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Bastille Day Party Guide

Block parties, burlesque & cheap French films – Viva la France in SF this weekend!
By - posted 7/13/2012 No Comment

We all know San Francisco has it’s Chinese, Irish, Italian and Russian roots… but French? Sure why not! Any excuse to close down an alley or two, drink tons of wine and party in the streets until the gendarmes take you away.

Here’s ten fun, free (or cheap) ways for you to celebrate your inner francophile for 2012.

Photo credit: sfcitizen.com

FuncheapSF’s Bastille Day Party Guide | 2012 


Friday, July 13


Bastille Day Celebration: Rent 1 Get 1 FREE French Movies | SF

Friday, July 13 – All Day | Cost: 2 for 1 | 1231 9th Ave

July 13th & 14th, 2012 – Rent 1 movie from France or Quebec get a second one free at Le Video on the inner Sunset. Dive into their large selection of PAL imports for recent French cinema available nowhere else. Even dare take one with no subtitles and pretend you’re in France

Taverna Aventine 2012 Bastille Day Block Party | Financial Dist.
Friday, July 13 – 4:00 pm | Cost: No Cover

Come celebrate Bastille Day with Vintage415 & the Aventine Family at the annual Bastille Day Block Party on July 13, 2012. DJ Billy Vidal & Franky Boissy in the alley, DJ Kool Karlo in the down stairs parlor, drink specials, champagne bar and food truck.

Friday Nights at the de Young: Bastille Day Ball | GG Park
Friday, July 13 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE* | de Young Museum

Bal Populair in celebration of Bastille Day.  Music by La Guinguette with special dance performance celebrating the legendary Moulin Rouge by Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. Free, but museum galleries not included.

Bardot A Go-Go Bastille Day 2012 Dance Party | SF

Friday, July 13 – 9:00 pm | Cost: $10 | Rickshaw Stop

Are you a Francophile who fancies bouffants and Truffaut? Then head down to the Rickshaw Stop’s 13th annual Post-Bastille Day Dance Party on Friday, July 13, 2012 for a night of go-go girls and Godard.

Saturday, July 14


Bastille Day Party: French Bands & Brunch | SF

Saturday, July 14 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE* | Alliance Française de San Francisco

To celebrate Bastille Day, the Alliance Française de San Francisco will be hosting a “Revolutionary Brunch” on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Come by and listen to some live music by Hot Six and Rue ’66. Admission is free. Brunch and beverages will be available for purchase.

Color Run & Bastille Day After Party | Polk Gulch

Saturday, July 14 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE* | Playland Bar

With the SF Color Run right around the corner Playland’s decided to keep the fun going by throwing a Color Run After Party and Bastille Day Party on July 14, 2012. There’ll be give aways, dancing, drinking and a photographer or two.

Bastille Day Street Party 2012 | SF

Saturday, July 14 – 4:00 pm | Cost: No Cover | Belden Place

Rather than a full-on block party, this is simply a festive night out for all of the restaurants on Belden on one of the most charming alley ways in the city.

Irish Bank 2012 Bastille Day Block Party | SF

Saturday, July 14 – 5:00 pm | Cost: $5*

Bastille Day at an Irish Pub? Why not! The Irish Bank hosts their 2012 Bastille Day Block Party – they’ll block off the alley  (Off Bush between Grant & Kearny) July 14, 2012 5pm to close. Past years have charged $5 cover and we expect the same for 2012.

Bastille Day Burlesque Party & Fashion Show | East Bay

Saturday, July 14 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE with RSVP

Join in the closest thing to the Playboy Mansion Parties in Northern California on Saturday, July 14, 2012. In celebration of French Bastille Day, Donovan East Productions is throwing a Moulin Rouge live show and a burlesque fashion show.

Bastille Day DJ Party at Harlot | SoMa

Saturday, July 14 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE with RSVP

Join a special Bastille Day party at Harlot in SoMA on Saturday, July 14, 2012 featuring mashups, house music and top-40 with DJ Don Lynch. Dress in your best and most fashionable rags and revel in the French spirit of Bastille Day.