Don't Miss: July

by staff, 06/17/2014

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  • Bastille Day
    July 13
    Folks on Smith Street will storm the barricades a day early this year, as the long-running Brooklyn Bastille Day celebration pays tribute to liberté, égalité and fraternité with live music, copious crepes and plenty of pastis to wash them down. The centerpiece of the day is a pétanque tournament (it's something like bocce, but with steel, rather than wooden, balls), the nation's largest. The competition, which is ferocious, gets underway at noon. Meanwhile, the French Institute Alliance Française sponsors its own Bastille Day bash on East 60th Street, in Manhattan, with live music, macarons, financiers and fine fromages, wine and beer, and arts and crafts and face painting for the kids. For a full list of fetes, visit

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