Make the Most of the Bastille Day Festival


Cheese, wine, more cheese (and then more wine) – it’s that time of year again! Bastille Day is upon us, and this weekend from the 11th of July to the 14th of July, Sydney’s Circular Quay and The Rocks will transform into a massive French celebration (hence the cheese and wine – can you tell we’re excited?) Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French revolution, and in Sydney, it’s just a big celebration of French culture. There’s a lot to do – so here’s a little guide to make the most of your day!

The Food:

First of all – skip breakfast! There’s so much amazing food on offer throughout the festival you won’t want to fill up beforehand. Gnocchi, crepes, saucisson, macarons, it’s all there and waiting to be tried – we’re sure the kids will love trying all the delicious food, and you can skip the Maccas trip on the way out of Circular Quay. Of course, there will also be an absurd amount of cheese. There’s some stalls with some amazing take home goods too – so be sure to bring your shopping totes.

The Entertainment:

If you’re more interested in the entertainment aspect of the festival, there’s plenty on offer. Capoeira and the Latin Dance sessions will be spectacular to take the kids to, but if you’re looking for a parents only activity, grab a glass of mulled wine and check out some of the other spectacular performers – the full list can be found here! 

The Cinema:

‘Le Cinema’ is the perfect way to tackle the festival if you can’t muster up the energy to spend all day walking around after the work week (we don’t blame you!). You’ll be able to watch some classic flicks that have a touch of French culture in them. This includes some heartwarming Disney flicks like The Aristocats and The Hunchback of Notre Dame – so there’s something for the kids, alternatively, snuggle up under a blanket with your significant other and catch Julie and Julia or one of the other films on offer. Grab tickets and check out what’s showing here

For the Kids: 

The Christmas in July markets form part of the Bastille festival – so if you’re heading over to the Rocks, definitely take your shopping totes. Whilst you’re there, be sure to take the kids to check out the Carousel Kid Village – which is currently home to a vintage carousel that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Whilst you’re in the neighbourhood, there’s even more food and wine stalls to discover.

What to Bring:

Food is covered, but there are some handy things to bring along to make the most out of your weekend. It’s meant to be a reasonably sunny weekend – but it pays to be prepared, so we suggest a warm coat and a brolly just in case! If you’re planning on taking the little kiddos, we also suggest bringing the pram, after an hour or so of walking, we guarantee the little ones are gonna be worn out – so plan ahead.

There’s plenty more to discover at the festival over the weekend, so check out the map and program here – and get planning! We here at Mynder would love to see some of your happy snaps over on Instagram – so be sure to tag us and have a happy weekend celebrating Bastille Day.