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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in France

Market day, Sarlat-la-Canéda
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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Through November:  International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire

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

May 13–22:  Fête de la Bretagne (cultural celebrations across Brittany, centered around St. Yves' Day on May 19)

May 14:  Night of Museums, across France (museums stay open late and for free)

May 17–28:  Cannes Film Festival

May 25–29:  Nuits Sonores, Lyon (electronic music festival)

May 26:  Ascension (closures)

May 26–29:  Monaco Grand Prix

May 26–29:  Joan of Arc Festival, Rouen (pageants)

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

May 31–July 3:  Festival of St. Denis, Paris (classical concerts by international artists)

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

June 3–5:  Rendez-vous aux Jardins (noteworthy gardens open to the public), Paris and elsewhere

June 5–6:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 6:  78th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day Landing (Jour J)

June 11–12:  Le Mans auto race, near Loire Valley

June 20–August 6:  Chorégies d'Orange (performances in Roman theater)

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

June 29–July 13:  Jazz à Vienne, south of Lyon

July 1–24:  Tour de France (starts in Copenhagen this year; culminates, as always, on the Champs-Elysées in Paris)

July 2–22:  Colmar International Festival (classical music)

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

July 4–23:  Aix Festival (classical music and opera)

July 6–19:  Jazz à Juan, Antibes/Juan-les-Pins (international jazz festival)

July 7–26:  Avignon Festival (theater, dance, music)

July 8–31:  Beaune International Festival of Baroque Opera

July 10–August 22:  Paris Plages (ersatz beaches along the Seine and several canals)

July 11–31:  Festival Paris l'Été (theater, dance, concerts)

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

July 14–17:  Vieilles Charrues Festival, Carhaix (Brittany; France's biggest music festival)

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

July 15–19:  Nice Jazz Festival

July 21–24:  Cornouaille Festival, Quimper (Breton music and cultural festivities)

July 22–August 6:  Jazz in Marciac, southwest France

August 5–9:  Corso de la Lavande (lavender festival with parades of lavender-covered floats, music, fireworks), Digne-les-Bains

August 6–7:  Jasmine Festival, Grasse (flower-themed parades)

August 15:  Assumption (closures)

August 17–20:  La Route du Rock Summer, St-Malo (rock acts)

August 19–24 (likely):  Fête de la Saint-Louis, Sète (near Montpellier; parades, fireworks, canal-boat "water-jousting")

August 26–September 3 (likely):  Silhouette Festival, Paris (short-film festival)

August 31–September 11:  Jazz at La Villette, Paris

September:  Wine harvest festivals across France

September–mid-February:  Festival d'Automne à Paris (arts festival)

September 3–4:  Braderie de Lille (world's largest flea market)

September 15–October 9 (likely):  Festival Musica, Strasbourg (contemporary classical music)

September 17 (likely):  Technoparade, Paris (starts at Port Royal, ends at Place de la République)

September 17–19 (likely):  Heritage days (Journée du patrimoine; special openings and tours of monuments and other historical sites across France)

September 28–October 1:  Monaco Yacht Show (pricey exhibition of mega-yachts)

October 1:  Paris Nuit Blanche (illuminated public art, concerts, all-night public transit)

October 5–9 (likely):  Fête des Vendanges, Montmartre neighborhood of Paris (grape harvest festival)

October 29–30 (likely):  Festival de La Pomme, Trévières (apple-harvest festival near Honfleur)

November 1–13:  Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair

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

November 11:  Armistice Day (closures)

November 19–21:  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

November 30–December 4 (likely):  Les Rencontres Trans Musicales, Rennes (up-and-coming pop, rock, etc.)

December 10–17:  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


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

February 10–26:  Nice Carnival (Mardi Gras, parades and fireworks)

February 11–26 (likely):  Lemon Festival, Menton

February 26 (likely):  Le Corso Fleuri, Bormes-les-Mimosas (traditional flower parade in coastal Provence)

March 8–11 (likely):  La Route du Rock Winter, St-Malo and Rennes (rock and post-punk acts)

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

April 7:  Good Friday (Vendredi Saint, closures)

April 9 & 10:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Pâques, closures)

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

May 1–7 (likely):  Roman Week, Nîmes

May 1–7 (likely):  Paris Beer Festival

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)