Melbourne’s annual French Festival is returning this July

Vive la Révolution! Celebrate all things France with the annual Bastille Day French Festival at Federation Square this July.

Soak up the spirit of France with Melbourne’s annual Bastille Day French Festival, which is returning to Federation Square this July. Indulge on a creme brulée or crêpe as you celebrate everything French – featuring a French Winter Market, live entertainment, masterclasses and key talks.

What you need to know

  • Melbourne’s annual Bastille Day French Festival is returning this July
  • A celebration of all things French, it takes place online and at Federation Square
  • Falling on July 14, Bastille Day marks the falling of the Bastille in 1789 and the start of the French Revolution

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

There’s a market featuring delicious food and products to take home. Stroll through a market and discover jewellery, beauty products, books and more, while you indulge in crepes, cheese, brioche, pastries and French Caribbean goods. Test your love of French culture with an online French Trivia event and explore Melbourne with a walking tour.

With cocktail and wine and cheese masterclasses, live entertainment and key talks from Les Lumières about topical issues as well as French history and art – there’s something for everyone, whether on site at Federation Square or from home.

The festival starts online from Thursday July 14, on Bastille Day. Bastille Day is celebrated annually on the day that the famous prison was stormed by revolutionaries, marking the start of the French Revolution (the King Louis guillotine one, not the Les Mis one). The Bastille Day French Festival will take place over the weekend on Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 at Federation Square.

So, raise your glass of champagne (not sparkling wine, sacré bleu…) and celebrate all things French this July.

Celebrate Bastille Day 233 years after the falling of the revolutionary prison, find out more by heading to their website here.

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