Your guide to celebrating Bastille Day in Adelaide

From painting and cooking to wining and dining, herein lies Adelaide’s best celebrations of Bastille day.

It’s Bastille Day!

Naturally, we’ve put together your guide to all the ways in which you can celebrate and viva la vida in Adelaide.

From painting and cooking to wining and dining, we’ve got you covered.

Maison Clement Bastille Day Menu | Friday 14 July

A stunning and affordable French eatery on Currie Street, Maison Clement is Adelaide’s authentic slice of Paris. Their French food experience is created by executive chef and owner Clemént Labaere.

Using local South Australian as well as French ingredients, Maison Clement produced a 4-course menu to celebrate Bastille Day on Friday 14 July. Starting with a smoked trout canapé, you’ll have the choice between two dishes for three scrumptious courses that follow. Booking is essential.

Where: 18 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Friday 14 July. 5:30pm and 7:30pm seatings available
Price: $50 pp
Check out the menu here.

Le tour du Marché: The French Market Tour | Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July

Rediscover the Adelaide Central Markets in this walking tour, guided by French speaking Fringe performer Arnaud Bénassy. With a complimentary glass of champagne from the French Wine Centre’s pop-up ‘Impromptu’, you’ll get to learn a little Français and how to sing La Marseillaise, while discovering facts about the historic Bastille Day. All the while, you’ll get to indulge in the délicieux flavours of the Market’s most authentic French fromage, charcuterie and patisserie.

Where: 5 minutes prior, meet at The Market Stall (near Haigh’s – Gouger Street end)
When: Friday 14 July | 4:30pm – 5:30pm or 6:00pm – 7:00pm or 7:30pm – 8:30pm
and Saturday 15 July | 9:30am – 10:30am or 11:00am – 12:00pm
Tickets: $27.78

You can book your tickets here, and find out more information here.

Monet-inspired Paint ‘n’ Sip class | Friday 14 July

Creatives are in for a treat this Bastille day, as an unforgettable art experience awaits. Get your gang together to sip at a complimentary délicieux glass of French champagne as you get inspired by the works of famous French impressionist artist, Claude Monet. Book your ticket to sip and paint away the evening of Bastille Day for just $64.84. You’ll have the opportunity to unleash your creativity to create your own Monet-inspired masterpiece as teachers take you through the traditional techniques of paint application, pattern and blending in impressionist style.

When: Friday 14 July | 6pm – 8pm
Where: Meet at least 5 minutes prior at the Eastern Roadway (near Central Market Flowers and Angelakis Bros. Seafood)
Tickets: $64.84
Purchase yours here.

French Variety Show with Lou Blackwell and the French Set | Friday 14 July

Head down to the Gov to be serenaded with ‘variété française’ by Lou Blackwell and the French Set. To celebrate Bastille Day with their variety show of French chansons, award-winning cabaret singer Lou Blackwell is bringing together a dream band of Adelaide’s finest musos. Starring the brilliant Mark Simeon Ferguson on piano, Julian Ferraretto on violin, Tom Pulford on saxophone and clarinet, Dylan Paul on double bass and Josh Baldwin on drums.

You can even dine French classics or the Gov’s main menu as they paying homage to French singers and songwriters, including Charles Trenet, Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, Yves Montand, Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Charles Aznavour and more. You’ll be transported away to the concert halls of Paris with their savoir-faire performance, be sure to snag your ticket.

French Variety Show with Lou Blackwell and the French Set at the Gov
: Friday 14 July | 6pm
Where: Main Room, The Gov. 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh SA 5007
Tickets: $35.70
Find out more, and purchase yours here.

Bastille Black Tie Dinner at the Intercontinental | Friday 14 July

Bring out your finest evening wear; La Chaine des Rotisseurs South Australia is hosting a Black Tie dinner at the Intercontinental. You’ll be in for an evening of meaningful camaraderie and elevated dining. You can see the full 6-course bespoke French-inspired menu on the event page, which is the way to book your ticket.

North says, “We’ll have standing-up champagne and canapés, and of course dinner will be French themed. We’ll also have the chef come out and explain what he’s cooking. It will be a fantastic night.”

North also says there’s a discounted rate if you wish to stay at the Intercontinental for the night – just get in touch with her to find out more.

Bastille Black Tie Dinner by La Chaine des Rotisseurs South Australia
When: Friday 14 July | 6:30pm
Where: Intercontinental Hotel Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000 Riverside Restaurant
Non members price: $195 pp
Members price: $185 pp
To find out more, to become a member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs South Australia and/or to book your place at the dinner, email Serena at [email protected]

Scoffed & Quaffed’s Bastille Day cooking class | Friday 14 July

A cooking glass like no other, Scoffed’s cooking school is all about getting into the thick of things with fun classes. This Bastille day, Scoffed is offering a French cuisine class, starring wines of the French variety such as sauvignon blanc, merlot, pinot noir and chardonnay. Perfect for the foodies who like to get in on the action, you’ll make delectable French dishes under the guidance of Scoffed’s professional chef. Treated to a surprise mise en bouche and a glass of bubbles upon arrival, put your hair back and kitchen shoes on to cook up a storm this Bastille Day.

Where: Scoffed Cooking School, 441 Magill Rd, St Morris, 5068
When: Friday 14th July, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Tickets: $149 pp
Find out more and get your ticket here.

Bastille Day Célébration Lunch at Garçon Bleu | Friday 14 July

Celebrate Bastille Day in the utmost style of Garçon Bleu. The timelessly chic restaurant is located in the high rising Sofitel, where French elegance meets vintage décor. Their Bastille Day lunch menu of culinary artistry will unfold as a 3-course event, highlighting the very best of French cuisine. Meticulously made with fresh local ingredients, you’ll be taken on a journey through the vibrant flavours of France.

Where: Sofitel, 108 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Friday 14th July
Tickets: $149 pp
Find out more and book your table here

Adelaide Central Market all-day itinerary | Friday 14 July

There’s a myriad of things to do at the Market over the course of two days. Bastille au Marché will be host to live music and pop up stands, check out what’s on day one:

  • 9:30AM – 11:30AM – Live Music: Adelaide Strings Duo
  • 9:30AM – 12:00PM – Free cupcake decorating for kids
  • 10:00AM – 12:00PM – Marie Lanternette (roving entertainment)
  • 11:30AM – 1:00PM – Live music with Louise Blackwell & The French Set
  • 11:30AM – 1:30PM – Live music with Sounds Continental
  • 5:00PM – 7:00PM – Live music with Melange A Trois
  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM – Free Macarons cooking demonstration with Le Cordon Bleu
  • 6:00PM – 8:00PM – Live music with Pamplemousse

You will also find the Pop-up Crepe Bar, and Champagne Bar ‘Impromptu’ by The French Wine Centre, present all day.

Where: Adelaide Central Market, 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Friday 14th July
Free entry
Find out more here

Adelaide Central Market all-day itinerary | Saturday 15 July

Following Bastille Day, the celebrations continue on Saturday 15 July. Again you’ll find the Pop-up Crepe bar and Champagne Bar ‘Impromptu’ by The French Wine Centre, and the rest of the day full of live music. Enjoy roaming through the stalls with some festive face paint, and celebrate.

If you missed it Friday, you will again find the Pop-up Crepe Bar, and Champagne Bar ‘Impromptu’ by The French Wine Centre, present all day.

  • 9:30AM – 12:00PM – Free face painting
  • 9:00AM – 11:00AM – Live music with Adelaide Strings Duo
  • 10:00AM – 11:00AM – Free Flaming Camembert cooking demonstration with Valerie Henbest of the Smelly Cheese Co.
  • 11:00AM – 1:00PM – Live music with Melange A Trois
  • 11:00AM – 1:00PM – Live music with Louise Blackwell & The French Set
  • 11:00AM – 1:00PM – Live music with Sounds Continental
  • 6:00PM – 9:00AM – Cheese After Dark with the Smelly Cheese Co. (now sold out)

Where: Adelaide Central Market, 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Friday 15th July
Free entry
Find out more here.

A Prayer for the Wild at Heart | Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July

Across two days starring a delectable 5-course menu, this highly anticipated event will showcase the finest French classics, paying homage to the homeland of the venue’s beloved team. Located just off of Hurtle Square, the restaurant takes its name from Tennessee Williams’ play “Stairs to the Roof.” With its captivating atmosphere and superb cuisine, you’ll be enchanted as you dine.

Bastille Day at A Prayer for the Wild at Heart
: A Prayer for the Wild at Heart, 44 Hurtle Square, Adelaide
When: Friday July 14th & Saturday July 15th
Price:  $120pp

A grand two day event, Adelaide Central market will be host to French fare and festivities.

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité by The Corinthian Singers | Sunday 16 July

Commemorating Bastille Day with an all-French concert entitled Liberté Egalité Fraternité, you can behold the musical beauty of auditioned chamber choir, the Corinthian Singers of Adelaide, on Sunday 16 July. Featuring French choral music on a scale of contemplative to heroic, the programme will star also works for keyboard, solo voice and flute. Conductor Matthew Atherton presents a celebration of Bastille Day with works by Debussy, Ravel, and Saint-Saëns, naturally concluding the session with La Marseillaise.

Where: St John’s Anglican Church, 379 Halifax street, Adelaide South Australia 5000
When: Sunday 16 July | 3:00 pm
Price: $30-$35
Read more and book your ticket here.

Bastille Day Dinner by Pinehill at Glenelg | Sunday 16 July

There’s only five tickets left for this one at time of writing: indulging in this 4-course dinner event to celebrate Bastille Day, you’ll receive a glass of Crémant upon arrival before you are treated to a menu of mouth-watering French favourites. If you couldn’t get enough or if you missed out on getting a taste of Clemént Labaere’s cooking on Friday, this is your chance to try by his vibrant, delicious and nourishing dishes. There will be a list of the best wines from France available for purchase on the evening. Glenelg Golf Club members can book through the website here, non members can contact Pinehill on 8350 3212 to book your seat.

Bastille Day Dinner by Pinehill at Glenelg | 6:30pm
: Sunday
Price: $78 pp
Members book here, non-members book via call 8350 3212. Find out more here.


With so many things to do in Adelaide to celebrate Bastille Day over three days, your social calendar will be booked up every hour from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 July, with food, festivity, wine and live music at every turn.

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