France in Summer - Events and Festivals in Provence June to August

The delightful cloister of the cathedral St-Sauveur in old Aix-en-Provence

JC Carbone/OT Aix-en-Provence 

  • June 2-7: Luberon Jazz Festival, Apt, Vaucluse
    This popular jazz festival has a wide range of music, plus some free events.
  • June 5-7: Rendezvous aux Jardins, Garden Festival, throughout France
    Gardens throughout France are open during the annual garden festival. It’s a great chance also to get into private gardens normally shut to the public. Check out the official website of Parks and Gardens, but also check with the local tourist office where you are staying.
  • June 5-8: Salon Vivre Cote Sud, Aix-en-Provence
    If you want your house to look like the perfect Provencal homes you see in magazines, this show is for you with stands selling materials, furniture, cushions, images and objects from the south of France.
  •  June 21: La Fête de St Jean, Aix-en-Provence
    The summer solstice is celebrated in many towns and villages, but Aix pulls the stops out when the flame, brought from Catalonia, arrives at the Town Hall. The celebration continues in the streets with outdoor music and dancing.
  • June 21: Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) throughout France
    Ever since 1982 France has been rocking, rolling and listening to the Music Festival that takes place all over the country. Concert halls, churches, bars, clubs, the streets are full of musicians playing every kind of music from jazz and soul to classical music and opera. And all of this is free. So check out the tourist office where you are staying for more information and enjoy the music.
  • June 24-Jul 26 Festival de Nîmes, Nimes
    The Roman amphitheater in Nimes rocks to the music of Johnny Hallyday; Santana; Lionel Richie, Earth Wind and Fire and more in this fabulous festival which always delivers the big names.
  • Information on the top events and festivals on the Cote d'Azur
  • Also check out the monthly guide to France and Paris in June for general information on France in June
  • Top Events and Festivals throughout France in June gives information on other festivals and events in France 
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Events and Festivals in Provence in July

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  • July 2-21: International Festival, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence
    The famous, and celebrated Aix Festival in the main theaters takes you from Mozart to Benjamin Britten with much in between.  This year, there’s the premier of a new opera by Jonathan Dove for all ages from 6 years up, conducted by Simon Rattle with the London Symphony Orchestra.
  • More about Aix-en-Provence
  • July 4-25: Festival d’Avignon, Avignon
    The largest theater festival in Europe is a feast for culture seekers. Over 50 productions are produced in places as diverse as the Palace of the Popes, chapels, cloisters and theaters.
  • There’s also a parallel ‘Off’ Festival d'Avignon with street entertainment and wacky shows. With around 1066 theater troupes with international shows, you can find alternative entertainment in bars and café-theaters.
  • Jul 6-Sept 20: Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographic ExhibitionsArles, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence
    The annual huge photographic exhibition in Arles has over 60 exhibitions in different, historic venues. It aims to show many unknown photographers and their work, to discover them and to encourage contemporary art.
  • July 7 & 8; 10 & 11, 14; also August 3-4: Chorégies d’Orange, Orange
    The annual festival takes place in the fabulous Roman Theater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the oldest music festivals in France dedicated to opera, with the world’s top symphony orchestras playing.
  • July 26-Aug 8: Tremplin Festival, Carmes Cloisters, Avignon
    This festival of international jazz operates as a launching pad for young artists, so you can claim later that you saw the great names here first. But there’s also a great selection of well known players from all over Europe.
  • July 31, Aug 1-2: Véraison, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
    The famous wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape hosts a medieval market with stands selling medieval style items, a Festival of Medieval Music, recreations of the dim and distant past, tournaments, jousts and dancing in the evening. The streets are full of entertainers from jugglers to musicians. There’s a guided tour of the village and a wine tasting to kick off the merriment. The evening gala in the stadium has a medieval candle-lit banquet and performers in costume.
  • Information on the top events and festivals on the Cote d'Azur
  • Also check out the monthly guide to France and Paris in July for general information on France in July
  • More about Avignon
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Events and Festivals in Provence in August

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The annual festival takes place in the fabulous Roman Theater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the oldest music festivals in France dedicated to opera, with the world’s top symphony orchestras playing.

This festival of international jazz operates as a launching pad for young artists, so you can claim later that you saw the great names here first. But there’s also a great selection of well known players from all over Europe.

  • July 31, Aug 1-2: Véraison, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The famous wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape hosts a medieval market with stands selling medieval style items, a Festival of Medieval Music, recreations of the dim and distant past, tournaments, jousts and dancing in the evening. The streets are full of entertainers from jugglers to musicians. There’s a guided tour of the village and a wine tasting to kick off the merriment. The evening gala in the stadium has a medieval candle-lit banquet and performers in costume.

Lavender is inextricably linked to Provence, so this festival celebrating the fragrant plant is a local popular event. And just in case you don’t get the idea, there’s a lavender field planted in the middle of the horseracing track. There’s a lavender-cutting championship, music and dancing, horserides and a great market and craft show.

Garlic is another of the region’s great products, so celebrate in the capital of garlic where around 2,000 tonnes of garlic are grown every year.

Seeing the sound and light show play on Avignon’s cathedral façade is wonderful as the history of the Palace unfolds with triumphant trumpets and the whole place becomes an open-air stage.
Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun 9.15 & 10.15pm
Mon, Wed, Fri at 10.15pm in English.

  • More about Avignon
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