Singapore is such a hub of different cultures and nationalities that there always seems to be a fun celebration to take part in! Hari Raya festivities are all over for another year, and most of us have taken our summer vacations to family-friendly destinations already. So what’s up next on the calendar for us to celebrate? Well, 14 July = Bastille Day! This year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be making a special trip to France as the guest of honour at the French National Day parade. And while you may not be jetting off to France for the fun, there’s plenty of magnifique celebrations happening right here in Singapore. Pop on your berets, grab a baguette and find out what’s happening for French National Day around the island. Vive la France!
What is Bastille Day?
Bastille Day (or French National Day) commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison on 14 July 1789, which was part of the French Revolution that had started two days earlier. It also marks the unity of the French people, an occasion which has been celebrated with the Fête de la Fédération since 14 July 1790. It’s a day of festivities galore in France, and the perfect time to get together with friends and family to do what the fabulous French do best: eat fantastic food and drink delectable wines (berets optional)!
Bastille Day Celebrations in Singapore
With a large French community here in Singapore, we know where all the best French restaurants are at, so now we’ve found the creme de la creme of celebrations around the island where we can all wave our French flags on Bastille Day…
Celebrate all things French at Alliance Francaise de Singapour
Join in the amuse (fun) at the Bastille Day celebrations over at Alliance Française de Singapour. Snacks, drinks, quizzes and giveaways will be part of this special occasion, and don’t forget to head to the French themed photo booth to strike a pose too! Admission is libre (free), and dress code is bleu, blanc et rouge (blue, white and red!).
When: 14 July, 5.30pm to 7pm
Where: Alliance Francaise, 1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130
Think about France as you enjoy the fab view
How about a rooftop soiree with one and a half hours of free flow French wines and live band performances? Dance the night away or just enjoy the 360 view of Singapore’s skyline. Margherita pizza bites will be served to soak up all that lovely vino. Ditch the kiddos for this one and make it a date night!
When: 14 July, 5pm-12am
Where: 1919 Waterboat House, 3 Fullerton Rd #03-01, Singapore 049215
Learn all about French wines (and drink them) at Winestone
Who could say no to cheeses and four hours of free flow French wine? For just $45 nett, you’ll be ‘wining’ all night long at Winestone, the epitome of a Modern European restaurant. Way too late for les infants, sorry kids.
When: 14 Jul 2018 , 6pm – 12am
Where: Stevens Road, Winestone, Singapore
Cost: $45 nett
Celebrate the French Revolution with plenty of wine
Atout has a whole month of activities planned with old world wine and rare champagne tastings. Don’t miss the Bastille Sunday Brunch with free flow Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve, and if you can’t make that then celebrations will continue on 26 July featuring a five-course wine-paired meal.
When: selected dates in July
Where: 40C Harding Rd, Singapore 249548
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