Punnets full of the best tasting strawberries you’ve ever imagined have arrived at the local veg shop. There are new leaves on the trees and yes, it’s my birthday month!
The locals say that the season officially starts at Easter. To mark this, it seems that many events have been moved this year to easter weekend. Personally, I’ll be having fun making springy bouquets at the local flower shop.
Here’s my list of the best events happening this upcoming month in Provence. I’m so excited for the warmer weather. Are you?
April Events in Provence
1 Poisson d’Avril! April Fools Day!
April fools day in France. Yes, we have it here too- but it’s a bit…fishy?
A couple of my favorite Vide Greniers/Flea markets are happening this month. Check out the link under April articles at the bottom of the page and keep your eyes open for signs of village vide greniers near you!
Vide Grenier– Charleval
Vide Grenier – Eygalières
A fantastic combination of cheap as well as quality goods positioned along the street next to sunny cafés. After you’ve shopped and picked up those rusty bits and bobs to admire, order oysters and white wine and continue your day people watching. A perfect day out!
Also on this day, you’ll find vide greniers in the adjacent towns of Egyuières, La Roque d’Antheron, and St Andiol. They’re going all out! Find those rusty old lamps, mildewed post cards, and hidden treasures. You never know what you’ll find. Read my article about French flea markets.
Fête des Fraises – Carpentras
This is the first festival celebrating a particular seasonal product here in Provence. It’s simply, and perfectly, tables and tables full of strawberries and strawberry tarts! I honestly will NEVER eat a strawberry out of season again. Check out my article about it here.
Foire aux Plantes et à la Biodiversité – Arles (blvd des Lices)
30 plant nurseries are holding gardening demonstrations and displaying their diverse array of plants for sale. Sadly my little terrace is already choc-a-bok full of plants. But, one can dream?
Feria de Pâques – Arles
It’s the start of the bull season! This event is not only happening in the roman coliseum but the streets of Arles. Check out the times of the Bandido and the Encierros that are taking place during this weekend to make sure you don’t run into an angry bull! (seriously though)
La 102ème Foire Internationale Art, Antiquités & Brocante – Isle sur la Sorgue
One of the biggest brocantes (antique fairs) of the year in Isle sur la Sorgue where, in addition to all the stores and warehouses, you’ll find 300 antique dealers with everything from kitsch items to Marie Antoinette’s hairbrush.
Printemps des Potiers – Bandol
Large Pottery market.
Pâques – Easter Sunday
Check your local town hall for municipal easter egg hunts and maybe fast in preparation if your neighbour invites you over for the easter meal. Expect lamb and potatoes. Also, many villages hold their first flower markets this weekend so keep your eyes open for signs on roundabouts near you.
See my article about easter in Provence including curious vintage postcards I’ve found in the flea markets.
Marché Potier – Bonnieux
This is one of the earliest pottery markets of the season in Provence. It’s particularly lovely because as you pursue the wares, you can look out at the magnificent view of the Luberon. Fantastic! Perhaps eat lunch in Bonnieux and make a day of it.
Pâques au Château – Tarascon
Tarascon’s castle is holding many events for the kids on Easter Sunday including medieval knight fights, easter egg hunts, and many other animations.
Foire d’Avignon – Avignon (parc expo)
The exposition is aiming for 45,000 visitors this year. You’ll find, from what I can tell, a weird and wonderful mix of all kinds of stands promoting new products, gastronomy, and fun for the kids.
De Ferme en Ferme – all over France
Check out the website to find if any farms near you that are opening their doors for tours during this weekend celebrating agriculture.
Fête de l’Asperge – Montmoiron
Fête de la Transhumance – Sénas
Click the link to check out my article about this sheep transhumance from the plains in the winter to the cooler mountains in the summer. It’s quite the spectacle.
Foire aux Fleurs – Fontvieille
From 8 to 18h you’ll be able to peruse the stands selling all kinds of varieties of plants.
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Walks around Les Baux de Provence
Leaving from the Tourism Office at 10 am, Bruno takes you on a walk through his olive orchards where he shares with you his passion for local organic farming. Learn about the local flora and fauna. Tours cost 6 €, in French.
Sentiers de l’abondance (free guides) – Les Alpilles
Beautiful gardens close to Eygalieres village offering tours. Tours are every Wednesday at 14h and
cost 8 €.