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 Firday 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 $30 per person.
Sweet Tooth Hotel is hosting Oh Là Là Bastille Day Celebration on Friday at 7 pm. For $20 per person, enjoy the downtown art installation, French-inspired charcuterie, a glass of complimentary champagne, and music.
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 $48 per person from July 10 through 14. Guests have the option of added a wine pairing for $30 more.
Villa Azur, Victory Park’s French-inspired restaurant, is hosting an “All Things French” Dinner Party on Friday evening complete with can-can dancers decked in France’s national colors. French cuisine will include chef’s specials and craft cocktails.
Knox Street’s Toulouse is offering specialty cocktails, as well as chef-curated specials and live music all day on July 14.
From July 12 through 15, head to Oak Cliff to enjoy Bastille Day specials at two local spots. Oddfellows and Revelers Hall will be offering escargot, duck rillette, Beef Bourguignon stew, Croque Monsieur, and chocolate mousse.
At The Shops of Highland Park, champagne bar Coupes will be offering discounted drinks and bites beginning at 3 pm on July 14. Get deviled eggs with caviar, pommes frites, BonBons, and more for $5 to $15, as well as half off all wines by the glass. The local spot will also be offering to-go picnic baskets for $100 each so you can celebrate outdoors.