France. It’s like a whole other country. Wait, it IS a whole other country. And like most countries, they set aside a few days each year to celebrate awesome things like independence and freedom. For the French people that means Bastille Day, formally called La Fête Nationale, a national holiday that takes place each year on July 14.
Why is this date of particular significance? Because it is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris, an historical event that took place in 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution and the end of the monarchy in France.
For all of you Austin-based French expats, croissant connoisseurs, and people who speak the language of love, here are a few good ways to observe Bastille Day in Austin:
In conjunction with the Alliance Française D’Austin (Austin’s French Alliance), the French Legation Museum invites you to an exciting night of Franco-Texan fun in Central Austin.
The Alliance Française D’Austin is hosting its sixteenth annual Bastille Day Celebration on Saturday, July 16, 2011, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Historic French Legation Museum at 802 San Marcos Street, just east of I-35. $8 advance tickets available online at afaustin.org; $10 at the door; children 12 and under are FREE.
Ava Arenella, Kalu James, and Courtney Sanchez & Sway will entertain the crowd with their delightful music. Fine foods from Pascal’s Catering, ‘Say She Ate’ Mobile Comfort Foods, Café Crêpe, and La Pâtisserie, wine, and local beer will also be available at the event. click here for more information »
Sets of punk rock classics from the Sex Pistols to Siouxsie Sioux to the Clash to Black Flag, by French Punk Rock band Cran d’Arret. All-girl Ramones band ROCKAWAY BITCH will open! Cold beer and free cake. Graffiti wall installation and facsimiles of rare posters for everyone who comes in a Bastille Exhibition by Visual Vitriol author David Ensminger, brought to you by the badass Domy Books. Annie Ray photo booth. click here for more information »
Aquarelle, Austin’s legendary French restaurant will host their fourth annual Bastille Day event on Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 10pm in the restaurant’s backyard, front patio and in their wine bar. The menu will feature Aquarelle’s unique take on favorites such as steak frite, spicy shrimp po-boy, country pate, mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwich, cheese plate and vegetable platter. There will be a wide selection of refreshing rose wines featured, as well as reds and whites. Live French music and jazz will be provided by Silvie Rider. There is no cover and food and wine specials at $6. click here for more information »
Bastille day madness at Artisan Bistro come join us Thursday, july 14th 2011 from 5PM to 10PM! $25.00 per person ($12.00 for kids under 12) gets you a Country buffet plate complete with homemade breads, cheeses, meats , salads and desserts and 2 glasses of house wine. Stay a while, mingle, schmooze and dance, Francophile style. click here for more information »
Party like the French ~ Cajun Style with Cajun Food, French Wine, and Music! Tickets are $35 per person click here for more information »
In honor of French Independence…the Gypsy will be doing some french style drink specials click here for more information »
Looking for more ways to celebrate Bastille Day in Austin? Check out our list right here. And if you know of or are hosting any special events for Bastille Day, please bring it to our attention by leaving a comment!