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1. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

Hi all!

I'am going down to France to visit a buddy. To max-out the whole France experience..... does anybody knows of a huge festival(s) or street part(ies) going on? Feedback will be great.


2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Hey Marc :)

You didn’t mention when you were going, so I just found a few festivals that happen at different times during the year….

  • Cannes Film Festival (Cannes, May 11 to 22): Arguably the world’s most famous film festival. It might be hard to score tickets with the high celebrity turnout, but you could always try! Also, a word to the wise: dress nicely. My friend managed to get tickets to a movie last year and they wouldn’t let her in because she wasn’t polished enough (she didn’t plan on going to any upscale movie events on her trip).
    Website: (English option)

  • Paris Cinema (Paris, June 29 to July 12): Oh those crazy film festivals! This one seems pretty cool, with parties and such as part of the festival. It’s a newer festival – this year is it’s third year.
    Website: (French only)

  • Montmatre Grape Harvest Festival (Paris, first Saturday in October): Montmartre is the wine-growing area of Paris. There used to be vineyards on the site back in the day, and now there are still vines on a few of the streets. The festival is free – there’s wine tasting, a parade, a variety show, meal and ball. Lasts from noon until midnight.
    Website: (couldn’t find one, but if you need info you can call +33 1 46 06 00 32)

  • Festival d’Automne a Paris: (Paris, September to December): Arts, music, theatre, etc, etc festival. It covers a lot of ground, being three months long and all! Last year was it’s 33rd year.
    Website: (French only)

  • Nice Jazz Festival (Nice, Sometime in July): When I was in Nice I had just missed this one. It sucked because I love open-air jazz concerts! This one looks pretty good – over 500 musicians and over 45,000 spectators each year.
    Website: (English option)

  • Festival du Marseille (Marseille, July): This festival has it all – music, dance, movies and theatre. Looks pretty happening from the pictures on the Website. This year will be it’s tenth edition.
    Website: (Both French and English)

  • World Pastry Cup (Lyon, January 23 and 24): Ok, I just included this because it made me laugh. I wonder if they give out samples!
    Website: (has an English option)

Plus, you’ll always find tons of celebrations on and around July 14 (Bastille Day, France’s national holiday).

Hope that helps a little!

Katie ;)

3. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

Hey Katie

Thanks for the info! I wasn't sure on my dates either, until your post. I decided mid july will be my jump off. If you have any current links for July's festivals, please let me know. Thanks a bunch again.


4. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Heya Marc,

No prob! I'm pretty sure those sites will get updated as the we get closer to the time of the festivals. If I hear of any other festivals I'll let you know! Have you decided what areas in France you'll be travelling to?

Katie ;)

5. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

Hey Katie,

To be honest, not a clue! Most likely, I will play the typical tourist role...ugh...Not to mention I only have two weeks to play with. Of course.. he does have to work, which leaves me some free time. So any "professional" advice you can give me would be sweet! This would be my first time!


6. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

lol, professional, huh?

Well, if you're visting a friend, I'm assuming that you won't want to ditch him mid-way through the trip! Will he be working the entire time, or will he be able to travel with you? If you're not would probably have to stay around where your friend is living. (What city is he in?)

That said, if you had carte-blanche, I would suggest spending 4 or 5 days in Paris, 4 or 5 on the Riviera (Nice, Marseilles, day trip to Monacco), and the rest in perhaps Bordeaux or Lyon. Remember to take into consideration travel times.

Being the Paris geek that I am, I can give you a guide I had written up about what to see in the city area-by-area.

Just let me know!

Katie ;)

7. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

If you get the chance try going up the Pyrenees mountain to the top. I went there when I was 16 and hated going about with my parents but specifically remember that I was well impressed with it!! I also lived in La Rochelle for a month working in a local shop there and would reccommend it for a trip for a cultured little town on the Atlantic coast that has so much charm and character let alone the food, ber and friendly people that were there!

8. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

Well Paris Geek;)

Any information you can pass on would be awesome.

My friend is teacher assistant, so he might be on holiday. He is willing to take me anywhere. So your plan on the Riveria may work. Always wanted to chill with P.diddy in St. Tropez!


9. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y


Thanks for the suggestion on the Pyrenees. I heard it is a must see. Especially during the winter. Let me do some homework on that!


10. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I went to St. Tropez 3 years ago and I didn't think it was any good. It was basicly a just small town with over-priced shops. That said it was raining when I went and me and my friend met this guy who started stalking us. So the memories might be a little distorted.