Philadelphia locals know Eastern State Penitentiary as a “not-to-be-missed” destination at Halloween, as it is famous for its “Terror Behind the Walls.” What lots of people don’t know is that it’s also the site for a one-of-a-kind Bastille Day celebration. For the non-history buffs among you, Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille (prison) in France on July 14, 1789. The event marked a turning point in the French Revolution and is celebrated much like Independence Day is in the United States.
The musical festival at Eastern State Penitentiary is a raucous, “drag-cabaret reenactment” featuring the Bearded Ladies and the throwing of 1000 Tastykake butterscotch krimpets in the place of Marie Antoinette’s cake is a spin only Philadelphia could put on the event. Due to the cost of the festival, this year is the final year to see this spectacle, so don’t miss it!