Saturday, July 14 is Bastille Day, and Ballard’s Bastille Cafe (5307 Ballard Ave) will be throwing a party in celebration, complete with their very own Marie Antoinette and baguettes. Bastille Day is a national holiday in France, as July 14, 1789 was the beginning of the French revolution and the storming of the Bastille Fortress. Ballard’s Bastille will be celebrating with baguettes, burlesque, and petanque (commonly known as bocce ball).
The day will start at 2 p.m. in their beer garden with beer, wine and cocktails for $5. They’ll have oysters on the half shell and baguettes served by none other than Marie Antoinette, also for $5. Music entertainment will include The Djangomatics, playing Gypsy-Jazz in the spirit of Django Rheinhardt, on the patio from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There wll also be a burlesque show in the Back Bar which will begin after the band is done.
A Petanque Tournament will happen in the grassy park area across the street from Bastille from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Petanque, which is also known as bocce ball, originated in 1907 in southern France. Teams of three can register at 11 a.m. The cost is $5, and includes a drink ticket. Local organization Community for Youth (CfY) will be present during the tournament. CfY works to support youth development through mentoring and learning experiences, and will be selling raffle tickets for prizes throughout the day to raise money for their organization. Bastille will match up to $500 of funds raised in support of the program.