Top Events in France February 2019

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Month By Month

Carnival performers teeter on stilts in Massena Square Nice for the carnival

We look at some of the top events in France in February from celebration days to festivals, fairs, carnivals and more…

Celebration days in France in February

La Chandeleur – Pancake Day in France: 2 February 2019.  La Chandeleur or Crêpe Day is the day in France when people traditionally eat crêpes and drink cider! Here’s how to make the perfect French pancake/crêpe.

La Saint Valentin – Valentine’s Day in France: 14 February 2019

Events in France in February

Yellow blossom of Mimosa trees in the hills of southern France

Alpes Maritimes: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Mimosa Festival 20-27 February 2019. Spring is in the air and in Mandelieu-La-Napoule millions of sweet smelling Mimosa flowers known as “yellow suns” are blooming in this annual celebration.  Parades, processions, singing and dancing, this joyous event signals the end to winter.

Calais: 1-3 February 2019. Pas de Calais – Wine and Food Fair, a three day extravaganza at the Forum Gambetta as wine producers from all over France converge to present their wares supported by regional food producers. Get free tickets and a personal tasting glass here:

Le Touquet: Pas de Calais, Enduropale 1- 3 February 2019. Fast paced, wild bike racing on the beaches at Le Touquet, Stella and Merlimont. This is a fun packed weekend in which thousands of bikes and hundreds of quad bikes are involved in a race circuit on the beach – noisy, and exciting – over 150,000 people turn up each year to watch and cheer the racers on – and this year its even bigger with lots more additions to the circuit

Granville: Normandy, 145th edition of the Granville Mardi Gras, 1–5 March 2019. Celebrated since 1872, this carnival began as a feast prepared by the wives of fishermen leaving to catch cod, just like the Dunkirk Carnival. These days it’s all about fun and having a good time – with parades, all night drinking, wearing masks and making friends as thousands arrive for this very popular five day event.

Women dressed in 50's vintage gear celebrating the Dunkirk Carnival

Dunkirk: Carnival – throughout February and into early March, Dunkirk bursts into song and dance with locals and visitors for the carnival, 2 February – 23 March 2019. This has to be one of the loudest and most fun carnivals in Europe especially when the Mayor throws herrings off his balcony into the crowds!

Nice:  Nice Carnival 16 February – 2 March 2019. Processions, flower parades and flower battles, rock, pop, fireworks and giant heads – les grosses têtes and giants. Over a million people flock to Nice to join in the fun heralding the start of spring.  One of the most glamorous of all the French carnivals.

Paris, Chinese New Year in Paris 5 February 2019 – join in the fun and celebrations in this beautiful city, celebrating the year of the pig, with a colourful parade through the Quartier Chinois stretching between the Place d’Italie and the Porte de Choisy in the 13th Arrondissement. Metro: Place d’Italie.

House with a garden and bridge made out of oranges

Menton: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Lemon Festival of Menton  16 February – 3 March 2019. This amazing festival in a fruity way with immense structures built with thousands of lemons and oranges and one of the most popular festivals in the region attracting many thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Sarlat: Perigord, Geese Festival Fest’Oie – third weekend in February. This famous annual festival takes place in the picturesque town of Sarlat and celebrates all things goose! Noisy flocks of geese honking through the medieval city, tastings, workshops and demonstrations.

Please note: We check every website for dates and details personally but changes do happen from time to time – please check websites for confirmation.

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