Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in France

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism sites for France and Paris.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout France. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.

2014

April 18:  Good Friday (Vendredi Saint, public holiday)

April 20–21:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Pâques, public holidays)

April–October:  International Garden Festival (Chaumont-sur-Loire)

May 1:  Labor Day (Fête due Travail or Fête du Premier Mai; public holiday)

May 8:  VE (Victory in Europe) Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945 or  Jour de la Liberation; public holiday, parades)

May 14–25:  Cannes Film Festival

May 22–25:  Monaco Grand Prix

May–July:  Versailles Festival (classical music, opera, dance, contemporary art)

May 29:  Ascension (public holiday)

May 31–June 1:  Joan of Arc Festival (pageants, Rouen)

June 3–July 31:  Nuits de Fourvière (theater and music in a Roman theater, Lyon)

June 6:  70th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day Landing (Jour J)

June 8–9:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (public holidays)

June 14–15:  Le Mans auto race (near Loire Valley)

Mid-June–early August:  Carcassonne Festival (theatre, music, dance)

June 21:  Fête de la Musique (concerts and dancing in the streets throughout France)

July 2–14:  Colmar International Festival

July 4–25:  Avignon Festival (theater, dance, music)

July 6–29:  Beaune International Festival of Baroque Opera

July 5–27:  Tour de France (culminates on the Champs-Elysées in Paris)

July 7–11:  Nice Jazz Festival

July–early August:  Chorégies d'Orange (performances in Roman theater)

July 11–20:  Jazz à Juan (international jazz festival, Antibes/Juan-les-Pins)

July:  Jousting matches and medieval festivities (Carcassonne)

July:  Aix Festival (classical music and opera)

July 14:  Bastille Day (public holiday, fireworks, revelry)

July–August:  Cannes Festival of Pyrotechnic Art (fireworks)

August 15:  Assumption

Late August–September:  Jazz at La Villette (Paris)

September:  Festival d'Automne à Paris (fall arts festival)

September:  Wine harvest festivals (across France)

October 8–12:  Fête des Vendanges (grape harvest festival, Montmartre neighborhood of Paris)

November 1:  All Saints' Day (La Toussaint)

October 31–November 11:  Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair

November 11:  Armistice Day

November 13–17:  Les Trois Glorieuses (Wine Auction and Festival, Beaune)

Late November–December 24:  Christmas markets (Strasbourg and Colmar)

December 5–8:  Fête des Lumières (celebration of Virgin Mary, colorfully lit facades, candlelit windows; Lyon)

December 25:  Christmas Day (Noël)

December 26:  Second Christmas Day (public holiday in Alsace-Lorraine)

December 31:  New Year's Eve

2015

January 1:  New Year's Day (public holiday)

January 6:  Epiphany

February 13–March 1:  Nice Carnival (Mardi Gras, parades and fireworks)