What’s on in France August 2013
Festivals, fun things to see and do in France compiled with help from France tourism agencies and from experience.
National Holidays in France
15 August 2013 Assomption – Assumption of Mary
Events by date:
Paris – Every year from July to August, two miles of the Seine (near the Pont Neuf) is made over and becomes Paris Plage, a beach complete with white sand and sunbeds. The aim is that Parisians stuck in the city can enjoy a beach stroll or a lazy day by the water. Play petanque and volleyball for free and enjoy the free entertainment. A second “beach” by the Canal de l’Ourcq also offers the chance for relaxation and more concerts and outdoor games.
Paris 25 July – 25 August. Every summer, Parisians make their way to the ultramodern Parc de la Villette in northern Paris with blankets and folding chairs to take advantage of the open-air cinema under the stars, or “cinéma en plein air“. This year the organisers are aiming to improve facilities, catering and adding a second projector to screen more films. With a program chock full of both classics and recent hits. Many of the films are shown in English, too. Full details from http://www.villette.com/fr/agenda/Cinema-en-plein-air-2013.htm
Midi-Pyrenées 26 July – 15 August. One of the greatest summer jazz festivals in Europe, Jazz in Marciac is unique. Indeed, it takes place in a small village in the heart of the Gers, and yet every first fortnight of August, 200,000 people come from all over the world to experience it. http://www.jazzinmarciac.com
Brittany, Crozon 2-4 August. A three day music and feast festival held on the Peninsula of Crozon, the Festival of the End of the World celebrates French and world music http://www.festivalduboutdumonde.com/
Brittany, Lorient 2-11 August Festival Interceltique de Lorient – Every summer, around 700,000 people from all over the world invade the Celtic land of Lorient for the Festival Interceltique. From Galicia to Scotland, the cream of Celtic music can be found here, to be enjoyed in a really convivial atmosphere. http://festival-interceltique.com
Alsace, Colmar 9-18 August. Colmar Wine Fair – more than 350 growers, producers and professionals showcase the wines of Alsace at this popular event where you can sample 1,500 wines and enjoy music, concerts and festivities at this annual event. http://www.foire-colmar.com/
Alsace, Mulhouse 14-31 August. Jazz Festival Mulhouse – Annual jazz festival in this lovely town. Full details of dates and tickets. http://www.festival-meteo.fr/
Corsic, Calvi 15 August. Balagne, the Feast of the Assumption followed by three days of festivities. http://www.visit-corsica.com
Brittany, Saint Malo August 15-17. Ever since August 1993 and a concert by a group of illustrious unknown musicians from Oxford (now known as Radiohead), the Route du Rock Festival of Saint Malo has gone from strength to strength, and become something of a benchmark in terms of British and American pop and rock. http://www.laroutedurock.com
Aquitaine, Bayonne18 August. In Saint Palais, the Force Basque Festival brings together traditional and very ancient games steeped in the strong Basque history and heritage. 150 participants take part attracting 3,000 to 4,000 spectators, holidaymakers and local fans. http://www.saintpalais-basquecountry.com/basque-culture/the-force-basque/
Paris – Rock en Seine, 23-25 August. Rock and Roll concerts held in the lovely and historic gardens at Domaine National de Saint-Cloud. http://www.rockenseine.com/en/
Paris’ Classique au Vert takes place in the leafy Parc Floral every weekend in August and September. World-class classical musicians gather while Paris is at its quietest to serenade around tourists and Parisians in the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris. http://classiqueauvert.fr
Savoie, Mont Blanc 24-26 August. Since 1996 boat lovers from all over Europe have come together on the shores of Lake Bourget to enjoy Navig’Aix – an exceptional gathering of vintage chrome-plated and retro boats, alongside an exhibition of classic cars. http://www.navigaix.moonfruit.fr
Languedoc-Roussilon Cap D’Agde 24 August – 1 September. “Bresoudos” – Legendary and unique motorbike show for Harley-Davidson owners and enthusiasts. www.capdagde.com
Rhône-Alpes, Côte St André 28 August – 2 September. Isere Berlioz Festival – this musical festival pays homage to the town’s most famous son Hector Berlioz. http://www.festivalberlioz.com/
Nord Pas-de-Calais, Lille 31 August – 1 September. Braderie de Lille – Every first weekend of September, The Braderie de Lille is the largest flea market in Europe, and certainly one of the most famous in France. Somewhere between one and two million visitors roam the city streets to the sound of music and the many events organized for the weekend. The other tradition of this mad weekend is to eat a dish of “moules – frites” (mussels and chips) and take part in a competition between the various restaurants in town competing for the highest pile of empty shells! http://www.lilletourism.com
Please note: We check every website for dates and details personally but changes do happen from time to time – please check website for confirmation.
Read more about all the national holidays and days that are celebrated in France here.