France didn’t gain its accolade as the most visited country in the world by relying solely on the Eiffel Tower, beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine. This fabled country is home to countless festivals and events, each with their own unique pull for tourists the world over. If you’re thinking of heading abroad this summer, why not take the crosschannel ferry to France and check out some of these festivals and celebrations?
Float on by, Cavaillon Corso – 02/06
Located in south-eastern France, Cavaillon is a large market town that annually plays host to the Cavaillon Corso, a parade of themed bouillonage floats that have been months in the making. When the floats are not in procession, you can take part in the crowd pleasing competitions and keep the family entertained at the huge funfair.
Nice en roller, Nice – tba
Taking place over two days in June, Nice en Roller is an annual event that sees the Promenade des Anglais overrun with both professional and amateur roller skaters. Whether you’re a whizz on a pair of skates or you’d prefer to watch from the sidelines, there is plenty to see and do for everyone, including races, Disney characters and plenty of family entertainment.
Festival de Nimes, Nimes – 30/06-23/07
Beginning on the last day of June, Festival de Nimes continues throughout the month of July, showcasing a range of musical talent. This year’s headliners include Chemical Brothers, Akon and Sting. Tickets are on sale now.
Beaune Festival of Baroque Opera – 01/07-24/07
Taking place over four weekends, Beaune Festival of Baroque Opera features an international line up of highly acclaimed artists and musicians. Performances take place in the magnificent Hospices de Beaune and the Romanesque Basilica of Our Lady, providing a beautiful setting for this majestic festival.
Un ete au Cine – Until 27/07
Enjoy some of your favourite films in the warm open air of Bordeaux at Un ete au Cine, a film festival that that offers indoor and outdoor screenings, the chance to meet stars and a range of cinema workshops. Finishing on August 27th, the event is combined with the Cinesites festival so guests can enjoy both attractions.
Paris Plages, Paris – 20/06-20/08
From the end of July until the end of August the banks along the River Seine and the Bassin de la Villette are taken over by palm trees, sand and boating to make the idea of a summer holiday more accessible to city dwellers. There are plenty of games and workshops for children whilst grownups can enjoy a cooling drink and live music in the open-air bars.