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May 06, 2017
October 14, 2017
Gardens on stage
PICARDY. “Jardins en Scène” is a festival where music, visual arts, theatre, dance and circus shows slip into more than forty gardens. Perched in a tree or floating on water, artists are not where we expect to find them. They give unusual performances offering visitors snatches of poetry, humor and enjoyment in the midst of natural settings sculpted by other artists excelling in a discipline of their own. For this ninth edition more than eighty shows are scheduled in gardens scattered around the Picardy region. Admission : free or from €2 to €12 depending on the garden and the show. Information and bookings :
www.jardinsenscene.fr
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May 18, 2017
May 28, 2017
Theatre in English
PARIS. The Paris Fringe Festival offers theatre performances in English. They are played by international and France-based companies with a focus on innovative approaches to theatre and an emphasis on contemporary themes. Alongside the plays are a variety of workshops, talks and events giving artists and spectators the opportunity to interact and exchange. Plays take place at the Les Feux de la Rampe theatre and other venues in the 9th and 10th arrondissements. Information :
parisfringe.org
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May 2017
May 26, 2017
June 04, 2017
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 a parade of tall ships and of first-clas ocean racers that will take part in the Solitaire du Figaro race departing from Bordeaux on June 4th. 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 James Blunt and Texas, firework display and food stalls selling authentic products from the South West such as foie gras, Bayonne ham and Arcachon oysters.. Open every day except Monday 29th from 11 am to 11pm. Admission free. Information :
www.bordeaux-fete-le-fleuve.com
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May 27, 2017
November 04, 2017
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 Pierre Christophe Quartet at the Domaine Colline Saint Jean in Vacqueyras (May 27th), the Drom Blanchard Quartet at Domaine Berthet Rayne in Cairanne (June 24th), the Tipo Combo Quartet at the Domaine Brusset in Cairanne (July 15th), the Nora Kamm Quartet at the Domaine Rabasse Charavin in Cairanne (August 5th), several bands in the frame of the Jazz dans les Vignes Festival in the vineyards of Visan (August 24th), the Alfio Origlio Quartet in the vineyards of Cairanne (August 25th), the O.Hutman Trio in the vineyards of Sérignan (August 26th), the Mariannick Saint-Ceran Quintet at the Cave Cooperative of Roaix Séguret (September 16th), the Jean-Philippe Bordier Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Vacqueyras (October 14th) and the Philippe Duchemin Trio at the Cave Cooperative of Cairanne (November 4th). Admission : €15 per concert. Information and bookings:
www.jazzdanslesvignes.fr
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May 27, 2017
May 28, 2017
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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June 2017
June 01, 2017
June 04, 2017
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 and Sunday from 10am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Admission: €14 / €10. Information:
www.jardinsjardin.com
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June 01, 2017
June 05, 2017
University music festival
BELFORT. About 100 bands and orchestras coming from thirty-twocountries and mostly made up of students and amateur musicians participate in the 2017 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 02, 2017
June 10, 2017
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 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th. Picnic and music from 7 pm. Show at 10.30 pm. Admission : €25 / €15. Information and bookings : 0820903330
www.pontdugard.fr
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June 03, 2017
July 25, 2017
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 Elisso Virsaladze, Nokolai Lugansky, Martha Argerich, Akiko Ebi, Marie-Ange Ngucci, Kotaro Fukuma, Cheng Zhang and Nelso, Goerner, soprano Axelle Fanyo, clarinetist Karl Leister, violinist Renaud Capucon and the Trio Wanderer. Bergerie Frédéric Chopin. 36400 Nohant. Admission : €15 to €100. Information and bookings : 0254484640
www.festivalnohant.com
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June 03, 2017
June 04, 2017
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 photographers Isabel Munoz and Christian Ozorce, 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, 2017
June 05, 2017
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 04, 2017
October 01, 2017
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 “At the Earth’s Core” 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 : €8.50 / €4. Information : 0389382808
www.parc-wesserling.fr
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June 06, 2017 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 09, 2017
June 11, 2017
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 10, 2017
June 11, 2017
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 : €8 on Saturday, €6 on Sunday, two days pass : €12. Free for under 13s. Information and bookings :
www.highlandgames-france.eu
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June 10, 2017
June 13, 2017
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 from 10am to 8pm, Sunday and Monday from noon to 8pm and Tuesday from noon to 7pm. Admission free. Information : 0369777750
www.mulhouse.fr/fr/mulhouse-017
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June 11, 2017 Dances for everyone
PARIS. From 2pm to 10pm, more than forty dance companies performing dozens of different dance styles offer forty-five free shows held in Bercy Village, in the Bercy park and at the Centre d’Animation les Halles-le Marais. 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 11, 2017 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 16, 2017
September 09, 2017
The Marriage of Figaro, open-air opera
FRANCE. One of Mozart’s most famous pieces, “The Marriage of Figaro” 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 16th and 17th), the Chateau du Champ de Bataille in Le Neubourg, near Evreux (June 24th), the chateau de Vincennes, near Paris (June 30th), the Cité of Carcassonne (July 13th), the chateau de Haroué, near Nancy (September 1st) and the Hotel National des Invalides in Paris (from September 7th to 9th). 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 17, 2017
July 30, 2017
Paris Jazz Festival
PARIS. The 2017 Paris Jazz Festival takes place over seven weekends and for the first time comprises some evening concerts. Twenty-four concerts are on the agenda and feature well-known artists such as Thomas Savy, Anne Paceo, Andy Emler, Nicolas Folmer, Ray Lema, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Erik Truffaz and Lisa Simone. Parc Floral du Bois de Vincennes. Esplanade Saint Louis, 75012 Paris. Admission : €6 / €3. Information :
www.parisjazzfestival.paris.fr
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June 19, 2017
June 25, 2017
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 52nd 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 19th to Thursday 22nd and to the general public from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th from 8.30am to 6pm. Entrance : €14. Information :
www.siae.fr
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June 21, 2017
July 16, 2017
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 : €13 to €30 per concert. Information and bookings : 0344402899
www.festivaldesforets.fr
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June 22, 2017
June 25, 2017
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 24, 2017
June 25, 2017
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 : €5, free for under 8s. Information :
www.parisestludique.fr
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June 24, 2017
June 25, 2017
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 25, 2017 Belle Epoque Festival
BAGNOLES DE L’ORNE. A spa town in Normandy, Bagnoles de l’Orne commemorates its Belle Epoque heydays, an era when it was a favourite destination for the bourgeoisie and a whole new quarter comprising gorgeous villas was built. This festival features a late 19th century parade and fashion catwalk, musical and theatre performances, introductions to Belle Epoque’s games and dances, a luncheon on the grass and guided tours of the Belle Epoque quarter. Information :
www.bagnolesdelorne.com
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June 29, 2017
July 13, 2017
Vienne Jazz Festival
VIENNE. ISERE DEPARTMENT. Like every year the Vienne Jazz Festival offers a gigantic program. Great names such as Zucchero, Archie Shepp, Herbie Hancock, Jamie Cullum, Mr Sipp, Roberto Fonseca, Youn Sun Nah, Tri4th, Stacey Kent, Shabaka, Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Neals, Keziah Jones and Lianne La Havas 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, 2017
July 02, 2017
Hundreds of worldwide beers
PARIS. The “Mondial de la Bière” is a beer festival held in Montreal since 1994 and for the first time the European edition takes place in Paris. Open to the general public and professionals alike, it brings together craft brewers as well as large brewing groups from all over the world. All of them will have kiosks and each visitor will have the opportunity to sample some 700 tasty and unique beers produced worldwide. The festival also features tasting master classes, workshops and conferences aimed at the general public as well as at brewers. Maison de la Mutualité. 24 rue Saint Victor, 75005 Paris. Open from 2pm to 10pm on Friday, from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission : €12. Information :
www.festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca
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June 30, 2017
July 02, 2017
International Festival of Military Music
SAUMUR. Held every two years, this festival brings together an array of worldwide military musicians. Armies from Denmark, Belarus, Spain, Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukrainia, Austria and Cameroon 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 : €15 to €30. Information : 0241402060
www.comitedesfetes-saumur.fr
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July 2017
July 01, 2017
July 18, 2017
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 1st, 4th, 5th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 18th. Invited artists are pianists Hervé N’Kaoua, Ismaël Margin and Lukas Geniusas, violinist Yura Lee, cellist Bruno Philippe, tuba player Thomas Leleu, marimba player Kai Strobel, tenor Yusuke Kobori, baritone William Hernandez, the Arod Quatuor and the Chinese female orchestra Beauty & Melody. 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 01, 2017
July 09, 2017
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 on July 1st and in Fontainebleau the other days Artists of this year edition include French bands and musicians Fapy Lafertin Quartet, Simba Baumgartner Trio, Tcha Badjo, Les Doigts de l’Homme and Stephane Wrembel as well as international artists such as Sanseverino, Larry Graham, Lucky Chops, Avishai Cohen, Roberto Fonseca, Asaf Avidan and Youn Sun Nah. Entrance : 4 days pass : €89, day tickets : from €26 to €33. Admission free on July 1st. Information and bookings :
www.festivaldjangoreinhardt.com
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July 06, 2017
July 08, 2017
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 new “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 11.45am 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 8 000 cars are on view to the public. An auction sale of classic cars is also on the agenda. Admission fees. Friday : €27. Sunday : €39. Weekend : €63. Free for children under the age of 16. Information and bookings :
www.lemansclassic.com
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July 07, 2017
July 30, 2017
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 09, 2017 Cheese festival
SAINT-OFFENGE. ALPS. Located in Savoie, near Aix-les-Bains, in the heart of the area where Emmental cheese is produced, the village of Saint-Offenge hosts the 13th 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 15, 2017
July 23, 2017
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 Sting, Archie Sepp, Buddy Guy, Tom Jones, Macy Gray, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Brandfors Marsalis Quartet and Johnny Gallagher among others. Tickets : from €30 to €170 per concert. Information and bookings :
www.jazzajuan.com
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July 21, 2017
July 30, 2017
Hot air balloons gathering
CHAMBLEY - HAGEVILLE. LORRAINE. One of the largest hot-air balloons gatherings in the world with Albuquerque, in United States, Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons is held every two years and around 1 000 hot hair balloons coming from more than sixty worldwide countries attend the event. It features competitions, mass ascensions, first flights, balloon glow and night take off and mini hot-air balloons demonstrations as well as astronomy and meteorology workshops for kids. Admission free. Aérodrome de Chambley Planet’Air. 54470 Hagéville. Information :
www.pilatre-de-rozier.com
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August 2017
August 25, 2017
August 27, 2017
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 PJ Harveu, The Shins, The Kills, Timber Timbre, Flume, The Lemon Twigs and Rejie Snow. Tickets are already on sale. Domaine national de Saint-Cloud Three days pass : €119 One day ticket : €49 Information and bookings :
www.rockenseine.com
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