You can indulge in all the music, food, art, and culture that France has to offer by simply going to the country’s top festivals. Experiencing the true French joie de vivre is within your reach when you travel to France and learn more about the exciting festivals that you should not miss. Immerse yourself in French culture with the colorful festivals on this list.
Cannes Film Festival
The best of the film world all gather in the town of Cannes in the French Riviera usually in May to showcase the best of the best and hopefully win the prestigious Palme d’Or recognition. This is an invitation-only event, but that does not stop film buffs and eager fans to gather for some star spotting at the red carpet.
This is the biggest and most important festival in France as the French celebrate the storming of the Bastille every 14th of July. It is a national holiday and is celebrated all over the country. You can go anywhere on that day and still get to witness the fireworks and be part of the celebration, but if you’re in Paris, check out the celebration on Champs-Élysées where you can see the largest military parade.
La Fête de la Musique
La Fête de la Musique is a festival filled with music of all genres on the day of the summer solstice, June 21. It is an all-day festival with up to 100,000 partygoers indulging in one epic and unforgettable party, on the streets, in restaurants and bars, museums, and parks. Amateurs and professionals alike can play an instrument, sing or just enjoy good music all throughout the day.
Tour de France
This prestigious sporting event has been held annually since 1903, the Tour de France happens every July and covers 3,600 kilometers that last for three weeks. The route is changed every year, but you can be sure that you will enjoy seeing the farmhouses, cottages and gites in the areas that the tour will pass by.
Happening on the French Riviera and attracting over a million visitors, the Nice Carnival, alongside the Brazilian and Venetian carnivals, is one of France’s most colorful festivals. Held every February, you will be enthralled by majestic parades, spectacular fireworks, and lots of music and dancing.
Berck-Sur-Mer International Kite Festival
The Berck-Sur-Mer Kite International Festival is held every April in the town of Berck-Sur-Mer in the North of France. Kite enthusiasts all over the world come to this festival to show off kites of every color and every shape, from crabs to bears, for a truly unforgettable aerial ballet.
One of France’s oldest and most famous festivals, the Festival d’Avignon it is a grand celebration of the arts that attracts artist the world over. Held in the city of Avignon in July, a variety of art forms— dance, music, theater, cinema—are showcased.
France has festivals to cater to everyone’s tastes, whether it is music, arts, sports, and history, the French have a festival for it that every tourist should check out.