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


July to December 2016

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Location Region Event Name Month
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
Chaumont-sur-Loire Centre Festival des Jardins April-October
Paris Ile-de-France Foire Saint-Germain May-July
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
Multiple Bourgogne Grands Crus de Bourgogne June-September
Amiens Picardie Cathedral in Colors June-September
JULY Top of page
Aix Provence Auto Club d'Aix -antiques July
Aix Provence Festival d'Aix-en-Provence July
Amiens Basse-Normandie Festival des Folklores du Monde July
Alençon Basse-Normandie Festival des Folklores du Monde July
Angoulême Poitou-Charentes Festival des Nuits Romanes - Romanesque heritage July
Annecy Rhône-Alpes Les Noctibules Street Theatre July
Antibes Provence Jazz à Juan July
Arles Provence La Fête du Costume July
Arles Provence World Music July
Aurillac Auvergne Festival les Européennes du Gout -food lovers July
Avignon Provence Festival d'Avignon July
Bar-le-Duc Lorraine Renaissance Festival July
Bar-sur-Seine Champagne-Ardenne La Route du Champagne en Fête July
Bayeux Basse-Normandie Fêtes médiévales July
Beaune Bourgogne Festival International de Beaune July
Belfort Franche-Comté Eurockéennes de Belfort July
Biarritz Aquitaine Biarritz Cup - golf July
Boulogne-sur-Mer Nord-Pas de Calais Fête du Hareng July
Brest Bretagne Intenational Festival of Sailors July
Briouze Basse-Normandie Art Sonic Music Festival July
Cambrai Nord-Pas de Calais Louis Blériot de Cambrai-Niergnies -airshow July
Cannes Provence Fireworks Festival July
Cannes Provence Palais des Festivals et des Congrès July
Cap d'Agde Languedoc Soirées Pyrotechniques -5 nights of fireworks July
Carpentras Provence Les Estivales July
Carcassonne Languedoc Le Festival de la Cité July
Carhaix-Plouguer Bretagne Festival des Vieilles Charrues July
Cavaillon Provence Melon Festival July
Chalon-sur-Saône Bourgogne Chalon dans la rue July
Chantilly Picardie Prix de Jockey Club -horse racing July
Cirque de Gavarnie Midi-Pyrénées Festival de Gavarnie July
Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Les Trans'urbaines (hip-hop) July
Cluny Bourgogne Les Grandes Heures de Cluny July
Cognac Poitou-Charentes Passion Blues Festival July
Colmar Alsace Festival International de Colmar July
Compiègne Picardie Festival des Forêts-Parc de Songeons July
Concèze Limousin Raspberry Festival July
Cordes-sur-Ciel Midi-Pyrénées Festival Musique sur Ciel July
Cordes-sur-Ciel Midi-Pyrénées Medieval Festival-Grand Fauconnier (falconer) July
Deauville Basse-Normandie World Bridge Festival July
Dinan Bretagne Fête des Remparts July
Gannat Auvergne Les Cultures du Monde July
Grand Fauconnier Midi-Pyrénées Fêtes du Grand Fauconnier July
La Chatre-Nohant Centre International Frédéric Chopin Festival July
La Clusaz Rhône-Alpes FreeRide VTT Tour La Clusaz -mountain biking July
La Rochelle Poitou-Charentes Festival International du Film July
La Rochelle Poitou-Charentes Francofolies July
Locronan-Le Nemeton Bretagne Petite Troménie -procession July
Luz Midi-Pyrénées Festival de Jazz a Luz July
Marseille Provence Jazz des Cinq Continents (of five continents) July
Megève Rhône-Alpes Horse Jumping International July
Millau Midi-Pyrénées Millau en Jazz July
Mirande Aquitaine Mirande Festival de Country Music July
Mirepoix Midi-Pyrénées Les Médiévales July
Montluçon Auvergne Festival Médiéval (Ducs de Bourbon) July
Montélimar Rhône-Alpes Lavande Festival -lavender July
Montpellier Languedoc Festival de Radio France et Montpellier July
Mulhouse Alsace Great Automobile Parade July
Multiple All Tour de France 2011 July
Multiple All Bastille Day July 14th
Nice Provence European Pétanque Competition July
Nice Provence Nice Jazz Festival July
Noirlac Abbey Centre Choral Music Festival July
Paris Ile-de-France Festival Chopin July
Paris Ile-de-France Festival Paris Cinéema July
Paris Ile-de-France Haute Couture Fashion Week July
Paris Ile-de-France Le Golf National - Open de France July
Paris Ile-de-France Rock Ici Mômes July
Perpignan Languedoc Estivales July
Pierrefort Auvergne Fête de la Peinture -watercolor competition July
Pont-l'Abbé Bretagne Fête des Brodeuses -embroiderers July
Quimper Bretagne Festival de Cornouaille July
Rennes Bretagne Les Tombèes de la Nuit July
Rouen Haute-Normandie L'Armada July
Royan Poitou-Charentes Un Violon sur le Sable (Violin on the Sand) July
Saint Chartier Centre Traditional Instrument making July
Saint Denis-Paris Île-de-France Gaz de France-Golden League Athletics July
Saint-Florent-Le-Vieil Pays-de-la-Loire Les Orientales Festival July
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Languedoc Saison Musicale July
Saint Maixent Pays-de-la-Loire International Childrens Folk Meeting July
Saint-Raphael Provence Festival de Jazz New Orléans July
Saint-Riquier Picardie Classical Music Festival July
Strasbourg Alsace Festival des Cultures et Saveurs d'Europe -food July
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Festival Ravensare -dance and modern art July
Tours Centre Frais Festival -various events July
Vannes Bretagne Les Fêtes Historique de Vannes July
Vaison-la-Romain Provence Festival de Vaison-la-Romaine July
Vaison-la-Romain Provence Festival International de Danse July
Val d'Isère Rhône-Alpes Archery Championships July
Villandry Château Centre Les Nuits des Mille Feux (Candles) July
Aubusson Limousin Festival de Musique Classique July-August
Bayonne Aquitaine Bayonne Festival July-August
Belle-Île-en-Mer Bretagne Lyrique en Mer - Festival de Belle Ile July-August
La Roque d'Anthéron Provence Festival International de Piano July-August
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Les Nuits de Fourvière July-August
Menton Provence Festival Musique Menton July-August
Orange Provence Chorégies d'Orange music and opera festival July-August
Paris Île-de-France Paris Quartiers d'été July-August
Paris Île-de-France Paris Plage July-August
Prades Languedoc Pablo Casals Festival July-August
Saint-Céré Midi-Pyrénées Festival de Saint-Céré - opera and choral July-August
Saint-Fargeau Bourgogne Le Spectacle Historique-Château de St-Fargeau July-August
Salon de Provence Provence Musique à l'Empéri - Château de l'Emperi July-August
Tarbes Midi-Pyrénées Equestria July-August
Arles Provence Jubilee 150th Anniversary July-September
Bourbon-Lancy Bourgogne Summer of Portraits July-September
AUGUST Top of page
Aurillac Auvergne Festival International de Théâtre de rue August
Ajaccio Corse Fête du Reblochon August
Cagnes sur Mer Provence Fête Médiévale August
Cannes Provence Pantiero Festival August
Cannes Provence Festival Pyrotechnique August
Chamonix Rhône-Alpes Fête des Guides August
Collonges-la-Rouge Limousin Medieval Market August
Colmar Alsace Foire aux Vins August
Concarneau Bretagne Festival des Filets Bleus (blue nets) August
Confolens Poitou-Charentes Festival de Confolens-Arts and Traditions August
Cote Saint-André Rhône-Alpes Festival Berlioz August
Duras Aquitaine Les Montgolfiades de Duras et la Fête du Vin August
Gourdon Provence Festival de Théâtre August
Granville Basse-Normandie La Nuit des Saudeurs -metalwork and concerts August
Grasse Provence Fête du Jasmin - celebration of perfume August
La Chaise-Dieu Auvergne Festival International de Musique de la Chaise-Dieu August
Langres Champagne-Ardenne Hallebardiers Festival August
Le Poiré Pays de la Loire Nuit de la Mogette (White bean night) August
Lorient Bretagne Festival Interceltique de Lorient August
Marciac Midi-Pyrénées Jazz in Marciac August
Marlenheim Alsace Le Mariage de l'Ami Fritz August
Moncrabeau Aquitaine Festival de Menteurs (liars) August
Montoire Centre Festival de Montoire August
Mulhouse Alsace Festival Jazz à Mulhouse August
Noirmoutier-en-Ile Provence La Chaloupe tall ships August
Paimpol Bretagne Festival du Chant de Marin August
Paris Ile-de-France Rock en Seine-Saint Cloud Park August
Périgueux Aquitaine Mime Festival August
Pont-de-Vaux Rhône-Alpes Mondial de Quad August
Ramatuelle Provence Jazz Festival August
Saint-Malo Bretagne La Route du Rock August
Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue Basse-Normandie Les Traversees Tatihou August
Sète Languedoc Fête des Jouteurs (water jousting) August
Sète Languedoc Fête de la Saint Louis August
Avignon Provence Tremplin Jazz d'Avignon August
Vallee d'Aure Midi-Pyrénées Sur les chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle August
Paris Île-de-France La Villette Jazz Festival August-Sept
Perpignan Languedoc Visa pour l'Image Photojournalism August-Sept
Asnières-sur-Oise Île-de-France Royaumont Music Festival August-Oct
Rennes Bretagne King Arthur Exhibition August-January
SEPTEMBER Top of page
Argeles-Gazost Midi-Pyrénées Championnat International de chiens-Pyrénées September
Besançon Franche-Comté Festival International de Musique de Besançon September
Calvi Corsica Rencontre de chants polyphoniques September
Chartres Centre Chartres en Lumières September
Deauville Normandy Festival du Film Americain September
Dieppe Normandy Festival International de Cerf-Volant kite festival) September
Le Puy-en-Velay Auvergne Les Fêtes Renaissance du Roi de l'Oiseau September
Les Baux Provence Château des Baux Fête Médiéval September
Lille Nord-Pas de Calais La Grande Braderie de Lille September
Lourdes Midi-Pyrénées Jubilee 150th Anniversary September
Lyon Rhône-Alpes La Biennale de Lyon September
Marseille Provence La Fête du Vent (kites) September
Medoc Aquitaine Marathon des Châteaux du Médoc et des Graves September
Montlouis-sur-Loire Loire Valley Festival de Jazz en Touraine September
Paris Île-de-France Biennale des Antiquaires September
Paris Île-de-France Garde Républicaine-Motorcycle and riding demonstrations September
Paris Ile-de-France Festival Ile-de-France concerts September
Paris & All France Île-de-France Journees du Patrimoine-public buildings tour September
Paris Ile-de-France Medieval Art-Sam Fogg-Grand Palais September
Paris Île-de-France Salon de la musique-Porte de Versailles September
Puy-en-Velay Auvergne Fête Renaissance du Roi de l'Oiseau September
Saint Hilaire-du-Touvet Rhône-Alpes Coupe Icare-Hangliding-Paragliding September
Saint-Jean-de-Luz Aquitaine Maurice Ravel Festival September
Tain l'Hermitage Rhône-Alpes Fête des vendanges-Grape harvest September
Tarbes Midi-Pyrenees Festival International de Musique Militaire September
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Piano aux Jacobins festival September
Vic-Fezensac Midi-Pyrénées Vic-Fezensac - Fête de la Saint Mathieu September
Amiens Picardie la Cathédrale en couleurs June-September
Limoges Limousin Les Francophonies Contemporary Theatre September-October
Montpellier Languedoc International Guitar Festival September-October
Paris Ile-de-France Big Wheel - Grand Roue (ferris wheel) September-January
Paris Île-de-France Festival America- 50 North-American writers September-October
Strasbourg Alsace Musica-International Contemporary Music Festival September-October
Tours Centre Musiques Anciennes September-October
Paris Île-de-France Festival d'Automne-Theater, film, and music September-December
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Biennale d'art contemporain September-Jan 2009
OCTOBER Top of page
Angers Pays de la Loire Mondial du Lion - Equestrian October
Bastia Corse Les Musicales Bastia-Baroque Music Festival October
Bayonne Aquitaine Fête du Piment (chili pepper) October
Corse Corse FIA Rallye de France-Tour de Corse October
Dijon Bourgogne Adventure Festival Documentaries October
Ivry-sur-Seine Ile-de-France Festival Val-de-Marne October
Lourdes Midi-Pyrénées National Pilgrimage of Saint Rosaire October
Marchiennes Nord-Pas de Calais Les Cucurbitades-Gourd and Witchcraft Festival October
Montpellier Languedoc Montpellier International Fair October
Mourjou Auvergne Chestnut Festival October
Multiple All La Semaine du Goût-Tasting Week October
Nancy Lorraine Nancy Jazz Pulsations October
Nogaro Midi-Pyrénées Nogaro Racing Circuit October
Paris Ile-de-France Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain October
Paris Ile-de-France Paris JVC Jazz Festival October
Paris Ile-de-France Reading Festival October
Paris Deauville Ile-de-France Vintage Car Rally October
Poitiers Poitou-Charentes Les Eclats Chorégraphiques Dance Festival October
Reims Champagne-Ardenne Reims International Marathon October
Saint-Raphaël Provence Pays de Fayence String Quartet October
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Cinémathèque de Toulouse October
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées 2014 Toulouse les Orgues (International) October
Angoulême Poitou-Charentes Piano en Valois Festival October and November
Auch Midi-Pyrénées CIRCA Circus Festival October-November
Montpellier Languedoc Cinéma Méditerranean Festival Internationale October-November
Paris Ile-de-France Paris Banlieues Tango October-November
Paris Ile-de-France Le Salon du Chocolat October-November
Multiple Normandy Autumn Festival October-December
NOVEMBER Top of page
AnnecySévrier Rhône-Alpes Salon des Vins d'Annecy (in Sévrier) November 5-7
Beaujeu Rhône-Alpes First Beaujolais Nouveau November 19
Boulogne-sur-Mer Nord-Pas de Calais First Beaujolais Nouveau November
Dijon Bourgogne Dijon Foire Internationale et Gastronomique Food-Wine November
Le Puy-en-Velay Auvergne Montgolfière en Velay (hot air balloons) November
Lourdes Midi-Pyrénées Lourdes au Cinéma November
Mulhouse Alsace Christmas in Alsace November
Multiple All Armistice Day November 11
Nevers Bourgogne International D'jazz Days November
Nice Provence Oumage à Catarina Ségurana November
Ile-de France Paris Paris Photo-Grand Palais November
Reims Champagne Reims Jazz Festival November
Strasbourg Alsace Strasbourg Jazz Festival November
Tarare Rhône-Alpes Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau November
Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Toulouse Wine Fair November
Tours Centre Festival des Langues November
Valence Rhône-Alpes Bouquets de Vins November
Multiple Alsace Les Marchés de Noël (Colmar, Kayserberg, Mulhouse, Ribeauville, Riquewihr, Strasbourg) November-December
Mulitple Ile-de-France Africolor Festival November-December
Colmar Alsace Colmar Christmas Market November-December
Metx Lorraine Metz Christmas Market November-December
Montbéliard Franche-Comté Les Lumières de Noël November-December
Mulhouse Alsace Mulhouse Christmas Market November-December
Reims Champagne Christmas Village November-December
Strasbourg Alsace Strasbourg Christmas Markets November-December
Aubagne Provence Christmas Nativity display November-January
Chantilly Picardie Living Horse Museum November-March
DECEMBER Top of page
Aix-en-Provence Provence Le Marché des 13 Desserts December
Licques Nord-Pas de Calais Fête de la Dinde (Turkey) December
Lyon Rhône-Alpes Fête des lumières (Festival of Lights) December
Paris Ile-de-France 1,000 Christmas Trees- Champs-Elysées in Paris December
Paris Ile-de-France Christmas Merry-Go-Rounds-Hôtel-de-Ville December
Pont-de-Vaux. Rhône-Alpes Les Glorieuses de Bresse December
Rennes Bretagne Les Tombées de la Nuit December
Rennes Bretagne Transmusicales - Contemporary Music December
Amiens Picardie Cathedral in Colors December-January
Peillac Bretagne La Pomme d'Orange- storytelling for children December-January
Paris Il-de-France Cathédrale Notre Dame-Crèche de Noël December-February
Paimpol Bretagne Fête des Chants de Marin 2009 biannual
Paris Ile-de-France Notre Dame Cathédrale Nativity December-February
Paris Ile-de-France Ice Skating - Hôtel de Ville December-March

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