culture and events

Each month, we offer our members and students social and cultural activities as well as events dealing with French culture.

French Table, wine and cheese Tastings, Lectures, Concerts, Movie nights, Book Club, Quiz nights, Bastille Day and special events.

Members always have discounts for those cultural events and activities.

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, January 26, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Immersion Courses represent six hours of intensive work with one subject area and are geared toward conversation with reviews of grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.
    Four levels of classes are offered on the same day: beginner, basic, intermediate and advanced.
    If you have never had French before your level is beginner.
    If you are enrolled in a class at the Alliance Française, you can find your level easily:
      101 = beginner
    102-106 = basic
    201-206 = intermediate
    301+ = advanced

    If you have never taken an immersion or regular class with us, and you are not a beginner, you will need to take a placement test to find your level. The placement test can be taken online (you can find the link on the courses page of our website) or you can call our office (215-735-5283) or stop by our office in person and take the placement test that way.

    The cost is $150 including material and lunch (Hoagie + Fruits + Sweets).
    Coffee or tea will be waiting for you at your arrival!

    • Friday, February 01, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie

    In France, the month of February starts with the celebration of Candlemas -La Chandeleur- which occurs on the 2nd, which is 40 days after Christmas. The origins of the Chandeleur date back to a pagan feat: according to local customs, candles had to be lit at midnight as a symbol of purification. Chandeleur comes from the latin "candelarum" as does the English word "candle". It was at that time of the year that the winter seedtime started. The surplus flour was then used without too much risk of shortage and crêpes were made as a symbol of properity for the coming year. In some families you flip the crêpes with a gold coin in your hand and if it "flips properly, you will be rich all year!"

    $15 for AF members and $25 for non-members.
    Bring your own cider

    • Friday, May 10, 2019
    • Monday, May 20, 2019

    Travel with the Alliance Française to Marrakesh. Discover this fascinating Moroccan town, learn about its French heritage.

    When no excursions are planned, relax at Club Med La Palmeraie and enjoy activities or farniente..

    Price: $4100 - To register, call the Alliance Française. Payment plans possible

    Everything is included in the price: Flight - Accommodation - Meals - Excursions - Transfers - French classes - Activities at the Club

    Not included: Special activities, Spas. 

    Here's the detailed list of excursions. to Keep in mind that a daily shuttle will run every hour from the club to Center City of Marrakesh! This will give us the opportunity to wander in the souk when no excursions are planned!

    May 10. Departure: Philadelphia to JFK with a shuttle - 9:20 pm Flight with Royal Air Maroc

    May 11. Arrival - Transfer at the Club 

    May 12. Must of Marrakesh (Bus, half day excursion) (Jardins Majorelle, Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Jemma el Fna Plaza, Koutoubia)

    May 13. High Atlas Valleys and Mountains (4x4, full day excursion) A day itinerary through stunning landscapes in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. Sample the rich, earthy taste of Berber hospitality expressed in a home brewed tea.

    May 14.

    May 15. Essaouira la Blanche (Bus, Full Day excursion): Between the azure sea and the blue sky shines the brilliant white of ancient Mogador's medina. These medieval city walls are the stage where the cult series “Game of Thrones” was shot! To top it all off, a fish buffet will delight your taste buds!

    May 16.

    May 17. Berber getaway (4x4, full day): In a magnificent natural setting of bright colors, sample for a day the High Atlas life as a Berber family opens its doors and invites you to share their daily lives, traditions and feasts. A most authentic immersion for unforgettable memories.

    May 18. Ouzoud Waterfalls (Minivan, full day) Enjoy a balmy day at the foot of North Africa's most majestic waterfalls! Discover this lush valley with its red earth as you stroll among the little shops before enjoying a poolside lunch at the Ouzoud Kasbah.

    May 19.

    May 20. 12:40 pm Departure from Marrakesh - Arrival JFK 7:30 pm - Transfer with a shuttle to Philadelphia



    The Atlas


    Club Med

    Musée Yves Saint Laurent

    Les Jardins Majorelle

    Ouzoud Waterfalls

Alliance Française de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-5283
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