French Tradition: les Festivals D’Été

The month of August in France sees various towns, big and small, across the entirety of the country transformed into sites of festivities and summer celebration. Small villages almost turn into international cities for a week as they draw in the crowds. People come from all walks of life to join in these local fetes. These ‘Festivals d’Été’ that sweep the nation during the month of August include events such as bull running, beer drinking, regional dancing and a lot of live music. These festivals, no matter the size of the village or town, have known to attract some of the best musicians in the world.  So, if you are nearby or fancy a bit of fun, make sure to benefit from this celebration of tradition, of France and of summer.

Here are some examples of ‘Les Festivals d’Été’ happening around France this August:

Marciac Jazz

This small commune in the south-western region of France is notable for its Jazz festival. This annual festival of music attracts some of the most famous jazz musicians from all over the world. Running from the end of July through to mid-August, this year’s lineup includes big names such as George Benson, Ibrahim Maalouf, Norah Jones and Herbie Hancock.

In these festivals you can also benefit from what is called ‘le off’. These are unknown musicians who play for free at various small venues throughout the town. This could be your chance to see the next best talent! 

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Arles: Les Recontres De La Photographie

This international photography festival is particularly famous in France where the town of Arles in the South transforms its own gallery of the works of a whole range of photographers. From those who are well known, to those just starting out, make sure to benefit from this epic display of art.

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Rock En Seine

If you are in Paris in August, Rock-en-Seine, one of the biggest ‘rock’ festivals in France, is running this year on the weekend of the 25th August. This year ‘the XX’, Flume, PJ Harvey and Franz Ferdinand are among the headliners. Make sure not to miss out on this chance to see some of the greatest artists of the moment.

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