The Fourth of July isn’t the only day of the year that Seattle turns red, white and blue. Bastille Day, French National Day, is on July 14th and draws similar patriotic celebrations to Seattle.

Despite Madison Park’s most popular event of the year, Bastille Bash, being cancelled this year due to a lack of funding and volunteers, the neighborhood still celebrated the French holiday. Local restaurant Luc hosted a sold-out Bastille Day BBQ to celebrate the Chef in the Hat’s heritage and annual tradition. Other French restaurants throughout Seattle also had specials for the occasion.

No Bastille Bash? No problem! Check out how Madison Park and other spots around the city celebrated French National Day:

Featued photo via @chefinthehat

Bring Dad to Madison Park for a lovely Father’s Day in the neighborhood! Here are some ideas for what to do with the family this Sunday, June 21st:

Father’s Day Brunch

Start your day with a hearty meal! Check out our favorite Madison Park brunch spots.

Walk around the Arboretum

Take a family walk through the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum, where you can go from the woods to the waterfront to flowerbeds in a few short strides. On Father’s Day, there will be a guided weekend walk from 1-3pm. This free tour will explore the Pacific Connections Garden with plants from China, New Zealand, Australia and Chile.

Happy Hour at Luc

Madison Valley’s beloved neighborhood restaurant offers a wonderful daily happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm. During the month of June, Luc and sister restaurant Loulay will be participating in the #86AIDS campaign with restaurants around the country, donating a portion of each purchase to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. A special Luc RED appetizer and drink will be served with every purchase:

  • Bing Cherry Gazpacho: Washington bing cherries, celery, cucumber, pickled shallot
  • CuRED: tequila, Pama pomegranate liqueur, muddled lime, pineapple juice

Hang out at the beach

Take a dip or simply soak in the view at Madison Park Beach. Official beach hours begin on Saturday, June 20th at 11am with lifeguards on duty. Bring a Father’s Day picnic and make it a beach day!

Grab a treat

Treat dad to ice cream at Scoop Du Jour Ice Creamery. This friendly, family-owned shop is best known for its delicious milkshakes made from an array of yummy flavors. A favorite local hangout, you can grab ‘n go or stick around and sit outside on the sidewalk just a few blocks from the beach.


Featured photo via Luc Facebook @sushirina

Looking for that perfect place to go for Valentines Day? You don’t have to brave the downtown crowds or drive far to have an intimate, delicious meal with your sweetheart. Madison Park restaurants are serving up lovely V-Day dinners for your special date night. Keep it local and enjoy the ambiance of a neighborhood restaurant while dining in style. The following restaurants in Madison Park are offering unique menus for the day of love:

Luc $50/person
First course

  • Roasted beets -or-
  • Smoked salmon tartine -or-
  • Celery root green apple soup

Main course

  • King salmon roulade -or-
  • Grilled polenta -or-
  • Duck breast


  • Chocolate caramel cake -or-
  • Butterscotch pot de crème -or-
  • Basil bavarois

Dinner for two special: $75

Café Flora $65/person
First course (vegan, gluten-free)

  • Breaded fried artichoke with lemon-herbed marrow bean pate, romesco sauce, micro greens

Second course (vegan, gluten-free)

  • Pommelo and cara cara orange salad with seared fennel, watercress, pomegranate, fresh beets, spiced orange blossom vinaigrette

Main course (vegan and gluten-free options available)

  • Wild mushroom ravioli with truffle scented cauliflower, toasted pine nuts, roasted leek sauce, asparagus

Dessert (gluten-free)

  • Valentines pavlova with mango curd, passion fruit, whipped cream, raspberry coulis, fresh tropical fruit compote, vanilla bean meringue
  • -or- Theo dark chocolate hazelnut cake (vegan and gluten-free options available)


Featured photo courtesy Café Flora