Bastille Day as we say in the U.S aka Le 14 Juillet is France’s National Holiday commemorating the Prise de la Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. The French culture is alive and well in the U.S and there are festivities and celebrations all over America organized by the French Consulates and Embassies in conjunction with the Alliances Francaises. Here in North Texas, we’ve found a few noteworthy things to do to celebrate Bastille Day in Dallas and around your town:
Bastille Day Events Around Town:
Oak Cliff’s Bastille on Bishop, the Bishop Art District’s annual festival on Wednesday July 13 from 6 to 11 PM features French inspired activities and even Pétanque! Entry is free but for $25 you receive a souvenir glass and drinks. More info here. This location has a great story and unique French roots, it is a celebration of the community’s ties to the early French “La Reunion” settlement. In 1855, when Dallas was only 14 years old, a group of 200 mostly French settlers led by Victor Considerant made their way from Houston by ox cart to setup a “Utopian Community” based on the socialist ideas of Charles Fourier in what is now North Oak Cliff. The community brought Dallas its first piano and beer brewery!
Legacy Hall European-style food hall in Plano, 3rd annual Bastille Day on Sunday, July 11 from 1 pm to 4 pm, live music in the Box Garden outdoor entertainment venue, crêpes, and Croque Monsieurs at Whisk & Eggs and raclette! Free to attend and VIP tickets option for reserved seating in the Tonic Bar & Lounge.
Grapevine is also hosting a Bastille Day Celebration or Fête on Thursday July 14 from 5 pm to 9 pm in historic downtown Grapevine. Meet up at the Town Square Gazebo turned into a Parisian pocket park with French pop music, street food, and artisans. Make sure to stop at our favorite French Bakery Main Street Bakery & Bistro and check out all the other French Bakeries in DFW for your sweet tooth cravings.
Grab a Bite with French Dining Specials for Bastille Day:
Mercat Bistro, a French favorite in the Harwood District French dishes, enjoy French standards like steak frites or duck confit. make your reservations here.
The French Room at the Adolphus hotel on July 14 at 11:00 AM for high tea with a French twist & jazz music. Reservations here.
Rise No. 1 on Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm. Cherry clafoutis and show up in your favorite French outfit for the costume contest (pets included). Call 214-366-9900 to reserve your table.
Lavendou Bistro Provincial, hosted by The European-American Chamber of Commerce Texas and The Alliance Francaise of Dallas, join for a three-course dinner paired with wine. Tickets for non-members are $100/ person.
Bon 14 juillet ou Fête Nationale!
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