Events in France

Discover a rich range of events, festivals, days out and places to visit on your French holiday.

Holidays in France offer a huge range of things to do and places to see.  From historic cities to world famous French cuisine there are many French festivals and celebrations for you to enjoy while you’re on holiday in France. 

Paris Gay Pride
Paris Gay Pride
June (Annual)

Paris

The romantic, enchanting city of Paris celebrates Gay Pride at the end of June with a massive parade that draws more than 500,000 spectators and participants as well as a series of parties, balls, and other lively events.

 


Coupe Icare
September (annual)

Saint Hilaire du Touvet

The oldest free flight festival in the world, the Coupe Icare, is a two-day celebration of all aircraft that rely on nature to keep them in the air.

Montgolfière en Velay
November 2009

Le Puy-en-Velay

 The sky above Le Puy-en-Velay will be dotted with multicoloured hot-air balloons for this international ballooning event.

Chicken Festival Saint Sever
December (Annual)

Clôtres Jacobins, Saint-Sever

The medieval town of Saint-Sever is very proud of its chicken population, which it celebrates every year at the Clôtre des Jacobins during Festivolailles. Visitors can taste the town's famous…


Festival du Boudin - The black pudding festival
March

Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne

The black pudding festival celebrates everything to do with the great blood sausage.

Marathon des Grands Crus
October 2009

Marsannay la Côte

Following the picturesque wine routes of Dijon, the Grand Crus Marathon has to be one of the world's most scenic races, with the added bonus of a top class glass of vin at the end!

ASP World Qualifying Series - Rip Curl Pro
August (Annual)

Hossegor

The Plage de la Graviere in Hossegor, one of the west coast's largest surf destinations, hosts the Rip Curl Pro, part of the ASP World Qualifying Series. The waves here are mostly beach…


Les Belles Champenoises d'Epoque - Vintage car fair
March

Reims, Marne

Every year, vintage car enthousiasts from across France and further afield flock to Reims' Parc des Expositions for its vintage car fair.


Tapis Rouge - The antiques festival
1 October

Lyon

On the first Thursday of October, a huge red carpet is rolled out down the Rue Auguste Comte, the antiques quarter in the heart of Lyon to celebrate the antiques festival.

Strasbourg's Contemporary Art Fair
November 2009

Strasbourg


Central and Eastern Europe is the theme for Strasbourg's 13th Contemporary Art Fair which takes places at the Wacken exhibition centre. The event gives visitors the opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage of these countries along with current creative trends.



Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
October (Annual)

Paris

Held at the world-renowned Longchamp racecourse, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe sees equine athletes from around the world competing to take away the €4 million prize fund, making it the world's most richly rewarded turf race.

Festival Guitares du Monde
March

Troyes, Aube

This annual music festival, held in St-André-les-Vergers on the outskirts of Troyes, is a showcase for guitarists from around the world.

Festival Vidéoformes
March

Clermont - Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme

The Vidéoformes festival celebrates new media and digital art forms with a programme of screenings and exhibitions throughout the town.  

Le Mans 24 Hour Race
June (Annual)

Le Mans

The Le Mans 24 Hour Race (24 Heures du Mans) was borne out of the Grand Prix series as an exciting addition to the world's racing calendar. When the green flag drops, competitors begin an exhilarating 24-hour race at the famous Le Mans circuit.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Summer of Opera in Burgundy
July (Annual)

Burguny - many locations

Founded in 1978, this summer opera festival is held in the elegant atmosphere of Burgundy's hôtels particuliers and mixes contemporary operas with more familiar classics.

Fête des sorcières - Witch Festival
October 2009

Chalindrey

Although Halloween is often thought of as a typically American celebration, the residents of Chalindrey have been celebrating the annual Fête des sorcières (witch Festival) in October for over a century.

Reims Jazz Festival
November

Reims


The festival has been held annually since 1994 and attracts performers from across the globe.

Strasbourg's Carnival
March

Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin

More than 40 colourful floats and 3,000 street performers will join the procession for Strasbourg's annual carnival.

Rallye Paris - Deauville
October (Annual)

Paris

The Paris - Deauville rally is an annual event which sees the gathering and exhibition of pre-1940s vintage cars, cabriolets and coupés.

Antiques Fair
January - February (annual)

Parc des Expositions (Exhibition Park), Bordeaux

The Bordeaux Salon des Antiquaires, held in the Parc des Expositions, is among France's finest fairs, on a par with those of Antibes, Toulouse and Paris. Some 200 top antique dealers from all…

 

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