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April 07, 2019
May 26, 2019
Party at horse racetracks
PARIS. Two Parisians horse racetracks open their gates to everyone on three Sundays. Each fixture provides a choice of seven or eight flat or hurdles races as well as entertainment and activities for young and old alike. Named “Dimanches au galop”, these events take place, on April 7th, 14th and 28th as well as on May 12th and 26th at Paris Longchamps racetrack, on April 21st as well as on May 18th and 19th at Auteuil racetrack. Admission : €8 / €5, free for children under 12 years old. Information :
www.dimanchesaugalop.com
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May 16, 2019
May 27, 2019
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 edition feature international stars such as Erik Truffaz, Kellylee Evans, Richard Galliano, Fred Pallem, Biréli Lagrène and Jeff Loiselet. The festival also features concerts by young talents such as Marion Rampal and Cecil L. Recchia & The Gumbo. Concerts are held in different venues throughout the Saint-Germain des Prés district. Admission : from €15 to €70 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com
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May 24, 2019
May 26, 2019
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-2019-84490/
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May 24, 2019
May 26, 2019
Gourmet hike
NIMES. Vignes Toquées is an event featuring two 8 kilometres long hikes through the vineyards of the Costières de Nîmes appellation punctuated with six stops where participants can enjoy fine dishes prepared by starry chef Damien Sanchez who runs the restaurant SKAB. At each stop they can also taste a selection of red, rosé and white wines from 36 wineries of the appellation. For the second time, there is also a 3 km long night hike with 3 stops where participants are offered the best dishes of the previous editions and the best wines of the appellation - Day hike. Price : €62 per person, €59 for under 26s. Departures from 9.45am to 1.15pm on Saturday and Sunday. - Night hike. Price : €90 per person. Departures from 7pm to 7.30pm on Friday. Information and registrations : 0466369625
www.costieres-nimes.org
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May 24, 2019
May 26, 2019
Grands Crus weekend
BORDEAUX. Owners and winemakers from more than 110 renowned Grands Crus of the Bordeaux wine region offer tasting of their vintages. In addition, there are gala dinners during which a different wine will be served with each course in order to show the diversity of Bordeaux grands crus as well as two vineyard tours including lunch and tasting in chateaux. One going through the Graves and Sauternes appellations, one focusing on Medoc. The event also features a golf competition. Hangar 14. Quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux. Tasting from 10am to 5pm. Admission : €65. Gala dinners : €140. Vineyard tours : €99. Golf competition : €95. Information :
www.ugcb.net/fr/le-weekend-des-grands-crus-2019
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May 25, 2019
May 26, 2019
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 tasting workshops based on different themes, a phtographic exhibition, hikes, bike tours and some of the region’s talented chefs show their know how and emphasize food and wine pairing. A €6 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 2019
May 30, 2019
June 02, 2019
Bourgogne Tribal Show
BESANCEUIL, SAONE-ET-LOIRE DEPARTMENT. One of a kind for its venue, a village in the Burgundy countryside, this art fair gathers together more than twenty galleries and art dealers specialized on tribal art from Africa, Oceania, Siberia, North America and Australia. However, some of them also offer Oriental, Precolombian and Islamic works of art, Egyptian antiques, Baroque and medieval European sculptures as well as few pieces of contemporary and modern arts. Galerie Bruno Mory. 71460 Besanceuil. Open from 11am to 8pm on Thursday, till 7pm on Friday and Saturday, till 6pm on Sunday. Admission free. Free shuttle from the Mâcon-Loché TGV station and Cluny Abbey. Information :
www.tribal.show
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June 2019
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 01, 2019
June 02, 2019
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 an exhibition dedicated to photographer Denis Bourges, conferences, debates, workshops, demos, a photographic competition and an artist market where photographers, 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 02, 2019 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 : €17.90 for adults, €12 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, 2019 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
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June 06, 2019
June 09, 2019
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 from 10am to 7pm. Admission: €14 / €10. Information:
www.jardinsjardin.com
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June 06, 2019
June 10, 2019
University music festival
BELFORT. About 100 bands and orchestras coming from dozens of countries and mostly made up of students and amateur musicians participate in the 2019 FIMU ((International University Music Festival). Performing classical, contemporary, jazz, traditional or pop music they give free concerts in fourteen indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city of Belfort. Information : 0384542581
www.fimu.com
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June 07, 2019
June 10, 2019
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. Free for under 12s. Information : 0344540402
www.journees-de-la-rose.com
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June 08, 2019
June 10, 2019
Winemakers picnic
FRANCE. Hundreds of winemakers from all over France open their door to people who want to go for a picnic in their property and offer them free wine tasting to come along the food. They tell them about their work, their terroir and some wineries also hosts activities such as hiking, horseback riding, live music, tasting of local products and so on. Information:
www.vigneron-independant.com/pique-nique
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June 08, 2019
June 11, 2019
Young contemporary artists
MULHOUSE, ALSACE. Organized every two years, Mulhouse 00 is a biennial event dedicated contemporary creation that gives the opportunity to young artists to present their work. Coming from French, German, Italian and Swiss arts schools, they are selected by a jury of the directors of these schools. Parc des Expositions. 120 rue Lefèbvre, 68100 Mulhouse. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from noon to 8pm and Tuesday from noon to 5pm. Admission free. Information : 0369777750
www.mulhouse.fr/fr/mulhouse-019
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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 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 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 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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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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