The first traditional festivals of the summer take place in June in Provence. These are the perfect occasion to immerse yourself in the local culture and try some Provencal delicacies. From June 6th to 10th, the Feria de Pentecote celebrates the shared culture between the south of France and the south of Spain. Taking place in Nimes, it highlights Camarguaise and Andalousian culture with live music, dancing and street food, as well as bull-related events.
Over in Tarascon, near the Alpilles Natural Park, the Fetes de la Tarasque take place from June 21st to 24th. This unique event, part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, has been celebrated since the 15th century and commemorates a local legend in which Sainte Martha delivered the local inhabitants from the evil Tarasque monster. The festivities' highlight is a grand parade with over 800 people walking the streets of Tarascon in medieval garments on Sunday at 17:00. The local castle will also go back in time to the Middle Ages with a market, knights, dancers and medieval games.
Another historical reenactment happens in Salon de Provence on the weekend of June 28th-30th at the Fetes Renaissance. Expect to see people parading through the streets in 16th-century costume, with lots of craft stalls, storytellers and animations.