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French Festival

Indulge your inner Francophile with eighteenth-century French amusements in celebration of Bastille Day and Hillwood's French decorative arts collection.

A day of fun for the whole family includes:

  • Add to the festive atmosphere by making and wearing a French bergère or Napoleon hat
  • The festivities of French court come to life in a short play, performed by Happenstance Theater
  • Meet strolling fanciful French nobles, also performed by Happenstance Theater
  • Experience the best of baroque dance with New York Baroque Dance Company
  • Learn courtly manners from New York Baroque Dance Company
  • Immerse yourself in music of the 1700s with Kevin Shannon’s baroque guitar
  • Explore Hillwood’s luscious gardens, during garden talks
  • And of course, admire the exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Come rain or shine, performances take place in the airy and open shelter of the C. W. Post courtyard tent, and the visitor center theater. Outdoor games and garden talks are weather dependent.

Schedule of Activities

A Day in the Life of the French Court

10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:15 pm, 4:00 pm

Garden Talk

11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00, pm

Baroque Guitar

10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Baroque Dance

11:00 am, 1:45 pm, 4:45 pm

Dance Workshop: Flirtation of the Fan

12:00 pm, 2:45 pm

Strolling Nobility/Strolling Mime

11:15 am – 12:00 pm, 3:00- 4:00 pm, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Beauty Patch Parlor

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lawn Games

All Day

Hat Maker’s Workshop

All Day

 

All of Hillwood’s 2018 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 on the Fine Arts through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program.

  • Fanciful French nobles at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens's French Festival

    Fanciful French nobles

    Gail Marks
  • Visitors playing traditional lawn games at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens's French Festival

    Play traditional lawn games at French Festival

    Gail Marks
  • Baroque dancers at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    Baroque dancers at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    Gail Marks
  • Picnic at Hillwood's French Festival

    Picnic at Hillwood's French Festival

  • Visitor wearing her handmade French bergère at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens's French Festival

    Create your own French bergère or Napoleon hat at French Festival

    Gail Marks
  • Garden talk at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    Garden talk at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

  • Baroque guitar at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens's French Festival

    Baroque guitar at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    Gail Marks
  • Learn baroque dance steps at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    Learn baroque dance steps at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens