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Viva la France! 10 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day in North Texas

Fourth of July festivities may be on the back burner, but you’ll get another chance to toast independence this Bastille Day weekend. The French National Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a major event during the French Revolution.

France may be far away, but North Texans never miss a chance to celebrate, so we’ve rounded up a few ways to help you have a Bonne Fête Nationale here in the Lone Star State. Remember to check the websites or social media linked to each event for any last minute changes. You will find more events at Go see DFW.

FESTIVALS

People walk around Bastille on Bishop, an annual festival in the heart of the Bishop Arts District celebrating Oak Cliff’s unique French roots in Dallas on Thursday, July 14, 2022.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

LA FÊTE DE LA BASTILLE AT THE KIMBELL

The Kimbell Art Museum and Fort Worth Sister Cities International have teamed up to celebrate French art and culture. Enjoy live music by the Kim Platko Trio, a French-themed scavenger hunt with prizes and hands-on activities for all ages. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Details: July 12 from 5-7pm at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The event is free, but registration is required.

Oh la la! Bastille Day celebration

OOH LA LA BASTILLE DAY PARTY AT THE SWEET TOOTH HOTEL

The interactive art museum is hosting its second annual Bastille Day party. Enjoy a glass of champagne, crepes, a mime performance from Daisy’s One World and music by DJ Kt Mills, who will be spinning French pop in the cocktail lounge. Buy a VIP ticket and have your caricature drawn by a sketch artist. The first 25 guests receive a free beret.

Details: July 13th from 7-10pm at the Sweet Tooth Hotel in Downtown Dallas. $21/General Admission/$36.50 VIP Admission.

BASTILLE ON THE BISHOP

Put on your beret, grab your friends and celebrate the storming of the Bastille and Oak Cliff’s unique French roots with food, wine, pop-up markets, live entertainment and shopping at Bishop Arts. The event is free, but you must purchase a wine glass to consume alcoholic beverages at the festival.

Details: July 14th 5-10pm at the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. Free/$30.

FRENCH BAKERIES

Churro-flavored Macrons from Bisous Bisous Patisserie in Dallas, Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

HELLO PARIS BAKERY

Chef Jean Chrispin Djomo moved to the United States from Cameroon to pursue his dream of baking. After training in traditional French patisserie and viennoiserie, he opened Salut Paris Bakery where he produces original pastries using ancient recipes and techniques. Enjoy one of his unique culinary delights that are hard to find anywhere else in the US. Starting July 8th, enjoy a French breakfast with any coffee and any croissant and get a 20% discount.

BISOUS BISOUS PASTRY

This store’s name — Bisous Bisous, means kiss, kiss in French. It’s a nod to the kiss on each cheek that the French use to greet friends and loved ones. The shop specializes in French-style pastries, and macarons (not to be confused with American macaroons) are the signature.

RAVELIN BAKERY

Looking for a crusty French bread made with whole and natural ingredients? You can find it and a selection of European-style baked goods at Ravelin Bakery in Denton. Various breads are on the menu Tuesday to Saturday, although country sourdough, French loaf and baguettes are offered daily. Stop by on Friday for brioche, or on Saturday for a Bavarian rye.

D’CARAMEL PASTRY

The Viennese-style breakfast pastries are made from scratch in-house and hand-rolled daily. The careful process ensures the right balance between crispness and buttery taste. Desserts include classic French favorites such as Basque cheesecake, apricot almond tarts and raspberry chocolate mousse, all created with a modern twist. Be sure to treat yourself to a barista-prepared espresso while you’re there.

FRENCH COOKING CLASSES

Shoppers next to Sur la Table in the area near (but not on) Knox Street in Dallas on December 19, 2017. Shoppers next to Sur la Table in the area near (but not on) Knox Street in Dallas on December 19, 2017. The largest owner in Dallas hot business district Knox Street is putting its properties up for sale. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News)(Nathan Hunsinger / Staff Photographer)

Bastille Day Gourmet Menu Cooking Class

BASTILLE DAY GOURMET MENU

Dive into authentic French cooking with a hands-on class where you work alongside other students in teams. A chef guides you through a 2-hour session of a menu that includes honey-baked brie, coq au vin, gratin Provencale and lava cake for dessert. Enjoy a complimentary glass of French wine while you cook. Don’t worry about writing everything down, all the recipes will be emailed to you so you can recreate these dishes later at home.

Details: July 13th from 4-6pm at My French Recipe in Plano. $99 per person.

French Heritage Macarons Cooking Class

FRENCH HERITAGE MACARONS

Sur la Table celebrates its French heritage in this 3-hour macaron class. You’ll work with other students in groups of four while the chef instructor teaches you how to make two macaron flavors — peach and champagne and crème brûlée. You will learn how to make the batter, how to make meringue eggs, tips for coloring the batter and how to pipe and bake macarons.

Details: July 13 at 9 at Sur la Table on Knox Street in Dallas. $89 per person.

Par Cook: French Steakhouse

PAR COOK: FRENCH STEAKHOUSE

Grab your honey for a night out with Texas-style French cooking. You will create a menu that includes: salad on frisee, steak au poivre (pan-fried steak with pepper sauce), pommes Anna (thin layers of baked potatoes), haricots verts (French green beans) and chocolate pots de creme (baked chocolate pudding). At the end of the lesson, you sit down to enjoy the results of your efforts with a glass of French wine.

Details: July 13th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Central Market in Fort Worth. $105 per person.

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