Major Festivals

January

Monte Carlo Rally
Mid Jan

Limoux Carnival
Jan – Mar This festival has been held in streets since the Middle Ages.

February

Lemon Festival
Mid Feb – Mar
Menton

Nice Carnival and the Battle of Flowers
Late Feb – Early Mar

International Jazz Festival
Mid-End Feb
Cannes

March

Festival Musiques en Scene
Contemporary Music Festival
Lyon

Jazz Festival
Grenoble

Les Nouveaux Plaisirs
Theatre, dance and Music
Versailles

April

La Fêtes Musicale
Classical Music Festival
Biarritz

May

Grandes Eaux Musicales
Sundays
Fountain displays set to music
Versailles

Hot Air Balloon Festival
Lille

International Film Festival
Cannes

June

Festival de St. Denis
St. Denis

Grandes Eaux Musicales
Sundays in Summer
Fountain displays set to music
Versailles

International Dance Festival
Montpellier

Les Fetes Johanniques
Joan of Arc Festival
Reims

Nuits de Fourviere
Jun to early Aug
All kinds of musical talent and theatrical performances fill Lyon’s Old Quarter Roman theaters.
Lyon

Jazz Festival
Amiens

July

Nice Jazz Festival
Nice

Bastille Day
July 14
Celebrated throughout France

International Music and Opera Festival
Aix en Provence

Fetes du Nuit
Sound and Light shows
Versailles

Grandes Eaux Musicales
Sundays
Fountain displays set to music
Versailles

Recontres Internationales de Musique
Music Concerts
Beaune

Classical Music Festival
Aubusson

Theatre and Music Festival
Avignon

International Jazz Festival
Antibes

August

Grandes Eaux Musicales
Sundays
Fountain displays set to music
Versailles

Classical Music Festival
Aubusson

Festival Berlioz
Late Aug – early Sep
Each year many people flock to this festival to celebrate the wonderful works of Hector Berlioz with performances by some of the finest musicians.

September

Biennale de la Danse
Sep 8 through Sep 30
A biennial international dance festival, gathering the world’s finest choreographers.
Email: info@biennale-de-lyon.org

Fetes du Nuit
Sound and Light shows
Versailles

“Musicades”
First two weeks
Various musicians and orchestras perform classical music concerts at various times throughout the two weeks.

October

Paris Jazz Festival
All month
Many venues all over the city

Pottery – Makers Festival
First weekend
Lyon

November

International Gastronomic Fair
Good Food
Dijon

Les Trois Glorieuses
Wine Festival
Clos de Vougeot Abbey, Beaune and Mersault

December

Christmas Markets and Festivals
The Christmas holidays are celebrated throughout France with special markets and festivities.