Everyone eats cake at Eastern State's annual Bastille Day festival! Celebrate the dawn of the French revolution with local favorites The Bearded Ladies, who will be providing a dramatic, but "completely accurate" recreation of the storming of Bastille, complete with throwing Tastycakes at the audience while Marie Antoinette is captured. Sounds legit to us.
Bastille Day at Eastern State gets rolling (like a few heads) at 2:00pm on July 15th with the French Family Festival. Enjoy music, games, and entertainment on Fairmount Avenue, including an inflatable obstacle course, Tastykake eating contest, water balloon toss, jumbo Jenga and Twister, face painting, and arts & crafts.
At 5:30pm, the Bearded Ladies take the stage for an hour-long reenactment of the French Revolution featuring song, dance, beheading, and raining Tastykakes! This year’s performance will address
U.S. border control, healthcare and Vladimir Putin. With appearances by Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Benjamin Franklin, a six-foot tall French baguette, confetti cannons, stilt walkers and more, you don’t want to miss this retelling of the storming of Bastille!
For a donation of $40, you can get exclusive VIP seating (a French bourgeoisie view), which includes beer and refreshments, heckling from the lower classes below, and revolution goodie bags. Don’t forget that after the festivities, surrounding restaurants will offer French-themed entertainment and food and drink specials, and the Penitentary will be offering special "after hours" museum prices!
Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary is always free for all. For more information regarding museum hours, festival details and more, check Eastern State's official website.
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