As autumn approaches and summer draws to a
close, now’s the time to explore France. Autumn in France is a lovely time of
year, what with the golden leaves, the bursts of the remaining summer sun and
the many events, festivals, fairs, and shows which take place. If you’re
looking for some inspiration, here are our top picks of the best events in
France during September and October.
A small village in the south-eastern France, Crémieu
is home to a colourful medieval festival which takes place every year. On the
second weekend of September, the whole village is transported back to the
Middle Ages, with parades, horse shows, jugglers, fire-twirlers, musicians, and
more. A whole street is dedicated to trades of yesteryear, including
calligraphy and chainmail-making, and workshops are held for both adults and
You may not know it, but one of France’s best
photography festivals can be found in Arles, Provence. Once a favourite
painting spot of Vincent Van Gogh, today, Arles holds an annual photography festival
– Les Recontres de la Photographie – which takes place at various locations
throughout the city. Now in its 47th year, the festival places great
emphasis on supporting up-and-coming artists, with many new faces featured in
the exhibition each year.
Car lovers rejoice every October, as autumn sees
the Paris Motor Show come to the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Brands from
all over the world will converge in Paris, bringing all kinds of cars with them
and attracting over 1 million visitors over the course of the show. Visitors can
expect to see the latest in motor technology from the biggest names in the
motoring world, alongside an exhibition of vehicles from the past.
Food and France is a match made in heaven,
which is why the Fête de la Gastronomie is one of France’s best festivals.
During three days in September, France celebrates its cuisine, the art of
cooking and the wonderful world of gastronomy. Various events can be found
throughout the country, from free tastings to fun-filled workshops, with
something to suit every type of foodie. There are also harvest festivals,
special markets, recipe sharing events, and much more.
Every autumn, Strasbourg holds its
international music festival, attracting visitors from near and far. Founded in
1982, Musica Festival features contemporary classical music concerts played by
some of the world’s most talented musicians. The concerts will be performed at
different locations throughout the city, including the impressive Strasbourg
Cathedral, and tickets for each show can be bought individually, so you can take
you can take your pick.
France this autumn
Travel from Folkestone to Calais with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle in just 35
minutes. From there, these great autumn events are just a drive away.