Downtown Covington will come together from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, for the fifth annual Bastille Day Celebration, a lively event filled with art, culture, music and shopping with a French flair.

The event is free and usually draws some 3,000 visitors to the historic St. John district with special sales at participating businesses, new work by dozens of artists from around the Southeast Region and musical performances by local and nationally renowned musicians.

There will be live music at various locations throughout town including Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, Julie Council and The Gray Hawk Band on Columbia Street and Paula and the Pontiacs on Lee Lane at Boston Street.

Other activities on participating streets include an Eiffel Tower Art Contest on Lee Lane, Waiters’ Race on Columbia Street, art demonstrations, boutique shopping and fine dining at an array of participating establishments.

Programs with locations and contact information for each participating shop are available at the St. Tammany Art Association by calling (985) 892-8550 or by visiting