The House of France organizes events for its members in addition to public events. They are spread throughout the year and most are related to traditional celebrations in France. This not an exhaustive list as new opportunities arise every year.
King’s day (Epiphanie) celebrates the date of the visit of the three Wise Men who arrived from the East, bearing gifts for Jesus. On this day, French people celebrate the Epiphany by eating the “galette des rois” (King’s cake”). It has a little figurine hidden in the cake. The one who gets it is the king.
Crêpe day (La Chandeleur) is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord (or Purification of Our Lady) celebrated 40 days after Christmas. It once marked the end of the Christmas season. Candles (chandelles) were left burning in churches to keep winter weather away.
On the fun side, it is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year. This is our Groundhog Day!!
Cheese Tasting: join us on Saturday, April 13th to taste a variety of cheeses representing the many different regions of France!
Ethnic Food Fair Most cottages serve ethnic food and free entertainment is presented to the public. The house of France sells French food (quiche, pastries). Members are encouraged to come and help. The mood is always festive.
Les Francofolies Pique Nique in Kate Session Park with various French organizations. Play volleyball, petanque or just spend time meeting new people.
Fête de la Musique (Music Fest) The House of France, in coordination with other French organizations, invites you for an evening of free music.
New Location! The celebration will take place on Friday June 21st from 5pm to 9pm at Alliance Française de San Diego: 6640, Lusk Blvd Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92121.
Join us to hear a variety of local artists who will perform that night, including Ukulele, Hindie-rock band, rock guitar and classical guitar.
Enjoy the festive atmosphere. This event is open to the public and members and is free. Bring some friends!
Lawn Program The House of France sells French food and presents an hour of (free) French entertainment. We are always have a need for our members to participate and help.
PICNIC AT CROWN POINT
Join us on Sunday September 29th for a picnic at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.
Come at 11 am to socialize, with lunch at noon.
The cottage will provide baguettes, merguez sausages (and a vegetarian alternative), drinks, coffee, and dessert. Bring a dish to share, chairs, and bring your favorite outdoor games: pétanque, croquet, a frisbee, etc.
E-mail Christiane by 23 September to allow us to provision appropriately.
Elections of the new board.
Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey with a French flair.
International Christmas Festival at Balboa Park’s December Nights on Friday December 6th from 5pm to 11pm and Saturday December 7th from 12pm to 11pm. Here all the houses come together to share their culture in an event where cottages are opened, ethnic foods are available and an impressive assortment of dance & music throughout. Last year, we offered onion soup, bûches de Noël, mille feuilles (Napoléons) and, of course, our now famous crêpes.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers who showed up to set up the tents, sell, clean up, etc. for this event. You can come and help for two hours, four hours, ten hours or the whole event. You will be tired but excited and you will be hooked; you will come back year after year to help. We want to thank our members for coming to the December Nights and making it a great success!
Santa Claus Every year, le pere Noel (Santa Claus), comes a little bit early to meet our members and give our younger members (kids under 12) a present. After that, we share a Buche de Noel. It is the opportunity to get together before celebrating Christmas with families.
Playgroup We used to have a playgroup for kids age 0 to 5. This was the opportunity for kids and parents to speak, play, read, do some craft and have a snack in French. We would be happy to have this activity started again. If you are interested or have other ideas of activities, contact us.