Avoiding the road closures, the mindless hordes of tourists and the long lines for just about everything coming this July 4th? Burn off away post-Independence Day doldrums less than the week later as the Alliance FranÃ§aise de Washington hosts a party in honor of the Fourth’s French equivalent, Bastille Day.
From 7 to 9 PM on Friday, July 9, the Kalorama cultural center is celebrating its homeland’s biggest national holiday with an assortment of France’s national passions — namely, crepes, cheese champagne and American music. (We kid, we kid.)
For $49, the general public will be treated to evening featuring soul-funk outfit Dimestore, “traditional French music and off beats tunes” from DJ HervÃ©, an exhibition of ultra-rare CitroÃ«n roadsters, and roving (no doubt snooty) waiters serving a wide array of traditional Gallic cuisine.
Most importantly, the Bastille Day gala will be set around a silent auction that’s set to include luxury dining, travel and entertainment packages donated by Conrad Brussels, Les Folies BergÃ¨re, Paris’s famed Moulin Rouge and more. Reservations are required, so head to www.francedc.org to RSVP and find out all the particulars.