Join in Free Family Fun French Festival July 14

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Are you ready to celebrate liberty French-style with your kids? This Saturday, July 14, is Bastille Day, a national celebration for the French, and here in the Triangle, you’re invited to join in a free family fun fete at the open air Lafayette Village shopping center, in north Raleigh.

The Bastille Day French festival kicks off at noon and runs until 10 p.m., Saturday, featuring live French music, dancing, stilt acrobat performances and kids activities, including the French game of “boules de pétanque,” crafts and face painting.

Shops and restaurants in the center, whose architecture is designed to look like an old French village, will offer special French-themed promotions ranging from Eiffel Tower chocolate lollipops to boeuf bourguignon and crepes. In homage to the Louvre museum, visitors can browse local children’s French masterpieces, and join in a Tour de Lafayette Bike Ride.

Speaking of General Marquis de La Fayette, he will be on hand along with N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Honorary Consul of France Marie-Claire Ribeill, who will both speak on Franco-American friendship. The Consulate General of France in Raleigh, along with French, French-American, and francophone associations are sponsoring the celebration in support of the L’ecole French School of Raleigh. The village is located at at 8450 Honeycutt Rd.

For a line-up of what’s happening look below, and for more details, visit the Lafayette Village’s website.


noon-7 p.m. French fortune teller (speaks English)
3- 6 p.m. Pétanque game
12:30 pm.-3 p.m. Allan Mele, Violin (plaza)
1-4 p.m. Musique Accordeon French Band
1-4 p.m. stilt acrobat performance (plaza – roaming)
1-3 p.m. Children’s activities and crafts (plaza)
2-5 p.m. Face Painting (EOS – plaza)
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Justin Johnson French Gypsy Music
6 p.m. Elaine Marshall, N.C. Secretary of State
6:15 p.m.  General Lafayette Reading
7-10 p.m. Ed Stephenson French Band & French Ball/Dance

Find more family fun events, family movie deals, free crafts, farmers markets, outdoor concerts and theater in our Summer Fun Guide!

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