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June 01, 2019
July 23, 2019
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 Nelson Freire, Fazil Say, Jérôme Ducros, Christian Zacharias, Andreas Staier, Sergei Redkin, Akiko Ebi, Beatrice Rana, Nicolai Lugansky and Francesco Piemontesi, soprano Irina Kyshliaruk, cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Akilone Quatuor. Bergerie Frédéric Chopin. 36400 Nohant. Admission : €15 to €60. Information and bookings : 0254484640
www.festivalnohant.com
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June 08, 2019
June 16, 2019
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 15th and Sunday 16th at the Centquatre that gathers together more than seventy French and international breweries offering visitors to taste more than 250 beers. Centquatre. 104 rue d’Aubervilliers, 75019 Paris. Open from 11am to 7.30pm on Saturday, till 7pm on Sunday. Admission : €9 on Saturday, €7 on Sunday, €15 for the weekend. Information :
parisbeerweek.com
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June 09, 2019
October 13, 2019
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 “Mowgli’s gardens” as the Westerling has a focus on India in 2019 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 in July - August. Admission : €10 / €5. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 14, 2019
September 07, 2019
Tosca, open-air opera
FRANCE. One of Puccini’s most famous pieces, “Tosca” will be performed at five exceptional venues around France in June, July and September. Performances will take place at the Parc de Sceaux near Paris (June 14th and 15th), the chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 28th and 29th), the Cité of Carcassonne (July 2nd), the Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris (July 5th and 6th) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 4th to 7th). Tickets prices ranges from €45 to €95. Information and bookings :
www.operaenpleinair.com
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June 15, 2019
June 16, 2019
Highland games
BRESSUIRE. DEUX-SEVRES DEPARTMENT. No need to go to Scotland to watch traditional Highland games. Like every year, the town of Bressuire host such games bringing together around fifty professional and amateur athletes from all over Europe. The competition comprises five categories : caber toss, stone put, Scottish hammer throw, weight throw and weight over the bar. The event also includes a Celtic festival featuring marching pipe bands, traditional dance performances and concerts. Admission : €10 on Saturday, €8 on Sunday, two days pass : €16. Free for under 13s. Information and bookings :
www.highlandgames-france.eu
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June 15, 2019
June 16, 2019
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 : €12 for one day, €16 for two days. Free for children less than 12 years old. Information : 0164003939
www.provins-medieval.com
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June 2019
June 17, 2019
June 23, 2019
Air Show
LE BOURGET. NEAR PARIS. Alternating with Farnborough Airshow as Europe's premier commercial and military aviation event, the Paris Air Show celebrates its 53rd edition, having first been held in 1909. The general public is given access to an area next to the runway equipped with a grandstand and giant screens, from where they can enjoy 4 hours of flying displays every day. It gives the opportunity to discover recent and brand new aircrafts. The air show is an international event, thus commentary during the flying display is alternated between French and English, and the majority of the static display descriptions are dual-language. Le Bourget Airport and Exhibition Centre. 93350 Le Bourget. Open for professionals only from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th and to the general public from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd from 8.30am to 6pm. Entrance : €15. Information :
www.siae.fr
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June 19, 2019
August 06, 2019
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 2019 program are operas Don Giovanni by Mozart and Guillaume Tell by Rossini as well as Romeo and Juliette a choreographic performance by Jean-Christophe Maillot and a Spanish Night grouping together on stage some of the best Spanish singers and flamenco dancers. Admission : €23 to €278 per opera, €20 to €123 per concert Information and bookings :
www.choregies.fr
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June 20, 2019
June 23, 2019
Bordeaux river festival
BORDEAUX. Held every two years in celebration of the Garonne river flowing through the city, “Bordeaux Fête le Fleuve” is an event set along the 2km stretch of the Garonne River waterfront. One of the highlights of the Festival is the presence of the world two largest tall ships, the Kruzenshtern and the Sedov. The event also features the crossing of the Garonne river by swimming, rides on the river, boat visits, exhibitions, meetings with sailors, concerts including performances by Arthur H and Winston Mcanuff, firework display, tasting of the white wines of the Bordeaux appellation and food stalls selling authentic products from the South West such as foie gras, Bayonne ham and Arcachon oysters.. Open every day from 11 am to 11pm. Admission free. Information :
www.bordeaux-fete-le-fleuve.com
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June 20, 2019
July 07, 2019
Open-air concerts
COMPIEGNE.OISE. The Festival des Forêts de Compiègne features open-air concerts held in unusual locations, in natural peaceful settings. For instance spectators are invited to do a short walk in the forest to meet the musicians who perform under the trees. The program also includes short concerts for families suited for 4 years old kids as well as workshops for kids between the age of 4 and 10 taking place during the concerts. Admission : €14 to €39 per concert. Information and bookings : 0344402899
www.festivaldesforets.fr
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June 21, 2019
June 23, 2019
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 ZZ TOP, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Sisters of Mercy, FuManchu, Deicide, Slaver and many others. Information and bookings :
www.hellfest.fr
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June 27, 2019
June 30, 2019
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 daily from 9 am to 7 pm (till 6pm on Sunday) but Thursday and Friday are reserved to professional dealers. Admission : €9 / €5 per day, €13 for two days. Information : 0389583360
www.sainte-marie-mineral.com
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June 28, 2019
July 07, 2019
Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival
FONTAINEBLEAU AND SAMOIS-SUR-SEINE. NEAR PARIS. This annual festival is held in memory of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt who developed an original style, mixing jazz and European gypsy music. Concerts take place in Samois and in Fontainebleau. Artists of this year edition include French bands and musicians Cyrille Aimée, Steeve Laffont Trio and Thomas Dutronc as well as international artists such as Parov Stelar, Maravillas de Mali, Tom Misch, Ibrahim Maalouf and Mayra Andrade. Entrance : 4 days pass : €99, day tickets : from €29 to €35. Information and bookings :
www.festivaldjangoreinhardt.com
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June 28, 2019
June 30, 2019
International Festival of Military Music
SAUMUR. Held every two years, this festival brings together an array of worldwide military musicians. Armies from Belgium, China, Ivory Coast, Finland, Greece and Turkey are represented along with local and national French military brass bands. The event features parade and concerts in the town streets as well as shows at the National Horse Riding School. Saumur. Entrance to the shows : €10 to €30. Information : 0241402060
www.comitedesfetes-saumur.fr
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June 28, 2019
July 13, 2019
Vienne Jazz Festival
VIENNE. ISERE DEPARTMENT. Like every year the Vienne Jazz Festival offers a gigantic program. Great names such as Chucho Valdes 5tet, Diana Krall, Kassav, Manu Dibango, Chick Corea, Charlie Winston, Parov Stelar, Bobby McFerrin and Thomas Dutronc 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 €37. Information and bookings : 0892702007
www.jazzavienne.com
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June 29, 2019
June 30, 2019
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, negociation, 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 : €6, free for under 8s. Information :
www.parisestludique.fr
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July 2019
July 03, 2019
July 12, 2019
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, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th and 12th. Invited artists are pianists Hervé N’Kaoua and Giuseppe Guarrera, violinist Léo Marillier, trumpettist Lucienne Renaudin-Vary, tenor Yu Shao, mezzo soprano Marion Lebègue, the Zahir Quatuor and the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra. A wine tasting follows each concert. As seating is limited it’s wise to book early. Rates. One concert : €35 / €18, three concerts pass : €86, six concerts pass : €160. Information and bookings : Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac, 0556590308
www.estivales-musique-medoc.com
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July 03, 2019
July 07, 2019
Enghien jazz festival
ENGHIEN, NEAR PARIS. Once again the Enghien Jazz Festival welcomes several famous musicians. Kool & The Gang, Beat Assailant, Maceo Parker, Chick Korea, Ibeyi and Charlie Winston are on the agenda of the 2019 edition and will perform at the casino’s theatre or on the lake stage. In addition, free concerts will take place throughout the town within the framework of the Off Festival. Admission : €15 to €80 per concert at the casino, free at the lake. Information and bookings : 0139341080
www.ot-enghienlesbains.fr/fr/agenda/evenement-barriere-enghien-jazz-festival-0
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July 05, 2019
July 07, 2019
Anjou velo vintage
SAUMUR, LOIRE VALLEY. All vintage and old bicycles enthusiasts will enjoy “Anjou velo vintage” the highlight of which is a bike ride taking place on the Sunday and only open to people with bicycle dating from the early 20th century to 1987 and wearing dress no more recent than the 70s. Participants can choose between six routes ranging from 30 km to 120 km long departing from Saumur. The longest one called “Authentic 1868” follows a route comprising road and off road sections. The other ones follow the Loire Valley or explore the region South of Saumur. This event also includes concerts, dance courses, a vintage village featuring period furniture, flea markets of old bikes, frippery, music on an accordion background, a vintage evening with guinguette and swing music. Village open from 10am to 7pm. Dance courses from €25 to €90 Bike ride registration fees: €34. Information and registrations :
www.anjou-velo-vintage.com
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July 05, 2019
July 28, 2019
Avignon OFF Festival
AVIGNON. Self-proclaimed world's largest theatre event, this festival turns the city into one immense stage and brings together more than 800 different French and international theatre companies. They perform all sorts of theatrical interpretations from around the world in about one hundred different venues throughout town : theatres schools, streets, bars,…. Information and bookings : 0490851308
www.avignonleoff.com
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July 06, 2019
July 07, 2019
Cheese festival
LE REPOSOIR. ALPS. Located in Haute-Savoie, between Annecy and Chamonix, in the heart of the area where Chevrotin cheese is produced, the village of Le Reposoir hosts the 15th Fête des Fromages de Savoie (Savoy Cheese Festival). The program focuses on the discovery of seven traditional cheeses from Savoie and Haute Savoie all endowed with the AOP label : Abondance, Beaufort, Chevrotin, Emmental de Savoie, Reblochon, Tomme des Bauges and Tomme de Savoie. The event features hikes through high mountain pastures, guided walking tours of historical sites, cheese making demonstrations, Savoy cheeses and wines pairing workshops, handicrafts and local specialties market as well as activities aimed at kids such as pony rides and workshops. Information :
www.fromagesdesavoie.fr/fr/fete-des-fromages.html
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July 06, 2019
July 28, 2019
Paris Jazz Festival
PARIS. The 2019 Paris Jazz Festival takes place over three weeks and comprises afternoon and evening concerts. Concerts on the agenda feature well-known artists such as Anne Paceo, Laura Perrudin, Judi Jackson, Jowee Omicil, Freaks, Melissa Laveaux and Youn Sun Nah. Parc Floral du Bois de Vincennes. Esplanade Saint Louis, 75012 Paris. Day concert : free, evening concerts : €11 to €26. Information :
www.parisjazzfestival.paris.fr
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July 12, 2019
July 21, 2019
Jazz à Juan
ANTIBES. FRENCH RIVIERA. Europe’s longest running jazz festival, Jazz à Juan has hosted the most celebrated jazz musicians in the world and takes place in an idyllic setting, on the Pinède Gould stage, which directly faces the Mediterranean. This year, it offers concerts by George Benson, Ben Harper, King Crimson, Louis Cole, Kittin, Jamiroquai, Diana Krall, Snarky Puppy among others. Tickets : from €30 to €170 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.jazzajuan.com
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August 2019
August 23, 2019
August 25, 2019
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 The Cure, Alice Merton, Two Door Cinema Club, Mahalia, The Murder Capital, Deerhunter, Jeanne Added and Jorja Smith. Tickets are already on sale. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €159 One day ticket : €69 / €49 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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