The Alliance Française will be closed Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. We will resume regular hours (9am-8 pm) on Wednesday, July 5.

Fête de la Bastille
Sunday, July 9| noon-6 pm
Landmark Plaza, St Paul
Venez nombreux! Admission is free! 

Join  Alliance Française  and  Meritage  in celebrating French-speaking cultures in the Twin Cities. The event will feature live music by  Café Accordion Orchestra  and  The Francine Roche Trio . Dana Bogema of KFAI will DJ and MC the event while you enjoy French food and wine by Meritage. Stroll throughout the  Francophone Bazaar  filled with local artists and organizations such as the  French American Heritage Foundation , local painter  Bamba Cissé , the  African Development Center  and more! Bring the whole family to indulge in activities for kids including a bouncy castlebean bag toss, and henna tattoo artist. For the adults, wine tastings and crash courses in French

Admission to this event is free thanks to the generous support of our sponsors!

Soirée deNîmes
Friday, June 30 
|6:30-8:30 pm

In June Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques, AFMSP's young professionals group, will celebrate denim. Partake in denim decorating and wine-fueled workshops with our friends at AC.CRUE closet. Denim dress code.| Read more
P'tit Dej Breakfast Conversation Group
Saturday, July 1  
|9:30-11:30 am

Meet other French speakers of all levels during P'tit Dej in the Grande Salle! This is an open conversation group. Coffee provided by AFMSP, and breads generously contributed by Breadsmith. Free, donations encouraged to support our programming| Read more

Navigateurs de la Littérature
Saturday, July 12
|6-8 pm

Our Navigateurs book club is open to intermediate-advanced readers. At the July meeting, discuss Un pedigree de Patrick Modiano en français| Read more

See our full calendar!
Adult Classes

Summer Session has Begun!
S ign up for a French class this summer! Can't commit to a full ten weeks? We have lots of shortened options to fit your active schedule! 

Register over the phone (612 332 0436) or online for a variety of classes.

St Paul and Rochester Classes
This summer we offer classes for all levels in both Rochester and St Paul! 
  Rochester: Beginning in July we will offer Beginner Conversation, Advanced Conversation and Current Events, and French Book Club. 
St Paul:  Beginner Conversation beginning Friday, June 23 and a five-week  French for Travelers beginning Thursday, July 27.

Pâtisserie 101 in English
Saturday July 15, 1-4 pm, learn the basics to the art of French pastries, along with some French phrases and vocabulary! No French experience required. $60

Unsure of your level? Take our placement test
Alliance Francaise for Kids and Teens

Summer camps for Kids : Register Online!
This summer AF will host weekly summer camps for
les petits et grands voyageurs. Membership is recommended but not required. Contact AFMSP for more information. See the selection of camps here and register online
Families registering two or more children are eligible for a $20 discount/camp!

Our Next Camps:
K1 advanced (immersion and native speaking students) with Damien :
 July 10-15 from 9 am-noon
2-3rd grade with Virginie: July 10-15 from 9 am-noon
6th-8th grade beginners with Francine: July 10-15 from 1-4 pm
Les Djeunes : Only 2  tickets left 
the Amadou & Mariam concert
High School French speakers of all levels are invited to join AF members and French-Speakers for Amadou & Mariam's concert at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday, July 27! Please RSVP to Alexie .
Activities with Les Djeunes are free! This group is sponsored by Best Buy Children's Fund. 

Les annonces 

C oncours Photo 2017 for Amateur Photographers! 
Last days! Amateur photographer? This year's contest theme is "La mode dans votre culture". Submit two photos by Friday, June 30. You could win a week-long trip to Paris as winner of the annual concours photo, sponsored by the Fondation Alliance Française. Read more here

Are you an AF Member? 
Receive a FREE AF T-SHIRT!
Join or renew prior to June 30 and receive an AF T-Shirt, while supplies last! 
Support through membership is essential to our community and our programming.  AFMSP is a member-driven, non-profit organization that relies on you and all of its members for support of our programs and resources.  We are here to serve our community, providing a center for all things French in the Twin Cities and Rochester. 

At the beginning of our new fiscal year AF member rates are going up. This increase will help to support our programming and our efforts to promote French language and French speaking cultures within our community. Renew your membership prior to July 1 to take advantage of a reduced rate AND help us meet our member goal of 1200 members!  We just need 18 more members to reach our goal!  Join or renew today

Discount tickets at the Guthrie Theatre !
Alliance Française members  enjoy 20% off tickets to select performances of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical  Sunday in the Park with George at the Guthrie Theater!

Choose from these performances:
Tuesday, July 4 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m.

Inspired by Georges Seurat's famous painting, this dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, two of the greatest musical theater artists of our time, merges past and present into a poignant and sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an artist. 
Run time: 2 hours 35 minutes including one 20 minute intermission
Contact the Alliance to have the promo code and Get tickets online or call the Box Office at 612.377.2224

$5 Discount to Caravan Palace on 14 juillet!
Friday, July 14 at 8 pm AF members receive a $5 discount on tickets to French Elecro Swing pioneers Caravan Palace. The surprise breakout band of the last decade, the apostles of Electro Swing and precursors of a laid back yet terribly upbeat trend, are coming up with an evocative second album: Panic! Their strength lies in their common passion for electronic music. Charles, Arnaud and Hughes, the initial trio, dig swing, especially gypsy jazz, and try their hands at the genre's traditional instruments: guitar, double bass and violin. That's where this peculiar mixture of classical Django and new trendy electro comes from. Contact Anna for information on how to receive discounted tickets. 

The MSP Film Society presents Lumières Françaises at St Anthony Main Theatre
July 20-27
AF members are invited to a week-long series of contemporary and classic French cinema at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. From rebellious comedies to exquisite dramas to vivid documentaries, Lumieres Françaises will showcase the best new films from the world's most exciting French language filmmakers. View the selection of films at

On Opening Night, Thursday, July 20, view the film Swagger, followed by a Q&A with director Olivier Babinet. 
Special series ticket price:
$10 General Admission
$9 Alliance Francaise Members
$7 Film Society Members
$7 Students (at the door only)

Celebrate Bastille Day with Pinot's Palette! 
AF Members receive a 10% discount on classes, 1/2 price bottles of wine on July 11

On Tuesday, July 11 from 7-9 pm, wield a paintbrush and be transported to Paris. As an early celebration for Bastille Day, Pinot's Palette will also be celebrating with 1/2 priced bottles of wine. Sign up for the class here. For the AF member discount code, contact Anna

Autour des Villes Jumelles

Sister Cities Day on July 16!
Celebrate Minneapolis' Sister City partnerships at the Nicollet Island Pavilion from 1-5 pm with ice cream sundaes and activities. This year we especially look towards our relationship with Tours, France as they celebrated the Year of America in Tours this summer! Visit for more information on our 26 year French-American friendship. 

Guide a French Visitor to Minneapolis
Serge Pescher, who visited the Minneapolis booth at the Foire de Tours this summer has confirmed a trip to visit our city July 24-31. Serge builds ships from scratch using recycled materials. He will be hosted by some of the members of the Minneapolis and Tours Sister City foundation. Serge  speaks no English and would like to see more of the Twin Cities. If you are interested in meeting a new person, showing off our city, and using your French, consider spending the day with Serge! Contact Gail with interest. 

Citroen CV2 for Sale
1985 Citroen 2CV.  One of the last of the French-built 2CVs.  I have owned the car for 20 delightful years and have driven it an average of only 400 miles per year.  It has ALWAYS been garaged (and never driven after September or before May).  The car has only 33,200 miles/53,400 km.  $15,000.  Contact Desmond at

Seeking Nanny/Babysitter for Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons
We are an American family returning from an expatriate assignment in France. Our four-year-old daughter speaks native French. We are currently seeking a French speaking sitter/nanny to spend 4-8 hours with her per week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30/1 until 3:30/4. Requirements:  French speaker. Native is ideal but a non-native who speaks fluently would also be great. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who can be 100% French speaking with our daughter.  You must have your own transportation. Our house is in Edina just west of Southdale mall. 
Experience with children, enjoyment of active play.  This position will run from June 2017 until August of 2018. If you will be available for the whole stretch that would be fantastic but we know that may not be possible especially for students as schedules change with the terms. If you are interested and can be available only for the summer, or the school year, you are still invited to contact us.  If you are also available occasionally on evenings and weekends that is a bonus.  Pay is $12/hour. 
Please contact Virginia Plasz at with qualifications, personal introduction and references.

Seeking French Language Program Manager
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Xperitas is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting global citizenship through authentic immersion experiences. We currently have an opening for a Program Manager- French Language Program .  This position encompasses customer service as well as overall program management and some program development.  This is a great opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. For more information on the position and how to apply, please visit our Facebook page.
Summer Internship: EMC Publishing
The Assistant French Editor Intern assists in the producing of a successful series of French textbooks, ancillary, electronic and multimedia materials for the high school market by working closely with editor, authors, production, and layout team. The Assistant Editor will work together and closely with the Editor to ensure that the programs are released to the market on time according to publishing schedule. The Assistant Editor will be responsible for editing, copy editing and proofreading for student textbooks, teacher's edition, and ancillary materials.

Education and qualifications * Pursuing a B.A. or higher in French OR * Proven fluency in the French language (reading, writing, speaking, listening) * Good oral communication, written communication, and editorial skills * Proficient in Microsoft Office and comfortable with technology

If interested in this position, please contact Katie Peterson at or at 651-215-7646

French Exchange Student Looking for Summer Babysitting Opportunities
Bonjour, I am a French exchange student at Macalester College. I am looking for a babysitting position, as I will be staying in the Twin Cities for the summer before going back to Paris. I have a great deal of experience in babysitting children (both French and American !). You can contact me at my email address ,

Last Minute Host Family Need: July 7-September
Due to a plan that fell through, a young 21 year-old female intern at one of our french Minneapolis companies is looking for a place to stay from July 7 through September end. Preferably around Maple Grove as the place of internship will take place there.  For further details, please contact Olivier Couture at

Host Families Needed for 2-3 Week Summer Programs
For over 3 decades VIE has welcomed French students to Minnesota. What makes VIE unique is that we match French students to American students of similar ages and interests with the intention of making life-long friendships. Host programs are only 2-3 weeks in July or August. 

VIE is currently looking for 20-30 more host families with students at home between the ages of 10-19 years old, plus hosts for 2 French chaperons who come with the group (both chaperoning groups in July). If you are interested or know someone who is, we can be reached at 612 823 7217 or to answer any questions. 

Host Families Needed for French teachers:
ECI, based in Aix-en-Provence, is seeking  host families for several adult French teacher chaperones  (women and men in their 20's through 40's)  for 8 - 16 days in July & August as they escort groups of French  students to the Twin Cities for home stay programs.  Please call Tom Stieger for dates of stay:  (651) 402-0087  (

Seeking Host for French Teaching Assistant:
Anthony Middle School Community, in Southwest Minneapolis, is looking for families to host an Amity Intern from Pau, France! Please consider hosting 24-year-old Marie Teyssonneaud for one semester (either Aug 22 - Jan 25 or Jan 26 - Mid June 2018). Marie is:
  • Fluent in English
  • A member of an English theater group
  • Experienced in teaching adolescents
  • Preparing to be a French teacher abroad
To be a host, you do not need to have a student at Anthony Middle School. You only need to provide:
  • A private room with a door
  • 3 meals a day, except for school days when school lunches will be provided
Interested in learning more? Contact Elizabeth Miller at
or Casey Strecker at We hope you can help!