JUILLET/JULY EVENTS IN PROVENCE 2015
It’s full summer here in Provence. The cigales are singing (quite loudly I must say!) and the sunflowers and lavender are in full bloom. The ballet (or science?) of knowing when to open and close your shutters has been mastered for all those without air conditioning. We’ve gotten back into the habit of the afternoon sieste, and getting together with friends over copious glasses of rosé. There’s so much to do, other than “farniente” (to do nothing soaking up the sun) that I don’t even know where to start! Here is my selection of the most interesting events happening around the Bouches du Rhone region of Provence. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below.
Ballet Gala – Arles
Festival du Musique – Eygalières
Classical music festival in the streets of Eygalières. A perfect relaxing way to spend a summer evening.
Fête du Costume – Arles
Witness the crowning of the new queen of Arles and see the beautiful Arlesienne costumes all around town.
10h30 Crowning of the new Queen of Arles
17h spectacle in honour of the queen
Festival d’Aix en Provence Art Lyrique (music) – Aix en Provence
Festival d’Avignon (69th Theatre Festival in Avignon)
This is a large festival full of free and paying dance, theatre, music and lectures. See the full program on the link above. I’ve already reserved my tickets!
Tour de France! Who are you rooting for?
The largest cycling event of the year, Le Tour de France. Recently won by an Englishmen…watch out France!
3 juillet- 24 septembre
Rencontres d’Arles – Arles
Large photography exhibition (40 exhibits) around the town of Arles. Many of the exhibitions are held in historical buildings. This is a great way to see the city.
Marché Nocturne des Créateurs – Charleval
An artist market full of local talent.
Festival de Lacoste (dance, music, theatre in the Luberon) – Lacoste
22ieme Edition du Festival Les Suds – Arles
World music festival with 60 concerts
Country Roque Festival – Roque d’Antheron
This is an odd mecca of French Harley-lovers and Americana merchandise with lots of French fries and line dancing.
Fête de la figue longue noir de Caromb – Caromb
The town known for this specific type of fig celebrates it’s produce during the day of festivities.
Fête des Vins – Vacqueyras
Annual wine festival in a town known for it’s wine. This can’t be a bad day...
14 Fête national/Bastille Day – all over France
This is France’s day to honour their liberté, fraternity, égalité. Just about every town will have live music, dancing and fireworks.
Fête du Melon et Terrior – Pernes les Fontaines
Festival to celebrate the melon and all that is delicious about it.
Marché de l’Abricot (producer direct to consumer apricot market) – Le Barroux
Jazz sous les étoiles – St Remy de Provence
A prelude to the festival in September, experience the mix of Jazzy Afro-beat and funk at this concert sure to get you moving.
Marché Potier – Pernes les Fontaines
29 ceramic artists exhibit their work at this annual market.
Fête des Côtes du Ventoux (Ventoux-region street wine festival) – Bédoin
Le Marché des Talents d’Ici (artisan market) – Pernes les Fontaines (garden of Tourist office)
Festival Jazz 5 Continents – Marseille
World Jazz festival
Oppède Festival (music and comedy) – Oppède
Fête du Miel – Goult
Market with many producers (and good prices) of honey in this lovely town. Taste all the many many varieties, and see demonstrations of how the honey is extracted.
Festival de Martigues – Martigues
Music and dance from around the world visit this quaint waterfront town.
Fête de l’Aïoli – Sault
Aioli (dish with crudités and lots of garlic mayo dipping sauce) party!
Fête des Traditions Provençales – Plaisians
Festival celebrating everything Provençal from producers, aioli, vide grenier, demonstrations on beekeeping, vintage farming tractors, making soap etc and a large soup au pistou with lamb and vin a volenté!! (all you can drink wine) reservations for the meal must be made before the 23rd of july. The meal is also only around 8 pm so keep this in mind!
Fête du Vin de de l’Artisanat d’Art (Wine festival with New Orleans street music)- Ste Remy de Provence
Fête des Vins du Parc du Luberon – Ménerbes
18h-23h, Place de L’Horlage
Fête du Vin – St Remy de Provence
Village wine festival in St Remy.
31 juillet- 2 août
Fête de la Véraison/Fête Médiéval – Châteauneuf du Pape
This is the celebration of the ripening of the grapes. Wine is offered for free around town from a barrel on the back of a donkey. Quite the experience!
Ongoing Summer Events in Provence
Every Friday morning at 10 am in Les Baux de Provence:
Go on a tour with Bruno, a real Paysan, who will show you the local countryside and explain local flaura and fauna. Leave from the Tourism Office of Les Baux de Provence.
Every Tuesday at Barbentane you’ll find an assembly of Food trucks. The hipsters have finally found Provence!! Starts at 18h.
Every Tuesday evening from 7pm-12am in St Remy de Provence there is an artisan market that winds throughout the old town. These markets are called Marché de Createurs.
15 June- 9 July
Dance and Music Festival in Marseille
Vide Greniers (village flea markets)- many throughout the month
Free Baux Soirs d’Ete – Les Baux de Provence
From 17h30-19h free tours of the village in French. Ask for more info at the tourist office.
Carrieres des Lumieres – Les Baux de Provence
This show projects the painting of different artists every year. A unique experience and all pervasive experience not to be missed. This year showcases Bosch, Brueghel and Archimboldo.
Until 24 Sept
Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years – Arles
Annie Leibovitz is the first exhibition at the new artist building in Arles. You can buy tickets that couple the exhibition with a dance show. à faire!