Preview: FIAF Bastille Day on 60th Street Sun Jul 15, 12-5PM

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Date(s) - 07/15/2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

FIAF (Alliance Française)


Cover image FIAF Block Party Can-Can dancers © WhereNYC

Damage? Free entry to block party, food and drink available for purchase. See ticketed indoor events below.

Financier Bakery at FIAF Bastille Day © WhereNYC

Why you should go. For over 20 years, this summer highlight has filled the hearts of New Yorkers with the delights of France. Every year, the festival starts at Lexington and continues to 5th Avenue with live entertainment, prizes, tons of delicious food and French goodies including les pâtés, crêpes, ice cream and the best pâtisseries including François Payard Bakery.

This year, the annual block party will show the 2018 World Cup Final – let’s hope Les Bleus make it.

To escape the sweltering heat and crowds, take advantage of one of the marvelous ticketed indoor events.

  1. Summer of in the South of FranceEntry to the wine/beer /cocktail tasting $25 per session
  2. The lovely, decadent Champagne & Jazz pairing in FIAF’s Sky Room $65-75

The FIAF Sky Room © Brittany Buongiorno

Useful tips:

  • Dress casual, comfy shoes, a small tote bag with water.
  • Sunblock or an umbrella – highly recommended
  • Sign up for at least one ticketed event.
  • Alone or with friends? Either works.
  • Bring cash for food stalls and drink
  • Go early; it will get crowded. (Parents travel as lightly as possible/)
  • Check the MTA for weekend service advisories
  • Nearby spots for a welcomed drink and shade.
  1. The Regency Bar on Park Av. 540 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065
    (212) 759-4100 – a high end bar with an endless wine/ spirit selection. Cozy and old school elegance. I really love this spot because it’s quiet, staff are polite and you feel like you’re a high stepper.
  2. The Bar Room 117 E. 60th Street. New York, NY 10022. btwn. Lexington & Park. I almost missed this spot because it’s almost hidden. Even the name is generic. But it’s a nice, oaky bar with a full dining menu. The wine menu is fantastic including my white wine choices Sancerre and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc along with a reds, craft beers and an impressive Scotch and whiskey list.