Press Release: Bastille Day 2019

St Paul Celebrates Bastille Day the French Way with Alliance Française and Meritage 

 St Paul (June 27, 2019) On Sunday, July 14 from noon to 6 pm, Alliance Française and Meritage team up for a free, outdoor, family-friendly festival in downtown St Paul’s Landmark Plaza celebrating all things French. 

The event will highlight a number of French-speaking cultures through live music, activities for all ages, five minute French lessons by Alliance Française, the Twin Cities’ French cultural center, and a marketplace of vendors with ties to the local Senegalese, French and Vietnamese communities.

Meritage, St Paul’s premier French restaurant, will serve a French-inspired menu from crêpes to beignets alongside French wines and beer by Summit.

The plaza will host musical performances by Cameroonian DJ duo Douala Soul Collective, French rockers Johnny Montreuil, DJ Salif Keita of KFAI’s African Rhythms, Café Accordion Orchestra, Tiyumba Drumming and Dance Company and Whale in the Thames. 

Additional offerings include trivia with prizes, live painting in the park, yard games and waiter races by Meritage. In celebration of Citroën’s 100th anniversary, the Citroën Club of Minnesota will be present with an array of vintage French cars on display.

Bastille Day is a celebration of the French national holiday, brought to you by two pillars of the Twin Cities French community. The summer festival will bring together at least 3,000 people to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of Minnesotan French speakers and Francophiles alike.

Free Admission

Landmark Plaza, St Paul

12 – 6 pm

Sunday, July 14, 2019

For further information, visit afmsp.org/events/bastille-day-2019 Contact: culture@afmsp.org / 612 332 0436 

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