October 11, 2016

France_Autumn_hero Plan an autumn getaway to France. Credit: Pug Girl

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.

Crémieu Medieval Festival  

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 children.   

Les Recontres de la Photographie 

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.

Paris Motor Show 
France_Autumn_1 Everything car-related can be found at the Paris Motor Show. Credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simões

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.

Fête de la Gastronomie 

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.

Musica Festival


France_Autumn_2 Enjoy wonderful music at Musica Festival. Credit: Jason Hollinger

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.

Explore 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. 

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