Here is what’s up next in the schedule of annual events:
One of world's biggest international movie festivals, with its red carpet, steps and the Palm d'Or prize.
This is a major international event.
A spectacular and well organised aeronautical meeting and show, with lots of flying displays, and even vintage uniformed people on the ground. Great atmosphere.
The 24 Hours car race of Le Mans is legendary. It is the most well known, and the oldest, car endurance race in the world, and has been raced in Le Mans since 1923.
The race is 24 hours of fans camping alongside the track, entertainment, concerts and watching cars race each other for 24 long hours.
It is always well attended internationally, with fans coming from all over the world. Hotels and campings display "no vacancies" since most are booked a year in advance. So if you're planning to see this mythical race, better book well in advance.
The Paris Air Show, the biggest in its kind, is held every 2 years (alternating with the UK). The trade and professionals are welcomed starting on the 19th, general visitors can see the airplanes between the 23rd and 25th of June.
Every 2 years, 100,000's of airplane lovers gather here to see air stunts and fly-overs by commercial and military aircraft, from the very latest to the oldest.
It is always well attended internationally, with fans coming from all over the world. Hotels and campings display "no vacancies" since most are booked a year in advance. So if you're planning to see this mythical air display and show, better book well in advance.
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Every year during the longest day (21st of June), which is also the official start of summer, every city, town and even village in France organises the "Fete de la Musique"; the yearly Music Feast/Festival. Apart from the officially organised musical events, everyone is allowed to go out in the streets and parks and play music until the wee hours of the morning. Professionals, amateurs and newbies; everyone can play. A unique event.
Europe's biggest medieval festival held in the Unesco World Heritage site of Provins.
One weekend at the foot of an old castle, celebrating like they used to centuries ago.
Imagine attending a festival in a theatre built over 2,000 years ago and that seats 10,000 people.
Tip: Do not plan to come by car. There is no parking space. Use the public transportation.
Tip: Umbrellas for forbidden. Use hats.
Considered as one of France's biggest and oldest (first festival was in 1947) festivals of performing art, the Festival of Avignon is a must for anyone who is into music and performing arts.
Between 35 and 50 performances during the month, with a total of about 300 performances.
The festival is held in some 20 locations throughout Avignon.
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14th of July is the day the common French people revolted against their king and nobility. It is the day France became a republic, and every year it is celebrated as THE national holiday. The French never call it Bastille Day, but instead just call is "quatorze Juillet" (meaning 14th July).
Although the day itself is the 14th, on the evening of the 13th there are always many events, most of them centred around the local fire-station with music and dancing. On the 13th, it is the time to get acquainted with your local firefighters, dance, drink and be merry.
On the 14th, in the evening there are many concerts and most cities, towns and even small villages have fireworks. Many cities also have parades, but of course none can beat the one in Paris.
One of the biggest Celtic festivals in the world, held every year in Brittany.
Every year, one country is the main attraction.
Deauville's beaches and promenade with movie star named changing cabins.
The Deauville American Film Festival is one of the most prestigious American movies festival, and Deauville is the ideal location for this star-studded festival.
With Deauville's version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, changing rooms on the beach named after the famous stars, the festival attracts many stargazers.
The street market (flea market) of Lille has been going on since the 12th century.
It is one of Europe's biggest street markets. 10,000 exhibitors offering goods throughout the city, kilometre after kilometre.
Once a year, the city of Rouen celebrates the stomach. All sorts of foods are displayed throughout the city centre, where they can be bought and eaten on the spot.
Many of the stalls and people are dressed up in medieval ways.
Every two years, some 40 sail yachts in 4 different categories, each manned by 2 skippers set off on a timed race taking the old coffee routes between Le Havre and South America.
One week before the race, all the boats are in the docks for all to admire. It's a big event, and the race village is full of people.
The event week starts on the 28th of October, the race itself starts on the 5th of November.
Once a year, the city of Dieppe sees some 700,000 people flocking to see the international kite flying festival.
On the last Saturday, it is time for the World Championship Kite Flying. The whole beach are is dedicated to kits, with many stands selling you kites and their accessories.
Once every 5 to 7 years, world's biggest tall sail ships (multi-mast) come to Rouen for 10 days of festivities. Then on the last day, all of them sail out to the ocean under the watchful eyes of millions of spectators. A unique event.
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