Austin's Sister City in France


Austin Angers French Market

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10 AM – 3 PM
St Edwards University Main Campus, 3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Come see and play the national pastime sport of France - right here in Austin! The Heart of Texas Pétanque Club will be giving free pétanque lessons and providing the opportunity for everyone to play this game during Market Day!

photo/video used with permission from Federation Pétanque USA!

Austin Angers French Market is a fun family event featuring guests from Angers France. The delegation will include musicians, film makers, artists, performers, and chefs from our sister City in the Loire valley of France. Visiting artists from France will collaborate with Austin artists (some of whom have previously visited Angers). Events take place at St Edwards University campus to kickoff the Study Abroad Week of events on campus. Our goal is to reach the widest public audience and share our passion for French culture and exchange with Austin’s greater population.



is the capital of France’s Maine-et-Loire District, a lovely and historic region and France’s fourth-largest industrial producer. Austin and Angers have been Sister Cities since 2011.


Partnership Outcomes:

  • Angers Loire Valley participating in the SXSW trade show and several Angers bands performing at SXSW Music.

  • In November 2015, a 40 person Angers Mayoral Delegation visited Austin to strengthen our business network.

  • In March 2016 a strong delegation came from Angers. The Chabada brought a large band to Austin, and several staff members including the director and others. In addition, Chef Rémi and his staff came to Austin from the renowned Chez Rémi restaurant in Angers. This Angers delegation was part of a much larger delegation from France that went by the name La FrenchTech.

  • In addition to the creative exchanges, this relationship has fostered the development of Levitation France, Austin Psych Fest’s first European festival, and the formation of the French American Business Council of Austin.

  • In September 2015 a team of Texas musicians, chefs and entrepreneurs traveled to Angers to celebrate the 2nd Annual “Austin Week” and this November, we will continue with “Angers French Market Day” to showcase French musicians, film makers, artists, chefs, sports, and culture to the Austin community.


ABOUT Angers

Angers has earned a reputation as a leader in promoting environmentally responsible industrial production that preserves the Anjou region’s excellent quality of life. The region is home to more than 70 multinational firms. Tourist destinations include historic monuments, chateaux and manor houses. Angers is an hour from the Atlantic Ocean and only 90 minutes from Paris by high-speed train.

Angers developed at the confluence of three rivers, the Mayenne, the Sarthe, and the Loir, all coming from the north and flowing south to the Loire. Their confluence, just north of Angers, creates the Maine, a short but wide river that flows into the Loire several kilometers south. The Angers metropolitan area is a major economic center in western France, particularly active in the industrial sector, horticulture, and business tourism.


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