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French Heritage Festival
Tea and Cake with Marie Antoinette
Food and Drink Booths
Creole and French Music
Colonial Craft Vendors
Local Shopping Seek and Find Drawing
2023 French Heritage Festival Program of Events
Saturday, June 10
9 am - 5pm Welcome Center, pick up Festival program + map
Inquire about NPS Site Tours of JB Valle and Green Tree Tavern
9:30 am at the GUIBOURD HOUSE GARDEN, 1 North 4th Street
MARIE ANTOINETTE & FRENCH STORYTELLING
Have tea and cake with the Queen, prior to Opening Ceremonies
10 am - 2 pm Private Garden Stroll - garden locations on map
Take in the beauty of five private gardens in the festival area.
10:30 am FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONIES at the back steps of
the Catholic Church; immediately followed by Grand Promenade
11 am - 4 pm A "Street Fete" at the Jacques Guibourd House Site
Mountain Dulcimer by Belinda Emily Link from 11:30 am -3:30 pm
Family Activities, Skill Demonstrations: Lace making, Wool Spinning,
Wood Working with Draw Knife, Children's Games, Doll Making,
Make a Potpourri Sachet, Fun with French Phrases.
Gumbo, Cornbread, and Creme Brulee for sale.
10:30 am - 6 pm LION'S CLUB PARK
Festival Foods - Beignets, Cajun Fish Plate with Fries/Slaw
Cajun Pork Burgers, hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soda, water
11 am - 6 pm BEER & WINE PAVILLION, GAMES & VENDORS
Try your hand at the French lawn game of "Petanque"
Traditional FREE Live Music Concerts in Lion's Club Park
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Dennis Stroughmatt and the Creole Stomp
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm Dennis Stroughmatt and L'Esprit Creole
11 am - 3 pm MAIN STREET PARK & The Shops of North Main
Scooter Burgers served 11:00 am until sold out!
Live music by Ben Peters, guitar and vocals 11 am - 2 pm
All day - Sidewalk sales, food, art & specials!
10 am - 4 pm FELIX VALLE STATE HISTORIC SITE
Tours, Children's games, demonstrations, Gift Shop
11 am- 4 pm CENTRE FOR FRENCH COLONIAL LIFE
Tours, re-enactors, Milice camp, skill demonstrations
Hands-On History at the LINDEN HOUSE.
11 am - 4 pm STE. GENEVIEVE MUSEUM LEARNING CENTER
Local history, artifacts, Missouri Dinosaur and Gift Shop
11 am - 4 pm J B VALLE/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SITE
FREE Art Gallery, Historic Rose Garden
11 am - 3 pm STE GENEVIEVE ART CENTER & MUSEUM open
11 am - 4 pm JACQUES GUIBOURD HISTORIC SITE
Tours of the House, street fair, food & demonstrations
5:30 pm - 9 pm The "Fete du Soir" on North Main Street
Menu Specials and Beverage Sales by Oliver's Restaurant
Live Music by Chad Steven Stafford 6 pm - 9 pm
Shops will be open late - walk around and Shop Small!
THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Guest artists at Music, Art, Love 199 North Main Street
Festival Vendors - watch for the signs!
Special menu items at local restaurants!
ASL Pewter store - demonstrations plus more vendors
Horsedrawn Carriage Rides - next to Inn St. Gemme 78 North Main
Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center - info and exhibits
Scavenger Hunt/Seek & Find - Details on back of program
Sunday, June 11
7 am - 8:30 am AUDUBON NATURE WALK at the REFUGE
Meet at Refuge info kiosk at the Levee (37.9918275, -90.0422454)
Early Birds - Come explore the Ste. Genevieve Levee Wildlife Refuge with us!
We suggest sturdy shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and binoculars if you wish.
FRENCH HERITAGE REGION DRIVING TOUR (Missouri and Illinois)
A self-guided driving tour. Pick up maps at the Welcome Center
Tours of Historic Sites
The French Heritage Festival is Sponsored by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, with support by the City of Ste. Genevieve.
Additional grant funding provided by the Ste. Genevieve County Community Foundation, Citizen's Electric Corporation, and the Ste. Genevieve Muny Band live music program.
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