The terrace bar Powder Keg welcomes you this year for their celebration of July 14, 2021, in Houston. La fête nationale française is organized by the French consulate of Houston in collaboration with the FACC (French American Chamber of Commerce) of Texas. The space designed for this occasion will be draped in the colors of France, with the advantage of offering an extensive outdoor area, reminiscent of the guinguettes with their lanterns, dance floor, and pétanque court. Volleyball lovers can exercise their talents, while children have the opportunity to devote their time to plenty of open-air activities.
For this occasion, the French DJ Julien Nolan will have you dancing late into the night. “It’s a great joy to have the chance to welcome soon our compatriots and our American friends and strangers, especially since so many French still remain blocked from the U.S. due to travel restrictions,” explains Alexis Andrews, Consul General of France in Houston. For the occasion, Powder Keg has selected several French wines and artisanal beers. Food trucks will also be part of the event, offering popular French dishes! Entry is free for children younger than 12. Tickets can be obtained from the FACC.
In Dallas, le 14 juillet will be celebrated in the form of a “Bastille Day” dinner, which will take place at Lavendou Bistro. This initiative is organized by the Alliance française in cooperation with the EACC (European American Chamber of Commerce). A special “bleu, blanc, rouge” menu, comprised of traditional dishes, will be offered for the price of $90 for members, and $100 for non-members. For all those still reluctant to mingle with the crowd, a to-go option will be available at the same price (wine not included). The Bishop Arts Districts will celebrate le 14 juillet with a festival running from 5pm to 10 pm. You can wander the streets, listen to music, dance, and restore yourself with crepes and other French delicacies. Don’t wait to buy your tickets (a glass of wine included along with 2 tokens). The “House of Dirt” offers tickets including entry, but also participation in a cocktail contest organized by the house, along with snacks and a show of various cabaret styles.
In the capital of Texas, Austin, several marches are planned. The Légation française opens its doors Saturday, July 10, from 11am to 3pm, and invites you with a guided visit of their renovated residence. All are encouraged to bring a picnic and join at their pleasure in a game of pétanque. For those who don’t know how to play, a free course will be generously offered. To celebrate the fête nationale, the Chambre franco-américaine du Commerce pour le Texas (FACC) invites all of Austin’s French to rediscover the famous wine bar “The Austin Winery”, Wednesday, July 14, at 6 pm. On the program, you can try a selection of wines and ciders accompanied by charcuterie and cheese plates, to the tune of French music. The French singer Gaëlle Boudier will be there as well to get you dancing for part of the night. Chef Kevin D’Andrea (finalist of Top Chef France) at the pastry shop FoliePop will also have some surprises in store for you. This event is free for children younger than 12, and tickets can be purchased through FACC.