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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!

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Events Policy

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.

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Seminar - Le Goût du Vin, Part 2
Monday, October 14, 2019 6:15pm - Monday, November 11, 2019 8:30pm
Seminar - Le Goût du Vin, Part 2

Le goût du vin - A delicious journey through the wine regions of France

Explore and taste French wines through the lens of history and culture. Learn to read and demystify French wine labels as you discover new favorites and find hidden treasures. Wine & refreshments paired to the region will be served at each session. The seminar with be taught in English, with appropriate French vocabulary. The two five-week seminars may be taken in sequence or stand-alone. There will be a materials fee to cover wine & food pairings enjoyed in each class.

Maxine Borcherding, Chef, Sommelier, and lover of wine and fine food, will guide you through an in-depth look at the wine regions of France. Maxine’s professional certifications include Sommelier (International Sommelier Guild), French Wine Scholar (French Wine Academy), Spanish Wine Educator (Wine Academy of Spain), and Wine Location Specialist (Center for Wine Origins). She recently retired from 16 years as Lead Chef Instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute. 

Hoke Harden is a Master Instructor with the Wine Scholar Guild, a BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) Certified Cognac Educator, a Certified Specialist of Wine and of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators, and the Wine & Spirits Instructor at...

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Seminar - Danse & Culture
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Saturday, November 23, 2019
Seminar - Danse & Culture


Following a celebrated seminar in partnership with PAM, we will next honor dance in partnership with White Bird as they present France's National Center for Contemporary Dance/Angers, under the direction of former Cunningham dancer Robert Swinston. For the last session of the seminar, students will attend CNDC-Angers' performance of two masterworks by the legendary Merce Cunningham: “Biped” and “Beach Birds” at the Newmark Theatre. (Ticket price included in seminar tuition.)

This 5-week seminar offers a multifaceted look at dance from its French origins through its development in the 20th century, including visual arts and the role of the French state. Each session will be led by a different, specialized instructor.

More information about the seminar dates and instructors here:

Location: Alliance Française/ Newmark Theater
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Madama Butterfly Special Offer for Alliance Members
Friday, October 25, 2019 - Saturday, November 02, 2019
Madama Butterfly Special Offer for Alliance Members

Experience the rapture of Madama Butterly, Puccini's poignant opera of love and betrayal. Hear Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura in her US debut as Butterfly.

15% off Madama Butterly for Alliance members with Click tickets and enter promo code: FRANCOPHONE

Tickets starting from $35 at Or call the boxoffice 503.241.1802, M-F.

Location: Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay Street, Portland 97205
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Come Practice Your French!
Saturday, October 26, 2019 1pm - 2pm
Come Practice Your French!

Note that the next monthly conversation group meeting at the Alliance will be on Saturday, October 26, at 1 p.m. with Natacha from LeMans. This reflects a  schedule change. The group is free for AF members.

Not a member yet? Sign up on the registration form or take out a membership at the meeting. Seats are limited, so register to reserve your place.

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Le Networking in Portland
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6pm - 7:30pm
Le Networking in Portland

Are you a French expat working in the Pacific NW? Are you an American interested in growing business ties with France? Join us on October 30 in Portland for networking with a Franco-American twist.

The French-American Chamber of Commerce partners with the Alliance Française of Portland to help you build international trade connections. Sectors represented typically include: technology, legal, marketing, banking/finance, publishing, education, hospitality, professional services, viticulture and more. Participants speak French, English or both.

Spread the word. Partagez l’invitation avec vos amis francophones et francophiles. Free; please register here for the event.


Location: Cerulean Wine, 1439 NW Marshall Street, Portland OR 97209
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Champs-Elysées Film Festival at 5th Avenue Cinema Opens Nov. 8
Friday, November 08, 2019 - Sunday, November 10, 2019
Champs-Elysées Film Festival at 5th Avenue Cinema Opens Nov. 8

The Champs-Elysées Film Festival celebrates independent film. After Paris in June, the festival tours a retrospective of its program in select cities in America. Read more about the Portland festival here.

Catch the program at the 5th Avenue Cinema on the PSU campus November 8, 9, and 10. The festival opens with the film Océan at 7 pm, following a reception sponsored by the Alliance Française at 6 pm. Admission is free.


Location: 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall Street, Portland 97201
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Exploring France by Boat
Friday, November 15, 2019 6:30pm - 8pm
Exploring France by Boat

Discover the fascinating inland waterways of France. Cruising the canals and rivers of this historically, culturally and gastronomically rich country is simultaneously relaxing and stimulating. Experience Burgundy, with its medieval villages, rich chateaux, fine wines and world-famous cuisine. Or Provence, sun-drenched and laid back, with Roman remains, picturesque fishing villages and colorful markets.

During this lively presentation, Alliance members, Joan and Neil Malling, will explore three options for enjoying the canals and rivers of France: hotel/charter barges, river cruisers, and self-drive boats. Each type of boating has its own special charms. After the presentation they (joined by Terri Fogarty, a hotel barge and river cruiser expert from EuroEscapes) will answer questions.

For the last nineteen years, Neil and Joan have enjoyed spending summers in France on their 40 year old, Dutch motor-cruiser, experiencing the country from the canals and rivers. The rest of the year, they are usually in Portland. 

Tickets are $6 for Alliance members and $10 for non-members. Register online to reserve your place.

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 in Portland
Friday, November 22, 2019 6pm - 10pm
Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 in Portland

The 18th Annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019, at 6pm at the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland.

Culinary partner, Headwaters at the Heathman, under the leadership of Executive Chef Michael Campbell and James Beard award-winning chef Vitaly Paley, will provide the gourmet buffet throughout the Heathman Hotel's mezzanine and ground level Library. Headwaters is one of a handful of Oregon restaurants that has earned Leadership designation in the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch program, which promotes sustainability of the worldwide seafood supply chain.

The event, one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast, will feature tastings hosted by prestigious French-connected vintners and importers, including Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019, WillaKenzie EstatePacific RimRuby VineyardAnne Amie, Terroirs Originels, and Division Winemaking Company. Guests will sample spirits including Hardy Cognac and Balinoff Vodka (in a signature cocktail, the Perrier Greyhound).

Look for many premiere French and American brands in seafood, meats, breads, cheeses, desserts and more.

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Location: The Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway at Salmon, Portland OR 97205
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Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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