You need a little liberté, égalité, fraternité.
What: Hillwood hosts a two-day fest with performances by the New York Baroque Dance Company and Opera Lafayette, as well as audio tours like “Kings, Queens & Soup Tureens.”
Why: Stick around for French tunes, crepes, and champagne during the after-party at the Alliance Française.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. After-party, Sat., 7-10 p.m.
Where: Festival, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, at Tilden St. (202-686-5807). After-party, Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, b/t Connecticut Ave. & 23rd St. Festival tickets ($18) online at museumtix.com. Call 202-234-7911 for after-party tickets ($49).
Bastille Day Party
What: The French Embassy opens its doors for performances, a tasting menu from D.C.-based French chefs, and hard-to-find wine and champagne.
Why: The event raises money for Comité Tricolore, which provides health care to those in need.
When: Sat., 7 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW, b/t 39th & 44th Sts (202-944-6000). Tickets ($100) online at instantseats.com.
Bastille Day Menu
What: Bastille restaurant commemorates the storming of the prison fortress with a menu honoring General Lafayette ($35).
Why: Feel revolutionary with rillettes du jour, flatiron steak with pommes frites, cherry clafouti, and French wine.
When: Thurs., 5-9:30 p.m.
Where: 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria (703-519-3776).
Jean Pierre Antiques Sale
What: Take up to 50 percent off everything in stock ($35-$4,000) at the approachable store’s annual event.
Why: Garden urns, gilded mirrors, marble lamps, Louis XVI-style chairs, a Lucite bar cart, and painted two-door buffet.
When: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 2601 P St. NW, at 26th St. (202-337-1731).
Photo: Courtesy of Hillwood Museum and Gardens
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