Festivals of France

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With France being such a large country with so many provinces, it would be near impossible to name every Festival that happens. Therefore we have picked out a selected few which we think deserve a special mention. If you would like us to add any other festivals please send us the details and links and we will add them to this page.

Music Festivals

Electrobeach Music Festival

July

Electrobeach Music Festival Le Barcarès is an annual electronic dance music festival held at a park in Port-Barcarès, France. It is considered the biggest mainstream electronic music festival in France.

Official website:- www.electrobeach.com

Main Square Festival, Arras

July

The Main Square Festival is an annual international music festival organized by Live Nation which takes place in the first week-end of July in Arras, France. Created in 2004 by France Leduc Productions, the festival rose to one of the major music events of the country, attracting worldwide famous bands and stars like Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Placebo, Muse, Indochine or Metallica.

Official Website:- www.mainsquarefestival.fr

La Route du Rock

La Route du Rock is a biannual music festival that occurs in the city of Saint-Malo

Official website:- www.laroutedurock.com

Festival des Vieilles Charrues

The Vieilles Charrues Festival is held every year in mid-July in the city of Carhaix located in the west of Brittany, France. This festival is the largest music festival in France, attracting more than 200,000 festival-goers every year.

Official website:- www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr

Hellfest Open Air, Clisson

Hellfest Summer Open Air, is a French rock festival focusing on heavy metal music, held annually in June in Clisson in Loire-Atlantique. Its high attendance makes it the French music festival with the largest turnover. It is also one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe and the first to exist in France.

Official website:- www.hellfest.fr

Les Eurockéennes, Belfort

The Eurockéennes de Belfort is one of France’s largest rock music festivals. It is a festival based in a nature reserve beside Lac de Malsaucy near Belfort.

Officiall website:- www.eurockeennes.fr

Celebrations and Festivals

Bastille Day

Held on the 14th July Bastille Day is one of France’s biggest national holidays. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In the evening there are firework displays.

Nice Carnival

The Nice Carnival is one of the world’s major carnival events, alongside the Brazilian Carnival and Venetian Carnival. It is held annually in February in Nice on the French Riviera.

The earliest records establish its existence in 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles Anjou, wrote that he had passed “the joyous days of carnival.” This may make the Nice Carnival the original carnival celebration.

The Carnival spans a two-week period in February.

Grenoble Jazz Festival

Since its creation in 1973, The Grenoble Jazz Festival has hand he was emperor Purpose The promotion of contemporary jazz and improvised music. The Festival has a large number of Presented new talent and new projects ALONGSIDE MOST Of The prominent artists of The Last Three decades.The Grenoble Jazz Festival IS Dedicated to Bringing more attention To The various manifestations of European jazz, world music, creative, artistic and crossover. The Festival has built strong year after year local and regional structures Partnerships with Who Share the Same Aims and objective.

The Festival Is an active member of THE FOLLOWING networks: Rhone Alps jazz Afijma, Europe Jazz Network

Official website:- www.jazzgrenoble.com

Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes film Festival founded in 1946, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals. The private festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France.

The event attract thousands of visitors all hoping to see the famous hollywood stars who attend this special Festival.

Tour de France

The Tour de France is one of the most exciting events held in France every year and covers a distance of 3,600km. The race consists of 21 stages and lasts a  little more than 3 weeks, it has been held every year since 1903 except for the two World War years. It is an exciting event for competitors and spectators alike.  Traditionally, the race is held primarily in the month of July.

D-Day Festival Normandy

Along the landing beaches of Normandy there are celebrations to commemorate the D-Day Allied Landings of the 6th June 1944. These celebrations have been taking place since 2007.

To find out more about what is taking place and where go to the official website at bayeux-bessin-tourisme.com/en/event/d-day-festival-normandy

Oktoberfest Paris

Like its namesake in Munich Paris is now also hosting an Oktoberfest in the centre of the city.

To find out more about this event go to – https://en.parisinfo.com

Fête des lumières Lyons

The Festival of Lights / Fête des lumières, in Lyon, France expresses gratitude toward Mary, mother of Jesus on December 8 of each year. This uniquely Lyonnaise tradition dictates that every house place candles along the outsides of all the windows to produce a spectacular effect throughout the streets. The festival, which includes other activities based on light, usually lasts 4 days, with the peak of activity occurring on the 8th. The two main focal points of activity are typically the Basilica of Fourvière which is lit up in different colours, and the Place des Terreaux, which hosts a different light show each year. The origins of the festival date to 1643 when Lyon was struck by plague. The municipal councillors (échevins) promised to pay tribute to Mary if the town was spared. Ever since, a solemn procession makes its way to the Basilica of Fourvière on this day to light candles and give offerings in the name of Mary. The event thus commemorates the day Lyon was consecrated to the Virgin Mary.

Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans / 24 Heures du Mans, is the world’s oldest sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. Commonly known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency, race teams have to balance speed against the cars’ ability to run for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage to the car and manage the cars’ consumables, primarily fuel, tyres and braking materials. The endurance of the drivers is likewise tested as drivers frequently spend stints of over two hours behind the wheel before stopping in the pits and allowing a relief driver to take over the driving duties. Drivers then grab what food and rest as they can before returning to drive another stint. Today it is mandated that three drivers share each competing vehicle.

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