t blame ya), Bastille Day is essentially the French version of Independence Day.

Image may contain: textBastille Day 2018 – Celebrating Alsace
French Embassy, DC
7:30 PM – 11:30PM

Grab up your berets and turtlenecks and ring in Bastille Day Friday the 13th for an awesome French Embassy celebration courtesy of the  Comité Tricolore Washington DC.

This year is full of all kinds of awesome French festivities and cuisine perfect for all you Franco-fun loving Francophones out there like me. ::wink wink::

This year’s theme: Alsace — home of world-class vineyards, picturesque villages and artists and icons like Marie Tussaud (of the famous wax musuems), Charles Munch and Thierry Mugler (#yasskween).

Sip great wine, hang out on the patio, listen to great music and participate in their silent auction this Bastille Day. Dress is cocktail attire and Alsatian colors are highly encouraged (red & white).

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and range from $115 – $175 depending on package purchased.

Oh — did we mention there’s an open bar until 9:30PM? Yep.

Image may contain: one or more people and textBastille Day at Malmaison – Vive La Rosé!
5PM – 7PM


Saturday July 14th head to Malmaison for rose and Parisian pastry pairing with a “renowned pastry chef and chief sommelier”.

Rosé Tasting Tickets are available on Eventbrite and cost $40.00 per person.

Image may contain: foodMimosas and Macarons
11AM – 1PM

For those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth on Bastille Day, look no further than DBGB DC, because they’re hosting a Mimosas and Macarons event that looks absolutely to die for. These awesome pastries will be brought to you courtesy of pastry chef Kelsey Burack.

This is a hands-on event that will have attendees crafting these traditional French sweets of varying flavors while they sip on Mimosas and learn the entire process from piping bags to baking the perfect shell.

Tickets can be purchased online at

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Wines Tasting with The Mediterranean Way
The Mediterranean Way
1PM – 4PM

It’s Bastille Day, so pretty much as long as you’re drinking wine you’re technically celebrating the French — at least in thought — yes?

I mean, okay, so we’re sampling wine from Greece and Moldova — which are — both European countries like France right…..

Award-winning balsamic vinegar bar, specialty food items, full pours at $5 and bottles available for purchase.

Good enough for me.

It’s going on the list.

Tickets available for FREE on their Facebook page.

Image may contain: 1 personOpening Reception: “Religions of the World” by Dee Levinson
 Touchstone Gallery
2PM – 4PM

Check out this awesome reception which features several galleries of works by artists Dee Levinson and several other Touchstone Gallery artists.

Check out Galleries B and C where Levinson’s fascination with religion is explored in his new series of portraiture oil painting series.

 Gallery A hosts works by Touchstone Gallery artists as they  “take landscapes to a new level”, defining them in “unedpected” manners.

Did we mention there’s going to be jazz by Ethan Foote and Simone Baron as well as a Mimosa Bar, Russian Iced Tea and… beignets (yep — there’s my French nod) by Acadiana Restaurant.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Ollie’s Trolley
11:30AM – 3:30PM

Okay, if anyone is excited for this event right now, it’s definitely me. Monopoly was totally the quintessential game of my childhood and so it pretty much couldn’t get any better.

ThingstodoDC is always bringing the District with fresh, fun and exciting events that we’re constan covering in our weekend and weekday guides.

For this particular game, winners are the ones who earn enough property to be able to collect enough items that can be traded in for certain property related to the Smithsonian.

Roam the National Mall for hidden community chest items and discover clues with your team to help you gain more points.

Special prizes are awarded to the highest earning teams so head to Ollie’s Trolley because the race begins at noon sharp!

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Platform’s 2018 National Convention
National Press Club

What better thing to do than ring in the spirit of Bastille Day by joining young leaders and allies from all over the country to “energize, organize, and mobilize”?

This event is brought to the District by Platform – A New Generation of Politically Empowered Women and attendees get the chance to participate in expert-led workshops on political issues, listen to speeches by women who are paving the way and help create a five-point legislative agenda that will be taken to Capitol Hill for advocacy meetings.

General admission is $75.00 and tickets include a two-day pass to the convention and one lobby day with Members of Congress’ offices.
Even better, Platform is “dedicated” to ensuring that the Convention is accessible to every individual who’s interested in attending and participating, so scholarships are also available.For those interested in hearing more about the opportunity for assistance, you can email

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