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.
These introductory two-part workshops in English will teach you simple and useful French expressions to use while traveling in a francophone country.
In the first two-hour workshop, you'll be introduced to travel themes and scenarios with handouts on vocabulary and phrases.
In the second two-hour workshop, you'll practice and apply the topics with role playing, oral and listening drills which will put your knowledge of Part 1’s lessons to the test.
Those with little or no French experience will want to take the Level A1 workshops. Those with some knowledge of French will enjoy the A2/B1 level. Visit Workshops in French Classes to register. Classes are held on Monday at 10, Thursday at 1:30 or Friday at 5.
Topics to be covered include:
First Steps: At the airport and taking a taxi.
Getting Around: Taking the metro or train; how to ask for help.
Lodging: Checking in; hotel scenarios.
Dining: Menu reading and ordering.
Shopping: Asking for help in a variety of stores; at the farmer’s market; at the flea market.
Emergency: Talking to a doctor or a pharmacist; buying items at the pharmacy.
Finding Your Way: Asking for and understanding directions.
Fees are $40 for one two-hour workshop...
Join us for this intriguing discussion in French live-streaming from the Alliance Française de Chicago on February 12 at 4:30 pm. There are no subtitles.
“When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will,” said 19th century French economist Frédéric Bastiat. The World Trade Organization in Geneva is one some thirty other organizations, such as NATO or UNICEF, created after World War II to help prevent such devastating world conflict from ever happening again.
But the relevance of these organizations is being called into question by a US administration keen to pull away from many world accords. International trade has become into a hot political topic at the center of the news cycle, with the potential to impact not only the stock market but the lives of people across the globe.
Professor Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counselor in the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, will survey the state of multilateral trade relationships. Professeur Marceau will be in conversation with John Cruickshank, Consul general of Canada in Chicago.
Free for Alliance members. $8 for non-members. Limited seating is available; please register in advance.
Frenchman Nicolas Quillé will hold a wine appreciation / education seminar with a curated tasting of select wines from Roussillon, France. The seminar (in English with some French vocabulary) will be followed by an hors d'oeuvre buffet and complimentary silent auction.
Reserve tickets here for the February 16 Quillé event. Tickets are $25 for Alliance members and $30 for non-members. This event is sold out. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
Join us at La Petite Provence on NE Sandy on Wednesday, February 20, at 12 noon for a group lunch. All levels of French are welcome.
You'll pick your meal from the menu and will pay individually at the event.
Registration in advance is required –– $5 for AF members and $8 for non-members –– and will help pay for a shared dessert.
About La Petite Provence: "In 1996, we came together as a small group of foodie friends to share our passion for the traditional bread, pastries, and food from our countryside villages in and around Provence, France, that we missed so much. Soon after, we decided to open La Provence, a small bakery and bistro in Lake Oswego, Oregon. There, we enjoyed bringing European delights to the plates of all who stopped by – friends, family, and neighbors."
The Sandy location is the newest of La Petite Provence's restaurants and is also home to their central bakery. Parking is available in the Chopsticks parking lot from 7 am – 3:30 pm.
The Seattle-based head of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, Jack Cowan, joins with the Alliance Française of Portland to hold a networking event on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
The event will be at Cerulean Wine Bar (1439 NW Marshall St.) in the Pearl at 6pm. Free. Please register here to reserve a spot.
Open to all persons interested in networking for business between U.S. and France (in either direction) and in either English or French.
The Alliance Française de Portland will start a new drop-in French conversation group for all levels of French on Saturday, February 23, at 1 p.m. at the Kamm House (1425 SW 20th Ave). Free for Alliance members.
The group will be hosted by Natacha, a native French-speaker from Le Mans, France. Whether you are a beginner or a fluent speaker, you'll find this friendly conversation group to be great practice!
Reservations aren't required for this free monthly event, but you can help us out by letting us know that you're planning to come. Remember, if you're not currently an AF member, memberships start at just $20 and are available at the event.
P.S. We have plenty of free parking for you. Click here for the possibilities.
The Champs-Elysées Festival is a unique French and American independent film festival and is the biggest film festival in Paris. In 2018 it was presented in Portland by Portland State University and the Alliance Française de Portland.
The festival is returning to Portland in 2019. The call for entries is open now until March 29th!
Click here for more information