Thursday, July 14, 2022

Get Out! Get Out! C'est le 14 Juilllet ....And You Can Celebrate on Saturday, July 16

by Peggy Robin

France's National Day (Bastille Day, as we tend to call it in America, though in France it's simply known as July 14th) is today but why limit the celebration to one day? If you want to enjoy French food, play some French games, and celebrate all things French, you can do that on Saturday, July 16 in nearby Tenleytown. Here's your invitation:

Enjoy Bastille Day at the Park with family-friendly activities, French food and games, and a raffle to win a wine set!

About this event

Fessenden Park becomes Tenleytown's own little "French Quarter" as Tenleytown Main Street celebrates Bastille Day. Enjoy quiche and profiteroles, sip Perrier, Orangina, and rose sangria, play the classic lawn game pétanque, listen to live music by accordionist Russell Wilson, and take part in French-themed crafts. Play Bastille Day Trivia for a chance to win one of five adult beverage gift sets from Verified Wine & Fine Spirits.

Enjoy activities for the whole family, such as:

  • Live Accordion Music with Russell Wilson
  • Sample quiches from Le Chat Noir and profiteroles from Matisse
  • Sip rosé at Le Chat Noir from 2 to 5 PM
  • Learn how to play pétanque and play other lawn games
  • Participate in family-friendly craft activities: coloring, beading, temporary tattoos
  • Plant a sunflower to take home with you, and add a bit of the French country side to your windowsill
  • Make your own lavender sachet

Tickets are just $20; one child ticket (ages 10 and under) included free with a paid adult. Additional child tickets are $5/child. Tickets include all food, beverage, and activities. All proceeds benefit programming and maintenance of Fessenden Park.

Advanced ticket sales for this event end at 10:30 AM EST on Saturday, July 16. A limited quantity will be available at the welcome tent on a first come, first served basis.


Fessenden Park is bounded by Wisconsin Avenue, Fessenden St., and 42nd St. The park is equidistance from either the Tenleytown-AU Metro station or the Friendship Heights station, and is located on multiple Metro Bus lines. A Capital Bikeshare station is located at Fessenden Street and Wisconsin Avenue, next to Citibank. Metered street parking is also available.


The "Get Out" event of the week is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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