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July 13, 2018

Celebrate Bastille Day in Fairmount
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Even if the closest thing you have to being French is loving fries, you can pretend for the day at Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary!

The world-famous celebration, held three blocks from your Dalian on the Park apartment, returns for its 24th year on July 14 at the historic prison. The event is a tongue-in-cheek reenactment of the storming of Bastille during the French Revolution, which, considering the setting at the castle-like penitentiary, is very realistic! Tour the prison throughout the day and then settle in for a performance by experimental cabaret troupe The Bearded Ladies at 5:30 p.m. They will recreate the pinnacle of the French Revolution while also putting some hilarious modern-day spins on their comedic commentary. The troupe is an award-winning group of performers who fuse drag, dance, acting, song and comedy for a weird and wild, yet always entertaining, show.

Make sure you get there early to get a front-row seat for the highlight of the event: the flinging of 2,000 Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets into the crowd as Marie Antoinette yells, “Let them eat cake!” It’s a tradition that is entirely Philly!

Once the show wraps up, continue your celebrations at one of the several local venues hosting official after parties, including at:

Urban Saloon: This restaurant, three blocks from your Dalian on the Park apartment, puts a whole new spin on pub grub. With a wide menu of snacks, shareables, soups and sandwiches, Urban Saloon will be sure to hit the spot after a long day of festivities.

London Grill: A half-mile from your Dalian on the Park apartment, London Grill is Bastille Day central. Owner Terrence McNally stars in the show as Marie Antoinette, so it’s only fitting to celebrate the performance at his own restaurant.

St. Stephen’s Green: This casual, laidback spot, a half-mile from your Dalian on the Park apartment, is a great post-celebration spot for those looking to kick back. Pub food, a fireplace and outdoor seating will have you ending your night on a high note.

 

Eastern State Penitentiary

2027 Fairmount Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-236-3300

 

Urban Saloon

2120 Fairmount Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-232-5359

 

London Grill

2301 Fairmount Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-978-4545

 

St. Stephen’s Green

1701 Green St.

Philadelphia, PA 19130

215-769-5000

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