There are many events this month including 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 les Alpilles. 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. The weather has been uncharacteristically wet this Spring, so that will most likely affect the flowering times of the lavender. Usually, the grass is already dried out by now but it’s still very green here in Provence. We’ve also been treated to the most spectacular poppies.
Here is my selection of some of the many events happening in Bouches du Rhone, Provence this month.
June Events in Provence
30th May – June 3rd
Les Voiles d’Antibes – Antibes
A festival celebrating the most beautiful vintage yachts from around the world.
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
Salon des Agricultures – Salon de Provence
For your inner farmer: 120 producers, tastings, farm animals and more!
Festival Yeah! – Lourmarin
Course de Caisse à Savon – Rians
These events are so much fun and often occur during the summer months in the Luberon villages. Basically, it’s race with homemade cars made from wooden cases.
Festival de la Camargue – Camargue Area
Expositions, walks in the countryside, learn about the production of Camargue salt and bird wildlife.
Fête de la Saint Eloi – Maussane-les-Alpilles
This year, the Tarasque of Tarascon will be taking part in St Eloi in Maussane. Come to the village for great ambiance and watch the locals fill up with pride as they see the decorated chariot rush by.
Salon Coté Sud – Aix en Provence
Come see the best of French living in the South of France. Pottery, home decor, gardens, fashion and more.
4ieme 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 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 Cerise et Terroir – Venasque
Cherry festival in one of the villages responsible for some of the best cherries in France.
Chorégies d’Orange – Orange
Classical music festival held in the superior acoustic of the Roman theatre in Orange. Festival continues until August, click the link for the program.
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.
Fêtes de la Tarasque – Tarascon
Rambunctious festival in Tarascon celebrating local traditions. It all ends with a parade where the Tarasque monster is chased throughout the streets! Click the link for more information and pictures.
Championnat de France de BBQ – Saintes Maries de la Mer
Fête de la Saint Eloi – Eyragues
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 is the first of the season and will be every Tuesday night until the 11th of September.
Fête de la Costume – Arles
Locals wear the traditional dress of Arles. A sight to see!
June 1, 7, 8, 9
Fééries du Pont – Pont du Gard
Grab a picnic and head to the Pont du Gard, an impressive Roman aqueduct built to supply Nimes with water. A light show and fireworks!!
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!
Picasso – Marseille Mucem
An exhibition celebrating the mastery of Picasso, a common theme this year in museums all around France.