Just as many of us finished recovering from Fourth of July celebrations, Bastille Day is here to give us another reason to drink and be merry in the streets flaunting red, white and blue. Even some 5,000 miles away, Dallasites have discovered ways to channel their inner Francophiles–berets, baguettes and all. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate this Sunday, we’ve got you covered.
With berets and wine glasses in hand, storm the streets of Bishop Arts in Oak Cliff for its annual Bastille Day celebration. From 5:00 to 11:00 PM, enjoy an assortment of pop-up shops, wine tastings, crepe stands, dancing, French music and more. The festival is free to roam, though you can exchange tokens for food and drink. Winos are warmly welcomed, though you’ll need to purchase an event wine glass to drink at the festival. Save yourself some time and reserve yours here. For $25, you’ll get an event glass and two food and/or beverage tokens. Additional tokens and refills can be purchased on site.
The Wild Detectives’ weekly kids story time series has a French edition on Sunday at 11 a.m. They’ll be reading Inside Outside, an eye-catching work by French graphic novel duo Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Arégui, reading about French artists, and reading a French translation of Hungry Caterpillar. Activity time will follow.
Located on 412 North Bishop Avenue, Revelers Hall is front and center to Bastille on Bishop and will be hosting a party of its own from 6 to 9 PM. Unless you’re impervious to the midsummer Texas heat (unlikely), it might be worth investing the $80 for VIP tickets to the party for a breezy drop-in/drop-out indoor experience and easy access to bathrooms. VIP tickets hold three complimentary drinks, snacks, and access to live shows in the hall. After 5 PM, head over to Revelers Hall to check in with your ticket and receive your VIP wristband and drink coupons.
Plano’s food hall has Bastille Day pop-ups in the Box Garden all day, including a crêpe bar, live French music, an Eiffel Tower photo booth, roaming mimes, an accordion player, and a can-can dance act. Later in the afternoon, from 4-6 p.m., you can stop by the Champagne Lounge by Moët & Chandon to sip bubbly and nibble on sweet treats. If champagne isn’t your thing, there will also be a crepe demonstration by Julien Eelsen, owner of Whisk & Eggs. The Legacy Hall events are free, and tickets to the Champagne Lounge are $40.
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