Lavender festival, Provence

A August highlight from the 3rd to 7th of the month is the Lavender Festival of Dignes-les-Bains, considered to be the lavender center of the world in the Provence region.

With parades, exhibitions, concerts and all kinds of lavender inspired cultural events, this is an ideal chance to explore the world famous lavender fields of Provence when they are in full bloom and in a region where there is so much to discover during the holidays. 

Marciac Jazz Festival, south west

If a smoother sound is in order, take a road trip to Marciac in the Occitanie region from the end of July till August 15th. With local and international jazz performers and stars, good food and a great welcoming atmosphere, even families can partake in the festival fun and enjoy the sounds of the summer. 

La Gacilly Photography Festival, Brittany

Located in southern Brittany the La Gacilly Photography Festival is another ideal pitstopon any tour of the country with a chance to explore dynamic art and fun family activities with a festival vibe.

From June 2nd till September 30th, the festival offers a wide programme of activities focused on the visual medium, so language is no barrier, and there is plenty of useful information and guidance available on their site if planning to make this an overnight stop, with details on where to stay, eat and enjoy the best of the festival. 

Rock en Seine, Paris

Rock en Seine now requires little introduction if your travels take you through the city of lights from the 24th-26th of August. Featuring national and international music acts, bands and performers this year the weekend festival at Parc Saint-Cloud just outside central Paris welcomes French star Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Not to mention Thirty Seconds to Mars featuring Oscar winning actor/singer Jared Leto and former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher hitting the stage. Their English language version website is especially helpful.

The famous Rock en Seine music festival