Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in France

Market day, Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
Markets bring a festive feel to town squares across France, even on quotidian workdays.
  • 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.
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2019

Through December 31:  Festival d'Automne à Paris (Paris Autumn Festival)

Late November–December 24:  Christmas markets (particularly fun in Strasbourg, Colmar, and Sarlat-la-Canéda)

December:  Christmas carousels, outdoor skating rinks, and avant-garde Christmas trees around town, Paris

December 5–9:  Les Rencontres Trans Musicales, Rennes (up-and-coming pop, rock, etc.)

December 14–21:  Rise Festival, Les Deux Alpes (dance music at ski resort)

December 25:  Christmas Day (Noël; closures)

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

December 31:  New Year's Eve


2020

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

February 2:  Le Corso Fleuri, Bormes-les-Mimosas (traditional flower parade in coastal Provence)

February 15–29:  Nice Carnival (Mardi Gras, parades and fireworks)

February 15–March 3:  Lemon Festival, Menton

April–November:  International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire

April 10:  Good Friday (Vendredi Saint, closures)

April 12–13:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Pâques, closures)

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

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

May 1–3:  Great Roman Games, Nîmes

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

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

May 12–23:  Cannes Film Festival

Mid-May (1 day):  Night of Museums, across France (museums stay open late and for free)

May 19:  St. Yves' Day; Fête de la Bretagne (cultural celbrations across Brittany)

May 20–May 24:  Nuits Sonores, Lyon (electronic music festival)

May 21:  Ascension (closures)

May 21–24:  Monaco Grand Prix

Late May–mid-June:  D-Day Festival, across Normandy

May 31–June 1:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

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

Early June–early July:  Festival of St. Denis, Paris (classical concerts by international artists)

June 5–7 (likely):  Rendez-vous aux Jardins (noteworthy gardens open to the public), Paris and elsewhere

June 6:  76th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day Landing (Jour J)

June 6–7:  Joan of Arc Festival, Rouen (pageants)

June 8–16 (likely):  Paris Beer Week

June 13–14:  Le Mans auto race, near Loire Valley

June 19–August 1:  Chorégies d'Orange (performances in Roman theater)

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

June 25–July 11:  Jazz à Vienne, south of Lyon

June 27–July 19:  Tour de France (culminates on the Champs-Elysées in Paris)

July:  Carcassonne Festival (theatre, music, dance, plus jousting matches and medieval festivities)

July 1–20 (likely):  Aix Festival (classical music and opera)

July 2–21 (likely):  Avignon Festival (theater, dance, music)

July 3–26 (likely):  Beaune International Festival of Baroque Opera

July 4–14:  Colmar International Festival

July 6–September 1: Paris Plage (ersatz beach along the Seine)

July 10–August 1 (likely):  Festival Paris l'Été (theater, dance, concerts)

July 12–21:  Jazz à Juan, Antibes/Juan-les-Pins (international jazz festival)

July 14:  Bastille Day ("le 14 Juillet," closures, fireworks, revelry)

July 14–August 24 (likely):  International Fireworks Festival, Cannes (fireworks)

July 16–19:  Vieilles Charrues Festival, Carhaix (Brittany; France's biggest music festival)

July 17–21:  Nice Jazz Festival

July 21–26: Cornwall Festival, Quimper

July 23–August 13 (likely):  Jazz in Marciac, southwest France

Early August:  Lavender parade, Digne-les-Bains

August 1–3 (likely):  Jasmine Festival, Grasse (flower-themed parades)

August 12–15 (likely):  La Route du Rock, St-Malo (music festival)

August 15:  Assumption (closures)

August 20–25:  Fête de la Saint-Louis, Sète (near Montpellier; parades, fireworks, canal-boat "water-jousting")

August 27–September 8 (likely):  Jazz at La Villette, Paris

August 28–September 5 (likely): Silhouette Festival, Paris (short film festival)

August 29–31 (likely):  Braderie de Lille (world's largest flea market)

September:  Wine harvest festivals across France

September 8 (likely)–December 31:  Festival d'Automne à Paris (Paris Autumn Festival)

September 18–October 3 (likely):  Festival Musica, Strasbourg (contemporary classical music)

September 19 (likely):  Technoparade, Paris (starts at Port Royal, ends at Place de la République)

September 19–20 (likely):  Heritage days (Journée du patrimoine; special openings and tours of monuments and other historical sites across France)

September 23–26:  Monaco Yacht Show (pricey exhibition of mega-yachts)

October 3:  Paris Nuit Blanche (illuminated public art, concerts, all-night public transit)

October 7–11 (likely):  Fête des Vendanges, Montmartre neighborhood of Paris (grape harvest festival)

October 9–17 (likely):  Oktoberfest Paris

October 24–31 (likely):  Oktoberfest Marseille

October 25 (likely):  Fête de La Pomme, Trévières (apple harvest festival near Honfleur)

October 29–November 9 (likely):  Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair

November 1:  All Saints' Day (La Toussaint; closures)

November 11:  Armistice Day (closures)

November 21–23:  Les Trois Glorieuses, Beaune (wine auction and festival)

Late November–December 24:  Christmas markets (particularly fun in Strasbourg, Colmar, and Sarlat-la-Canéda)

December:  Christmas carousels, outdoor skating rinks, and avant-garde Christmas trees around town, Paris

December 3–7 (likely):  Les Rencontres Trans Musicales, Rennes (up-and-coming pop, rock, etc.)

December 12–19 (likely):  Rise Festival, Les Deux Alpes (dance music at ski resort)

December 25:  Christmas Day (Noël; closures)

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

December 31:  New Year's Eve