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Halloween, Thanksgiving, Independence Day party, Super Bowl…  From September to July, the Institute will follow the rhythm of the American Holiday calendar.  Discover the American festivities here in Rennes!

This year again on October 31st, we’ll make your bones chill and your hair raise at our traditional Halloween party! The library organizes a terrific terrifying party for children, with activities in English, in a gloomy (yet fun) atmosphere.  For the grown-ups, we will throw a Murder Party in the evening ending in a movie night.

Reservation required, with limited availability. Priority is given to members.

Diner de Thanksgiving

Taking place every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is the ultimate convivial American celebration.  We follow the tradition and invite our members, the Americans of Rennes and friends of the Institute to a Thanksgiving dinner in Rennes.  On the menu: turkey, pumpkin pie and many other American delicacies. Our party is the perfect occasion to immerse yourself in American history and to share a pleasant moment with other members.

Temps forts -chants de Noel

Every year, the Franco-American Institute celebrates an early Christmas in the American tradition of Christmas Carols:  we invite our members to come sing along with us at the Institute.

February is African American History Month: we celebrate Black history and culture. The Franco-American Institute takes part in the celebrations by organizing conferences and exhibitions to honor famous historical figures such as Martin Luther King as well as lesser known but equally important civil rights activists like Claudette Colvin.


The Super Bowl is a key-date on the American Sports calendar. Don’t miss it! Come join us and watch America’s most-viewed football game. We screen the game in our auditorium every year (in January or February).

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The Institute organizes conferences and debates with political analysts during the presidential campaigns and the election.

Easter traditons

Easter is a very festive tradition in America. Beside the traditional Easter egg hunt and the Easter Parade in New York City, it’s the occasion to make your own Easter bonnet and look your best in fancy dress.
Come spend the afternoon at the Institute and celebrate an American Easter with us: an Easter bonnet contest, a face-painting workshop, a Bunny Hop Dance, an egg painting workshop and team races are some of the activities we offer in English. These activities are open to all, for various age groups.

Reservation needed

The United States celebrate the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on the Fourth of July of 1776, America’s National Day. On this special occasion, we throw a Fourth of July lunch party every year, with American and French culinary specialties on the menu. Come celebrate Independence Day to the sound of American hymns and Jazz standards, in a friendly and festive atmosphere.

Reservation needed, with limited availability