Festivals & Events

From wine tasting to new or classic music, summer open-airs and Christmas markets, many festivals and events will entertain you at your French holiday home. For a detailed list of events, check out www.catacult.net!

January

La Cavalcade des Rois, 10.1., Perpignan. The arrival of Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar reenacted in the centre of Perpignan.

Journées Internationales de l’Insecte, Perpignan, Parc des expositions

Festival de l’Aventure, Les Angles

Festivités de la Saint-Vincent, Estagel, around 22 January

February

La Fête du Grenat, Perpignan, www.institutdugrenat.com

Carnaval d’Estagel, Estagel

March

T.I.L.T. Festival, Perpignan, www.tilt-festival.org. Electronic music festival, late March/early April

Festival de musique sacré, Perpginan, www.mairie-perpignan.fr, late march/early April

Foire aux éléveurs, Argelès-sur-mer
open-air market  with farmers selling their beasts they have raised: pigs, goats, sheep, cattle…late March/early April

Easter

Procession de la Sanch, Perpignan

Nuit des long capots, Perpignan

April

Festival de Cinéma Confrontation, Perpignan, www.inst-jeanvigo.eu

Rallye des voitures anciennes Perpignan – Portofino, Perpignan; Oldtimer Festival

Foire au chevreaux, Arles-sur-Tech

Fromage & Chocolat, wine and food tasting walk through the village from cellar door to gourmet stalls, Maury

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May

Printemps des Échoppes, Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet. Large market with regional craft and food stalls, kids programme, and free concerts, http://myfrenchholidayhome.com/saint-paul-de-fenouillet_printemps-des-echoppes-2015

La Nuit Européenne des muséeswww.nuitdesmusees.culture.fr

La Perpinyane, www.laperpinyane.com, Perpignan, 10 km of running or nordic walking

Les Amorioles, Maury. Gourmet walk with great food and wine on the territory of AOC Maury. Info: 04 68 50 08 54

Balade en terre d’artistes. Discovers the studios and workshops of painters and artisans!

Dionysiade en Agly-Verdouble, wine festival held for more than 20 years

June

Voix de Femmes, Maury, www.festival-voixdefemmes.fr. Two-day event with only female bands and singers presenting all kinds of music styles. 2015’s date: 12/13 June. An absolutely stunning open-air festival not to be missed!!

Fête de la Musique, each year on the 21 June

Nuit et feux de la Saint-Jean, Perpignan

Festival International du Livre d’Art et du Filmwww.filaf.com

Festival Ida y Vueltawww.casamusicale.net

Fête de la Saint-Jean, Estagel, around 24 June, www.estagel.fr

July

Fête nationale, French national holiday on 14 July, fireworks

Festival international de carillon de Perpignan, www.cathedraleperpignan.fr

Festival Perpignan sur Scène, Perpignan, Couvent des Minimes, www.mairie-perpignan.fr

Les Jeudis de Perpignan, Music and entertainment in the streets of Perpignan on Thursday

Festival International de Folklore de la Haute Vallée de l’Aude, late July/early August, Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes,  http://festival-folklore.jimdo.com

Les Estivales de l’Agly, music, arts, and performances in many  villages of the valley from mid-July to early August,  www.cc-aglyfenouilledes.fr

Les 3 Jours du Théâtre, Estagel, end of July/early August, www.estagel.fr

Electrobeach Music Festival, Les Bacarès, www.electrobeach.com

Soirée Mandela, Estagel, www.estagel.fr. Five free concerts, commencing at 9 p.m. in the heart of the village at the Espace Mandela

August

Les Jeudis de Perpignan, Music and entertainment in the streets of Perpignan on Thursday

Fête Arago, Estagel, dance and music at the end of the month in remembrance of the politician François Arago, who was born in Estagel on the 26 February 1786.

September

Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, photojournalism festival, www.visapourlimage.com

Le Offwww.festivaloff.com. Photojournalism festival for the amateur

Festival International du Disque et de la BD, Perpignan, comic book and animation film festival

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Jazzèbre, Perpignan, www.jazzebre.com. Jazz, Samba, Salsa Blues, Gospel and more
Nuit et Fête du Vin Primeur, Perpignan

Journées du Patrimoine, www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr

October

Salon du Tatouage de Perpignan, www.perpignantattoo.com

Nuit des Vins Primeurs, 15 October, www.vinsduroussillon.com. The arrival of the year’s first wine is being celebrated in style. Beware of the police checking up on you. 0.5 promille is strongly enforced throughout the region,

Les Trobades Médiévales, Perpignan, medieval music and poetry, early October

November

Aujourd’hui Musique, Perpignan, contemporary music festival

Festival Aujourd’hui Musiques, Perpignan, www.aujourdhuimusiques.com.

Fête de Saint Éloi, celebrating Perpignan’s tradition in making jewellery from garnet

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December

Noël à Perpignan: Christmas market and ferris wheel in the heart of town

Festival de Musique Sacrée, Perpignan, www.facebook.com

„Le Pessebre Vivant“: Noël catalan. Nativity play in Catalan performed by Le Fanal de Sant-Vicens

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For up-to-date-info on what’s happening at St-Paul-de-Fenouillet, Maury, Perpignan, and all other places close to my French holiday home, click here.

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