Bastille Day, observed on July 14, is the annual commemoration of the storming of the Bastille, a monumental event that marked the start of the French Revolution. In the U.S., the day has become a celebration of French food and culture, and because our city is home to phenomenal French-owned businesses and many a Francophile, Dallas always goes big for Bastille Day.
Here is your guide to the very best events and restaurant specials in Dallas for the holiday. Joyeux 14 Juillet à tous!
Things to Do on Bastille Day in Dallas
The Bishop Art District’s annual festival, Bastille on Bishop, returns this year to celebrate Oak Cliff’s French roots. On Thursday evening, the charming neighborhood is free to roam, but ticket packages are also available for a souvenir wine glass and drink tokens. General admission is $35 per person, while a special VIP package (which includes access to the Bastille on Bishop Cocktail Competition) is available for $60 per person.
French Dining Specials for Bastille Day
In celebration of Bastille Day, Mercat Bistro — a French favorite in the Harwood District — will be hosting a three-course dinner for $68 per person on Thursday evening. Guests have the option of added a wine pairing for $30 more.
Villa Azur, Victory Park’s new, French-inspired restaurant, is hosting an “All Things French” Dinner Party on Thursday evening complete with can-can dancers decked in France’s national colors. French cuisine will include Baked Bucheron Cheese, Dover Sole, and Ravioles de Roman.
The Adolphus’ The French Room is celebrating Bastille Day from July 13 through 17 with Bonne Fête Nationale Tea featuring afternoon tea with a French twist. Guests can escape to Paris amid the opulence of The French Room while sipping and savoring on the classic tea menu paired with festive French sweets. The French Room Bar will also be three cocktail specials and Paris-Brest offered as a dessert special on July 14. Live music from David Washburn Jazz Band will set the scene from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Knox Street’s Toulouse is offering two specialty cocktails along with their regular French menu — Strawberry Champs-Élysées (cognac, Genepy Des Alpes, strawberry cordial, lemon, and angostura) and Coffee Boulevardier (coffee-infused bourbon, Campari, and vermouth rouge).