Texan Bastille Day Celebration

Jul 15 2023 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

French Legation State Historic Site

802 San Marcos Street
Austin, TX 78702

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Join us for an unforgettable Bastille Day celebration at the historic French Legation, a site of the Texas Historical Commission, on Saturday, July 15, 2023! Enjoy the rich cultural tapestry of French history in Texas while reveling in the picturesque surroundings of this magnificent venue, the oldest recorded residence in Austin and the former French Embassy to the Republic of Texas. Explore the sprawling grounds of the French Legation, a true architectural gem that embodies the fusion of French heritage and Texan spirit. Gather your friends and family, and indulge in a delightful picnic on the charming lawns, surrounded by blooming gardens and shaded trees. 

For history enthusiasts and curious minds alike, this celebration offers a fantastic opportunity to delve into the fascinating story of French influence in Texas and enjoy the musical offerings of Charles Thibodeaux and the Cajun Aces from 11 am to 2 pm. This talented zydeco act will ignite the atmosphere with their infectious rhythms, weaving together unique history of the French Legation in the heart of Texas. Get ready to dance, sway, and experience the true essence of Cajun and Creole music right here in the heart of Texas.

Mark your calendars and don't miss out on this enchanting celebration of Texan Bastille Day at the French Legation. Whether you're a history buff, a music lover, or simply looking for a delightful day out, this event promises an unforgettable experience for all. Join us on July 15, 2023, and let the magic of French-Texan fusion captivate your senses.

Picnics available for preorder to pickup at the Cafe. Picnics serve two and include cheese, baguette, a small jar of jam, and macaroons for $35 each. 

Please email frenchlegation@thc.texas.gov to place your order with our cafe vendor (payment due at time of order to secure picnic). Deadline for order is Sunday, July 2nd. 

The French Legation State Historic Site grounds are free and open to the public during open hours, like this event, admission into the historic structures can be purchased at the Visitors Center. Please consider a donation to the French Legation to help support our continued public programming.


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