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Seattle’s French Fest

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Seattle's French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures will take place on March 24, 11am-5pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall. The festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series. It is free and open to the public. 

Join us for our 12th annual Seattle’s French Fest, which will celebrate and promote Francophone cultures from over 30 countries worldwide. The central theme for this year’s festival is the "the Olympic Games", hosted in Paris from July 26 - August 11, 2024.

Festival-goers of all ages have an opportunity to enjoy many activities –

all with a “French” twist!

This year’s festivities include:

  • Gastronomy Festival
  • French cooking demonstrations with professional chefs
  • Autograph sessions of French children's books
  • Educational seminars and games
  • Booths hosted by local community organizations and schools
  • Live music and cultural performances by Heather Keizur Quartet, Te Fare O Tamatoa, Djam Four, and Bonnie C Birch, with Frédéric Choinière serving as master of ceremonies
  • Children’s activities
  • Wine & Spirits tastings

Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French Speaking Cultures in partnership with France Education Northwest (FEN).

Seattle’s French Fest celebrates the diversity of traditions, ideas, dialects, and more, that comprises French-speaking cultures around the world. While France is often the most well-known French-speaking country for people in the U.S., there are many other countries and places all around the world where French is spoken. French and several similar dialects are even spoken by groups in the U.S., particularly in Louisiana.

The festival aims to embrace this diversity of French-speaking cultures in the types of activities offered at the event. It promotes the French idea of “joie de vivre” through music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, wine tastings, baguette tasting contest, and more. Each year, there are live performances on the main stage featuring traditional dance and music from French-speaking countries or in the French language. 

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