Sacre bleu, Bastille Day is back!
Don your finest beret and most comically terrible faux-French accent for the annual celebration of all things Gallic. If you don’t know Normandy from Brittany, don’t worry — our ultimate guide to Bastille Day in Brooklyn has you covered.
Kick things off early on July 13 (which is actually the day before the real Bastille Day) on Smith Street — which is also known as Brooklyn’s “Little France” and is the epicenter of the borough’s Bastille Day festivities. The street will be closed off and covered in sand for the annual petanque tournament — which is like bocce but more French — taking place near Bar Tabac [128 Smith St. at Dean Street in Boerum Hill, (718) 923–0918, www.bartabacny.com] at 11 am. Bar Tabac will also have live music and an outdoor barbecue, and will be screening the final World Cup game on the big screen at 3 pm.
If it is still too early for a glass of Lillet at the bar, head down the street to French eateries Provence en Boite [263 Smith St. at Degraw Street in Carroll Gardens, (718) 797–0707, www.facebo
On Bastille Day itself, July 14, catch the G train — Brooklyn’s answer to the Paris Metro — to Williamsburg restaurant Juliette [135 N. Fifth St. near Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 388–9222, www.juliet
And if one weekend of French frivolity isn’t enough, do it all again on July 19, when Downtown cubicle monkey-favorite La Defense [2 MetroTech Center between Bridge and Lawrence streets, (718) 855–4200, www.ladefe
Then hop on a Citibike — New York City’s answer to the Paris Velib — and cruise over to Red Hook, where the Jalopy Theatre [315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in Red Hook, (718) 395–3214, www.jalopy.biz] will host an evening of musique starting at 8 pm. The line-up includes Les Chauds Lapins, who specialize in French swing music from the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, and Paris-born composer Pierre de Gaillande.