Celebrate France’s national holiday, Bastille Day, and your inner Francophile at this celebration of Marjorie Post’s passion for 18th-century French decorative arts!
- Enjoy live dance and music performances by New York Baroque Dance Company and Kevin Shannon.
- Join in the whimsical antics of fictitious French Nobles performed by Happenstance Theater.
- Take part in French-inspired games and art projects.
- Admire the exquisite collection of 18th-century French decorative arts collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post.
- Explore Hillwood's luscious summer gardens, including the French Parterre.
- And much more Francophile fun for the whole family!
French Festival is a popular event and attendance is anticipated to be highest during mid-day. We encourage you to consider arriving before 11 am or after 3 pm. Festival activities will repeat throughout the day, with the final performance beginning at 6:30 pm.
Parking is prohibited in Hillwood's residential neighborhood. Please help us be a good neighbor by using public transportation or carpooling. Hillwood is a one-mile walk from the Van Ness/UDC Red Line Metro stop, and a half-mile walk from the Metro Bus stop and Capital Bikeshare station located at the corner of Connecticut and Tilden Streets, NW. Bordering the woodlands of Rock Creek Park, Hillwood makes a lovely biking destination.
French Festival is presented in partnership with Alliance Française de Washington. All of Hillwood’s 2015 festivals are supported by a grant from the Sally Foss and James Scott Hill Foundation. All exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the U.S. Commission of the Fine Arts through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program.