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May 12, 2018
December 01, 2018
Jazz in the vineyards
VAUCLUSE. Ten jazz concerts are held in vineyards or in wineries. Afterwards, spectators are offered wine tasting and toasts. Concerts are given by the Switch Trio at the Domaine Colline Saint Jean in Vacqueyras (May 12th), the Barend Middelhoff Quartet at Château Jonquier in Séguret (June 8th), the Noé Reine Trio at Domaine Berthet Rayne in Cairanne (June 30th), the Frédéric Viale Quartet at the Domaine Brusset in Cairanne (July 20th), the Tricia Evy Quartet at the Domaine Rabasse Charavin in Cairanne (August 4th), the Antonio Farao Trio in the old village of Cairanne (August 25th), the Frédéric Monino Quartet at the Cave Cooperative of Séguret (September 22nd), Jeb Patton and Dmitry Baevsky at Sérignan du Comtat (October 20th), Les Doigts de l’Homme band at Visan (November 10th) and the Cédric Chauveau Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Cairanne (December 1st). Admission : €16 per concert. Information and bookings:
www.jazzdanslesvignes.fr
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May 24, 2018
June 04, 2018
Saint-Germain Jazz Festival
PARIS. The love affair between jazz and Saint-Germain-des-Près goes back to the post-War years when Boris Vian, Miles Davis, Sidney Bechet and Duke Ellington introduced France to New Orleans music. Each spring, this district of Paris revives its mythical musical past with a festival featuring concerts, exhibitions and encounters. Evening concerts of this eighteenth edition feature international stars such as Roberto Fonseca, Melanie de Biasio, Lars Danielson, Indra Rios-Moore, New Monk Trio, Laurent de Wilde and Ray Lema. The festival also features concerts by young talents such as Julie Erikssen and Six-Ring Circus. Concerts are held in different venues throughout the Saint-Germain des Prés district. Admission : from €13 to €72 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com
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May 25, 2018
May 27, 2018
Cité Internationale’s student party
PARIS. As every year, the students living at the Paris Cité Internationale Universitaire organize a weekend long party to celebrate the end of their stay. This event features video and dance shows, street theatre performances, concerts, jazz festival, film screenings, picnics, photo and painting exhibitions, international food tasting, balls and so on. Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. 17 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris. Information :
www.ciup.fr/citescope/fete-de-la-cite-2018-77671/
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May 2018
May 26, 2018
May 27, 2018
Medieval weekend
SEDAN. ARDENNES DEPARTMENT. For a weekend Sedan beats to the rhythm of Middle-Age as its fortress hosts a medieval military camps where soldiers train and offer introduction to weapons handling, archery, crossbow and fencing as well as a market with over a hundred exhibitors where to observe craftsmen at work. Exhibitions about medieval daily life focusing on cooking, medicine, surgery, weapons, knight orders and crafts are also on the agenda as well as many kid activities. Musicians and stuntmen offer concerts, theatre, puppet, acrobats, jugglers, falconry and fire-eaters performances, knight fighting, jousting. All of them participate in the Saturday evening parade through the town that is followed by a concert and a fireworks display. Château de Sedan. Open from 10am to 10.30pm on Saturday, from 10am to 7pm on Sunday. Admission : €10 / €5 per day, €7 / €4 per day and €9 / €5 for the weekend online. Free for under 12s. Information : 0324299880
www.chateau-fort-sedan.fr
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May 26, 2018 The world of liquors
FRANCE. Chartreuse, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Verveine, Gentiane, Bénédictine,… More than thirty companies producing liquors from plants, roots, peels and berries open their door to the public. Visitors can discover their vats, how those liquors are produced, cocktails, cooking and pairing workshops. Information :
printempsdesliqueurs.com
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May 26, 2018
May 27, 2018
Wines from the Loire valley
TOURS. Vitiloire brings together nearly 150 winemakers coming from all the wine appellations of the Loire Valley : Sancerre, Vouvray, Chinon, Anjou, Saumur, Muscadet and so on. This event also features three tasting workshops based on different themes, a specific workshop for children, a photographic exhibition, two hikes and ten of the region’s talented chefs show their know how and emphasize food and wine pairing. A €5 tasting pass valid for the entire event gives access to all of the wine workshops as well as to the Village Vigneron where the winemakers offer tasting of their wines. The event takes place on place de la Gare, boulevard Heurteloup and in the garden of the prefecture. Open from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and from 10am to 6pm on Sunday. Information:
vitiloire.tours.fr
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May 31, 2018
June 03, 2018
Garden festival
PARIS. « Jardins Jardin » is a garden festival aimed at inner city gardeners. It features displays of micro-jardins (or ‘pocket gardens’), an outdoor design space, talks, workshops, and over 100 stands selling all types of greenery and flowers. Tuileries garden. Open Thursday from 10am to 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Admission: €14 / €10, free for under 18s. Information:
www.jardinsjardin.com
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June 2018
June 01, 2018
June 09, 2018
Fireworks over the Pont du Gard
PONT DU GARD. NEAR NIMES. Groupe F, a company specializing in firework displays designed as a complete spectacle sets the Pont du Gard alights on five evenings. Just after nightfall, a 35 mn long pyrotechnic and light show including flames and video screenings enhances and recounts the tale of one of the world most beautiful masterpieces of Roman architecture. A giant picnic is held from 7 pm onwards and brass bands entertain the public prior to the show. Show on June 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th. Picnic and music from 7 pm. Show at 10.30 pm. Admission : €22 / €9. Information and bookings : 0820903330
www.pontdugard.fr
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June 01, 2018
June 03, 2018
Gourmet hike
BELLEGARDE, GARD DEPARTMENT. Vignes Toquées is a 7 kilometres long hike through the vineyards of the Costières de Nîmes appellation punctuated with six stops where participants can enjoy fine dishes prepared by chefs Serge and Maxime Chenet who run a starred restaurant in Pujaut, near Avignon. At each stop they can also taste a selection of red, rosé and white wines from wineries of the appellation. This year the event also comprises a 3 km long night hike held on the Friday that features a six course menu served on three stops accompanied by the best wines of the appellation Day hikes. Price : €60 per person, €56 for under 26s. Departures from 9.45am to 1.15pm. Night hike. Price : €90 per person. Departures from 7.30pm to 8pm. Information and registrations : 0466369625
www.costieres-nimes.org/#!vignes-toquées/vignes-toquées-présentation
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June 01, 2018
June 10, 2018
Paris Beer Week
PARIS. Dedicated to craft beer this event features over 150 tastings, brewer meetings, workshops, home-brewing demonstrations, and lessons in food pairings taking place throughout Paris. The highlight is the Grand Finale held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th at the Centquatre that gathers together about eighty French and international breweries offering visitors to taste more than 250 beers. Centquatre. 104 rue d’Aubervilliers, 75019 Paris. Open from 11am to 11pm on Saturday, till 7pm on Sunday. Admission : €20 on Saturday, €15 on Sunday, €32 for the weekend. Information :
laparisbeerweek.com
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June 02, 2018
June 03, 2018
Photographic fair
BIEVRES, NEAR PARIS. The Bièvres International Photographic Fair is a Mecca for camera collectors and fans of vintage photography. Its main attraction is an antique and second-hand market featuring more than 300 exhibitors that attracts dealers and buyers from around the world. Bringing together amateur and professional photographers, this event also features exhibitions dedicated to Olivier Culmann and others photographers, conferences, debates, workshops, demos, a photographic competition and an artist market where photographs, associations and galleries present and sell pictures. Place de la Mairie, 91570 Bièvres. Open Saturday from 1pm to 8pm and Sunday from 7am to 6pm. Admission free. Information :
www.foirephoto-bievre.com
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June 03, 2018 Burgundy wine tasting
AUXERRE. More than a hundred winemakers representing all appellations from the Yonne department (Bourgogne Coulanges-la-Vineuse, Bourgogne Epineuil, Bourgogne Vézelay, Irancy, Saint-Bris, Chablis,..) gather together on the banks of the River Yonne and offer visitors to taste their wines. Named “Fleurs de Vignes”, this event also features workshops for old and young alike, concerts, exhibitions, street performances, wine brotherhoods parades, a market specialized in local food, a public dance and a well being area offering demonstrations of treatments based on grape juice and polyphenols extracted from grape seeds. Quai de la Marine and Quai de la République, 89000 Auxerre. Open from 10am to 7pm. Admission free. Tasting : €5. Information :
www.fleursdevigne.fr
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June 03, 2018 Dances for everyone
PARIS. From 2pm to 10pm, thirty dance companies performing dozens of different dance styles offer forty-two free shows held in Bercy Village and in the Bercy park. Called “Entrez dans la danse”, this event also includes performances especially designed for kids as well as adults-children workshops. Information :
www.entrezdansladanse.fr
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June 03, 2018
October 14, 2018
Ephemeral gardens
WESSERLING. ALSACE. A reminder of the textile industry in Alsace, the former Wesserling factory boasts one of the finest gardens in this region. Here, visitors can discover an English-style garden, Mediterranean terraces, a French-style garden and a kitchen garden. Every summer, the park hosts the "Festival des Jardins Métissés" (Mixed Gardens Festival), which invites experienced artists and students to create temporary plant-based works of art and to keep to a theme that is closely linked to the history of the Wesserling site. This year, the chosen theme is “Princesses and Samurais. Adventures in the Gardens of the Rising Sun” and visitors discover short-lived gardens made up of vegetables, fruits, textiles, aromatic plants and of course flowers. Parc de Wesserling - Musée Textile. Rue du Parc, 68470 Husseren-Wesserling. Open every day from 10 am till 6 pm, till 6.30pm on Sunday and in July - August. Admission : €9.50 / €5. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 03, 2018 Historical festivities
VAUX-LE-VICOMTE. NEAR PARIS. Vaux-le-Vicomte castle plunges into the past with a 17th – 18th century dressed up feast and lunch on the grass in the French style garden. In the afternoon many activities will be offered such as artistic fencing, baroque dancing, classical music concerts, equestrian shows, carriages rides, and a parade featuring the best costumes. Visitors are invited to come dressed with seventeen or eighteen century costume but it will be also possible to rent costumes and buy picnic on site. Admission : €17.50 for adults, €15.50 for children over 6, €11.50 for people wearing 17-18th century costumes. Information and bookings : 0164144190
www.vaux-le-vicomte.com
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June 06, 2018 Cave day
FRANCE. Guided and themed tours, opening of areas usually close to the public, slacklining over an abyss, tours following the footsteps of the first explorers, demonstrations of prehistoric flint tools making and ways of making fire, gospel concert, magic show,… On the occasion of the International Day of Caves, caves located all over France offers specials activities, visits and shows or admission at reduced rate. Information :
www.grottes-en-france.com/journee-mondiale-du-monde-souterrain/
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June 08, 2018
June 10, 2018
Rose days
CHAALIS, NEAR PARIS. A not-to-be-missed event for amateurs and professional gardeners and rose lovers, the Rose Days brings together nurserymen and rose growers selling their best plants and giving professional advice as well as exhibitors selling garden tools and accessories. In addition, numerous musical events, workshops for children and conferences are organized during these three days and the Chaalis rose garden is at full bloom. Abbaye de Chaalis. 60300 Fontaine-Chaalis. Open every day from 10am to 7pm. Admission : €9 / €8. Three days pass : €14. Free for under 12s. Information : 0344540402
www.journees-de-la-rose.com
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June 09, 2018
June 10, 2018
Medieval festival
PROVINS. NEAR PARIS. During a weekend the medieval town of Provins plunges you back into the atmosphere of the 13th century trade fairs when merchants from all over Europe used to meet there. Troubadours, acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers and jesters invade the streets and rustic camps are set up at the foot of the ramparts. There are also musical improvisations, a wool village, exhibitions related to the Middle Ages and workshops of craftsmen showing their traditional know-how such as stained glass window making. Admission : €11 for one day, €15 for two days. Free for children less than 12 years old. Information : 0164003939
www.provins-medieval.com
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June 09, 2018
July 24, 2018
Nohant Romantic Festival
NOHANT. INDRE DEPARTMENT. Held in the village where romantic novelist George Sand and pianist Frédéric Chopin lived, this festival consists of piano recitals, concerts, talks and master classes. Recitals are given by renowned musicians as well as by young promising ones such as pianists Andrei Korobeinikov, Vincent Larderet, Seong-Jin Cho, Marc-André Hamelin, Fazil Say, Ingolf Wunder, Michel Dalberto, François Dumont and Miroslav Kultyshev, cellist Marc Coppey and Henri Demarquette, violinist Nicolas Dautricourt. Bergerie Frédéric Chopin. 36400 Nohant. Admission : €15 to €80. Information and bookings : 0254484640
www.festivalnohant.com
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June 14, 2018
June 18, 2018
Bordeaux Wine Festival
BORDEAUX. Held every two years in celebration of wine, “Bordeaux Fête le Vin” is an event set along the 2km stretch of the Garonne River waterfront. Its main feature is a wine trail where visitors can discover the diversity of the 80 appellations from Bordeaux and Aquitaine as well as major Bordeaux brands. Tasting passes priced at €16 will give the holders the possibility to sample twelve different wines. In addition, dinners at grands crus châteaux will be held on some evenings as well as day trips through vineyards and renowned grands crus châteaux on the Sunday. The Festival offers a parade of several Aquitaine Wine Brotherhoods, wine tasting workshops, cooking lessons, food & wine pairing workshops and food stalls selling authentic products from the South West such as foie gras, Bayonne ham and Arcachon oysters. This year the event also features a gathering of twenty tall ships as well as the usual concerts, street art, sound and light shows and firework displays. Open from 11 am to midnight. Admission free. Information : 0556006620
www.bordeauxfetelevin.com
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June 15, 2018
September 08, 2018
Carmen, open-air opera
FRANCE. Georges Bizet’s most famous piece, “Carmen” will be performed at six exceptional venues around France in June, July and September. Performances will take place at the Parc de Sceaux near Paris (June 15th and 16th), the Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Le Neubourg, near Evreux (June 22nd and 23rd), the Chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 29th and 30th), the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (July 6th and 7th), the chateau de Haroué, near Nancy (August 31st and September 1st) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 5th to 8th). Tickets are already on sale and to secure a seat it is better to book well ahead of time. Tickets prices ranges from €39 to €95. Information and bookings :
www.operaenpleinair.com
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June 20, 2018
August 04, 2018
Opera in a Roman theatre
ORANGE. PROVENCE. Among the opera and classical music festivals, no one in the word has a better setting than the Orange’s Chorégies. Lyrical and musical performances indeed take place in a perfectly preserved Roman theatre still boasting its stage wall. The festival typically comprises two or three performances of two operas as well as recitals and concerts. Highlights of the 2018 program are operas Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini and Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito as well as The Magic Flute by Maurice Béjart, a choreographic performance based upon Mozart’s opera, and a Russian Night grouping together on stage some of the best Russian opera singers. Admission : €20 to €250 per opera, €7 to €120 per concert Information and bookings :
www.choregies.fr
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June 21, 2018
June 24, 2018
Minerals and gems
SAINTE-MARIE-AUX-MINES. ALSACE. Held in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, in the heart of the Vosges mountains, Mineral & Gem is the second largest mineral-fossil-gem show in Europe and the best in France. It brings together nearly 1 000 exhibitors from about sixty countries, including most of the top European dealers, and 25 000 mineralogical enthusiasts are expected. The site of the exhibition is divided into the Mineral & Fossils zone and a Gem zone, with specialized dealers. The streets surrounding the theatre are full of tents and marquees filled with a huge range of minerals, fossils, meteorites and gems, for wholesalers and collectors. The atmosphere is likened to a bazaar. The exhibition is open from 9 am to 7 pm on Thursday and Friday, days reserved to professional dealers., from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday Admission : €9 / €5 per day, €13 for two days. Information : 0389583360
www.sainte-marie-mineral.com
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June 22, 2018
June 24, 2018
Hellfest
CLISSON, NEAR NANTES. Biggest and best French festival of extreme music, Hellfest is dedicated to heavy metal, hard rock, punk and hardcore music. Many famous international bands come every year and there are also promising upcoming musicians to discover. This edition lineup includes Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Deftones, Marilyn Manson, Avenged Sevenfold, Stonesour, Baroness, Alice in Chains and many others. Information and bookings :
www.hellfest.fr
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June 23, 2018
June 24, 2018
Board games
PARIS. Devoted to board games, the Paris est Ludique festival enables visitors to discover a wide diversity of ancient and modern board games during an entire weekend. Animated by associations, game editors or federations, hundreds of stands give the opportunity to play single, two or multiplayer games, race, negotiation, educational, role-playing, fantasy, war, strategy games and so on. Pelouse de Reuilly. 75012 Paris. Open Saturday from 10am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Admission : €5, free for under 8s. Information :
www.parisestludique.fr
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June 28, 2018
July 13, 2018
Vienne Jazz Festival
VIENNE. ISERE DEPARTMENT. Like every year the Vienne Jazz Festival offers a gigantic program. Great names such as Selah Sue, Marcus Miller, Angélique Kidjo, Ibrahim Maalouf, Gilberto Gil, Jeff Beck, Ron Carter, Youssou N’Dour, Melody Gardot, Rhoda Scott, Morcheeba and Lucky Peterson will perform on the festival main stage. In addition, there are brass bands and jazz bands parades through the town. Free concerts are also given every day in several venues throughout the town from 2 or 3 pm till late in the night. Tickets from €36. Information and bookings : 0892702007
www.jazzavienne.com
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June 30, 2018
July 22, 2018
Paris Jazz Festival
PARIS. The 2018 Paris Jazz Festival takes place over four weekends and eight concerts are on the agenda. They feature well-known artists such as Hugh Coltman, Mark Eliyahu Ensemble, Erci Seva, Franck Tortiller, Guillaume Perret, Avital, Armel Dupas and Ikui Doki. Parc Floral du Bois de Vincennes. Esplanade Saint Louis, 75012 Paris. Admission : €2.50 / €1.50. Information :
www.parisjazzfestival.paris.fr
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July 2018
July 03, 2018
July 13, 2018
Classical music in chateaux
MEDOC. NEAR BORDEAUX. Les Estivales is a music festival offering to young classical musicians and singers the chance to perform in some of the most beautiful chateaux and wineries of Médoc, near Bordeaux. All these artists have recently won famous international music awards. Concerts will be held on July 3rd, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th. Invited artists are pianists Hervé N’Kaoua, Karolas Zouganelis and Lukas Vondracek, harpist Anaïs Gaudemard, cellist Bruno Philippe, Yan Levionnois and Aurélien Pascal, guitarist Thibault Cauvin, bass player Mathieu Sternat, mandoline player Julien Martineau, soprano Elsa Dreisig and the Akilone Quatuor. A wine tasting follows each concert. As seating is limited it’s wise to book early. Rates. One concert : €32 / €16, three concerts pass : €78, six concerts pass : €145. Information and bookings : Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac, 0556590308
www.estivales-musique-medoc.com
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July 06, 2018
July 08, 2018
Le Mans Classic
LE MANS. Le Mans Classic is one of the four major classic car events in the world. This edition will bring together 1 000 drivers from 25 countries driving 400 historic cars which competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans from 1929 to 1990. For historical and security reasons, these cars are split up by period to form seven ‘grids’ including a “C Group” for 1980 – 19990 cars. On track events start on Friday morning with daytime practices for all grids, followed by night practices going on until the early hours. Saturday morning is given over to those doing their track laps and demonstrations. The first race takes place at 11.30am and is reserved to Group C. Each of the other six grids races three times during the 24 hours and a driver change during each stint is obligatory. Numerous spectators come to this event with their own classic car and when all are assembled over 8 500 cars are on view to the public. An auction sale of classic cars is also on the agenda. Admission fees. Friday : €29. Saturday and Sunday : €65. Free for children under the age of 16. Information and bookings :
www.lemansclassic.com
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August 2018
August 24, 2018
August 26, 2018
Rock en Seine
SAINT-CLOUD. NEAR PARIS. Set amongst famed French landscape architect Andre Le Notre’s gardens of the former royal estate of Saint-Cloud, this rock festival is an event with a gathering reputation. First taking place in 2003, over just one day, it has grown impressively and hosts now some big names of the rock scene. This year edition features nearly thirty bands including Post Malone, Macklemore, Bonobo, Mike Shinoda, Tamino, The Psychotic Monks and Justice. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €139 One day ticket : €59 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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