French in Austin in July: fête nationale and Euro soccer competition

Life got in the way of this blog, and I haven’t kept my promise to send monthly newsletters, nor I’ve updated the calendar of French speaking and francophile events in Austin in the last few months-shame on me!

Four months after the last newsletter regarding French speaking month, it is time to resume posting on the occasion of the French “fête nationale”, happening just 10 days after Independance Day, but as early as tomorrow in Austin!

The capital of Texas’ main Bastille Day celebration is, indeed, the Alliance Française‘s one, always taking place on the Saturday before July 14 on the grounds of the French Legation. It’s usually very hot, and will again be this year, but it is not to be missed with its two music shows, crêpes, frozen ice, wine, beer, and other French treats for sale + a photo booth, face painting, balloon twisting, hula-hoop station, pétanque lessons, silent auction, etc.
Details on the Alliance française’s website.

What’s different this year -and exciting!- is that there will be more than one opportunity to celebrate the French national day:

  • On Sunday afternoon, the Jean-Jacques Rousseau French immersion school proposes, for the first time, a bilingual story time “focused on the search for freedom” at Half Price Books North Lamar.
    Details on the Austin French Social MeetUp Group.
  • And on Thursday, July 14, Bastille Day, Freestyle Language Center offers champagne and bonbons prior to the screening of the French movie Loulou, as well as French conversation following the film, at the Marchesa Theater.
    Details on the event page.
    NB: the screening part of an Austin Film Society’s Maurice Pialat retrospective.

euroIt is also to be noted that the first of these two additional events represents a conflict with the final game of the Euro 2016 soccer competition, in which France will play against Portugal. Members of the French in Austin Facebook group are super excited about the occasion and are calling all supporters of the “Bleus” to gather at Haymaker.
Details on the Facebook event page.

Parents will have to decide who stays with the kids by attending Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s bilingual story time! (The youngest ones that would not follow a soccer game at least…)
Le jour des corneillesAnother special event this month is the one year anniversary of the rebooted Alliance Française’s Ciné Club on July 17.  The celebration will consist in a special family screening of the animation movie Le jour des corneilles with snacks and drinks. Should be fun!
Details on the Ciné Club’s webpage.

Also enjoy a finally updated French In Austin’s calendar including all recurring events and a couple of music shows and other dates.



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