Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in France

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  • 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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2017


Through November 5:  International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire


September:  Wine harvest festivals across France


September 13–December 31:  Festival d'Automne à Paris (fall arts festival)


September 16–17:  Heritage days (Journée du patrimoine; special openings and tours of monuments and other historical sites across France)


September 22–October 7:  Festival Musica (contemporary classical music), Strasbourg


September 23:  Technoparade, Paris (starts at Port Royal, ends at Place de la République)


September 27–30:  Monaco Yacht Show (pricey exhibition of mega-yachts)


October 5–14:  Oktoberfest Paris


October 11–14:  Fête des Vendanges, Montmartre neighborhood of Paris (grape harvest festival)


October 29:  Fête de La Pomme, Trévières (apple harvest festival near Honfleur)


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


November 1–12:  Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair


November 11:  Armistice Day (closures)


November 18–20:  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 7–10:  Fête des Lumières, Lyon (celebration of Virgin Mary, colorfully lit facades, candlelit windows)


December 25:  Christmas Day (Noël; closures)


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


December 31:  New Year's Eve




2018


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)


February 17–March 3:  Nice Carnival (Mardi Gras, parades and fireworks)


March 30:  Good Friday (Vendredi Saint, closures)


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


April 1–2:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Pâques, closures)


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


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)


Early May:  Paris Beer Week


May 9–20:  Cannes Film Festival


May 10:  Ascension (closures)


May 19:  Night of Museums, across France (museums stay open late and for free)


May 20–21:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)


Late May (5 days):  Nuits Sonores, Lyon (electronic music festival)


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


May 24–27:  Monaco Grand Prix


May 26–27 (likely):  Joan of Arc Festival, Rouen (pageants)


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


June (4 weeks):  Festival of St. Denis, Paris (classical concerts by international artists)


June 6:  74th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day Landing (Jour J)


Mid-June–early August:  Chorégies d'Orange (performances in Roman theater)


June 16–17:  Le Mans auto race, near Loire Valley


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


June 28–July 13:  Jazz à Vienne, south of Lyon


Late June–July (4 weeks):  Versailles Festival (classical music, opera, dance, contemporary art)


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


July (3 weeks):  Aix Festival (classical music and opera)


July (3 weeks):  Avignon Festival (theater, dance, music)


July (3 weeks):  Beaune International Festival of Baroque Opera


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


Mid-July–mid-August:  Paris Neighborhoods Festival (theater, dance, concerts); also Paris Plage (ersatz beach along the Seine)


July 7–29:  Tour de France (culminates on the Champs-Elysées in Paris)


July (9 days):  Colmar International Festival


July 14:  Bastille Day (closures, fireworks, revelry)


July 14–22:  Jazz à Juan, Antibes/Juan-les-Pins (international jazz festival)


July 17–21:  Nice Jazz Festival


July 27–August 15 (likely):  Jazz in Marciac, southwest France


August 15:  Assumption (closures)


August 31–September 13:  Jazz at La Villette, Paris


September:  Wine harvest festivals across France


September 1–2 (likely):  Braderie de Lille (world's largest flea market)


 

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