Hopefully you haven't packed away your red, white and blue outfit from the Fourth of July just yet — the French holiday of Bastille Day is this weekend.
Bastille Day, celebrated every year on July 14, commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789 as a major turning point of the French Revolution (in part inspired by America's own Revolutionary War a decade before). It might not be quite the festive event here that is in in France, but rest assured there are going to be places on Sunday where you can enjoy macarons, champagne and other essential French offerings.
Here's where to go to feel all the French vibes for Bastille Day. Some of these events take place before or after the actual holiday.
Alliance Française Bastille Day Celebration. This year's fête is a festive and fun family picnic under the stars featuring live music. Jugglers, face-painting, balloon art and Triangle Park's playscape and splash pad guarantee "bon temps" for the kids, too. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, pack a picnic, or just relax and buy your dinner from food vendors including Garbo's and Crepe Crazy. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. $5-$8 online, $10 at the door. Triangle Commons Park, 4660 Triangle Ave.
Bastille Day at Péché. Well, of course Austin's first absinthe bar — serving French cuisine alongside a variety of cocktails — would make sure to celebrate this holiday. Péché will have discounts on select absinthe offerings all night and will feature a very French food special as well. Think you're brave enough to try veal brains on brioche? 4 p.m. Sunday. No cover. 208 W. Fourth St.
Chez Nous' Bastille Day Celebration Dinner. One of Austin's longtime restaurant, the French bistro will continue its July 14 tradition of having a prix fixe dinner featuring new specials for $55. (The regular a la carte menu will be available, too.) 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Price still to be determined. 510 Neches St.
Bastille Day at the Four Seasons. Pop the champagne: The Four Seasons hosts two separate events. First up is the Bastille Day brunch featuring dozens of dishes that pair well with the bubbly French wine. It'll also have live music and lawn games. The outdoor fun continues with the Veuve Clicquot happy hour during which you can try your hand at champong (beer pong, but with bubbly). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Bastille Day at Le Politique. The downtown French restaurant is getting especially festive with a series of packed events, including a champong tournament, a French buffet for the whole family, live music by Sköll & Hati, temporary tattoos and games. You can also watch the Champagne servers race take place in front of the restaurant. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Free-$35. 110 San Antonio St.
Black Star Co-op's Bastille Day. The neighborhood pub and brewery is going French for a day. There aren't many details on the Facebook event page, but it sounds like both the food and beverages here are getting a nice French twist. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 7020 Easy Wind Dr.
Wine Tour de France Tasting at the Austin Winery. The South Austin winery hosts the Uncorked Vintage Academia's masterclass that will explore both well-known and less-recognized varietals from France, in honor of Bastille Day. Most of the wines are made by biodynamic, organic and sustainable natural producers using little intervention. Snacks including cheese and charcuterie will accompany the tasting. 9:30 p.m. Monday. $80-$160. 440 E. St. Elmo Rd.