la grande fÊte

Presented in collaboration with Francophonie DC and the Embassy of France

Closing celebration of the 2017 DC Francophonie Cultural Festival

Fri., March 31, 7–11 p.m. (Doors will open at 7 p.m.)

La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC

IDs will be checked at the door. Those under 21 will not be served alcohol.

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La Grande Fete

Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe. Its closing celebration, La Grande Fete is always magnifique, and this year’s bash is no exception.

Beginning at 7 p.m., launch into a world tour of francophone cultures. Sample food and drink from more than 30 embassies as you explore each nation’s unique attractions and traditions. There are plenty of giveaways to take home as souvenirs. Share your experiences throughout the night on Instagram using #at8enfrancais.

Major Handy

Multi-talented musician Francis Jocky (Cameroon/France) kicks off the night with his blend of jazz, soul, funk, and rhythm and blues. Later, DJ Princess Slaya spins music from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and plenty of destinations in between. Don’t miss this chance to experience the best of the French-speaking world—all without leaving home.

Participating organizations and embassies include but are not limited to: Alliance Francaise, Armenia, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Gabon, Georgia, Guinea, Haiti, Lebanon, Québec, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, and Tunisia

Please Note:

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance (no sales at the door).
  • Tickets include admission and food and drink samples from 7 to 9 p.m.; a cash/credit bar provided by Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille is open throughout the night.
  • IDs are checked at the door. Those under 21 will not be served alcohol.
  • No backpacks or bike helmets are allowed.
  • La Maison Francaise does not offer on-site parking. Limited street parking is available on Reservoir Road; public garages are available at Georgetown University Hospital nearby.
  • If you're looking for public transit options, the Metrobus D5 and D6 routes have stops near the event's location.
  • For more information about this year's Francophonie Cultural Festival, visit Facebook.



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Order by phone at 202-633-3030, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A $3 phone service fee applies.

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Engage with us on Instagram! We’ll be posting Francophone-related pictures every week up until the event on Instagram, but we need your help picking a caption!

Let us know your creative caption choice by commenting on our photo with the hashtag #CaptionThatContest. The winner for the week will be announced the following Wednesday, so be sure to submit your caption by Tuesday at midnight each week.

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Ticket PRICES & policies

All tickets are $40.

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. There are no Smithsonian Associates member discounts or any other special discounts for SMITHSONIAN at 8 event tickets.

Tickets must be purchased in advance (no sales at the door).

Tickets are not mailed.

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