Bastille Day in Boston 2010

Revel in the wine, music and accent-agued hijinks of France's independence day (without packing your bags for Europe) with Bastille Day in Boston. The parties will have you murmuring ooh-la-las between bites of crepes and sips of Champagne. N'est-ce pas fantastique, mes cheries?

(Photo: Courtesy of the Harvard Square Business Association)

Updated: July 12, 2010

Bastille Day in Boston

Museum Of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

[THU, July 8 - SUN, July 25, $6-$15] Subtitles can be a huge turn-on. Take a refreshing dip in the 15th Annual Boston French Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, with 20 Boston premieres of films produced in France. The diverse festival opens with "Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno and closes with "Heartbreaker" by Pascal Chaumeil. More info:

Beehive Restaurant

541 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

[WED, July 14, 7pm-2am, $20, menu a la carte, cash bar] One word: Mimes. Also, if the name of band "Deep Forest" resonates with you, the Beehive's Bastille Day celebration should be a can't-miss party. Enjoy the French-modeled streets set up on the patio and the elegant electro-pop strains of French artist Elodie O. More info:

Franklin Park Zoo

1 Franklin Park Rd, Dorchester, MA 02121

[WED, July 14, free] The zoo celebrates its two most fant-ass-tic inhabitants, a pair of shaggy, rare-breed donkeys from the French region of Poitou. The "baudets"--named Samuel and Balthazar--are of the oldest breed of donkey in France. Check out exotic French decorations, and help yourself to complimentary cake provided by Montilio's Bakery. More info:

Sel de la Terre

774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

[WED, July 14, $45] Don't worry about celebrating Bastille Day without French fare in your tummy, like creme-brulee and steak tartare. Sel de la Terre (Back Bay and Long Wharf locations) offers a $45 prix-fixe dinner for those celebrating French independence. The restaurant's full menu will also be available. More info:

W Boston

100 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

[TUE, July 13 - WED, July 14] World-acclaimed chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, makes his return to Boston for the iconic French holiday, specifically cooking an authentic menu for two nights at Market. He will also be whipping up genuine French cuisine for the official French Consulate Bastille Day event later on Wednesday evening. More info: