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What's on in Provence October 2018

The best events, things to do and places to go this month

Ellie Mahoney | Provence Editor | Published

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What's on in Provence October 2018

There's a bit of a chill in the air and the leaves on the trees are starting to turn colour. Autumn has definitely arrived in Provence. 

It's always a great time of year to be here, with the scorching heat of summer abating and the crowds of visitors thinning out. There are still plenty of markets, exhibitions and tours to enjoy in October.

Here's a quick rundown of our favourite events in Provence this month.

Urbanissime Urban Culture Festival

Urban culture is celebrated in the city of Nimes in October and November. Urbanissime Festival has a vast programme of events that range from performances, children's activities and live music to graffiti, break dance and modern urban sports such as BMX or parkour.

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Route des Artistes

On Sunday, October 7th in Saint Remy, you can pick up a piece of artwork at the Route des Artistes market. Over 100 artists display their work, including contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographies. You can visit them all day from 09:00. 

Museums & Galleries in Provence

Avignon Blues Festival

After celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, the Avignon Blues Festival has been completely revamped and turned into the Blues Rock Festival in Chateaurenard. Taking place on October 12th and 13th, artists on the lineup include Melvin Taylor, Manu Lanvin & The Devil Blues, Con Brio and Marcus King Band. 

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Salon du Santon

Getting into the Christmas spirit early, the village of Sault will be holding its Salon du Santon on October 20th and 21st. Just a week later, the large Foire aux Santons takes over the town of Gréoux-les-Bains. Most towns and villages across Provence will start having their own santon fairs, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to take home some of these charming little nativity figurines. 

Art in Provence

Chestnut Festival

Nothing says autumn, or winter for that matter, like chestnuts roasted on an open fire. In Collobrieres the annual Chestnut Festival will be taking place on Sundays towards the end of the month. You'll find roasted chestnuts, chestnut preserves, chestnut paste, chestnut cakes and pies and, for the connoisseur, marron glacé – a delicately prepared and sweetened chestnut, the bonbon of marron.

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Parcours de l'Art

Until October 21st, the Parcours de l'Art festival returns to Avignon for its 24th edition. Museums and galleries across the city will display work from around 30 French and international contemporary artists. Guided visits will be available and there will be workshops and shows for children to participate in. 

Museums & Galleries in Provence

Rencontres Gourmandes

The Rencontres Gourmandes in Vaison la Romaine is a celebration of all kinds of regional delicacies and produce taking place from October 26th to 28th 2018. Enjoy wine tasting, get involved in some of the Provencal cookery shows or simply come to shop for some really great local produce.

Local Cuisine in Provence

Markets

From flea markets to flowers and a whole host of seasonal fruit and vegetables, Provence doesn't fail to disappoint with the markets that take place in October. Pick a location in our events calendar to see which markets are on and when this month. 

Markets in Provence

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Find more events in Provence this month and into next year, on our Events Calendar

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Events Calendar for Provence