Event Details

French Embassy Carnival Celebration: A Night on the Riviera

Sat, February 23, 2019 @ 06:30 PM to Sun, February 24, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

$99 - $895


A Night in Nice and Reveling on the Riviera!   Tonight, we invite you to the French Riviera, one of the most exciting places on earth – without ever boarding a plane!   Celebrate Mardi Gras and the Carnival of Nice on French soil as we welcome you to a special evening at the Embassy of France! In Partnership with the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

From the elegance of classical French culture to the most celebrated Rivera nightlife of the 21st Century, experience a special evening of fantastic French food (buffet-style) and wines, late night DJ and a nightclub experience that will turn the venue into “The Embassy of Lights”, with a spectacular Riviera-style ambiance, as well as attractions and shows.

Enjoy the flavors of NiceMonaco and St. Tropez in the beautiful and festive Maison Francaise at the French embassy.   Be a part of the Carnival of Nice, one of the world's largest carnival. Mardi Gras Style beads will be offered to all guests upon arrival. Be on the lookout for some special Cirque Style Carnival Characters!


1) FRENCH FOOD:  French food
 prepared by some of the best French chefs in DC, including Gerard Bertholonand Embassy Chef Marc Courseille, and Chef Hughes Cossard, as well as pastries from Boulangerie Christophe and bread from Maison Kayser. As if picked from a French restaurant, cafe or pastry shop on the Riviera, our menu offers you a special variety of assortment of French cuisine and patisseries. Enjoy!

2) OPEN BAR: Open bar all night with French wines, pastis, beers, and sparkling wines. Everything will be from France!  VIP ticket holders will enjoy real Champagne (Cannes VIP tickets)!

    From the glorious parties in Cannes to the EMBASSY of LIGHTS,  
we visit the hottest nightclubs in celebration of Carnival as one of Washington's top DJs spins the best American, French, Euro and top 40 dance hits.  The grand ballroom of French Embassy will be turned into a dazzling Riviera-style nightclub.   A spectacular light display will fill the embassy and the dance floor to add that special late night European touch!

4) CARICATURIST: As you may find some beautiful art in France, tonight you also become the art! Take home a special free souvenir as a leading local caricaturist draws your picture with a unique background

5) CARNIVAL FASHION COMPETION: (Optional) Dress in your original chic and creative carnival outfits! At 11pm, one male and one female winner will be selected as the Carnival King and Queen by virtue of their outfits and receive special prizes.

6) CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: While dancing and celebrating, enjoy films and videos on the walls of the embassy showcasing the Rivera! 

7)  MONTE CARLO CASINO:  In the Spirit of Monaco, spin the wheel and try your lock at roulette. (Mock gambling).

8)  CRêPES BAR: Delicious French crêpes! Tasty and fun!

9) CARNIVAL DECORATION AND CELEBRATION AND SPECIAL GUESTS:  Throughout the embassy, enjoy special decorations embracing the Carnival feel.  Mardi Gras Style beads will be offered to all guests upon arrival.   Be on the lookout for some special Cirque Style Carnival Characters!

10)  OPTIONAL VIP RECEPTION (Cannes tickets): From 6:30p to 8p, a VIP reception will allow you to enjoy delicious hors-d'oeuvres and special wines, including Champagne from Champagne.  A special jazz performance (French and some Mardi Gras) will offer a special treat during this exclusive reception.

11) OPTIONAL TABLES: Please note that the event is standing. However, a limited number of tables can be reserved, with table service available.

3 Types of Tickets:

- Cannes VIP Reception: Walk the red carpet at 6:30pm, and stay until the end of the event. During this hour and a half, you will enjoy delicious hors-d'oeuvres and special wines, including Champagne from Champagne, while a music ensemble delights your ears with classic French songs.

- Monte Carlo Table Service (table for 4): From 6:30pm to 12:00am (includes VIP Reception). Includes a reserved table, table service and unlimited Champagne. Very limited number of tables. Please reserve early.

- St. Tropez Tickets (8pm to midnight): Includes free food buffet and a complimentary welcome glass of pastis, the South of France's favorite drink. Open Bar All Night!

Important Information:
- For security reasons, there will be no parking inside the Embassy. Public parking is available on Reservoir Rd. However, we strongly advise you to use a car-sharing service.

- This is an adult-only event. No one under 21 allowed.

- Part of this event's proceeds will go to charities.


Suggested Attire

Cocktail attire or Carnival costume



Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

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