August 28, 2015

It’s fair to say that anybody who visits France is spoilt for choice, particularly when it comes to events and festivals. No matter what time of year you visit, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy.

To give you a few ideas of what to expect, we’ve created a list of our favourite upcoming events. From food to music, and everything in between, here’s our pick of what’s on in France.

Jazz à la Villette

Jazz à la Villette in Paris is one of those events that music lovers look forward to all year round. It combines the traditional sounds of jazz with blues, funk, hip-hop and world music, for a jam-packed program full of unmissable acts. In addition to the numerous concerts, there are film screenings and special activities for children. The festival takes place at the Parc de la Villette, in the north east of the 19th arrondissement, and concerts will be held at various halls dotted around the Parc.

Jazz à la Villette takes place from the 3rd-13th September.

 Steve Coleman will play at Jazz à la Villette 2015
Steve Coleman will play at Jazz à la Villette 2015

Foire International et Gastronomique de Dijon

Wherever you are in France, there’s one thing that’s always of the finest quality: the food. It is, after all, home to some of the best ingredients, finest chefs and most awarded restaurants in the world. Foire International et Gastronomique de Dijon is an annual event that celebrates gastronomy in all its forms. Wander around the huge exhibition centre, sampling wines and tasting food, before taking a seat at any of the talks, demonstrations, cook-offs or workshops. There are even fun food-related activities specifically for kids. So, head to Dijon and be prepared to have your taste buds reawakened.

Foire International et Gastronomique de Dijon takes place from the 30th of October - 11th of November.

 Sample the food at Foire International et Gastronomique de Dijon
Sample the food at Foire International et Gastronomique de Dijon

Festival d'Automne à Paris

Founded in 1972, the Festival d'Automne à Paris has grown to become one of France’s leading arts festivals, attracting people from all over the country, and across the world. It runs for almost four months – from September to December – and covers visual arts, theatre, performance, dance, Shamanic ritual performance, music and cinema. The festival takes place at 40 different venues throughout Paris and the Île-de-France region, so it’s also a great opportunity to see some interesting exhibition spaces and concert halls. And with so many events to choose from, you might find it tricky to pick just one.

Festival d'Automne à Paris takes place from the 8th of September – 30th December.

 Centre Pompidou – a venue for the Festival d'Automne à Paris
Centre Pompidou – a venue for the Festival d'Automne à Paris

Fête des Grands Vins

Any list of events and festivals in France just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning wine, because like food, wine is at the heart of French culture. The Fête des Grands Vins is now in its 143rd year, bringing professional winemakers and adoring wine-lovers together for three days in November. Visitors can sample wines from all over France, whilst learning about the story behind them, and there’s also a Gala Dinner where delicious food will be served and the Young Talent awards will be presented.

Fête des Grands Vins takes place from the 13th-15th November.

 Sample wines from around France at The Fête des Grands Vins
Sample wines from around France at The Fête des Grands Vins

Feeling inspired?

Start planning your trip to France with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Travel from Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes, and from there you can get to whichever festival or event you choose!

Photo Credits:
Steve Coleman will play at Jazz à la Villette 2015 – Image by Flickr user Andy Newcombe
Sample the food at Foire International et Gastronomique de Dijon - Image by Flickr user Arnaud DG
Centre Pompidou – a venue for the Festival d'Automne à Paris - Image by Flickr user Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Sample wines from around France at The Fête des Grands Vins - Image by Flickr user tribp
Cheese and wine: typical French fare - Image by Flickr user Sophie

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