June in Provence
Forgive me, I’ve been a bit absent on CuriousProvence as I’ve been doing many photo shoots and market tours and even a Provencal fish soup dinner for 14 people. It’s been crazy busy but I’m loving it!
There are many events this month but the most common is the Fête de la Saint Eloi. Saint Eloi is the patron saint of metalworkers, blacksmiths, cart drivers and craftsmen of all kinds. He is a particularly favourite saint here in Provence. The Fête is normally transferred to the end of June rather than the 1st of December which is the official day. Most towns in the Bouches du Rhône dedicate a day of celebration to this saint. Normally, it starts with the decoration of a local horse cart using olive branches, wildflowers, and hay. The cart is then paraded throughout the town often followed by and different types of bull running. Oh, and copious amounts of rosé.
Also this month, very exciting, the lavender comes into bloom. In a couple weeks I’m taking pictures of a man proposing to his girlfriend in a lavender field. Ah! Wish me luck!
Here is my selection of some of the many events happening in Bouches du Rhone, Provence this month.
June Events in Provence
Rendez-Vous aux Jardins – all over France
Celebration of gardens with plant sales and planting instruction as well as the opening up of private gardens for public viewing
Festival de la Camargue – Camargue Area
Expositions, walks in the countryside, learn about the production of Camargue salt and bird wildlife.
Salon des Agricultures – Salon de Provence
For your inner farmer: 120 producers, tastings, farm animals and more!
Lundi de pentecôte (national holiday)
Transhumance – St Remy de Provence
About 3,500 sheep and goats pass through the town of St Remy de Provence for the bi-annual herding of sheep from and to the mountains. Also, you’ll find a small antique market in the centre of town.
Fête de la Saint Eloi – Maussane-les-Alpilles
This year’s “Queen of Arles” and her ladies in waiting will be participating in this large parade in Maussane.
3ieme Summer Vintage Party – Aramon
Parades of pin-up girls, food trucks and any type of French homage to the rock and roll of a bygone era. The assumptions on American culture may be erroneous, but entertaining all the same. This should be interesting! 10h-22h.
Fête du Club Taurin – Aureille
Multiple bull running events going on throughout these 2 days.
Fête de la Musique – all over France
Free live music in every single city and village on this day and night. Amazing!! Bring on the rosé!
Fête de la Saint-Jean
Pick your green walnuts today to make walnut wine!
Also, fireworks in many towns throughout France or village bonfires starting around 21h30.
Les Baux de Provence and Fontvieille will light bonfires, weather permitting.
Championnat de France de BBQ – Saintes Maries de la Mer
I didn’t know the French could BBQ but oh my goodness I’m excited to see this!!! If you’re from the Southern United States, I suggest you enter and show ’em how it’s done…
Fête du Marché aux Cerises – La Roque d’Antheron
Traditional market including a parade, a blessing for the beloved cherry harvest and at 12h30 a country style meal. A lovely day out.
Fête de la Saint Eloi – Eyragues
Musiques au Vieux Village – Eygalières
18h free classical music concert in the old village
Marché des Créateurs – Saint Remy de Provence
50 artists showcasing their work for the evening market winding through the streets of beautiful St Remy. Starts at 19h. This generally occurs every Tuesday during the summer months.
Les Fêtes d’Arles – Arles
Lots of traditional dress and animations going on throughout Arles. Of particular note is on the 2nd of July you’ll be able to see the Fête de la Costume where locals dress as beautiful Arlésiennes.
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.
15 June- 9 July
Dance and Music Festival in Marseille
Vide Greniers (village flea markets)- many throughout the month