The joie de vivre returns to Melbourne this winter! 

Swap your beanie for a beret and soak up the spirit of France, right here in the heart of Melbourne. 

Transforming Melbourne, in person and online, the annual Bastille Day French Festival makes its much awaited return in July.

Our free* festival will showcase all that is magnifique about French culture; lose yourself in the French Winter Market, tantalise your taste buds with our cocktail and wine and cheese masterclasses, be entertained with tales of sport, kick up your heels with our live entertainment, test your love of French culture with our online French Trivia event, explore Melbourne with a walking tour or learn with our Les Lumieres talks series featuring art, history, innovation and sustainability. This year’s Festival has something for everyone, at home or at Fed Square. 

Raise your glass of champagne, kick up your heels, devour a creme brulée or crêpe and join us as we celebrate Vive la Révolution! 


Online from Thursday 14 July

At Fed Square, Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July 

10am – 6pm (Sat) and 10am – 5pm (Sun)


*some admission prices will apply for talks, masterclasses, trivia and walking tours

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If you’re looking for an opportunity to support one of the most dynamic and enthusiastic cultural events in Melbourne, now’s your chance to join the team of the Bastille Day French Festival as one of our 2022 volunteers. Check out the sign-up form below and feel free to contact us if you have any queries. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Caudalie – The Short Film

In early 2021, the Bastille Day French Festival had the opportunity to realise a short film based around the wonderful French-born Australian winemaker Dominique Portet. Click here to get a taste for Bordelais and French wine culture here in the humble state of Victoria.

Find out more about the movie