So I’m perhaps little nuts but at this time of year I love to sit in the evening with a glass of wine, talk to my man and shell fresh peas. Those plump lovelies are so delicious it’s worth the effort, and relaxing too. I know I’d probably say something different if I had a couple kids running around but for now- all is peaceful chez moi.
Another luxury of time created the monster that is me going for a walk at this time of year. A 30 minute adventure turns into 2 hours of hunting beneath olive trees and on craggy cliffs. All for the satisfaction of returning home with a bunch of wild asparagus. Once you train your eye to see them- you’ll never be at peace going for a walk in April again! (in Provence anyways).
For the next two months things are going to get a little arty around here. I’ve been offered a corner of the studio at the NG Artist Residency in Eygalières. I picked up a paint brush for the first time in years yesterday. Watch out for developments on social media… (if the results are worth sharing!)
And without further ado, here are my selection of April events in Provence. Enjoy the spring veggies. Perhaps I’ll see you at the market…
April Events in Provence
31-April 1st (Easter Weekend)
The kids better watch out. Easter is on the same day as April Fools this year. Pretend to hide the eggs? Surely that’ll keep them busy for a while! There’s lots of events for kids and adults alike during Easter weekend in Provence.
Chasse aux Oeufs – Chateau des Baux de Provence
Join in the Easter egg hunt at the castle ruins of Les Baux de Provence
Adults : 10,50€, Kids (-7 years) : free
Family (2 adults + 2 kids) : 33€
Foire Antiques Art & You – Isle sur la Sorgue
If you love antiques this is an absolute must! Isle sur la Sorgue holds an antique market every Sunday but a few weekends a year the antique markets takes over the town. Easter is one of those weekends. There will be at least 500 antique dealers. March 30-April 2nd. If your habit is to visit the Provencal food market of Isle sur la Sorgue this Sunday it will most likely be much smaller than usual to accommodate the antique stalls.
Bonnieux Céramique Pottery Market – Bonnieux
This is one of my favourite pottery markets in the region. April 1st-2nd. See all kinds of different glazing techniques and types of clay displayed here by local ceramic artists.
Feria de Pâques – Arles
See both Spanish style corrida and French bull games in the Roman arena in Arles.
Salon Nauticales – La Ciotat
Do you love boats? Then see this exhibition of all things nautical (boats especially).
Ateliers d’Artisans – Arles
Arles celebrates the local artist ateliers that will open their doors throughout the town on this weekend. Happening all over the city but concentrated on: Rue 4 Septembre, Rue Réattu, Rue de la Liberté, Rue Jouvenne. There will also be a small artist market in Place Volaire for those that don’t have ateliers.
Printemps Salon des Vins – Châteauneuf du Pape
With 85 winemakers participating, taste wine all weekend at this events that celebrates the young winemakers taking over their family traditions.
Marché aux Fleurs et Matériel de Jardinage – Saintes Maries de la Mer
Annual flower market.
Fête des Fraises – Carpentras
This festival is divine? 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.
Course de la Tarasque – Tarascon
This is just one of the many runs happening this month (before if gets too hot!)
See also the half marathon in Nice.
Spring Music Festival – Château de Lourmarin
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. I’ll be sad to see the sheep go!
Fête de l’Asperge – Montmoiron
Floralies – St Andiol
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.
Foire aux Fleurs – Fontvieille
From 8 to 18h you’ll be able to peruse the stands selling all kinds of varieties of plants.
Les Good Trucks – Barbentane
Food trucks assemble to give us a little bit of hipster lifestyle in the countryside. Every Tuesday.
I literally tried going to this every Tuesday last summer and couldn’t make it. I will not let it escape me this year!
March 30-April 15
Printemps des Potiers – Bandol
Large Pottery market and many different events celebrating pottery.
Picasso – Marseille Mucem
An exhibition celebrating the mastery of Picasso, a common theme this year in museums all around France.
Look out for orchids, asparagus, onions, rocket/arugula and new plants to forage in the countryside. Hint: follow any French people that mysteriously are carrying baskets on small roads…they know where they’re going…
Please add anything I’ve missed in the comments! These events concentrate on events in the Vaucluse and Bouches du Rhône regions of Provence.