Get together with French language speakers for conversation and friendship.
The French conversation evenings (groupe de conversation) are almost always for those whose language level is strong intermediate or above---in other words, at a level to be able to understand and discuss quite varied topics in French.
There are some meetups that are appropriate for any level (including non French speakers) An example of this is French films with subtitles. We have also had meetups at the Art Museum, Duke Gardens, at a French Baroque music concert, and learning to cook French food, all of which were open to all levels of speakers including non French speakers.
If you know of an event concerning French language or culture, let me know, and I can post it.
NB: This meetup website and mailing list are not intended to be a forum for free advertising.