**Events at the French Legation Museum are held outdoors. In case of inclement weather, check our Facebook page for event status updates.**

Past Events


Rolling Roadshow film screenings on the Legation lawn!

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and French Legation are proud to present you with outdoor movies on the beautiful French Legation lawn. Bring your fold out chairs, blankets, and beverage of choice to join us for a night of entertainment.

Saturday, September 24  at 6:30 pm for FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH

Saturday, October 1  at 6:30 pm for RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

Saturday, October 8  at 6:30 pm for THE WITCH

Saturday, October 15  at 6:30 pm for THE POLTERGEIST

Saturday, October 21  at 6:30 pm for CABIN IN THE WOODS

Tickets can be purchased here: https://drafthouse.com/event/Roadshow2016


French Legation Museum Birthday Party

March 5th
Time: 11:00-2:00 pm

Flag Ceremony at 12:00 pm
Performance by Ortega Superstar Elementary Choir
Book Signing: “BONJOUR, Y’ALL”
A squirrel’s nutty tale of the Texas French Legation
Free Tours of Austin’s oldest house, every 30 minutes
Face painting, storytelling, games, and jugglers
Birthday Cake
Silent Auction

19th Century Technology

January 18th
Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Grades: 1st- 4th
Cost: $45/ $40 members per day
Location: French Legation Museum

Campers will explore technology of the 19th century learning about important inventions and technology through hands-on activities.

Make Steam boats
Make Suspension bridges
Telegraph Activity

Registration Required. Call 512-472-8180 or email programs@earlyaustin.org for more information or to enroll your child today.

One Day Camps

19th Century Life

December 28th- 31st
Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Grades: 1st- 4th
Cost: $45/ $40 members
Location: French Legation Museum

Register for 1 day or register for all 4 days

Discover what life was like in the 19th century through hands-on activities

Daily Life

Watercolors and Quills

November 25th
Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Grades: 1st- 4th
Cost: $45/ $40 members
Location: French Legation Museum

The art of painting and calligraphy

Make your own feather quill
Try your hand at calligraphy
Watercolor Painting

Twilight Tours

Visit the historic house by candlelight on a rare evening tour with Museum Director/ Curator, Martha George Withers. Hear about the house’s history and learn how early Texans celebrated the holidays, while surrounded by festive decorations. Then join us in the museum gift shop for light refreshments.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tours begin at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 pm

$8 per person
kids 12 and under $5

Free for museum members

Space is limited. 

September 20th Austin Museum Day

10:00 am- 5:00 pm (extended hours)

Celebrate with us as we kick off our 175th anniversay of the oldest house in Austin.

Take a free tour of the French Legation and then join us on the lawn for games and activities.

Dig In! Archeology Day

October 10, 2015
1:00- 5:00 pm

In celebration of Texas Archeology Month come out to the museum to learn about archeology through fun activities!

  • Dig in!  and excavate artifacts in our mock dig
  • Display excavated artifcats in our mock museum
  • Learn about layering with our stratigraphy activity
  • Piece it together with our pottery sherd activity

Tours of the house will be given at the regular time and admissions costs.

July 13th– 17th– Summer Camp 4th– 6th Grades

Exploring how the capital city of Austin began in 1839, campers will design and create their own capital city in this hands-on and activity driven summer camp.

$250/ $225 members
Registration required

March 29th Children’s Picnic & Real Food Fair

A let’s Move event Partnering with Edible Austin and the Sande Youth Project. Bring a picnic, grow a garden, watch cooking demos, meet farmers and local food vendors, enjoy music and more.

1-5 FREE

April 3rd One Day Camp: Spring Sprouts

Explore the history of gardening through hands-on activities.

8:30 am- 5:00 pm, Grades 1st-3rd
$45/ $40 members

April 4th Under the Oaks: The Magikhana Show

Enjoy a night of magic with Arsene Dupin, the Magical Mystical Michael, Mama Lou, Owl Morrison and Peter the Adequate.

5:00 pm, $5

April 11th Polka in the Park with Die Polka Dots

Enjoy an afternoon of authentic German polka music performed by a subset of UT’s New Horizon Band, Die Polka Dots

4:30- 6:30 pm
Sliding Scale: $5/$10/$15
Suggested Donation

April 26th Vatican Visitors o Early Austin

Dr. Patrick Foley author of Missionary Bishop: Jean Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans and Jeffrey Kerr, author of Swat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas will talk and sign books.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

2:00 pm with book signings to follow

April 24th Homeschool Day

Take a tour of the historic house with scavenger hunt, play 19th century games, write with a feather quill and make a hand-dipped candle.

1:00- 4:30 pm, $6

Museum Day

September 21, 1:00-5:00 pm

Museum Day provides families with a unique opportunity to access the dynamic museum community including local exhibits and activities at over 40 participating institutions at no charge!

Bring a picnic and enjoy games on the lawn at the historic French Legation Museum. Take a free tour of the oldest existing home in Austin, built in 1841 by the French chargé d’affaires to the Republic of Texas. Then try your luck at Marbles and, perhaps, Pétanque.

Under the Oaks with spotlight Concerts: Highlights from Carmen

September 27, 2014

3:00- 6:00 pm

Tickets: $20 General/ $10 students/seniors/military with ID

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the UNDER THE OAKS event page.

Under the Oaks with Spotlight Concerts: 

Sadler, Simpson, and Trevino in Concert, Featuring Nyle Matsuoka, Piano

October 4, 2014

3:00- 6:00 pm

Tickets: $20 General/ $10 students/seniors/military with ID

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the UNDER THE OAKS event page.

Archeology Day- October 11, 2014

Festival of Carols- December 13, 2014

More information coming soon.

Summer Saturdays: Family Fun at the French Legation Museum

Alternating Saturdays the museum will offer fun family outdoor activities with a guided tour of the historic house and detached kitchen.  Guided tours are given at 1:15, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm.  Tours cost $5 per person with children ages 5 and under free.

June 21st- Marble madness

July 5th- Bubbles

July 19th- All Things French

August 2nd- Let’s Fly a Kite

August 16th- Family Field Day

This is a come and go event no reservations required. For more information go to the Summer Saturdays page.

Cinema East

Every other Sunday during the summer (June-August), 7:00 pm

 Fun, Farming and Food Summer Camp

July 14-18, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Combine cooking, history and outdoor farming fun and our summer day camp is like no other! For children ages 8-13. Camp runs Monday-Friday for $250/ $225 for museum members per week.

Austin Community Wind Ensemble

May 10, 6:30 pm

Performances in the FLM park! Tickets $5.00/person; kids under 5 – free!

Fusebox Festival Mozart Requiem Undead

April 16, 6:30 pm

The Golden Hornet Project is rebuilding Mozart’s requiem. With movements contributed by composers with artistic backgrounds ranging from rock to hip-hop, video games to film, dance, experimental and beyond, Mozart Requiem Undead will be a musical event to remember! Doors open at 5:30. Free!

Children’s Picnic and Real Food Festival

March 30, 1:00-5:00 pm

Bring a picnic; grow a garden; meet farmers and local food vendors. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, movies, music and more. Free!

Pitchfork SXSW Day Parties

March 12-13, Noon-7:00 pm

Circus Chickendog

March 21, 2014

Gates open at 5:30 pm with the show beginning at 6:00 pm

$5.00/person; kids under 5 – free!

History Around the Table: African American Cooks and Our Culinary History

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1:00-3:00 pm: 
Guest lectures featuring Toni Tipton-Martin and Michael W. Twitty
Peace Through Pie Social

Join the French Legation Museum in celebrating Black History Month with an afternoon of African American foodways talks and a Peace Through Pie Social.

Sunday, February 2, 2014, 3:00 pm

Pig Roast Dinner with Michael Twitty

Join FLM in celebrating Black History Month with History Around the Table and a Pig Roast Dinner with nationally recognized culinary historian and scholar, Michael T. Twitty. This event includes beer, and an exciting menu created from heirloom Southern recipes and  with pork roasted on site by Michael Twitty. Mr. Twitty will use nineteenth-century techniques and share his historical cooking methods with our guests. Limited seating available for the dinner.

Festival of Carols

December 14, 2013 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

French Legation Museum Grounds

Get into the holiday spirit at our Festival of Carols! Enjoy festive music performed by local school choirs, kids activities, bounce house and refreshments.  The festival is free to attend and enjoy the music.

Some activities and the refreshments may require the purchase of tickets.

For more information please email programs@earlyaustin.org.


The History Lab Summer Camp is a hands-on, history-based camp. Campers will learn about early Texas in a fun, exciting way by exploring inventions made in the 1840s.  Kids will get to make their own pin hole camera, home-made ice cream, and silly putty all while learning the  importance of history, science, and creativity!

Date: July 15-19, 2013

Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Before Care: 7:30 am-9:00 am

After Care: 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm

Cost: $200 for non members; $175 for museum members

Before/ After Care: $5 per shift per day

Kids are asked to bring a sack lunch each day.

Registration begins March 15, 2013.

For more information call 512-472-8180 or email programs@earlyaustin.org.


and Real Food Fair
Sunday, April 7, from 1–5 pm

Edible Austin, The Sande Youth Project and the Children’s Environmental Health Institute are co-presenting a Children’s Picnic and Real Food Fair on Sunday, April 7, from 1–5 pm on the grounds of the French Legation Museum. Bring the whole family to this free community event and enjoy a picnic brought roam home or buy picnic fixings from an array of local farmers market food vendors. There will be interactive workshops and demos on square-foot gardening and opportunities to visit with a multitude of representatives from health and wellness professions. Free!

Join FLM in keeping Austin’s children active!This event is a Let’s Move program, aimed at getting our audience to be active and geared toward a healthier lifestyle while having fun.

In January, FLM joined hundreds of other museums and institutions across the country in the Let’s Move Museum project.

Our site is the perfect place- considering we have so much open space for outdoor play!

Stay tuned for more exciting events with food and fun in the coming months.


With world renowned magicians, Arsene Dupin and the Magical Mystical Michael with special guests Peter the Adequate, Alicia Whiteacre and Owl Morrison.  This family-friendly magic show is March’s Evening Under the Oaks!

Where: The French Legation Museum front lawn

When: Friday, March 22, 2013

Time: Gates open at 6:00 pm with the magic show beginning at 6:30 pm

Price: Tickets are $5. Cash and all major creidt cards are accepted

This is a great evening for a family picnic!  Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners.


The Diplomacy Seminar will look at various aspects of diplomacy in early Texas and United States history. Speakers include Amanda Milian, Museum Director Noel Harris Freeze and Dr. Kenneth Stevens. In addition to the talks Dr. Stevens will hold a book signing of his new book, The Texas Legation Papers.   The seminar is in conjunction with a new exhibit titled In Defense of Dubois which examines the Pig War in Austin and relations between Texas and the French chargé d’affaires, Alphonse Dubois.

When: March 23, 2013

Time: 11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Location: French Legation Museum upstairs meeting room

Cost:  Seminar $10, Free with museum membership

 Schedule of Events:

11:00-11:30 am Welcome and introduction, Lecture- Noel Harris Freeze

11:45-12:30 pm Lecture- Food and Diplomacy: The Presidential Dining of Andrew Jackson presented by Amanda Milian

12:30-12:45 Break

1:00-2:00 pm Key Note speaker- “A Country Still Wild”: France and Republic of Texas presented by  Dr. Kenneth Stevens

For more information please call 512-472-8180 or email programs @earlyaustin.org.

Seating is limited. Please register in advance.

To register online, follow link below:



The French Legation Museum is proud to partner with the Texas Society of Sculptors to present beautiful Sculpture Show on the grounds and in the historic house.

Sculptures will be displayed throughout our 2.5 acre grounds, in the Carriage House, detached kitchen and historic house.

Come see the sculptures for free startig Saturday November 10- Sunday November 18th from 10 am- 6 pm.

Join us for live music, food, sculpture demonstrations and kids’ activities on Saturday, November 10 and 17 and Sunday November 11 and 18.

For more information call 512-472-8180 or email programs@earlyaustin.org.


Celebrate the holidays with a homemade holiday wreath!

Saturday December 8, 2012 2:00- 4:00 pm

Cost $40 all supplies included

Jane Karotkin will lead a wreath making class where you will get to design and create your very own holiday wreath.

Jane Karotkin has decorated the Govenor’s Mansion as well as the White House for Christmas and will provide tips and instruction on how to make your holiday wreath festive and beuatiful.

Registration is required as class size is limited.

Call 512-472-8180 or email programs@earlyaustin.org for more information or to reserve your spot.


The French Legation Museum is hosting a special Halloween Ghost Walk with Deedee Patterson

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

When the sun sets, Austin’s oldest home has a haunted history to share.Come, enter the haunted buildings, meet their ghostly inhabitants, and encounter the spirit world from the past, in the present.

Learn to use electromagnetic field detectors (EMF), dowsing rods, and pendulums

Deedee Patterson will lead three tours one at 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm and at 11:00 pm.

Registration is required.  Cost $25 per person.

For more information call 512.472.8180 or email programs@earlyustin.org

**These tours are for entertainment purposes only**

To register and pay for this event visit http://frenchlegationmuseum.org/halloween/


In celebration of National Archeology Month, the French Legation Museum is hosting Archeology Day.  Kids will learn about archeology and the need to preserve Texas history through fun-filled activities, including a mock archeological dig!

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the French Legation Museum

Open 1:00- 5:00 pm

Kids activities are free to the public!

Tours of the historic house and detached kitchen will be given at 1:15, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm at the regular admission price.


The French Legation Museum will host free tours of the house, premiere their new gift shop with a new line of one-of-a-kind items related to the site’s history, and offer numerous kids activities. Heart of Texas Pétanque Club will provide pétanque lessons and some of Austin’s finest food trucks will be on site selling their goods.

Sunday, September 23rd at the French Legation Museum

Open from 10am- 5pm with kids activities, food trailers, and pétanque lessons from 11am-3pm.

This event is free to the public!


17th Annual Bastille Day Fête

July 14, 2012 at the French Legation Museum

Music by Christine Albert French Show

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Tickets $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door

Children under twelve gain admittance free of charge

For more information, visit: