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It's show time!

The Bastille Day French Festival kicks off at Fed Square today and we can't wait! 

Join us to lose yourself in the French Winter Market, tantalise your taste buds with our cocktail, wine and cheese masterclasses, be entertained with tales of sport, kick up your heels with our live entertainment, explore Melbourne with a walking tour or learn with our Les Lumiéres talks series featuring art, history, innovation and sustainability.

With our Festival taking place inside and outside at Fed Square, we are prepared for any weather conditions!  

At Fed Square, Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July 
10am – 6pm (Saturday) and 10am – 5pm (Sunday)

Study up the full Festival program and French map here

What's Fed Square

10am: AFTV Video Competition Awards Ceremony
12pm & 2pm: Vive Le Différence
1pm: Tour de France: Road to Recognition featuring Gabriel Gaté and Olympic Gold medallist Kathy Watt and and Australian cyclist Donna Kite
1pm: Take a guided tour with a French guide to discover hidden French gems in the Melbourne CBD
2:15pm: Masterclass: A Taste of France (tickets required)
3pm: Army Band Jazz
3.15pm: Masterclass: Cocktails, the French way (tickets required)
4pm: Zilwa Tribe
5pm: Le Bop: Modern jive

10am - 6pm: French Winter Market
(located in the Atrium and Edge Terrace)
Throughout the day: The French Circus School

What's Fed Square

10am: La La La Chorale Française de Melbourne
10.30am & 1pm: Take a guided tour with a French guide to discover hidden French gems in the Melbourne CBD
10.40am: The French Loop: Improv Theatre
11am: Les Lumières BLANC: The Picasso Century (tickets required)
12pm: Army Rock Band
1pm: Soul & Storm Duo
2pm: Edith Vignal
2pm: Les Lumières ROUGE: Revolution in Time (tickets required)
2:15pm: Masterclass: A Taste of France (tickets required)
3pm: Soul & Storm Duo
3.15pm: Masterclass: Cocktails, the French way (tickets required)
4pm: Moogy

10am - 6pm: French Winter Market French Winter Market
(located in the Atrium and Edge Terrace)
Throughout the day: The French Circus School
View the full Festival program here

What's home

Staying at home or want to tune in, in your own time? We have a wonderful online program available via our website.
  • AFTV Video Competition Awards Ceremony (online after 12noon)
  • Learn how to make Ratatouille with Stefan Armentano, Chef at Small French Bar
  • Learn about Baker and Owner of Motte, Olivier Chan Chan and his family history on Reunion
  • Hear from Olympic gold medallist, Kathy Watt, and her trail blazing cycling career, in particular on Tour de France Femmes.
  • Start your French language journey with Alliance Française Melbourne
  • Listen to our favourite French music with our specially curated Spotify playlist
Tune into the online program now

Joining us in person? Here's your Festival Guide to Fed Square

How to get there
With the Festival being held again at Fed Square this year, visit their website here to find out about transport, parking and any other details you might need. 

Some handy hints
To ensure you enjoy the joie de vivre to its fullest, here are some handy tips:

  • We know Melbourne's weather can be dynamic and while we have ordered a glorious sunny winter day, a reminder to bring warm clothes and potentially a rain jacket/umbrella. (While the Festival is mostly inside, some of the French Winter Market will be outside in the Edge Terrace)
  • Don't forget to bring your tickets (an electronic or paper copy) if attending one of our ticketed events. (e.g. Les Lumières Talks or Masterclasses)
  • Don't forget your appetite! You will be able to enjoy delicious treats in the French Winter Market!
  • While we will be operating cashless sales (card only) at Le Bar, some of our stallholders may be accepting cash. Be ready for both!
  • Le Bar will be located in The Edge - note, alcohol can only be consumed in this area.
  • We appreciate your understanding with capacity limits, particularly within The Edge as numbers of patrons will be monitored and limited to ensure a safe environment. You will still be able to hear all the wonderful entertainment out on the Edge Terrace or in the Atrium. 
  • Bring with your phone so you can scan the QR codes and access the digital program details on-site as you explore the Festival.
  • While masks are not required they are recommended, if you feel more comfortable wearing one, please do bring one with you.
  • Most importantly, don't forget to bring your best "bonjour!" and the spirit of la Révolution.
We look forward to sharing the joie de vivre with you next weekend!
Explore the French Winter Market (located in the Atrium and Edge Terrace)
Book your Les Lumières talks or Masterclass

Looking to continue the celebrations?

In conjunction with the Bastille Day French Festival, three fabulous French bistros are offering a special treat on Monday 18 July.

Continue the Bastille Day French Festival celebrations with a delicious French meal! 

Enjoy lunch at Bistro Thierry, with classic French dishes in a convivial, elegant dining room.

Prix fixe lunch. Two course and a glass of wine.

511 Malvern Rd, Toorak
Bookings from 12 – 3pm

Click here to book.

Dine at Bistro Gitan, a vibrant bistro with a contemporary French and Spanish inspired menu in South Yarra with chef Chris Leeson.

Featuring a fabulous set menu from the Jura region of France from where the Raymond family originates.

52 Toorak Rd, West South Yarra
Bookings for 6.30pm arrival for 7pm dinner

Dinner introduced by Marie Wilkening – Le Brun, Vice President of Bastille Day French Festival

Click here to book.

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Meet our Sponsors

The Bastille Day French Festival wouldn't be possible without the support and partnerships with our sponsors. 

We thank them for their ongoing support and commitment to the Bastille Day French Festival.

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