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Main Events in Provence 2017

Discover the main Provence events in the year

About Main Events in Provence

This section is where we highlight the best events in and around Nice during the year. Times and dates may vary each year.

The organising bodies may not release this information until very close to the event itself, so please search our Events Calendar to find out the latest information we have.

January Events

Cheval Passion, Avignon
One of the biggest horse shows in Europe, the Cheval Passion is an equestrian event that takes place in Avignon each January, over five days.

Fete de la Tripette, Barjols
A weekend of feasting to celebrate a traditional pagan festival.

Monte Carlo Rally & Rallye Historique
The infamous Rally and it's sister event, the vintage & classic car rally are hugely popular spectator events. 

March Events

Carrieres de Lumieres
A new season of exhibits, projections and installations at the spectacular quarry-come-art space begins in March each year and runs until the following January. 

Avignon Motor Festival
This huge motor vehicle show takes place in March and showcases cars, motorbikes and all manner of motorised vehicles from the past and present. 

April Events

Asparagus Fair
On the last Sunday of April the town of Mormoiron in the Vaucluse hosts a celebration of the short asparagus harvest season.

Feria d'Arles
The Feria d'Arles is the main event that kicks off the bull fighting season in Arles and is hosted over Easter each year. With numerous activities and tournaments for the general public to attend.

Courses Camarguaise
From April to October, regular “courses camarguaise” are held in Arles Arena and in surrounding villages. These traditional spectacles are south-eastern France’s version of bullfighting: a sport pitting man against bull, in which the animal is not injured but lives to ‘fight’ another day.

Foire International Art & Antiquites
The Foire International Art & Antiquites is held twice a year, at Easter and in the middle of August, in the charming town of l'Isle sur la Sorgue. Over 200 antique, art, design & book dealers gather to sell their goods to each other and to members of the public. It is one of the biggest antique markets of the year.

Pottery Market, Bonnieux
Annual pottery market in the pretty hilltop town of Bonnieux, held each year over Easter weekend.

May Events

Drac Medieval Festival
The town of Mondragon to the north of Orange plays host to this fantastical festival with its emphasis on all things medieval. The festival celebrates the legend of the dragon who lived in the River Rhone and would come out of the water to steal young maidens from the village.

Fete de la Transhumance
A traditional festival that celebrates the movement of sheep to their summer pastures. Perhaps the best known of these is the Fete in St Remy de Provence. taking place on Whit or Pentecost Monday each year.

Fete de la Vigne & du Vin
The Festival of the Vine & the Wine takes place throughout the Vaucluse & Bouches du Rhone on the Saturday after Ascension Day. The wine cellars and domaines open their doors to visitors to offer tours and tastings and workshops on everything from wine making to wine matching.

Les Botanilles en Luberon, Ansouis
Beautiful flower and plant market and festival in the Luberon to bring in the Spring!

June Events

Fete de la Saint-Jean
Celebrating Summer Solstice across the region. Each city, town or village will host their own celebrations based around the 'Fires of St John'. Hosted each year on the 24th of June.

Feria de Pentecote, Nimes
Nimes comes alive in June with the five day Pentecost festival, where thousands of visitors flock to the Arena and the streets of Nimes to watch bull running, listen to music concerts and enjoy delicious Spanish-style street food. 

Fetes de la Tarasque
Taking place during the last weekend of June in the town of Taracon, this traditional festival celebrates St Martha taming the dragon like monster - the Tarasque - it was then slayed once it returned to civilisation.

Luberon Jazz Festival, Apt
Becoming a well known fixture in the 'jazz' calendar this festival takes over the town for a week in either late May or early June.

July Events

a-part Festival
Relatively new but expanding arts festival hosted in the towns and villages of the Alpilles. a-part Festival takes place each year in July and August and will be based around a particular theme.

Festival d'Aix
An International festival of arts and music hosted in the beautiful city of Aix en Provence. Often preceded by a musical festival in June the Festival d'Aix is well worth a visit at any time over the summer!

Festival d'Avignon
One of the biggest performing arts festivals in the world, the Festival d'Avignon takes full advantage of the wonderful city and the many fantastic venues to showcase some of the world's best talent.

Festival des Nuits de l'Enclave
A festival and celebration of the arts centred around the town of Valreas in Vaucluse. Throughout July and sometimes into August you can watch and take part in many varieties of theatre, music, literature and the visual arts.

Festival l'Ete, Bollene
Free outdoor music and art festival that is hosted each year in Bollene. The Festival l'Ete offers a great selection of live music, theatre, dance and performances for everyone to enjoy.

International Piano Festival, La Roque d'Antheron
The stage is set up in the grounds of Chateau Florans and each year, the festival welcomes young performers as well as international names, to play a variety of piano music in this wonderful setting. The Piano Festival takes place during July and August each year.

Fete Lavande, Ferrassieres
Each year on the first Sunday in July the town of Ferrassieres celebrates the iconic Provencal lavender. The Fete Lavande is a day filled with local markets, produce, food and fun for all the family.

Les Choregies d'Orange, Orange
Classical music festival in Orange. The Choregies d'Orange is one of the oldest festivals in France, dating back to 1860. It is one of the world's premier opera festivals which attracts up to 10,000 classical fans very year.

Les Rencontres d'Arles
Festival of art & photography in Arles. Internationally renowned Les Rencontres d'Arles has its opening week in July and then the exhibitions are on throughout the summer until mid September.

Les Suds a Arles
Music festival in Arles celebrating World music and a diverse range of musicians. Les Suds a Arles is hosted by this historic city annually in July and showcases some of the biggest names in World music as well as local and national talent.

August Events

Les Luminessences, Avignon
This incredible light and sound show takes places from August to October each year at the Palais des Papes in Avignon. On Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays the show is in English. 

Fete de la Veraison
The first grape harvest of Chateauneuf du Pape is celebrated over the first weekend of August. they will take you back to medieval times to enjoy the rituals and traditions of the harvest.

Lavender Parade, Valreas
Celebrating the beautiful lavender flower this first weekend in August is filled with floats, parades, music and dance in the town of Valreas.

Font'Arts, Pernes les Fontaines
A festival of theatre, music, dance and street art in the beautiful town of Pernes les Fontaines. With performances in theatres, bars and in the street there is entertainment to keep everyone happy during this weekend.

Foire International Art & Antiquites
The Foire International Art & Antiquites is held twice a year, at Easter and in the middle of August, in the charming town of l'Isle sur la Sorgue. Over 200 antique, art, design & book dealers gather to sell their goods to each other and to members of the public. It is one of the biggest antique markets of the year.

Feria de St Remy de Provence
In the middle of August, St Remy celebrates it's bull fighting heritage, from bull running to bull racing and bull shows. The wonderful horses from the Carmargue, who traditionally finish the festival with a parade along the main street

September Events

Ban des Vendanges
The Ban des Vendanges is a festival to celebrate the beginning of the grape harvest takes place in Avignon at the beginning of September each year.

Feria des Vendanges, Nimes
Nimes comes alive in September with a four day festival that is billed as one of the largest festivals in the whole of Europe. It is is an unmissable event for aficionados of Spanish-style street festivals, complete with parades, all-night bodegas, live music, bull running and bullfights.

Feria du Riz, Arles
Marking the end of the bullfighting season the Feria du Riz (Rice Festival) shows off local culture, produce and traditions in a week long celebration in the city of Arles.

October Events

Avignon Blues Festival
A fantastic representation of both French and International jazz and blues. The Avignon Blues Festival is one of the most popular and accessible blues festivals in Provence the programme offers the highest quality of performers for everyone to enjoy.

Nimes Metropole Jazz Festival
Internationally renowned jazz musicians come together to play a series of concerts in Nimes for the Nimes Metropole Jazz Festival which takes place from the end of September to late October. 

November Events

Foire de la Saint Siffrein, Carpentras
Agricultural and traditional fair held each Autumn in November in Carpentras. With markets, carnival and crafts there is something for everyone at this celebration.

Truffle Harvest, Richerenches
The village of Richerrenches is famous for its black truffles, and this festival in November makes the opening of the season for these delectable treats. Alongside the truffle market you will find various activities and tastings going on throughout the event.

December Events

New Years Eve
Wondering what to do this New Year in Provence?  All the local bars hold their own parties, restaurants often lay on a special Saint-Sylvestre menu and perhaps some entertainment. Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers often head to the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration!Likewise, planning ahead is advised if you have your heart set on ringing in the New Year in a particular restaurantbar or club – some of them are ticket-only, so enquire in advance to avoid disappointment!

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