Featured Portland French Events
The Alliance Française holds cultural events throughout the year, large and small. They are mostly in English and are open to the public. Come join us!
The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
Guests must pay the non-member price. Please note that a reservation is only confirmed upon receiving payment.
If tickets are available, the Alliance can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash.
- Registration for Alliance Française events can be made in person at our office, over the phone, by mail, or through the web site.
- Please make all checks payable to: Alliance Française de Portland. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
Cancellations & Refunds:
- Refunds will be automatically issued if the Alliance cancels an event.
- If you need to cancel your registration for an event, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the program, and you will be fully credited toward a future event.
- Refunds must be requested in writing no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event and will incur a 4% credit card processing fee.
The Alliance’s free weekly conversation group on Zoom, run by board members and other volunteers, is available for drop-in conversation on Wednesday nights at 5:15pm.
It attracts 20-30 registrants who converse in small groups (Breakout Rooms) of 4-5 people for 3-4 segments of 14 minutes. The groups get re-created/mixed so that everyone gets to chat with a new group-
Levels include lower-intermediate to advanced and native-level speakers. Most high-A2 to C1 students can feel comfortable in this mixed-level conversational setting. Not sure of your level? Check in with the AF Portland office for guidance.
Sign up to be added to the reminder emails for upcoming sessions (no need to sign up again if you’ve already signed up for an earlier session). These free groups are for Alliance members only. Sign up here for memberships. (Just $36 provides membership benefits for a full year and is tax-deductible. )
Register for Apéro-Conversation Reminder Emails
Art Studio, Science Lab, Travel Club - Who’s ready for fun?
After the online school day has ended and with few after-school programs available this fall, your child may want or need some additional French practice in subjects sure to spark their imagination and curiosity. The Alliance Française de Portland is excited to offer a brand new after-school immersion program for children ages 5 through 10. Whether your child is a true beginner or well on their way toward fluency, you will find a perfect fit to enhance and enrich their online school activities with French language practice and, more importantly, fun.
Introductory Immersion classes welcome beginning French students. Continuing Immersion classes are designed for those already experienced in French language immersion.
This fall, all classes are offered in two five-week modules. Fall 2 runs October 19 - November 21.
Here's what you can expect:One hour of instruction in a small group setting with an instructor specializing in children's education. Activities that target various types of learning: visual, auditory, kinesthetic (or hands-on), reading and writing. Individual at-home activities to continue exploring, creating and practicing independently after each session. Discovery of new subjects and culture. An afternoon of fun!
It's autumn, and the Alliance is offering flexible, low commitment online classes that work with everyone's schedule. (We're staying online to keep everybody safe.) Fall Term runs in two sets of 5-week classes. Fall 2 runs October 19 - November 21.
Browse through French Classes on our website to see the full Fall offerings. You'll find core classes from French 101 through the complete Edito series.
This fall, we are offering a new conversation-based class, Essential Everyday French, for A1 through B2 levels. Literary Conversations at the A2/B1 level continues, and each class is conveniently stand-alone, so you can easily join in for just the second five weeks. For advanced students, we have two new classes, Littérature de la francophonie and Les rois de France, as well as Actualité-Culture.
Look for new French à la carte workshops in Fall term as well as continuing favorites.
This fall, we are treating our students with some Special Edition workshops. This four-week session runs October 26 - November 19. Workshops are available as singles or as a bundle of four at a reduced price.
Exercise Your Grammar - Special Edition
Want to learn how to communicate about life during these uncertain times, using your best, grammatically correct French? This special edition of Exercise Your Grammar centers on the current Covid pandemic and aims to improve and maintain your mastery of French by focusing on different grammar topics employed in everyday conversation. This is an excellent opportunity to enrich your vocabulary and learn new ways of expressing your thoughts and feelings.
Workshop 1 - Giving advice for staying healthy, using l’impératif.
Workshop 2 - Communicating lifestyle changes in the face of Covid using les temps du passé.
Workshop 3 - Imaging the world without Covid by making hypotheses using le conditionnel.
Workshop 4 - Expressing our personal and professional responsibilities during a world crisis using le subjonctif.
Levels A2/B1 - Mondays 10:30am-12pm
Levels B2/C1 - Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm
Sign up and save with a bundle of four for $105 or choose any single session for $28.
Calling all epicureans, Francophones, and epicurean Francophones. Travel across the regions of France by way of their unique and traditional food and wine. Experience a different region each week through the cuisine and the wines that enhance it.
For the first time, Alliance Française de Portland is offering a series of workshops with hands-on cooking instruction followed by wine recommendations and tasting. It's perfect as a pre-holiday family activity. Gather your family in the kitchen, set up your digital device and enjoy 90 minutes of cooking in French with Francine Chough.
After preparing a delicious meal, spend 30 minutes with sommelier Maxine Borcherding tasting carefully curated wines, conducted in English. The featured wines are available for purchase as a set on our website. Visit our Boutique for additional information on each region’s wine pairings.
Sign up for a bundle of four workshops for $165 or choose any single session for $49.
Recommended French level B1.
Here's what you will be cooking:
October 27, journey to the eastern French region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: a region rich in good food and good wine. Get acquainted with the region’s famous Kir and its savory Gougères. In this workshop,...
Join us on Saturday, October 31, at 11 a.m. for a “live” discussion in French on Zoom with Max Élisée, a French actor, screenwriter, and novelist. Max, who lives in Avignon, has ties to Portland through his friends and part-time neighbors, Alliance Française of Portland members, the Gardners.
In the Zoom session, François Wevers, President of the Alliance Française of Portland, will join Élisée for a discussion of the writer’s novels, including his latest release, Le baobab enflammé: Frédéric Edgard, vieux « chabin », c'est-à-dire, aux Antilles françaises, Blanc de race noire, a gardé pour lui les souffrances endurées durant son enfance. Seulement, le « garder pour soi », censé le protéger au fil du temps, a laissé son cerveau au regret de n'avoir pas su en tirer parti au cours de son existence. Or, avant de s'en aller définitivement, il doit absolument faire le point sur sa vie pour préserver sa lignée d'une malédiction inévitable.
Elisée's most recent book, Le baobab enflammé, is available on Amazon, as well as his previous novel.
This event will be entirely in French and is suitable for intermediate and advanced students and native speakers. Tickets...
Join us on November 5th at 5pm and paint with Clara-Julia in this new watercolor workshop!
In this beginning watercolor workshop, students will learn the basics of mixing paint and painting. Students will learn how to create a range of colors using the three primaries -- red, yellow and blue.
The second part of the workshop will be spent producing a holiday postcard inspired by the Oregon wilderness! You don't need to be an experienced artist – this painting workshop is beginner-friendly! Feel free to bring your favorite designs to reproduce!
Materials you will need:
- watercolor papers (which can be fold in two for a postcard)
- 3 primary watercolor colors or a set of colors
- a small plate and a glass of water
- a paper towel or dish cloth
- brushes (one with a fine point)
- a gray pencil or a fine felt-tip pen (such as a Sharpie)
This workshop on zoom is $20 for Alliance members and $25 for non-members.
Charles Coulon, a recognized expert on the Paris Métro system, treated many of us to a virtual ride on that famed system earlier this year. He returns on Thursday, November 12 at 4:30 p.m. to regale us again, but this time, in French.
He's adding some new and updated material as well as fun activities like discussions in breakout rooms. This session is appropriate for persons with intermediate and advanced levels of French. Free to Alliance members.
During WWII, residents of a cluster of villages in southeastern France gave safe harbor to hundreds of strangers – mostly Jewish children, some of whose parents had been deported. These villagers risked everything to create schools, soup kitchens and hiding places for the kids. Current residents of the same villages offer refuge to migrants today. Why? Is this a fluke of history or something more? What are the traits that make a group choose selflessness?
Maggie Paxson – a writer, anthropologist and singer – was determined to find out. She unravels the mystery in her acclaimed new book The Plateau (finalist for the American Library in Paris Book Award, a Best Book of the Year by Bookpage; Oprah magazine calls it "radiant"). Maggie blends talk and song to present her family, her findings, and how it resonates with today. Maggie will be interviewed in English by Pamela Druckerman, co-founded of Pandimonium U.
About Paxson: Paxson is also the author of Solovyovo, a study of magic, ritual, and social memory in a remote Russian village. Fluent in Russian and French, she holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Montreal. She performs as a singer with the Imperial Palms Orchestra, one of...
The Alliance Française of Portland partners with the national Federation of Alliances Françaises USA to offer a Zoom discussion with Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of the newly released Final Transgression.
Two sisters, two different destinies. In Final Transgression, 85-year-old Caroline Aubry tells the tale of the tragic wartime destiny of her beloved younger sister, Séverine. From their humble beginnings in a hamlet in the southwest of France to a château where Séverine becomes the protegée of the beautiful countess who employs their parents, their trajectories differ. After they move to Paris, the pragmatic Caroline becomes a successful designer and the high-spirited Séverine marries a rich jeweler.
When WW2 breaks out and her collaborationist husband betrays her, the headstrong Séverine flees to the chateau and the countess –– in spite of warnings about the risk of traveling to an area that is a fierce battleground for rival groups of résistants, Nazis and collaborators. Séverine is beautiful, intelligent but obstinate – and that obstinacy will ultimately seal her fate. The end of the war in France was a time for settling scores. Séverine, an ordinary woman living in extraordinary times, unwittingly hands the hangman’s noose to her enemies...
En 1947, Simone de Beauvoir se rend aux Etats-Unis pour une tournée de conférences dans des Universités et des Alliances Françaises. Elle raconte ce voyage, et ce qu’il a suscité en elle, dans L’Amérique au jour le jour, paru l’année suivante.
Jeune expatriée française tentant (en tout modestie) d’écrire l’Amérique (au jour le jour), Camille Roche propose une plongée dans ce texte où se lient histoires personnelle et collective. Nous verrons ainsi pourquoi il semble intéressant de lire (ou de relire) ce journal reconstitué, dont certains passages paraissent, en 2020, d’une actualité déconcertante...
In 1947, Simone de Beauvoir traveled to the US for a conference tour of universities and Alliances Françaises. She relates this trip and what it sparked within herself in America Day by Day, a reconstituted journal she published the following year.
Camille Roche, a young expat trying to write about America day by day, will revisit Beauvoir’s journal, delving into this personal and collective history and exploring why the text is worth reading (or re-reading) in 2020.
Installée à Baltimore depuis 2017, Camille Roche consacre son temps à la photographie et à l’écriture. Elle est l’auteure de la newsletter et du podcast...
Cara Black, the bestselling author of 19 books, has been a favorite presenter at our Alliance Française. On Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. she’ll come to us via Zoom to talk about her latest book, Three Hours in Paris, her first standalone thriller and her Aimée Leduc series, each of which features a different arrondissement of Paris.
She’ll touch on the challenges and the joys of writing stories based in Paris -- her interviews with Paris police, café owners and delving in the archives. She’ll discuss how she goes about the research process from her base in San Francisco and over frequent visits to Paris (pre-pandemic!).
This event is for Alliance members only; non-members can sign up for membership on the registration form.
The Alliance Française de Portland cordially invites you to a trio of Merry & Bright holiday activities! First off is an online auction running December 1 - 5 where you'll find vacation homes in France for that eventual trip abroad as well as items from local artisans and businesses and study opportunities in Portland and beyond. Bid online anytime, day or night.
The centerpiece event is the Alliance's virtual Merry & Bright Gala on December 5, an evening affair streaming to you at home. We'll entertain you with our engaging MCs and do our best to remind you of past galas you've enjoyed at the MAC. Celebrate the evening in your personal bubble of family and friends and salute the Alliance as we salute you, our students, members, and friends.
Next up is the Holiday Market online from December 5 - 10. Virtually stroll through our Holiday Market and choose gourmet goodies and wines both still and sparkling to lay in for your holiday celebrations.