Annual Events

In addition to our regular monthly board meetings and conversation groups, the Alliance puts on a number of cultural events throughout the year for our members to get together and speak French.

January: Annual Member Meeting and Kings Day (Epiphany) celebration. Join us as we introduce newly elected officers and board members while we enjoy traditional galettes and champagne. We also hold a raffle with prizes.

February: La Chandeleur (Candlemas) Join us in early February as we celebrate the French tradition of making and eating crêpes either at someone’s home or at a local restaurant.

March: International Day of La Francophonie.

Poetry Contest. French students from local schools recite poems of French literature, as well as their own original compositions. We encourage you to come support these students and their study of the French language. This year’s event will be held on Zoom. Please take time to enjoy the book of original poems and awards written by all the students who participated in last year’s contest.

April: Family Picnic. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with the group at a local beach or park.

May: Family Hike. Explore the natural beauty of our area together while speaking French. Children and pets welcome!

June: Fête de la Musique. We gather each year in June to sing (or just listen to) traditional French songs together. To learn about the history of the Fête de la Musique, click here.

July: French and Belgian National Holidays picnic. Bring your own food and beverage. The Alliance provides the BBQ and the celebratory cake!

August: Vacation

September: Thé de la Rentrée. Come join us to celebrate Back to School! Bring a dish to share and an item for a fundraising raffle.

October: Jeu de Pétanque. We gather near the Custom House Plaza to play the traditional French game of Pétanque while practicing our French.

November: Dégustation de Vins. Participants bring a bottle of wine and a snack to share at this fun winetasting event!

December: Déjeuner des Fêtes. Celebrate the holidays with us en français over a delicious lunch at Los Laureles Lodge in Carmel Valley.

Please see the monthly newsletter for details of these events.