Festivals and Events in France 2016


French cities and villages have at least one major Fête or festival throughout the year in art, music, theatre, cinema, or dance. Smaller villages may have foires (fairs) or Fêtes celebrating things of community importance such as a patron saint, a successful crop, or perhaps a local cheese.

It is advisable to check the specific event website before making travel plans related to any particular event


January to June 2016

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Location Region Event Name Month
January
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Biennale d'art contemporain September-January
Paris Ile-de-France Grand Roue -ferris wheel September-January
Aix-en-Provence Provence Preljocaj Ballet Season October-May
Aubagne Provence Christmas Nativity display November-January
Carpentras Provence Carpentras Truffle Market - Fridays November-March
Chantilly Picardie Living Horse Museum (FR) November-March
Chantilly Picardie Living Horse Museum (EN) November-March
Paris Ile-de-France Notre Dame Cathédrale Nativity December-February
Paris Ile-de-France Ice Skating - Hôtel de Ville December-March
Aix Provence La Pastorale Maurel January
Alpe d'Huez Rhône-Alpes Festival de l'Alpe d'Huez January
Angoulème Poitou-Charentes Festival International de la Bande Dessinée January
Cannes Provence Cannes Shopping Festival January
Châtillon-sur-Seine Bourgogne Fête de la Saint-Vincent-Tournante January
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Dog Show January
Paris Ile-de-France Rallye Paris Tour Eiffel-Le Godillot Familial January
Saint-Vincent Tournante Bourgogne Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin January
Valloire Rhône-Alpes Concours International de Aculpture sur Neige January
Montpellier Languedoc La Folle Journée Music Marathon January-February
Nantes Pays-de-la-Loire Christian Film Festival January-February
Nantes Pays-de-la-Loire La Folle Journée de Nantes January-February
Pau Aquitaine Carnival Biarnés January-February
Dunkerque Nord-Pas de Calais Le Carnaval de Dunkerque January-March
Montriond Lake Rhône-Alpes Diving under Ice January-March
Paris Ile-de-France Antoine et Manuel-Graphic Artists January-April
Multiple All Montalvo Hervieu Dance Festival January-June
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Bagnères-de-Luchon Midi-Pyrénées Luchon Film Festival February
Bailleul-Mont des Cats Nord-Pas de Calais Bailleul Carnival February
Chambly Picardie Bois Hourdy Medieval Festival February
Chamonix Rhône-Alpes Chamonix Carnival February
Granville Basse-Normandie Mardi Gras Carnival February
Grasse Provence Citroën 2CV Rally February
La Clusaz Rhône-Alpes La Clusaz Carnival February
Mandelieu-La Napoule Provence Mimosa Flowering Festival February
Nantes Pays de la Loire La Folle Journée de Nantes February
Nice Provence Carnaval de Nice February
Paris Ile-de-France Chinese New Year February
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Carnaval February
Paris Ile-de-France Saint Valentines Festival February
Paris Ile-de-France Salon International de l'Agriculture February
Roquemaure Languedoc Roquemaure Lovers' Festival February
Saint-Raphaël Provence Saint-Raphaël Mimosa Corso February
Saint-Valentin Centre Saint Valentines Festival February
Avoriaz Rhône-Alpes Avoriaz Snow Carnival February-March
Biarritz Provence Festival International des Jeux de Biarritz February-March
Courchevel Rhône-Alpes International Pyrotechnics Festival February-March
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Grame Days Electronic Music Festival February-March
Menton Provence Fête du Citron February-March
Nice Provence Nice Carnival February-March
Orléans Centre Orléans Concours International Piano Competition February-March
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Aix Provence Festival de la Bande Desinée- cartoon festival March
Albert Picardie Festival International du Film Animalier March
Arles Provence Féria de Pâques (bullfights) March
Amiens Picardie Festival d'Amiens Musique de Jazz March
Annecy Rhône-Alpes Annecy Spanish Cinema Biennial March
Avignon Provence Avignon Motor Festival March
Bayeux Basse-Normandie Bayeux Half-Marathon March
Bordeaux Aquitaine Grand Déballage de Brocante-flea market March
Bordeaux Aquitaine Holiday on Ice March
Bordeaux Aquitaine Printemps Du Cinéma March
Chantilly Picardie Les Clouet de Catherine de Médicis - Renaissance artwork March
Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Vidéoformes New Media and Film Festival March
Coulommiers Ile-de-France Coulommiers Cheese and Wine Fair March
Créteil Ile-de-France Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil March
Deauville Basse-Normandie Festival du Film Asiatique March
Grenoble Rhône-Alpes Jazz Grenoble March
La Rochelle Poitou-Charentes Printemps des Poètes March
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Le Printemps des Poètes March
Marseille Provence Babel Med Music Festival March
Marseille Provence Festi'Femmes Comedy Festival March
Mortagne-au-Perche Basse-Normandie Foire au Boudin March
Multiple All Printemps du Cinéma-Film Festivals March
Multiple All Le Printemps des Poètes March
Nantes Pays-de-la-Loire Nantes Spanish Cinema Festival March
Nice Provence Le Printemps des Poètes March
Nice Provence Nice Cougourdon (gourd) and Annunciation Festival March
Paris Ile-de-France Art Paris - Grand Palais March
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Festival Chorus- multiple concert venues March
Paris Ile-de-France Parc Floral de Paris March
Paris Ile-de-France Printemps des Poetes March
Paris Ile-de-France Randonnée Paris du Printemps -hikes March
Paris Ile-de-France Salon Baby-baby products-Port de Versailles March
Paris Ile-de-France Salon International du Tourisme March
Paris Ile-de-France Today and Tomorrow Student Arts Festival March
Paris Ile-de-France Tout Court Short Film Festival March
Poitiers Poitou-Charentes Festival Voix Publiques March
Reims Champagne-Ardenne Les Belles Champenoises d'Epoque-Vintage autos March
Reims Champagne-Ardenne Salon Tendance Nature-environmental expo March
Rouen Haute-Normandie Festival du Cinéma Nordique March
Saône-et-Loire Bourgogne Les Grand Jours de Bourgogne March
Strasbourg Alsace Choco' Croc - chocolate exhibition March
Strasbourg Alsace Festival International d'Humour March
Strasbourg Alsace Les Giboulées de la Marionette -puppet Festival March
Strasbourg Alsace Strasbourg Carnival March
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Cinémas d'Amérique Latine de Toulouse March
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Cinémathèque de Toulouse -vintage films March
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Festival Flamenco de Toulouse March
Troyes Champagne-Ardenne Festival Guitares du Monde March
Valenciennes Nord-Pas de Calais Festival International du Film March
Grenoble Rhône-Alpes Foire des Rameaux -Easter Fair March-April
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Foire de Lyon March-April
Marseille Provence Festival Russe -Russian Culture Festival March-April
Paris Ile-de-France Banlieues Bleues Jazz Festival March-April
Paris Ile-de-France Festival of the Imagination March-April
Reims Champagne-Ardenne Méli'môme Festival March-April
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées International Festival March-April
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Printemps du Rire Comedy March-April
Lille Nord-Pas de Calais Lille XXL (3000) Frontières Invisibles (Europe in movement) March-July
Versailles Ile-de-France Château de Versailles Spectacles March-October
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Abbeville Picardie Somme Baie Festival de l'Oiseau (birds) April
Abbeville Picardie Somme Baie Steam Festival April
Angoulême Poitou-Charentes Tambourin Festival April
Annecy Rhône-Alpes Marathon du Lac d'Annecy April
Arras Nord-Pas de Calais Citadels Open Day April
Beaucroissant Rhône-Alpes Beaucroissant Agriculture Fairs April
Berck sur Mer Nord-Pas de Calais International Kite Festival April
Besançon Franche-Comté Copa Loca Festival International de Salsa April
Besançon Franche-Comté Bio Expo-Parc de Exposition April
Biarritz Aquitaine International Open Gaz-Ladies Tennis April
Bordeaux Aquitaine l'Escale du livre-book Fair April
Bourges Centre Le Printemps de Bourges April
Caen Basse-Normandie Nuit du Blues April
Carcassonne Languedoc Carcassonne Jazz week April
Compiègne Picardie L'Enfer du Nord Paris-Roubaix Cycling April
Cozes Poitou-Charentes Plein Sud-Festival des Cultures d'Afrique April
Deauville Basse-Normandie Deauville Easter Festival-concerts (Festival de Pâques) April
Erquy Bretagne Scallop Festival April
Grenoble Rhône-Alpes Foire des Rameaux-Easter Fair April
Grenoble Rhône-Alpes Vues d'en face gay & lesbian International Film Festival April
Laval Pays-de-la-Loire Laval Réalité Virtuelle April
Le Quesnoy Nord-Pas de Calais Citadels Open Day April
Le Touquet Nord-Pas de Calais Archery Festival and Medieval Fair April
Le Touquet Nord-Pas de Calais Salon Bien Être et Santé (health and well-being) April
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon April
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Festival L'Original- Hip-Hop April
Marseille Provence Festival Science Frontières April
Marseille Provence Salon des Vignerons et des Producteurs Fermiers April
Marseille Provence Société Nautique de Marseille-International regatta April
Millau Midi-Pyrénées Festival des Très Courts (short films) April
Moringhem Nord-Pas de Calais Scarecrow Festival April
Nice Provence Semi-Marathon International April
Paris Ile-de-France Cathédrale Notre Dame Easter services April
Paris Ile-de-France Salon du dessin contemporain (modern design) April
Paris Ile-de-France Jules Verne Film Festival April
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Marathon April
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Bike Days April
Paris Ile-de-France Paris-Roubaix Bicycle Race April
Paris Ile-de-France Salon des Réalités Nouvelles April
Paris Ile-de-France Société des Artistes Indépendants April
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Festival de Bridge (card game) April
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Les Grands Interprètes-Leif Andsnes (piano virtuoso) April
Tours Centre Energia-Holiday on Ice April
Val Thorens Rhône-Alpes Youth Ski Competition April
Vendôme Centre International Festival de Guitare April
Versaille Ile-de-France Les Lundis de Jazz April
Montpellier Languedoc International Extreme Sports Festival April-May
Orleans Centre Fêtes de Jeanne d'Arc April-May
Paris Ile-de-France Grand Marché de l'Art Contemporain- Place Bastille April-May
Paris Ile-de-France Foire de Paris April-May
Paris Ile-de-France Foire du Trône April-May
Bordeaux Aquitaine Nuit des Rollers-skating April-June
Multiple Normandie Basse and Haute Festival Normandie Impressionniste April-September
Chaumont-sur-Loire Centre Festival des Jardins April-October
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Aix Provence Cézanne and Picasso Exhibition May
Aix Provence Tambourin Festival May
Angoulême Poitou-Charentes Musiques Métisses May
Apt Provence Luberon Jazz May
Arles Provence Guardian Celebration (Camargue cowboys) May
Arnac-Pompadour Limousin Pompadour Showjumping (Anglo-Arab horses) May
Avignon Provence Fête de la Vigne et du Vin May
Avignon Provence Altera Rosa - Festival of the Rose May
Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne Limousin Féte de la Fraise (strawberry) May
Berck sur Mer Nord-Pas de Calais Fédération Française de Char à Voile- Sail Buggies May
Bergerac Aquitaine Jazz Pourpre May
Beuvron-en-Auge Basse-Normandie La Foire aux Géraniums May
Binic Bretagne La Féte de la Morue (cod fish) May
Bordeaux Aquitaine Internationale Foire de Bordeaux May
Bordeaux Aquitaine Concours International de Quatuor à Cordes (string quartet) May
Bordeaux Aquitaine Nuit des Rollers May
Calais Nord-Pas de Calais Rand'Opale -coastal hiking May
Calais Nord-Pas de Calais Foire de Calais May
Cannes Provence Festival de Cannes-International Film Festival May
Cavaillon Provence Cavaillon Corso May
Château-Thierry Picardie Festival Jean de La Fontaine (classical music) May
Multiple Champagne-Ardenne Fête de la Vigne et du Vin May
Concèze Limousin Concèze May
Condom Midi-Pyrénées Festival de Bandas- Marching bands May
Coutances Basse-Normandie Jazz sous les Pommiers (apple trees) May
Dijon Bourgogne Festival Frictions May
Grasse Provence Rose Festival May
La Roche-Guyon Ile-de-France Château de La Roche-Guyon Plant and Flower Show May
La Rochelle Poitou-Charentes Tour de l'Ile de Re May
Le Mans Pays de la Loire French Moto Grand Prix- motorcycles May
Lille Nord-Pas de Calais La Louche d'Or- Festival International de la Soupe May
Lourdes Midi-Pyrénées Journée de la Paix (Day of Peace) May
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Electronic Music Festival May
Marseille Provence Palais Longchamp Festival May
Monaco Provence Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco May
Montpellier Languedoc Battle of the Year Final- breakdancing May
Montpellier Languedoc Saperlipopette Voilà Enfantillages Children's Festival May
Multiple All Nuit des Musées May
Nantes Pays de la Loire Floralies Internationales- Flower show May
Nîmes Languedoc Mediterranean Day of the Olive Tree May
Paris Ile-de-France Belleville Artists Workshops- Open Doors May
Paris Ile-de-France Festival Présences -Maison de Radio France May
Paris Ile-de-France Great Paris Steeplechase May
Paris Ile-de-France La Fête du Travail - May Day May
Paris Ile-de-France Salon de la Revue du Vin May
Paris Ile-de-France Saint Germain Jazz Festival (wine) May
Saint Quay Portrieux Bretagne Côtes d'Armor Scallop Festival May
Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer Provence Pèlerinage des Gitans May
Sedan Champagne-Ardenne Le Festival Médièval May
Semur-en-Auxois Bourgogne Fêtes Médiévales May
Tours Centre Foire de Tours May
Angoulême Poitou-Charentes Musiques Métisses Festival May-June
Belfort Franche-Comté Festival International de Musique Universitaire (FIMU) May-June
Cap d'Agde Languedoc Sand Sculpture Festival May-June
Châteauneuf-sur-Loire Pays de la Loire Festival de Château de Sully et du Loiret (classical music) May-June
Chaumont Champagne-Ardenne International Graphic Arts Festival May-June
Compiègne Picardie Les Séries de Compiègne et de sa région (Classical Music) May-June
Paris Ile-de-France French Open (Tennis) May-June
Paris Ile-de-France Quinzaine des Réalisateurs -Director's Fortnight May-June
Saint-Denis Ile-de-France Festival de Saint-Denis- May Day May-June
Troyes Champagne-Ardenne Foire de Champagne L'Inde (culture of India) May-June
Yvelines Ile-de-France Rendez Vous Aux Jardins May-June
Paris Ile-de-France Foire Saint-Germain May-July
Nancy Lorraine Renaissance Nancy May-August
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Aix Provence Les Flâneries d'Art June
Aix Provence Musique dans la Rue June
Annonay Rhône-Alpes Hot-Air Balloon Festival June
Antibes Provence Les Voiles d'Antibes Yacht Regatta June
Bordeaux Aquitaine Bordeaux Fête de Vin June
Bordeaux Aquitaine Bordeaux Gay Pride June
Bordeaux Aquitaine La Traversée à la Nage June
Bordeaux Aquitaine Festival du Conte (fairy tales) June
Cabourg Basse-Normandie Festival du Film (romance) June
Caen Basse-Normandie D-Day Anniversary June
Caen Basse-Normandie Freedom Races for D-Day June
Calvi Corse Calvi Jazz Festival June
Cannes Provence Lions International Advertising Festival June
Carcassonne Languedoc Festival des Cités June
Chantilly Picardie Prix de Diane (horse racing) June
Châlons-en-Campagane Champagne-Ardenne Festival Furies Street Theatre June
Champagnole Franche-Comté Jura Mont RivièresMountain Biking June
Châtellerault Poitou-Charentes Jazzellerault Festival June
Clisson Pays-de-la-Loire Hellfest Summer Open Air June
Deauville Basse-Normandie Deauville International Week (maritime races) June
Doullens Picardie Fêtes des Plantes June
Evreux Haute-Normandie Véhicules Historique (vintage cars Parade) June
Le Creusot Bourgogne Blues en Bourgogne June
Le Mans Pays de la Loire Le Mans 24-Hour Car Race June
Ligugé Poitou-Charentes Chemins de Musique (sacred music) June
Lille Nord-Pas de Calais Latitudes Contemporaines Festival (dance) June
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Lyon Gay Pride June
Marseille Provence Festival du Soleil June
Marseille Provence National Qigong Day (martial art) June
Montpellier Languedoc Montpellier Danse June
Mont Canigou Languedoc Les feux de la St. Jean and La Trobada du Canigou June
Moulins Auvergne Festival International Cinéma et Costume June
Multiple Rhône-Alpes Rendez-vous aux Jardins June
Multiple and Paris All Fête de la Musique June
Nice Provence Festival du Livre (books) June
Nîmes Languedoc Aïwah Festival (north african culture) June
Nohant Centre Romantic Festival at the Château d'Ars (piano concerts) June
Orbec Basse-Normandie Fête de Camembert et des Métiers Anciens June
Orléans Centre Jazz de Orléans June
Paris Ile-de-France New International soloistsSerres d'Auteuil (greenhouse) June
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Air Show- Bourget Airport June
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Bridal Show June
Paris Ile-de-France Carré Rive Gauche Fair (antiques) June
Paris Ile-de-France Cube Festival (digital arts) June
Paris Ile-de-France Festival Django Reinhardt June
Paris Ile-de-France Fête de la Musique (all styles) June
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Gay Pride June
Paris Ile-de-France Pocket Film Festival (mobile devices) June
Paris Ile-de-France Solidays - HIV awareness charity June
Perpignan Languedoc Festa Major (fire of St. Jean) June
Perpignan Languedoc Vins du Roussillon June
Perpignan Languedoc Festival Ida y Vuelta (come and go) June
Provins Ile-de-France Les Médiévales de Provins June
Reims Champagne-Ardenne Festival Jean d'Arc- Fêtes Johanniques June
Rouen Haute-Normandie L'Armada de la Liberté June
Samois-sur-Seine Ile-de-France Festival Jazz-Django Reinhardt June
Scaëre Bretagne La Cavalcade de Scaër Carnaval June
Strasbourg Alsace Festival de Musique de Strasbourg June
Strasbourg Alsace National Qigong Day (martial art) June
Saumur Pays de la Loire Festival of Military Music June
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Les Siestes électroniques June
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Festival International de Théâtre d'Enfants June
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Le Marathon des Mots (reading and workshops) June
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées ¡Rio Loco! Festival June
Aix-en-Othe Champagne-Ardenne Festival en Pays d'Othe et d'Armance-Music and Theatre June-July
Anjou Pays-de-la-Loire Festival d'Anjou-Theatre June-July
Cannes Provence International Water Symposium June-July
La Rochelle Poitou-Charentes Festival International du Film June-July
Mâcon Bourgogne Fête du Nautisme June-July
Marseille Provence Festival de Marseille June-July
Montpellier Languedoc Dance Festival June-July
Montpellier Languedoc Printemps des Comédiens June-July
Nevers Bourgogne Les Zaccros d'ma rue (street festival) June-July
Reims Champagne-Ardenne Flâneries Musicales d'Eté June-July
Saint-Denis Ile-de-France Festival de Saint-Denis-music June-July
Strasbourg Alsace Route Romane Festival June-July
Toulon Provence Le Festival de Musique June-July
Vienne Rhône-Alpes Jazz à Vienne June-July
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Les Nuits de Fourvière June-August
Reims Champagne-Ardenne Les Flâneries Musicales June-August
Amiens Picardie la Cathédrale en couleurs June-September
Multiple Bourgogne Grands Crus de Bourgogne June-September
Marseille Provence De Van Gogh à Bonnard June-October

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