EVENTS CALENDAR

This list, updated often, features a large number of upcoming events and shows in Provence and on the Cote d'Azur. 

For a list of just the major events and festivals, click over to my other page here.

If you're visiting a particular village, check in with their Tourist Office in advance or in person, for upcoming events in that village and region. Click here for my list of Tourist Offices in Provence and on the Cote d'Azur.

If you have events to submit, send them to: provenceblog@aol.com and we'll do our best to share. 

For a great list of opera festivals in France, click here

For events at the Pont du Gard, scroll down to "Pont du Gard."

For 2017 lavender festivals in Provence, click here.

For events elsewhere in France (not Provence), see "All Over France" just below.


Regional, Nationwide and Non-Provence Events


PARIS: The 41st Annual Paris Marathon, April 9, 2017. For info, click here.

ALL OVER FRANCE: The Tour de France will be July 1 to 27, 2017.  For all the info, click here.

ALL OVER FRANCE: Fete de la Gastronomie, September, 2017. For info: fete-gastronomie.fr

ALL OVER FRANCE: Fete de la Musique (nationwide), June 21, 2017. fetedelamusique.culture.fr/

ALL OVER THE NORTHERN VAUCLUSE: Jazz in the Vineyards. Come listen to fabulous jazz concerts at the wine estates in the area around Vaison-Ventoux en Provence. Concerts start at 9 pm and are followed by a glass or two of local wines.  €15/person. €35 : pass for the three concerts of the JDLV Festival. Free for children under 12. For all the info: jazzdanslesvignes.fr.

ALL OVER FRANCE: 12th Annual Museum Night, May, 2017. The most important museums in France invite you to discover their treasures during one night only ... 200 events awaits you in the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region alone. nuitdesmusees.gouv.fr.

ALL OVER FRANCE: The next French Heritage Days (Journees du Patrimoine) will be in September, 2017. That's when you get free access to historic sites and museums and other wonderful places that are normally closed to the public throw open their doors. The dates for 2017 will be announced soon. 

ALL OVER FRANCE: Fifth Annual Tous a Restaurant promotion, September, 2017. Get two for one deals on special menus in hundreds of restaurants. Chefs prepare a special prix-fixe menu of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. The first guest chooses this menu, and the second guest receives the same menu for free (drinks may be included or not). tousaurestaurant.com/en

ALL OVER THE RIVIERA AND COTE D’AZUR: The Soirees Estivales brings 400-plus free perfomances to numerous villages and towns thoughout the summer and early fall. Click the link and 
search by month, village or type of performance.

ALL OVER PROVENCE: Rendezvous auz Jardins is June 2 - 4, 2017. It allows access to gardens which are normally closed during this large garden festival; some offer free entry. 

ALL OVER FRANCE: In May, 2017: The Nuits des Musees is when hundreds of museums, churches and government offices stay open, free for visits, until 1 a.m. Many put on special exhibits and demonstrations and visitors can enjoy moonlit museum tours. For all the info: 
nuitdesmusees.culture.fr


ALL OVER THE SOUTH OF FRANCE: Lavender Festivals! Click here.

BORDEAUX: The famously fun Medoc Marathon will be in September, 2017. marathondumedoc.com.

Events Throughout Provence and the French Riviera


AIX: Cancer Support France ProvenceGard will hold a concert featuring renowned American pianist Ryan Stewart on Friday March 31st at 7 pm. Admission is 15€  including refreshments. The venue is a private home on the Chemin de Bibemus; address will be provided upon booking. To reserve: Cheryl.fayolle@me.com (06 37 41 61 38) or graham.csfprovencegard@gmail.com or (07 84 29 28 15).

AIX: The next Festival d'Aix (Opera) will be July 3 to 22, 2017. It will be the 68th annual and details will be added as they're announced. For info, click here. And see our Insiders Guide HERE.

AIX: The Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network (MAABN) holds a number of educational and social events throughout the year, usually in Aix or Marseille. For info click here

AIX: Every spring, the city celebrates the Art of Comic Books, featuring multiple exhibits in various locations. One special weekend welcomes international authors and hundreds of comic-book professionals for workshops, screenings and more. For info: bd-aix.com/weekend.

AIX: Musique dans la Rue, August, 2017. More than 100 free concerts all across town in the early evening for nine days, from baroque to classical to jazz to Latin. There's music in the courtyard of the Town Hall, on the place Jeanne d'Arc at the bottom of the Cours Mirabeau, on dozens of café terraces and more locations in the centre of Aix and in outlying villages. Thanks to Sheila at marvellous-provence.com for the heads up on this event. For info click here...and see the schedule here.

AIX: Salon Vivre Cote Sud, June 2-5, 2017. Find beautiful things for your home and garden in this popular annual fair. Info: vivrecotesud.fr

AIX: Contemporary art show in the gardens, June, 2017. Free entrance. The 9th edition of "Contemporary Art in Aix gardens" organized by "Aix en Oeuvres" will present a group of artists, painters, sculptors, jewelers and photographers exhibiting in a beautiful 18th century private garden and in prestigious locations of the Mazarin quarter. aix-en-oeuvres.com.

AIX: Christmas Market, Nov/Dec 2017. As always, 50 or so chalets selling gifts, handicrafts, food and drink will line the Cours Mirabeau. For info: aixenprovencetourism.com.

AIX: Writers Support Group. Join English-language writers, authors, poets and would-be's for chat, work, reading and support. All are welcome, including friends and budding talents! To get info on the next meeting:  p.gillespie@wordcraft.pro or 06 62 60 33 95.

AIX: Housed in a former tile warehouse, the "Camp des Milles" became a place of detention and internment in September 1939. Between 1939 and 1942, more than 10,000 people were housed there, including many artists who fled the Third Reich. This new museum/historical site is very worth a visit. campdesmilles.org

NEAR AIX: The ''starchitect'' winery Chateau La Coste, ten minutes north of Aix, often has special events so check their website for details. Click here.

AIX: 12th Annual Contemporary Art Fair SM'ART. May 11-15, 2017. Over 170 artists present their work. salonsmart-aix.com.

AIX: The Musee Granet often hosts major exhibits. For all the info, click here.

AIX: The annual Fete du Livre will take place in Aix but no dates have been announced yet for 2017. For more info, contact the Aix Tourist Office.

AIX: The AAGP Computer Club meets on the first Monday of each month. Various discussions are lead about overall topics of interest, technology news, websites and general questions and answers. For further information on the club and joining the AAGP please contact 04 42 26 91 84.

AIX: All Anglo American Group of Provence (AAGP) invites all English speakers to its Tastevin wine-tasting group, held once a month. The evenings are informative but mainly social. The meetings are generally held the 3rd Thursday of the month, from 7 to 10 pm. A contribution of 25 € per tasting covers the cost of wine, cheese and bread. For info contact Ilia Kalogroulis at iliak@bigfoot.com or 04 42 92 51 55.

AIX: The 5th annual Festival de Paques (Easter Festival of Classical Music) will take place in March and April, 2017 at various venues in Aix. When the festival gets closer,
 all the info will be here.

AIX: Vide Grenier/Flea Market every Sunday at the Pont de l'Arc from 6 a.m.

AIX: There are always interesting events at Book in Bar, the English-language bookstore and cafe. It's at 4, rue Joseph Cabassol, 04-42-26-60-07. For complete info, click here or email bookinbar@orange.fr.


ANDUZ: Festival de la Ceramique, Aug, 2016. In the Parc des Cordeliers and throughout the village. Info: festival-ceramique-anduze.org, contact@festival-ceramique-anduze.org. 

ANTIBES/JUAN LES PINS:  Magic Festival, March, 2017. The finest international magicians and illusionists performing. antibesjuanlespins.com

ANTIBES: Voiles d'Antibes, May 31-June 4, 2017. This race marks the opening of the Mediterranean circuit, the first stage of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge or Trophee Panerai. it's a stunning regatta drawing some of the world’s most-spectacular rare vintage and classic yachts, matching ancient cutters with professional crews against America’s Cup yachts.  And then there are the after parties, just like you'd expect in a town like Antibes, with many hosted on board the yachts themselves. voilesdantibes.com.

ANTIBES: Art Fair, April 15th to May 2nd, 2017, at Port Vauban. For info click here and here.

ANTIBES: Rallye Antibes Cote d’Azur, May 26-27, 2017 Info : Tel : +33 (0)4.93.61.78.66. 

APT: Luberon Jazz Festival will not be held in 2017. It usually features the new generation of French jazz musicians and numerous regional musical treasures. Plus, plenty of European and African discoveries too. Check back for 2018! 04 90 74 55 98, luberonjazz.net.

APT: Luberon Music Festival, May 25 to 27, 2017. Twenty concerts. luberonmusicfestival.com, info@luberonmusicfestival.com, 06 50 99 74 95.

APT: Treteaux de Nuit Music Festival, July 2016.  For info, call +33 (0) 7 81 47 70 37 or email: contact@tretauxdenuit.com, .

ARLES: Provence Prestige is an large and lovely indoor holiday market featuring all local products: food, wine, sweets, home decor, clothing, arts and crafts, books, Christmas specialties and more. The 23rd annual will be in November 24 - 28, 2016. For info, click here. 

ARLES: Easter Festival (Feria du Pacques), April 14-17, 2017. Bullfights and bull games in the Arena and lots of other activities around town. For info: 08 91 70 03 70, arenes-arles.com or click here.


ARLES: The dates for the Rencontres d'Arles, the large international photo expo, are July 3 to Sept 24th, 2017. Certain exhibits remain on view until the very end; others come down sooner. The main events (openings, conferences, special evening parties, talks and tours) almost all happen during opening week, July 3 to 9. For info in English, click here

ARLES: Inside Out, the popular contemporary art gallery in St. Remy, has moved to Arles. Check in to see who they're showing. Inside Out, 21 rue de la Liberte, 06 75 09 72 89, galerieinsideout.com.

ARLES: Also check in at the FLAIR Galerie to find out about current vernissages and shows. FLAIR Galerie is at 11 rue de la Calade, 13200 Arles, Tél: + 33 9 80 59 01 06, Portable: + 33 6 20 75 13 58, contact@flairgalerie.comwww.flairgalerie.com

ARLES: Now that the big Van Gogh show has ended, the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh check their site to see what's upcoming. 

ARLES: Every July and August at the Arena in Arles, you can see Courses Camarguaises at 5:30 pm each Wednesday and Friday. These kinder, gentler bullfights are held throughout Provence from late spring to early autumn and the most prestigious is considered the Arles’ Cocarde d’Or, on the first Monday in July. What happens is: razeteurs pluck ribbons and cockades tied to the bulls’ horns, cutting them free with special barbed gloves. People are rarely injured and the bulls are not killed. The 2016 dates in Arles are Friday July 1, 2016 to Friday August 26. Ticket prices start around €10 and you can buy them at the arena or at the Arles Tourist Office.

ARLES: The major festival known as the Easter Feria (every March) opens the French bullfighting season. It's followed by the Feria du Riz, which, this year, will be Sept 9 to 11, 2016. The Feria du Riz is amajor annual festival celebrating bulls, horses and all the Camargue/Arles traditions we love. For info: arlestourisme.com, 04 90 18 41 20.

ARLES: Festival du Cheval...a major horse spectacle in the Arles arena...free and open to the public....as part of the Feria Du Riz. At least 100 horses, gardians and much more. For info: arlestourisme,com, 04 90 18 41 20.



ARLES: The major festival known as the Easter Feria (April 14-18, 2017) opens the French bullfighting season. It's followed by the Feria du Riz (Sept, 2017). The Feria du Riz is amajor annual festival celebrating bulls, horses and all the Camargue/Arles traditions we love. For info: arlestourisme.com, 04 90 18 41 20.

ARLES: Also part of the Feria du Riz is Camargue Gourmande, which takes place on the Place Republique. It's a tasting and sale of food and beverages grown or made in the Camargue or the Provence Pays d'Arles. Wine, olive oil, sauces, sweets, cheese, vegetables and much more. For info: arlestourisme,com, 04 90 18 41 20


ARLES: Cargo de Nuit Music Festival, May, 2017. cargodenuit.com.

ARLES: The 21st Annual "Les Suds à Arles" World Music Festival will be July 11 to 17, 2016. Dance, singing, music and more. For the schedule or to sign up for the newsletter: info: suds-arles.com.


ARLES: 17th Annual Festival of Nude Photography, May, 2017. Thirty exhibitions and seven training sessions. fepn-arles.com.

ARLES: There's always some great on at the Musee Reattu. Check the schedule and get on their mailing list. For info: museereattu.arles.fr, facebook.com/musee.reattu

ARLES: The Musee Departemental Arles Antiques (the big blue museum) has too many good things coming up to list here. On permanent exhibit is the chaland, the 2000-year-old Roman barge pulled from the depths of the Rhone and restored. Read about it here.

For all the info, click here or call 04 13 31 51 03. 

ARLES: The Saturday open-air market on the Place des Lices in Arles is one of the biggest in Provence. And the first Wednesday of every month, also on the Place des Lices, there's a large brocante (flea market). For more info, click 
here

ARLES: There are always interesting things happening at the Theatre de la Calade. Many of the performances are theatrical and happen in French. But there are also music and dance performances that non-French-speakers would love.
For info, click here. Théâtre de la Calade, 49,Quai de la Roquette, Arles, 04 90 93 05 23, contact@theatredelacalade.org.


ARLES: Fete des Gardians or Feast of the Shepherds, May 1st, 2017. This popular annual event celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the ancient brotherhood of the herdsmen (cowboys)of St. George in 1512. It's the oldest brotherhood that's still active. After the parade, the cowboys gather to salute the statue of Frederic Mistral on the Place du Forum. There's a blessing and a Mass in honor of St. George...and then, after that, the day is dedicated to a large Provencal show with horses and bull games. For schedule and more info, contact the Arles Tourist Office or click here


AUBAGNE: August, 2017. The 14th International Biennial of Ceramics. This year Italian ceramics will be honored. Nearly 200 artisans from all over France and the world, this fair attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Various techniques are represented: pottery, glazed earthenware, raku, terracotta, stoneware, porcelain. Free entrance. Info: 04 42 03 43 10, agglo-paysdaubagne.com


AVIGNON: 15th Annual Avignon Motor Festival, March, 2018, at the Avignon Fairgrounds. Expect 380 exhibitors including 140 clubs. For info: avignon-motor-festival.com.


AVIGNON: The Festival d'Avignon is a huge theater, music and dance festival that takes over the whole city. This year's dates are July 6 to 26, 2017. Tickets can be purchased by phone, on the website, or at the ticket office at the Cloitre Saint-Louis (on rue Portail Boquier). A day by day "Spectators Guide" (with info on readings, films, exhibits, live radio broadcasts and other events) will be available in early July at all venues. You can also get info on all Festival d’Avignon and Off Festival events and activities at the Avignon Tourist Office (41, cours Jean Jaurès). Meanwhile, the festival website is now available in English, making it super easy to get all the current performance and ticketing info: http://www.festival-avignon.com/en/

AVIGNON: The ''Off Broadway'' or "alternative" version of the Avignon Festival is called the Avignon Off Festival. Dates are July 7 to 30, 2017; I'm told that this year there will be 1500 different shows. The Off Festival kicks off with a parade of costumed performers, many of them with their instruments, on July 6...from roughly 5 to 6.30 pm. There could be as many as 3000 performers marching up the rue de la République and some will perform that evening "au chapeau" (for tips in the hat) around town. It's a fun, festive evening and the perfect way to kick off the Off! For info on Off Festival events and ticket purchasing, see the website or visit the Off Village at the École Thiers, #1, rue des Ecole. You can also buy event tickets at each performance venue. In July, the Avignon Tourist office (41, cours Jean Jaurès) will also have an Off Festival booth in the lobby, where you can get programs by festival discount cards. Note: While the Off Festival website is currently only in French, an English version should be live at the end of May. Once the online program is available, shows appropriate for non-French speakers will be highlighted. For all the info : avignonleoff.com

AVIGNON: Welcome to the Farm Gastronomic Weekend, Nov, 2017. Members of the "Welcome to the Farm" network, from different regions in France, present their products and meet the public. An event organised by the Chamber of Agriculture from Vaucluse and from regions in France. The farmers who are members of the 'Bienvenue à la ferme' network present an entire range of products from their lands, with tastings and food service on site. Foie gras, magrets, wines, Champagne, fruit juices, oils, cheeses, charcuterie, honey, jams, etc. For more info, click here.

AVIGNON: Fourth Annual Open House at Contemporary Art Studios, November, 2017, from 10 am to 6 pm. More than 50 contemporary artists open their studios and welcome the public. Visit individual and collective work spaces, in and around Avignon, meet the artists, etc. This event was originally dreamed yp by Karine Debouzie and Françoise Dumon, part of the cultural association "Maison des Arts Contemporains d’Avignon" (MACA) and has since taken root and dynamically grown. Today the event us organised by the association "Peinture Fresh" which groups the atists and maintains close contact with the MAC’A and the Parcours de l’art. Some artists host you in their studios, others in their homes. Some offer events such as readings, demonstrations, or hands-on workshops. For all the info, click here.


AVIGNON: 9th Annual Discover the Rhone Valley, a wine fair for the trade, created by InterRhone. Held every two years. Four days, four prestigious Rhone Valley sites. You're welcome if you are a: wine merchant, sommelier, wholesaler, sales rep, restaurant owner, hotel manager, journalist or importer. Watch for the next one April, 2018. For all the info, click here: decouvertes-vins-rhone.com


AVIGNON: Truffle Festival, February, 2018. At Les Halles, the aroma of black diamonds will perfume the air, with chefs from the Vaucluse showing off their talents. On the Place Pie, next to Les Halles, a truffle producer with demonstrate how to find them. Plus, much more! See the whole program here when it draws closer: festiv-halles.com.

AVIGNON: Animal Select Pet Show, February, 2018.  Exhibitions and sales, with the breeders and raisers on hand, from throughout all of France. Stands featuring  nutrition, accessories, decorative objects and fun and unusual things on an animal theme. Parc des Expositions, Chemin des Felons, Route de Marseille, 84000 AVIGNON04 90 84 02 04, avignon-expo.com.

AVIGNON: Cheval Passion Horse Show. January, 2018. Avignon Tourism celebrates the 31st anniversary of Cheval Passion at the Avignon Fairgrounds. Expect 1,200 horses, 250 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors are expected. There will be competitions (western, horse-ball, livestock sorting, dressage, etc.), shows, evening fun at the cabarets, games, gifts to win, plus 5 performances of the Crinières d’Or Gala. Plus, of course, an exceptional line up of riders. cheval-passion.com

AVIGNON: Les Hivernales. February, 2018. Come dance in Avignon! The Les Hivernales contemporary dance festival offers an entire week of performances and classes! There are also discussions and meetings on the subject of contemporary dance, films, exhibits and ad hoc get-togethers. hivernales-avignon.com.

AVIGNON: Model Show, October, 2017.  At the Avignon Fairgrounds, a dynamic scale-model show, including remote controls, models and collectors’ toys. Exhibitors include nearly 200 private collectors and clubs from all over Europe. This is one of the biggest markets for models and old toys. Lots of fun to see and be part of, with trains, autos, planes, copters, boats, models, figurines, dolls and workshops. 1515-org.com.

AVIGNON: Animo Nature, September, 2017. The Animo Nature show is one of the biggest animal shows in France. At the Avignon Exhibition Park, the show lets you discover 6,000 beautiful animals – fur, feathers and scales - displays of dogs, cats, birds, chickens and ducks, reptiles and chinchillas, animals from the farm and from the field, donkeys, mares and more. animo-nature.com.

AVIGNON: The 21st Annual Avignon Blues Festival, October, 2017. Organized by La Voix du Blues, it celebrates Gospel, Rhythm’n-blues, Soul, Louisiana Cajun Blues and Blues-Rock. For info: avignonbluesfestival.com or click here

AVIGNON: Wine Harvest Celebration. August, 2017.  Free entry to events in this fun event in the capital of the Côtes du Rhône wine region. For one day, the Papal City of Avignon takes part in a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages --a popular, celebration in honor of the start of the grape harvest. A fun day of sharing and learning about wine in a festive atmosphere! On the agenda: a parade of the wine confraternities with brass bands and colourful ceremonial robes. Mass in Provencal at Saint Agricol church; start of wine harvest officially proclaimed in the Clos de la vigne vineyard, located at the highest point in the city centre. In the afternoon, performances and other events for children, and picnic, held in the Rocher des Doms park. In the evening, wine tastings, regional products market, concert, until midnight. Events take place in Centre-ville and the Rocher des Doms. ban.des.vendanges@wanadoo.fr.

AVIGNON: The monumental sound-and-light show in 3D, Les Luminescences d’Avignon, will be back in 2017. Hopefully, this year there will be a couple shows each week in English, as there was last season. Learn the history of the Palais des Popes, with sound and light projected on the medieval walls of the Honour Courtyard. For the story, the schedule, tickets and lots more info: lesluminessences-avignon.com.

AVIGNON: There's a major antiques fair (foire) in Avignon seven times each year. You need to have credentials as a professional to get in...but I'm told it's not hard to get them. All the info is here. A friend who’s been reports: “A wonderful collection of some very fine antiques.  Mostly dealers buying for their shops.  Good prices and some room for negotiation. Things sell very fast so you need to make quick decisions.  Mostly indoors in multiple buildings and some on lots outside.” foireavignon.com.

AVIGNON: Grenache Night! Check the site for upcoming dates. decouvertes-vins-rhone.com.

AVIGNON: The Fest’Hiver (Winter Festival of Theater and Dance) is organised by Avignon theatres (known as “Les Scènes d’Avignon”) and takes place each Jan and Feb. Les Scènes d’Avignon now includes seven year-round theatres: Théâtre du Balcon, Théâtre des Carmes, Théâtre du Chêne Noir, Théâtre du Chien Qui Fume, Théâtre des Halles and Les Hivernales. The artists behind each theatres are creators, directors, choreographers, artists or scenic designers. They come together in the heart of the Avignon winter to work with young companies from the region, companies who do not have their own permanent theatres in which to present their work. For all the info: scenesdavignon.com.

AVIGNON + ST. REMY: Organ Festival. Check back for 2017 schedule. Concerts at the Collegiale St. Martin (the BIg Church) in St Rémy 5:30 pm and various venue in Avignon. orgueenavignon.org.

AVIGNON: Millévin, November, 2017, starting at 10 am. Millévin celebrates the new vintage with festive events in the heart of Avignon: discovery and tastings of the Côtes du Rhône Primeur wines, sales of the recent Côtes du Rhône vintages, parade of the wine-making brotherhoods, the evening continues in Avignon restaurants which propose special Côtes du Rhône menus. millevin.fr.

AVIGNON: Christmas Market, Dec/Jan. Sixty or so crafts stands and city merchants who offer their wares from the small chalets on the Place Horloge, proposing santons, gifts, regional products and everything you need to prepare for the Christmas holidays! Music, folk dance and song, parades and games enliven the daily Christmas market, and a wonderful provençal crèche scenes are on display. 

AVIGNON: The Avignon Chapter of Democrats Abroad (as in, American democrats) hosts informal Aperos (cocktail hours) in English periodically, to encourage participation in the group, expand the ranks and simply make new friends. All are welcome and those who are interested go on to a restaurant after. There's no charge but the hotel only asks that each person consume at least 10€ in drinks (they provide free nibbles). To get on the mailing list: demsabroad135@gmail.com or 06 60 84 32 31.

AVIGNON: 22nd annual Parcours de l'Art, October, 2017.  Forty artists of different media exhibit in 40 venues in Avignon: exhibitions, cinema, conferences. Painting, engraving, sculpture, photography, video… in art galleries, workshops, shops, restaurants, coffee shops. This year 3 artists from the Ukraine are invited and a special theme has been proposed: What does it mean “to see”? parcoursdelart.com.

AVIGNON: The 23rd Annual Avignon Jazz Festival, July 30 to Aug 3, 2017. Featuring known artists and up and comers, this has become the number one jazz competition in Europe. For info: trempjazz.fr.

AVIGNON: The 35th annual Children’s Theatre Festival will be in July, 2017. A lively festival of children’s theatre features performances for young audiences – with shows for children as young as 6 months! Great opening ceremonies, music awareness sessions, exhibits and more. For info: festivaltheatrenfants.com.

AVIGNON: The 22nd Annual Grape Harvest Celebration will be in Sept 2017, celebrating the beginning of the intense period (harvest) in the life of the city and its surroundings. The Cotes du Rhone choir will accompany a huge parade through the streets of the city until they reach the Rocher des Doms, where games and activities for all age groups have been organized. In the early evening, the traditional vineyard mass in the Provencal language will be celebrated at the Metropole de Notre Dame des Doms, followed by the proclamation of the harvest, grape pressing and tasting of the wines. There will also be big festive picnic in the gardens of the Rocher des Doms with a market of regional products. For info: 
ban.des.vendanges@wanadoo.frfoudevin.combanvendanges.com.

AVIGNON: The Avignon International One Day Antiques Market is for dealers and pros only so you have to have a card or other credentials. (To get credentials, click here.) For more info click here or 04 94 03 40 72. avignon-antiquites.com.

AVIGNON: May, 2017. The Emergences Festival of Young Talent offers dance, theater, music, art and more. emergences-festival.com

AVIGNON: Nights at Palais des Papes, August, 2017. The famous Popes Palace opens its doors to the public for a few unique musical evenings: classical, baroque and romantic music concerts in one of the most beautiful monuments of Avignon, with intermission foods and wines. provenceguide.com or avignon-tourisme.com.

AVIGNON: Festival Resonance, July, 2017. The events mix current music and architectural heritage in a move to draw different audiences interested in one or other, or both. The musical program offers a wide range: electronic music, hip-hop, soul, funk, disco, and others. Many of the events are free. For info: festival-resonance.com.

AVIGNON: To see what's on at the lovely Angladon Museum: angladon.com

AVIGNON: There's always something good at the Calvet Museum. For info, click here

AVIGNON: Scottish Country Dancing every Monday. Learn the dances with a fun, friendly group. Dancing in groups of 8, so you don't need to bring a partner. English- and French-speakers welcome. Mondays 2:30 to 5 pm at the Maison pour Tous, 20 Avenue Monclar, Avignon. For info: 06 80 32 16 53.

AVIGNON: Just about every Saturday morning at 11 am, the covered Les Halles food market hosts demos and tastings with top local chefs. For info, click here.

AVIGNON: BookShare monthly rendezvous. Members lend and discuss current English-language books and visitors are welcome. The venue is Zeste Cafe, 62 Place des Corps Saints, Avignon (www.soyonszeste.fr) For more info on the next Book Share gathering, contact Dennis Shibut: 09.52.84.34.79, 06.60.84.32.31, or d.shibut@free.fr.

AVIGNON: Brocante every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. summer and to 3 pm in winter. 
On the Place St Jean le Vieux. For info: 06-08-94-71-70, avignon-tourisme.com.

AVIGNON: The Clown Festivals! A full week of performances for all ages. The first event is called Festopitcho and includes lots of events for kids, street events, etc. The next wil be in March/April 2017. For info: 04 90 85 59 55, festopitcho.com. Another event called the Cité des Clowns is more contemporary but dates have not been announced. For info on both, contact the Avignon Tourist Office: 04 32 74 32 74, avignon-tourisme.com.

AVIGNON: The International Short Film Festival, 7th edition, will be March 2018, at the Theatre du Chien qui Fume. Fiction, animation, documentaries, plus the chance to meet the actors and directors, and brainstorm with young creators who will be presenting their works independently. This Short Film Festival is a way to discover the many aspects of the world of cinema through the master classes, the meetings, the demonstrations of equipment, exhibits, discussions and synopsis-writing workshops. fenetresurcourts.com.

AVIGNON: 16th Annual Avignon Motor Festival will be in March 2018, at the Avignon Fairgrounds. In 2013, there were 380 exhibitors including 140 clubs. For info: avignon-motor-festival.com.

AVIGNON: Fete de la Gastronomy, September, 2017. Gastronomy is cause for celebration in Avignon: chefs officiating in Avignon come together to jointly prepare a vast gastronomic banquet (offered at a very reasonable price) served out of doors, for more than 500 persons! During this gastronomy celebration, there are also cooking demonstrations, competitions and lots of gastronomic events on hand at Les Halles marketplace in Avignon. For info: fete-gastronomie.fr.

AVIGNON: Alterarosa, May 8, 2017. This 13th annual Rose Festival happens once again at the Palais des Papes during during the Ascension Weekend, transforming the Benedict XII Cloister into a magical rose garden. The program includes conferences, demonstrations and flower arranging workshops for children and adults, and, for the first time, a visit of the monument’s gardens. 2000 rose bushes will once more bloom this year throughout the weekend. There will also be a guided tour showcasing the history of the oldest garden in Avignon – the Rocher des Doms, the pontifs garden of the Palace. For info: Avignon Tourisme, +33 (0)4 32 74 32 74, alterarosa.com.

BARCELONNETTE:  Fêtes Latino-Mexicaines, Barcelonnette.  Early August, 2017.  A huge proportion of its population left Barcelonnette (in the Alpine Ubaye Valley) to seek their fortune in Mexico between the early 19th-century and 1950. This migration forged links celebrated every year when this little mountain town suddenly swings and swirls to Hispanic rhythms. There are concerts, parades, dancing, and street shows - and much of it is free. barcelonnette.com.

BEAUCAIRE: At Château Mourgues du Grès, starting at 11 am every Wednesday in August and September, enjoy a guided stroll around the wine estate (in French and English), followed by a visit to the cave with a wine tasting. Price: 22€ for adults, 12€ for kids under 12. For info: +33 (0)4 66 59 46 10, mourguesdugres.comchateau@mourguesdugres.com.

BEAUCAIRE: August 2017: Medieval Days.  Discover the art of medieval combat and chivalry, with workshops for kids 5 and up, at the Chateau de Beaucaire. The lord of the troop and his vassals welcome you in the heart of the Languedoc Count's Castle! Discover the life of knights in the 12th and 13th centuries. Many surprises await! Ticket office at the Museum of History and Archaeology from 10 ( no credit cards). For info: 04 66 59 90 07, beaucaire.fr.

BEAUCAIRE: For info on the cultural season at the Casino-Notre dame des Pommiers on the Place de la Republique:  04 66 59 26 57, beaucaire.fr.

BEAUCAIRE: The Beaux Quais happens in Beaucaire every Friday evening in July and August, from 6 pm to Midnight. The quayside road is closed off to traffic and stalls are set up selling all sorts of local fare. The restaurants extend their seating onto the road and there’s live music...it’s a jolly, lively, noisy fun way to pass an evening. For info: beaucaire.fr

BEAUCAIRE: At the Chateau de Beaucaire: Medieval journeys at the fortress in summer. For info: beaucaire.fr.

BEAULIEU SUR MER + CAP FERRAT:  Legendary Violins Festival, September, 2017. 
Created in 2008, this festival, “Legendary Violins” is aimed at all those interested not only in top quality concerts but also the history of musical instruments, in these violins that have crossed the ages. The festival also aims to become a meeting place for the world's major violin collectors. violonsdelegende.com.

BONNIEUX, November, 2017. 5th edition of the night biking race in Bonnieux. A 10-15 km night bike race in the heart of Luberon's natural park organised by Bonnieux Run and Bike. trail-nocturne-bonnieux.com. 

BONNIEUX: Pottery Market, Easter Weekend, April 16 and 17, 2017. Art and every day pottery for sale, plus pottery workshops for children, music and more. From 9 am to 7 pm both days.For info: 04 90 75 91 90, otibonnieux@wanadoo.fr.

BORMES LES MIMOSA: Flower Parade, February 26,  2017. The traditional “Corso fleuri” in this village in the Var dates back to the 17th century and is one of the town’s most popular events. The parade sees a good dozen or so beautifully decorated caravans file through the city, ending in a “bataille de fleur” where visitors are showered with flower petals. corso-fleuri-bormes.com.

BRANTES: Brantes in the Stars is the three-day holiday festival in this pretty town near Mont Ventoux. December, 2017. For more info, click here.

CABRIERES: April, 2017: The organic wine fair Printemps des Vignerons (Winemakers’ Spring) will be held once again at Cabrières in the Gard, near Nimes. The event takes place at Clos Romain and is described as an “alternative”/”green” wine fest for bio-dynamic and organic wines. On hand will be a range of small individual producers from most of the key wine regions of France. For info: leprintempsdesvignerons.org

CAGNES SUR MER: On Sat March 18, the American Club of the Riviera will have a full day outing and non members are welcome to join. Club president Burton Gintell writes: "We’ve all driven by it in the distance… that Castle on the hill in Cagnes-sur-Mer! Now is our opportunity to visit, and the medieval village surrounding it, in what’s called the “Haut-de-Cagnes." We'll have a guided tour of the village, culminating in a tour of the Grimaldi Castle Museum, the jewel of the village. Built around 1300 by Rainier Grimaldi as a fort for protection, it was transformed in 1620 into a more comfortable and decorated palace for the Grimaldi family. Today it houses the olive tree museum and the collection of Suzy Solidor portraits, as well as other temporary art exhibits. After our tour of the village and the castle, we'll have a very special lunch at the Chateau Le Cagnard Hotel Restaurant, overlooking the sea in the spectacular dining room, complete with it’s hand-painted ceiling which slides away, in good weather, to view the beautiful Mediterranean sky! The food is excellent..." Cost: Members 85 Euros / Guests 95 Euros – .this includes private guides, village tour, entrance fee, reception and 3-course lunch. Please go to americanclubriviera.com for info on timingm how to pay, parking, menu choices and more.

CAGNES SUR MER: 25th Annual Palais Gourmand. November, 2017. More than 300 exhibitors and producers of fine food and wine, in a 3500 square meter exhibit space. For info: wareorganisation.fr, 04 94 52 80 80.

CAMARGUE: Camargue Festival, May 2017. Conferences, tours, activities and much more. festival-camargue.fr.

CAMARGUE: Take part in a day in Camargue traditions with horses and bulls at the Manade Jacques Bon Ranch. Info is here or call 04 90 97 28 50.

CAIRANNE: One of the southern Côtes du Rhône named villages (i.e. can label its wine with the village name rather than as generic Côtes du Rhône), Cairanne will hold its 6th annual Marché aux Vins in April, 15th 2017. marcheauxvins-cairanne.fr.


CANNES: 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 17-28, 2017. For the website in English, click here.

CANNES: The 4th edition of TEDx...an independently organized TED event, will be April 29,  2017, at the Palais des Festivals. tedxcannes.com

CANNES: 21st Annual Cannes Festival de Danse, November, 2016. festivaldedanse-cannes.com.

CANNES: 2016 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festiva
l. For info, click here.


CANNES: This year's International Games Festival, the 31st annual, will take place Feb 24-26, 2017. The 30,000 square meter space will welcome over 270 exhibitors as well as 300 authors and illustrators, showcasing everything from board games to the latest simulation game. Participate in tournaments, discover the game of the year, or meet the person behind your favorite video game. For info, click here.

CANNES: The American Club of the Riviera will hold its annual lunch on the beach during the Cannes Film Festival, on Sat May 20, 2017. More details TBA.  For info, click here.

CANNES: Cannes Boat Show, September, 2017.  For info click here.

CANNES: Cannes Dance Festival, November, 2017. For all the info: festivaldedanse-cannes.com.

CANNES: In August 2017 : "Electronic Beaches", Plage du Palais des Festivals. The only electronic music festival in France to take over a public beach, with a giant dance floor on fine sand. plages-electroniques.com.

CANNES: Dates will be announced soon for the The International Fireworks Festival, on the Bay of Cannes. Watch this space for details on next summer's program. See my story here or go to: festival-pyrotechnique-cannes.com

CARCASSONNE, The Carcassonne Festival, June to August, 2017. Every year, prestigious sites of historical significance (such as the Grand Théâtre Antique, the Saint-Nazaire Basilica and the courtyard of the Château of Carcassone) become a stage for dancers, singers and actors.Tickets 6€ to 130€. There are also more than 100 free shows in the "OFF" Festival. For info, click here.

CAROMB: July, 2017: Fete de la Figue! Celebrate the Black Long Fig of Caromb at this 9th annual festival, in the foothills of Mont Ventoux. Learn the culture of the fig,  buy figs and seedlings from producers...and taste them in a variety of ways. 100 exhibitors and and 6000 visitors are expected. There will also be wine, other produce, plenty of local food specialties, culinary workshops, games for the kids, a jam contest, music, dancing and more. confreriefigue-caromb.com.

CARPENTRAS: Guided tours in English of the 600-year-old Carpentras Synogogue (the oldest in France that's still in use) are available on Fridays at 2:30 pm. Price: 5€ per person. Private tours in English are also available, by appointment only, for 80€ per group. Either way, you must book through the Tourist Office: +33 4 90 63 00 78.  They’re located at:  97 place du 25 août 1944, carpentras-ventoux.comot-animation@carpentras-ventoux.com

CARPENTRAS: Ninth Annual Night of Blues Festival, June, 2017. Info: auzon-le-blues-carpentras.com/ or auzonleblues@cegetel.net.

CARPENTRAS: Annual Festival of Jewish Music, August, 2017. In the special settings of the Charit
é, a unique event presenting the various influences of Jewish music. For info: Click here (http://www.festival-musiques-juives-carpentras.com/) or www.carpentras.fr or http://www.carpentras-ventoux.com/fr/. Info will also be available from the Office du Tourisme: office@carpentras.fr, 04.90.63.00.78 and from 04.90.63.39.92. 

CARPENTRAS: Annual Truffle Market, Friday mornings, starting at 9 am, on the Place Aristide Briand, from late November to early March. Painstakingly harvested on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, the tuber melanosporum is unveiled in winter, revealed to buyers from far and wide. Hand-held scales weigh the precious truffles which are then carefully wrapped and tucked away to be used in delicious winter dishes. For more info: 04 90 63 00 78, tourisme@carpentras-ventoux.com, http://www.carpentras-ventoux.com

CARPENTRAS: The 7th Annual Strawberry Festival will be April 11, 2017. The festival brings together growers, shopkeepers and the public in the center of town for demos, lots of strawberry products and lots of tasting. Meet the growers who who raise the famous "fraise de Carpentras"... and the winemakers who produce AOC Ventoux rosé wines.  The Strawberry Festival also features music and special events for kids. The Comtat Venaissin remains the biggest strawberry production area in the Provence area. Come April, the Ciflorette and Garriguette strawberries are fully ripe. These "early" berries have a long shape and are very flavorful. The Pajaro continues to grow until June and is the berry with the largest production.  On Place Maurice Charretier, For info: 04 90 60 84 00, info@smaemv.frcarpentras.fr.

CASSIS: Seventh Annual Festival des Nouveaux Mondes, December, 2016. Music, dance, seminars and more, around the theme of spirituality, science and New Age topics. associationlesnouveauxmondes.com.

CASSIS: September, 2017: Vendages Etoilees Festival. Chefs and vineyards offer demos and tastings of Cassis wines, which has the oldest registered designation of origin in France. 
les-vendanges-etoilees.com.


CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE: 5th Annual Harvest Picnic (Picnique des Vendanges), September, 2017. As part of the annual nationwide Fete de la Gastronomie, Learn about grapes, wine, the harvest, the crush...and enjoy a picnic in the exceptional surroundings of the Domaine Chante-Perdrix. Wine tasting too, of course. For more info and to sign up, contact the Tourist Office of Châteauneuf at 04 90 83 71 08. 25€ pp for adults, 15€ for kids under 12. Kids under 5 are free. 

CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE: The 9th edition of the popular festival known as the "Printemps de Chateauneuf du Pape" will be in April 8-9 2017. Roughly 80 wine producers will be on hand pouring; there will be workshops on various themes (by reservation only and numbers are limited); and of course plenty of opportunities to to buy wine. It all takes place at the Salle Dufays on the Place de la Renaissance in Chateauneuf. There's free parking, and both indoor and outdoor childrens areas. Food is available on site. For info: lesprintempsdechateauneufdupape.fr. For more info about the wine and the region, go to: chateauneuf.com or pays-provence.fr. Or call the Tourist Office: 04 90 83 71 08.

CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPES: Fete de la Veraison, July and August, 2017. 'Véraison' is the vital stage in the life of the wine grape as it grows slowly towards maturity, in the summer heat. And for three days, this famous wine-making village, twinned with Castel Gandolfo, the Italian summer residence of the Holy See, travels back in time to the 14th century when the Popes lived in Avignon. Military and medieval camps spring up in the town's squares, banners blow in the wind, herbs and meat simmer in great cauldrons giving off wonderful aromas, arquebusiers shoot cannons, horsemen march in rhythm on their mounts and lords and ladies socialize. While a cart distributes unlimited amounts of wine, the sovereign pontiff proceeds through the narrow steep roads to the festive sound of medieval music. There will be a grand candlelit banquet, a trial of the Inquisition, a medieval wedding, mass, torchlit procession and more. For more info: 04 90 83 71 08, chateauneufdupape@paysprovence.fr,  or click here.

CHATEAUNEUF LE ROUGE: 22nd Annual Festivale de la Gastronomie Provencale, July, 2017. Enjoy small tastes of local dishes by buying tickets for 1 and 2 €. There will be chef demos all day and free babysitting for kids age 4 to 10. A number of well known restaurants from the region will participate. For info, click here.

CHATEAURENARD: As they've done since the Middle Ages, the good folks of Chateaurenard will hold a Toussaint Fair, Tuesday Nov 1, 2017, with 350 exhibitors, all day on the Place De l'Eglise. Local products, fabrics, clothing, housewares, food and "an atmosphere conviviale et festive!" 04 90 24 35 3504 90 90 01 92mairie@chateaurenard.com,
chateaurenard.com.
COURTHEZON: PhotoFeel Festival, July, 2017. Info: contact@photofeel.net, photofeel.net

COUSTELLET: The shows change often at Jane Dreyer's contemporary art gallery Gallerie 22, located at 267 route de Gordes. For info: 04 90 71 85 06, galerie22contemporain.com.
DIGNES LES BAIN: Love lavender? In August, Dignes les Bain has two major events. The Corso de Lavande and the biggie, the Lavender Festival, where you'll find producers, displays explaining the distilling process, lavender of all types for sale...and more more. foire-lavande.com.

DRAGUIGNAN: The Democrats Abroad Riviera Chapter invites members and guests to participate in the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan in May, 2017. You can view the full details on the Rhone American Cemetery web site. In particular, the group welcomes all veterans to help laying the wreath during the ceremonies. There is no need to formally RSVP to the Rhone American Cemetery as the event is open to the public. If you planning to attend, please let the group know to help organize any carpooling needs. This distinguished ceremony honors those that have served both our country and France as well as celebrate the bond between France and the United States over the years. For info: daf-riviera@democratsabroad.org

DRAGUIGNAN: Salon Autour du Vin, Wine Trade Show at the Espace Saint Exupéry.
October, 2017. Contact : Tourism office of la Dracénie, 04 98 10 51 05, dracenie.com.
ENTRAIGUES EN SORGUE: Jazz Festival June, 2017. jazzentraiguesfestival.wifeo.com.

ENTREVAUX: July 2017. The original "Fetes Medievales" are back! Horses, jousting, Medieval market, troubadours, a parade and much more. 5€ for adults; kids under 12 free. Located 50 minutes by car/motorbike straight up the RN202 (direction DIGNE) from Nice Cote d'Azur....OR via Le "Train des Pignes" (Nice Gare Sud) OR by Bus 790 (1.50€ from the Promenade des Anglais.) Spectacular Fire, Light and Pyrotechnic Show on Saturday night at 10 pm. For info: 04 93 05 46 73 or click here. 

EYGALIERES: Brocante (antiques, etc) the last Sunday of every month, in Centre Ville.

EYGALIERES: Every year, summer resident and flutist Julie Scolnik performs a free classical concert in this small, charming village. This year's date, the 11th annual, is Sunday June 25, 2017. Enjoy the music of Brahms, Debussy, Elgar and Mozart with pianist Aurelien Pontier and the Trio Jacob. If the weather behaves, the concert will be outdoors at Place des Pago Tard; otherwise it's in the church. "This free concert is my small way of giving back to the village which has welcomed us so warmly!" Julie says. The concert starts at 6 pm and you might bring your own chair, just to be sure...there's always a great turnout. For info: julscol@me.com.

EYGALIERES: Les Nuits des Patios presents evening concerts in interesting venues around town. The festival also includes art shows, installations and more. The next concerts will July, 2017. For all the info on Les Nuits des Patios: lesnuitsdespatios.com

EYGALIERES: Les Nuits Lyriques, August 2017. Live classical music concerts at the beautiful winery Domaine de La Vallongue, on the Route de Mories, outside the village of Eygalieres. For prices and reservations: 04 90 95 91 70 or lavallongue.com.

FAYENCE. The International Women’s Club of the Var hold coffee mornings every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hotel Les Oliviers in Fayence. The non-profit, English-speaking group hosts a range of social, cultural, sports and charity activities for women of all nationalities and age groups who live or spend time in the Var. For more info, contact Gillian Miller: gill@wskisoft.co.uk.

FONTVIEILLE: Foire du Foie (Fat and Foie Gras Festival!), Sunday November 27, 2016. For info click here.

FONTVIEILLE: Fete du Village. August, 2017. fontvieille-provence.com04 90 54 67 49.

FONTVIELLE: Daudet's Feast, August, 2017. Traditional party dedicated to the writer Alphonse Daudet. Listen to Mass in Provencal, followed by a reception. In the evening, there's a big dance in the street with a parade of associations in traditional costumes and a show/dance in the area. fontvieille-provence.com, 04 90 54 67 49.

FONTVIELLE: Santon Faire and Christmas Market, November, 2016. At the Salle Polyvalente and on the Places du Village. fontvieille-provence.com04 90 54 67 49.

FREJUS: Fete de Raisin de la Mougrano, The Wine Grape Festival of Miougrano. August 2017, Contact : Tourist Office of Fréjus, 04 94 51 83 833, frejus.fr.

GIGONDAS: The next Gigondas Sur Table will be in July, 2017. It combines chefs, winemakers and other surprises, on the village square in Gigondas. Last year's details are all here...stay tuned for the 2016 update.

GIGONDAS, August, 2016: 22nd International Classical Music Festival. soireeslyriquesgigondas.com.

GIGONDAS: The next annual La Croisee des Terroirs for nature loving cycle enthusiasts young and old will be May 20,2017. It is a 10 km mountain bike trail through the vineyards of Gigondas. You will explore their wines and vineyards along the way, meeting with the wine producers to taste and discover their wines. At the end of the course, a picnic lunch will be served in the fields of Château de Saint Cosme. For more info and to RSVP: promotions@gigondas-vin.com. 

GIGONDAS/MONTMIRAIL: Every Friday from 3 pm to 6:30 pm, climb and hike in the amazing Dentelles de Montmirail, with an experienced guide. Reservations: regisleroyguide@sfr.fr, 04 90 65 80 85 (22-25€).

GORDES: The "Soirées d'été" summer entertainment evenings are held every August at "Les Terrasses de Gordes" (Gordes is ranked as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France). An outstanding site for an unforgettable evening! Enjoy the fabulous and unique atmosphere of this magical site, at the foot of a sun-drenched cliff, with the Luberon range on the horizon and the perched village of Gordes just above. soireesdegordes.fr.

GRASSE: Rose Expo, May 5 to 8, 2017. For three days the town welcomes rose lovers and the village becomes a sea of beautiful flowers.  grasse-riviera.com.

HYERES: The Night of the 'Vignades' in Côtes de Provence. July, 2017, 6 PM to 10:30 PM. Contact : Union of the Côtes de Provence Wines, 04 94 99 50
00, maison-des-vins.fr.

HYERES: From April 27th to May 1st, 2017, look for the annaul International Festival of Fashion and Photography at Hyères, showcasing its annual roundup of young talents to watch and awarding prizes in the fashion and photography categories. For all the info click here.

HYERES: The Sailing World Cup Hyères (April 25– May 1, 2016) is the third event in sailing’s premier international Olympic-classes regatta series. Competing at the 2016 edition of the event will be 574 sailors from 47 nations, along with the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team representatives in 7 of 10 classes. Hyères will also serve as the final event in US Sailing’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Athlete Selection Series in the 2.4mR and Sonar classes. sailing.org.

ISLE SUR LA SORGUE: The 51-year-old, twice-a-year antiques fair in pretty Isle sur la Sorgue was formerly known as the Foire Internationale Arts et Antiquités. This year it's under new management and has been renamed "l’Isle sur la Sorgue Antiques Art & You"...but I trust everyone will just keep calling it “The Big Antiques Fair” as they always have! And very big it is indeed...one of the biggest in Europe, with 100,000 visitors expected. The fair always happens in Spring (usually Easter weekend) and again in late summer. This year’s dates are April 13 to 17 and August 11 to 15, 2017. You'll find roughly 550 vendors selling all over town, including the 300 or stall-holders and shops that normally call Isle sur la Sorgue home. Look for antiques and brocante, ancient books, design decoration, vintage pieces, artistic works and much more. I’m told you’ll also find personal shoppers and restoration specialists on hand.  The show is now produced by AntiquesArt & You and all the info is on their site in English hereFor questions: commercial@antiquesartandyou.com

ISLE SUR LA SORGUE: Annual Floating Market, 9 am to 12:30, one Sunday in August 2017. Check back for dates and details here. A great spectacle, with special boats slipping across the river from one bank to the other selling fruits and veg, flowers, cheese, bread, wine and more. Arrive early as parking and access is difficult. 

ISLE SUR LA SORGUE: The Campredon Centre d'Art always has something interesting. They're at 20 Rue du Docteur Tallet, 84800 Isle sur la Sorgue, 04 90 38 17 41, islesurlasorgue.fr.

ISLE SUR LA SORGUE: There are lots of great food and wine events coming up at Le Vivier, one of my favorite Isle sur la Sorgue restaurants. These include special menus, winemaker dinners and more. See the full schedule here: levivier-restaurant.com.

ISTRES: 29th Annual Salon des Vins et de la Gastronomie, November, 2016. More than 100 exhibitors are expected. Local producers, tasting and cooking contests, evening events, kid's events, plus a restaurant with nearly 400 seats. This major event attracts 7000-plus visitors, who come to taste the authentic local 'terroir' and enjoy the fun atmosphere. For all the info click here or call 04 42 02 48 30.

ISTRES: 17th annual Saint Patrick's Day, March, 2017 at the Halle Polyvalente (on the place Champollion). Celebrating Celtic culture since 2000, this event attracts more than 85,000 people with top Celtic musicians. There will be exhibits, Irish pubs, Guinness stew and more. Info and tickets: Istres Tourist Office, 04 42 81 76 00, istres.fr

JONQUIERES: Traditional Provencal Festival, May 21, 2017. The townspeople in Jonquières are very attached to Provence and Provencal traditions, and Jonquières starts off the season of traditional events with a splendid celebration of Provencal culture past and present. Old trades, craftspeople, town shops, regional products, creators. Lots of events for all ages, free of charge. The transhumance also takes place this month (date TBA), with more than 2000 sheep ambling through the village on their way to their summer fields, accompanied by musicians and the traditional tambourinaires. For info: 04 90 70 59 04, culture@jonquières.fr, provenceguide.co.uk.

JUAN LES PINS: The 57th Annual Jazz a Juan Festival, July, 2017. Also don't miss the Jazz Off ("Fringe") Festival, with 200 some musicians in the streets and on the squares of Antibes and Juan-les-Pins, sharing jazz in all its forms. For info, click here or go to: antibesjuanlespins.com.

LA CELLE:  LES SOIRÉES MUSICALES. Musical Evenings at the Royal Abbey of la Celle Place des Ormeaux. From late July to mid August. soireesmusicales-lacelle.com, 06 31 77 65 53.

LA CIOTAT:  Boat Show, March 2017. salon-lesnauticales.com.
LACOSTE: July, 2017. Lacoste's old stone quarries and chateau provide the unique backdrop and exceptional acoustics for this summer festival, presented by Pierre Cardin. The program includes music, theater and dance; details to come as the fest gets closer. Tickets €10-120. 04 90 75 93 12.

LA ROQUE D’ANTHERON: July and August, 2017. International Piano Festival. Considered by many to be the most important piano festival in the world, with concerts in outdoor and indoor venues. This year (2017) will be the 35th annual. festival-piano.com

LA ROQUE D’ANTHERON: July, 2017: Country Roque Festival! Country and blues, lots of line dancing, boots, hats, Harleys, burgers, Tex Mex and more.  countryroque.asso.fr


LA SEYNE SUR MER: Festival of contemporary Circus, Jan/Feb, 2018. Each day several troops of circus present their creations: beautiful, funny, poetic and magical. ot-la-seyne-sur-mer.fr.

LAURIS: Les Nocturnes. July, 2017, on the Castle Terrace. Music, dance and much more. Activities for all ages. For info:04 90 08 39 30. lauris.tourisme@orange.fr, laurisenluberon.com 

LE BAR SUR LOUP: April 17, 2017 (Easter Monday): Orange blossom festival. Info: 04 93 42 72 21,lebarsurloup.fr.


LE PUY SAINTE REPARADE: July, 2017, Music Under the Vines. A festival of jazz, soul and funk, in the idyllic setting of a castle. Warm nights under the stars and great music. For info: 04 42 54 09 43.

LE THORONET: 25th Medieval Music Festival at the Abbaye du Thoronet, July, 2017. Tickets from 10 to 22€. musique-medievale.fr, 04 94 60 10 94 .

LES BAUX: What used to be the Cathedrale des Images is now the Carrieres de Lumieres...a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the village of Les Baux. The new sound and light show featuring Marc Chagall was unveiled on March 4, 2016 and all the info is hereFor hours, prices and more info: carrieres-lumieres.com or 04 90 54 55 56.

LES BAUX: Learning to Taste Olive Oil class/demo at Moulin Castelas, 10 am every Tuesday and Thursday.  Discover the characteristics of AOC oils from the Valley of Les Baux. From April to September, it's best to register (admission is free, seating is limited) by emailing info@castelas.comOtherwise, the mill is open daily for visits, tasting and sales. Mon to Fri 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. Weekends and holidays have special hours. For info click here or call: 04 90 54 50 86.

LOURMARIN, July to Sept, 2017: Summer Music Festival. In the castle or on its terraces, enjoy concerts of classical music with award-winning and highly talented artists. A grand traditional Jazz evening is also programmed on the terraces of the Château de Lourmarin at the beginning of August. It is also the opportunity to visit the village classified "Most Beautiful Villages of France." chateau-de-lourmarin.com.

LOURMARIN: YEAH Festival! June, 2017. Pop, folk and rock on the terraces of the chateau.

LOURMARIN: There are often interesting events at the Chateau de Lourmarin. For all the info, click here.

LUMIERES: Ristretto Summer Concert, August date to be announced, free and open to the public. Every summer, a group of talented singers from Nice and the UK arrive in tiny, charming Lumières to enjoy good food and wine, the beauty of Provence, lovely warm weather and a week of intensive choral singing! And then, they give a concert, in the Chapelle des Missions of the Hotellerie Notre Dame de Lumières. RistrettoVoices.comchoralsummer@aol.com, +33 (0)6-17-71-71-70.

LYON: Every year the city is beautifully ablaze with sound and light installations during the annual Fete de Lumieres. If you haven't seen it, it's a must. December 8 to 10, 2016. fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr

MANDELIEU-LA-NAPOULE: Mimosa Festival, Feb 15-22, 2017. Celebrating the brilliant yellow flower (native to Australia) that flourishes on the Côte d’Azur, is an important part of the local economy and has been honored with a festival here since 1931!Today, 12 tons of local mimosa blooms are used to adorn the festival’s floats and decorate the village; there are daytime parades and illuminated night parades; the election of a Mimosa Queen and even a Route du Mimosa, an 80-mile itinerary from Bormes-les-Mimosas to Grasse, that winds through the mimosa-covered hills. ot-mandelieu.fr.

MARSEILLE: Everyone is welcome to the Democrats Abroad monthly open forum which, this month, will address concerns and questions about the US presidential election. 
Wednesday 7 December 2016, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Hard Rock Café, ​35 cours Honnoré d'Estienne d'Orves, 13001 Marseille.​ Questions?  pamelaking13@gmail.com.

MARSEILLE: For all the info on the museum Vieille Charite click here

MARSEILLE: The museum Fondation Regards de Provence opened its new venue at the old Station Sanitaire (on the road between the cathedral La Major and the Villa Méditerrannée) in 2013...a major component in the recent and ongoing beautification and improvement of the city. Open every day 10 am to 6 pm (9 pm on Fridays). 6€ entry. For all the info and current shows, click here.

MARSEILLE: Villa Mediterranée, designed by the architect Stefano Boeri, opened in 2013, in the area known as J4, along the sea front between the Fort Saint Jean and the Cathedral La Major. It has two main public areas, one under the sea and one in the air. It will house a permanent exhibition Parcours des Méditerranées (Mediterranean trails), where visitors will be able to “see and live” the experience of the Mediterranean. For all the temporary exhibitions, visit the Villa Méditerranée website.

MARSEILLE: Directly facing the open sea,  MuCEM's location makes it a major development for Marseile and the region. Much more than a museum, the MuCEM is a cultural centre that "brings together all disciplines of the social sciences and presents artistic expression from the Mediterranean's two shores." he aim is to reflect the "world culture" that characterizes the Mediterranean... the blend of Latin culture and Christianity that extends to the Americas; the Muslim world that unfolds from the Saharan tip of Africa to the borders of Indonesia and through the Middle East; the Jewish culture that has spread to all continents, and the Orthodox world, starting with Greece and South Slavic Europe. For all the info on the museum MUCEM--its setting, shows, restaurants, events and more--click here.

MARSEILLE: The Mediterranean Anglo American Business Network stages lots of networking and other events through out the year. For info, click here

MARSEILLE: October 2017. The Fiesta des Suds (Southern Fiesta) music festival is now in its 25th year. On the Docks des Suds, 12 rue Urbain V, 13002 Marseille. Tickets: pre-sale prices vary from €17 to €25 a night. dock-des-suds.org.

MARSEILLE: October/November 2017. The World Festival of Underwater Pictures has been a cultural, artistic and scientific event for the past 43 years, with the aim of promoting the sea and the oceans. It also has an educational aspect, involving the young generations through the Young Jury or the poster competition. Once again this year, a large number of events will be on offer: film projections, slide shows, photo exhibitions, conferences and stands. At the Parc Chanot. underwater-festival.com.

MARSEILLE: Chocolate Fair or Salon du Chocolat. Nov 20 to 22, 2016.  Chocolate producers & chefs presents their know-how for these three days of celebration. Don't miss the chocolate fashion show!  fou-de-chocolat.com.


MARSEILLE: December, 2017 is the International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary, the 19th edition of the festival celebrating images of history, current and past events of the Mediterranean area, with an eclectic and sharp selection of documentaries, reports and investigation films. It includes one week of free screening and debate, representing Mediterranean countries including Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon. Last  year (2015) there were 29 films in competition and 13 prizes awarded. For more info: primed.tv +33 (0)4 91 42 03 02, prix@cmca-med.org. 


MARSEILLE: Guided tour in English of the MUCEM Museum. Every Sunday at 11 am. Take a guided tour around the J4 and Fort Saint-Jean permanent exhibitions to explore the site and understand the purpose of a museum of civilisations. Ideal for first time visitors. 1.5 hours. Price: €12. For info on MuCEM, visit the website

MARSEILLE: Foire de Marseille, September 2017. The International Fair of Marseille is a big event with loads of demonstrations, exhibitions, shopping, food, etc. and this year there are 47 countries represented. Entry is €7.50. Takes place at the PARC CHANOT in Marseille (map) or 43.272476 5.391677. foiredemarseille.com.

MARSEILLE: They call it the most romantic swimming race in the world. The Monte Cristo Challenge was inspired Alexandre Dumas' Count...and it takes place next in Marseille in June 2017. For all the info, click here.

MARSEILLE: Mars en Baroque Festival. The 15th edition of this festival will take place in 13 locations in Marseille March 1-31, 2017. For info: art. marsenbaroque.com.

MARSEILLE: November, 2017: The International Festival of Mediterranean Documentary, the 19th edition of the festival celebrating images of history, current and past events of the Mediterranean area, with an eclectic and sharp selection of documentaries, reports and investigation films. It includes one week of free screening and debate, representing Mediterranean countries including Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon. primed.tv +33 (0)4 91 42 03 02, prix@cmca-med.org

MARSEILLE: Salon du Chocolat, 2017. Chocolate in all its delicious forms, from fine chocolate artisans from the the region, from France and from elsewhere in the world. salon-du-chocolat.com

MARSEILLE: Live acoustic Irish music every Monday night at O'Brady's Irish Pub, 378 ave. Mazargues, 04 91 71 53 71.

MARSEILLE: May-Diterranean Contemporary Theater Festival, April and May, 2017. Since it was founded, the Mai-Diterranée Festival has introduced the work of thousands of artists from different countries. This festival welcomes artists, poets and performers from different cultures, backgrounds and religions. Toursky Theatre, Promenade Léo-Ferré, Marseilles. For info: 04 91 02 58 35 or toursky.org.

MARSEILLE: Concerts Under the Stars, from June thru August, 2017. The Silvain Theatre of Marseille will host weekly concerts in the early evening. In the courtyard of the Conservatory, at the heart of Marseille, an evening program will take place featuring pieces of music inspired by the night - from Chopin's Nocturnes to Berlioz's Summer Nights. Additional info to be posted soon.

MARSEILLE: Five Continents Jazz Festival, July, 2017. MP2013.fr

MAUBEC: Network Provence is a loose organization designed for business and social networking, with English-speaking members drawn from all over Provence. You can learn more by clicking hereThere's no entrance fee but please bring something to share either to drink or eat (aperitif style). For the dates of the next event or to get on the mailing list: rebecca@rebeccaronane.com or 06 41 80 21 72.

MENERBES: In the Luberon, Menerbes will hold its annual Truffle Festival in December, 2016. Info: 04 90 72 38 37, 04 90 72 22 05, menerbes.fr.

MENERBES: The Dora Maar house hosts periodic salons to introduce the public to their latest artists in residence...and all are welcome. For info, click here.

MENTON: 84th Annual Menton Lemon Festival (aka the Fete du Citron), Feb 11- March 1st, 2017. For info, click here

MENTON: August 2017: 68th Annual Menton Classical Music Festival. This festival, the oldest classical music festival in France, has something to please everyone, with its rich, dynamic program. At Parvis Saint-Michel Archange and other places in town. Info: musique-menton.fr.

MENTON: Tango Festival, July, 2017. tango-menton.fr.

MOIMORON: Asparagus Festival, April 30, 2017. A whole day to celebrate spring and the arrival of asparagus on the Provençal table. Exhibitions, a local cooking contest, wines from the Côtes du Ventoux and more. 04 90 61 80 17, mairie-mormoiron1@wanadoo.fr.

MONACO: 8th Annual Arte Monaco. A major art fair to be held October 2017. artemonaco.com

MONACO:  The 26th Monaco Yacht Show Docks in Port Hercule, September/October 2017. Celebrate superyachting with 34,000 participants from all over the world. All the info is here.

MENTON: 83rd Annual Menton Lemon Festival (aka the Fete du Citron), Feb, 2017. For info, click here

MOIMORON: Asparagus Festival. April, 2017. A whole day to celebrate, with the spring, the arrival of asparagus on the Provençal table. Exhibitions, a local cooking contest, wines from the Côtes du Ventoux and more. 04 90 61 80 17, mairie-mormoiron1@wanadoo.fr.

MONACO: Francis Bacon in Monaco. For more than a century, an international mix of artists has been drawn to the south of France by the dazzling light, pure colors and gentle climate. Others, like British artist Francis Bacon, who chose Monaco as his main residence (from 1946 to the early 1950s), were drawn by the festive glamour of Monte Carlo. This summer’s spectacular show, "Francis Bacon, Monaco and French Culture," featuring over 60 rarely seen works, is over. But you can still visit he recently opened Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation. The private foundation housed in a Belle-Époque villa is devoted to research and boasts a fascinating collection. 

MONACO: E-Rallye Monte-Carlo, October, 2017. Placed under the High Patronage of Their Serene Highnesses, The Prince and The Princess of Monaco, organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco, under the care of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), ASN members of the FIA and more particularly with the assistance of FFSA, the e-Rallye Monte-Carlo is registered on the FIA international events calendar. Learn more.

MONACO: Art Monaco, October 2017.  For the seventh successive year, Opus Eventi presents one of the most highly anticipated art fairs in the Western sphere. From October 27th to 30th, 2016, art enthusiasts and those lusting after luxury are invited to satiate their palettes at one of the most opulent global art shows to grace the French Riviera - Art Monaco '16. Learn more

MONACO: The next Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival (Printemps des Arts) runs from March 17th to April 8th, 2017. printempsdesarts.mc.

MONACO: The 63rd Annual Bal de la Rose to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation will be in March, 2017 at the Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte Carlo. Black Tie and Evening Dress. For info: +377 98 06 63 41, b.fabry@sbm.mc.

MONACO: The Chocolate Show, October, 2017. This prestigious annual event has been held 20 times in France and internationally, bringing together master chocolatiers, skilled artisans and exceptional products. Visitors can watch a "Made in Monaco" version of the famous fashion parade of chocolate dresses, with exclusive creations by designer and chocolatier duos from the Principality and the Côte d’Azur. Chocolatiers and pastry chefs will create fascinating, original chocolate recipes in the Choco Demo area. At Chocoland, budding gourmets can find out about chocolate through recipes, chocolate moulding and fun, educational activities.  And of course, at this show, there will be all kinds of chocolate-themed activities, created especially for this event. Fifty exhibitors are expected, including some of the great names in chocolate and patisserie. 10€; students 8€; kids under 12, 4€. At the Espace Fontvieille, Monaco. salonduchocolat-monaco.com.

MONACO: 74th Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, May 25 to 28, 2017. For all the info, click here.

MONACO: Monte Carlo Polo Cup, July, 2017. For info, click here

MONACO: World Rowing Coastal Championship, October 2017. The World Rowing Championship regatta is the biggest annual World Rowing event and the most important of the season. It is held at the end of the season. The regatta is held over eight days using a progression system from heats through to finals and ensuring that there is sufficient rest time between boat classes for the athletes. For all the info, click here.

MONACO: 14th Annual Top Marques Monaco is April 20-23,  2017, featuring some of the finest, fastest and sleekest wheels on the road.  Prestige car makers Aston Martin, Jaguar, Vencer, GTA Motor, Maserati, Noble, Pagani & Koenigsegg are just some of the confirmed exhibitors. Monaco's legendary Formula 1 circuit will be ready for test driving some of the exhibitors supercars. Plus watches, jewelry, yachts and more. topmarquesmonaco.com.

MONTE CARLO: 69th Annual Monaco Red Cross Gala, August, 2017. Dinner, concert with Diana Krall and others, fireworks and more. In the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, President of the Monegasque Red Cross and H.S.H. Princess Charlène, in the enchanting surroundings of the Salle des Etoiles - Sporting Monte-Carlo.  To book: +377 98 06 63 41.

MONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival. For all the shows and more info, click here or here: sportingsummerfestival.com.

MONACO: The 25th Monaco Yacht Show, dedicated to luxury yachting, is the largest floating exhibition of mega yachts in Europe. Sept 28 to Oct 1, 2016, at Port Hercules. For info, click here.

MONTE CARLO: 21st Annual Gastronomy Fair, Nov 25 to 28, 2016. One of the premier exhibitions for the food industry, offering the opportunity to taste and buy a wide variety of products. The event showcases all the latest technology and over 100 French, Italian and European gastronomic producers under the single roof at the Espace Fontvieille. montecarlogastronomie.com.

MONTE CARLO: 40th International Circus Festival, January, 2017. 
montecarlofestival.mc.

MONTE CARLO: 85th Monte Carlo Road Rallye, Jan 2017. For info, click here


MONTE CARLO:  International Musical Fireworks. Summer, 2017. visitmonaco.com.

MONTE CARLO: For the full schedule of The Monte Carlo Philharmonic, click here.

MONTE CARLO: For all the info on the Opera Monte Carlo, click here.

MONTE CARLO: For the Les Ballets de Monte Carlo schedule, click here.

MONTE CARLO: The next Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo (Spring Arts Festival) will happen in March and April, 2017. For info: printempsdesarts.mc.

MONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Jazz Festival, November 24 to December 3, 2016. For all the info, click here and here.

MONTEUX: At the foot of Mount Ventoux, there's a beautiful multi-media show presented by the famous trainer and horsewoman duo, Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado. The show should return every summer until 2019. There are 40 horses on stage: Lusitanians, Friesians and purebred Arabians, performing alongside 60 people including riders, dancers, acrobats, stuntmen, musicians and singers. The venue is the open-air Beaulieu Lake Theatre. At the heart of a classified Natura 2000 area, it's a 35-hectare park with a 10-hectare lake. Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (after nightfall), at Lac de Monteux – Beaulieu EcoQuartier  (between Avignon and Carpentras). Tickets on sale on the website and at the venue. Tickets from €35. Info and reservations:  +33 (0)6 58 42 13 97 (Mon to Fri, 10am to 12am), contact@eqi-le-show.com, eqi-le-show.com.

MONTMIRAIL: Summer, 2017: "Three Domainess Hike in Les Dentelles de Montmirail." A wonderful way to discover the land, the grape vines and the wine making process of the famous domains of Gigondas, guided by local wine makers. A picnic lunch will be provided (cheese, ham, bread...) served with the estate's wine. After the hike, visit of the winery and wine tasting. By reservation only. Tickets from 8€ to 20€. Info:  04 90 65 83 78, anais.pialot@cave-gigondas.fr.


MONTPELLIER: Naked Wine Fair! Late January or early February, 2018, at the Dieze Warehouse, 188 ave. du Marché Gare. Two Languedoc winemakers have created a new association called Vignerons de L’Iréel (the Unreal Winemakers) and they're staging this event with more than 50 French, Italian and Spanish winemakers, and five artisan breweries. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a Sunday evening party featuring live music, a DJ, wine, beer and food prepared by Le Troquet and La Boite de Conserve. More info is on Facebook here or by email: lesvigneronsdelirreel@gmail.com.
MOUGINS: Marche de Noel, Dec 2017.  Mougins Village. Food, arts, crafts, gifts, Santa, a concert and more. Entry, parking and navettes (transport from parking lots and village) are all free.  For info: 04 92 92 14 00, mougins.fr
MOUGINS: Aug 2017: The 22nd Mougins Jazz Festival. mougins.fr.

MOUGINS: There's always something wonderful happening at the Musee d’Art Classique in Mougins, both rotating and permanent collections. mouginsmusee.com.

MOUGINS: Dates haven't been announced for the 11th Annual International Festival of Gastronomy called Les Etoiles de Mougins...but it's always a great weekend for anyone who loves good food and wine in a fabulous setting. For info: lesetoilesdemougins.com.

MOUGINS: The 6th Annual Marché Italien is April 23-24, 2017 in Mougins village. Entry is free. Demos, food stands, tastings, pizza tossing and much more. Three days to discover fine Italian food and wine, including charcuterie, cheese, sweets, truffles and truffle products and more. For more info, click here. A video is here

MOURIES: Fete de l'Huile Nouvelle. Come celebrate the olive harvest and the new oils of the Valley of Les Baux. December, 2016. For all the info, click here.

NICE: The 9th Annual Israel Film Festival, March 2017. niff.fr

NICE: International Fair, March 2017. One of the most popular events of the French Riviera with more 140 000 visitors and 1200 exhibitors. foiredenice.com

NICE: The Democrats Abroad France Riviera Chapter will continue hosting "Political Wine" events on the first Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This social is open to all members and guests. There will be a brief presentation on a current topic. For more info about Democrats Abroad and the Riviera Chapter: https://www.democratsabroad.org/group/france-riviera.

NICE to CANNES: Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes, Novembre, 2017. Through some of the most beautiful areas of the Cote d'Azur. For info: marathon06.com.
NICE: The 14th annual Lou festin dou Pouort (The Fete du Port) is in September 2017. The full schedule will be published here.
 
NICE: A major event for chocolate lovers happens each November; the 2016 dates are Nov 13 to 15.  It's called the Salon du Chocolat et Saveurs and all the info is here


NICE: Carnaval, February 11 to 26, 2017. For all the info, click here.

NICE: Carnival Run, Feb 2017. Europe’s most festive race takes place on Promenade des Anglais. Participants choose from 5km or 10km. Children’s race, disguise contest, concert, Carnival obstacles and activities, giant dance and more. nicecarnavalrun.com

NICE: Lou Queernaval, Feb 2017. France’s first Gay Carnival. lou-queernaval.com.

NICE: International Fair of Nice and Salon Bâtir, March 2017. More than 17,000m² of products and novelties in gastronomy, household products, furniture, leisure activities and culinary gadgets. nicexpo.org.

NICE: Paris to Nice Cycling Race, March 2017. This event traditionally marked the start of the international season. letour.fr.

NICE: 25th International Half Marathon, April, 2017. A qualifying race for the French Championship. One of our country’s key races, both for the number of participants (10,000) and for the level of performance. nicesemimarathon.com.

NICE: Tennis Open, May 2017. On the clay courts of the Nice Lawn Tennis Club, 30 players for the 7th Open. opennicecotedazur.com.

NICE: Book Festival, June, 2017. Novelists, essayists, poets, polemists... more than 200 writers will be present. Autographs, debates, meetings, activities, lectures and more. lefestivaldulivredenice.com.

NICE: 13th Annual Iron Man France Championship, June, 2017.  Iron Man has established its reputation with the Federations as the World Long-Distance Championship. With over 2,500 professional and amateur triathletes from some 52 different nations, this competition has become a “must” on the global Triathlon calendar. The athletes will complete 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42 km of running. ironmannice.com.

NICE: Nice Jazz Festival, July, 2017.  The world’s first festival of its kind (founded in 1948) it attracts top international stars. Since 2011, the Festival has moved from the amphitheatre of Cimiez to the city centre. nicejazzfestival.fr.

NICE: The Festival of Cimiez, Mid July to Mid August, 2017. The Festival of Cimiez Concerts, public master classes, recitals...with a succession of world-famous soloists, chamber music groups and orchestras. The events take place outdoors, most in the Cloister of the Monastery of Cimiez, an exceptional site still occupied by Franciscan friars and open to the public only on this occasion. academie-internationale-ete-nice.com/

NICE: The 6th Annual Regattas of the Nice-Pasqui Trophy, Sept, 2017. Admire the beauty of old sailing ships and the sailors’ traditional skill and passion under the wonderful sunny skies of Nice. tropheepasqui.com.

NICE: European Masters Games, October, 2017. A multi-sport competition (27 disciplines) for athletes of all levels from all over the world. Although the event is held every four year in Europe, it's open to participants from all countries in the world. 10,000 participants, 15,000 visitors and 300 journalists are expected. emg-nice2015.fr.

NICE: Extreme Sailing Series, An International Regatta, Oct 2017. One of 8 stages of the Extreme Sailing Series. Hosted and supported since 2011 by the City of Nice, this event has found its place on the world sailing scene and is a key landmark in the sporting calendar of Nice. extremesailingseries.com.

NICE: MANCA Festival, an International Festival of Today's Music, Nov 2017. A broad range of works, with and without electronics. Contemporary music, children’s workshops (mini-MANCA) and instrumental master classes for the public. The program also includes dance, cinema, visual arts and more. cirm-manca.org.

NICE: Christmas Market, Dec 2017. Activities, arts and crafts chalets, gift ideas, fine foods, outdoor skating rink, entertainment and of course, beautiful decorations. en.nicetourisme.com

NIMES: The next Festival of Nimes in the Roman Amphitheater will be in June and July 2017. See schedule here

NIMES: Feria de Pentecote (Whitsun), June 1 to 5, 2017. The first Féria was held in Nîmes in 1952 and the event has been growing ever since. It's six days of festivities at Whitsun and three days in September with bullfights in the arena and abrivados and bandidos with local bulls. Stroll around town, listen to peñas (small brass bands), dance the 'Sévillane' in the bodegas until late at night, eat paella in a Camargue or Seville style village, go to concerts, watch water-jousting in the Canal de la Fontaine, enjoy the evening market, attend mass in Provencal in the cathedral and watch the Pégoulade, the opening procession at the Whitsun Féria. For more info, click here

NIMES: Thursdays in Nimes, in July and August, 2017. The city buzzes every Thursday evening in July and August: crafts artists, sellers of antiques etc. set up their displays in the many squares in the historic centre of the city. The markets also feature much live music—jazz, blues, flamenco, etc. For more info, click here.

NIMES: The next Artenime Contemporary Arts Show is in September, 2017. One of the best-known contemporary art events in the region, it features 70 galleries, art publishers and institutions—both established and new talents. Every year the show assembles exhibitors from the whole of France and an increasing number of foreign professionals (from Canada, South Korea, Japan, Spain, Italy, etc.). For more info, click here.

NIMES: Feria de Vendanges, September, 2017. This is the second féria of the year in Nîmes, and it marks the end of the temporada (the bullfighting season). It is held in the same spirit as the Whitsun event but is shorter, with three days of festivities throughout the city featuring bullfights, bulls driven through the streets, bands, bodegas and a great atmosphere. The European Heritage Days are on the same dates. For more info, click here.

NIMES: The next Salon Nîmagine Craft Show is in November, 2017 at the Parc des Expositions de Nimes. The largest event of the year for crafts, professional sellers and the public. A specialized jury selects 200 artisans for the quality of their know-how and the originality of their work. expo-nimes.com, 04 66 84 93 39.

NIMES: The next Flamenco Festival is January, 2017, organised by the theatre in Nîmes. For info: click 
here


NIMES: European Archery Tournament - Indoor Archery World Cup (Stage 2), Jan 2017. Nîmes has hosted this world class sports event since 1997. For info, click here.


NIMES: Biography Festival, Jan 2017. A spotlight focused on this literary genre, the Festival de la biographie has become THE event in biographical literature in France in just a few years. More than 30,000 visitors come each year to meet about a hundred writers from all over France and whose works are published by both national and regional publishers.For info, click here.


NIMES: Comic Book Festival, May 2017. For info, click here.


NIMES: Garden Night Festival, June 2017. An open-air theatre with about 1700 seats takes shape in the magnificent Jardins de la Fontaine each year. Very varied shows are organised: from theatre to dance by way of French or international singers and bands. For info, click here.


ORANGE: 65th Annual Concours des Vins a Orange, Feb 2017 in the Espace Alphones Daudet. All the info is here.

ORANGE: Les Chorégies d’Orange--the oldest festival in France--offers opera, lyrical and symphonic concerts in a stunning Roman amphitheater, a semi-circular space seating 9,000. Go early, get parked, eat nearby and bring cushions! The Choregies festival is held annually in July and August. Check the site for the 2017 scehdule: choregies.fr.

ORANGE: 21st Annual Jazz Festival on the Place Clemenceau. June, 2017. For info: 04 90 51 57 57.

PARIS: Every October is the annual autumn book sale to benefit SOS, a helpline for English speakers in France. Paperbacks are 1€, hard covers 2€. There are books in every category including general fiction, young adult and children's books. This is a nice opportunity to find reasonably priced English books and meet others in the English-speaking community. Book donations are also accepted the day of the sale. The SOS website is soshelpline.org


PARIS: Annual Cookbook Fair, February 2017. Join major publishers, chefs, journalists, photographers and designers at this important annual meet up. For info, click here.

PARIS: Salon du Livre Book Fair, March, 2017, at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles in the 15th arrond. For info, click here.

PARIS: At the Porte de Versailles, the Foire de Paris (the Paris Fair) has crafts and cuisine from 70 countries, concerts, performances and shows, 2000 exhibitors of home furnishings, garden styles, DIY, health and leisure products and much more. foiredeparis.fr.


PERNES LA FONTAINE: Truffle Festival, January, 2017. Truffle tastings, truffle searching demonstrations, and an array of truffle products. For all the info, click hereFor other truffle activities and markets in Provence, click here.


PERTUIS: The open air cinema series at Val Joanis Winery has become a popular summer tradition. Check the site for films and schedule. Info: val-joanis.com or email: m.babl@val-joanis.com.

PONT DU GARD: April, 2017.  For the 13th year, the Guarigue en Fête festival celebrates Spring in a festive atmosphere. This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends around musical entertainment, street performers, theatre, story telling and circus... but also thematic workshops to educate young and old about the environment. A large egg hunt will be held; a large farmers market will take place on the Pont du Gard to discover the local flavors and everyone is welcome to picnic. At the restaurant "Les Terrasses", there will be a special menu. (Reservations at 04.66.63.91.37) More info: pontdugard.fr.


PONT DU GARD: This 2000-year-old Roman aquaduct is a fantastic thing to see…so don’t miss it.  It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Roman aqueduct spanning the Gardon River near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard. Built around 19 BC, it was the critical link in a 30-mile canal that supplied nine million gallons of water per day to Nîmes, one of ancient Europe’s largest cities. If it’s hot, bring swimsuits and towels so you can splash in the river…tres fun! (There are no changing rooms or lockers and someone needs to watch your stuff while you swim.) There are car parks on both the left and right bank of the river. There’s a nice restaurant on the right bank (Les Terrasses, 04 66 37 50 88) while on the left bank, there's a great museum, a film ("A bridge through the time"), a kids area and always an interesting temporary exhibit. There are snack bars on both sides and it’s very easy to walk between them. In summer (May to September), the Pont du Gard stays open until Midnight, although the museum and shops close at 7 pm (May, June, September) or 8 pm (in July and August). Every evening from July 15 to August 14 the bridge is lit up beautifully. In July and August, guided half-hour tours through the water channel at the very top of the aqueduct (third level) are available for 4€/adults and 2€/children. (No reservationsrequired or taken...just ask at the welcome desk.) Also in July and August you can "Dance at the Bridge" every Friday "with live music and a very jazzy atmosphere." For two weekends every summer the pyrotechnic company known as Groupe F stages a major fireworks, video and light show at the bridge (2016 dates are June 3, 4, 10 and 11). For more info, you can see the story I wrote on my blog last year. The theme will be different but the idea is the same. Up to five people with a vehicle can access the whole of the Pont du Gard site for only €18. This includes: the Pont du Gard itself, the cultural areas (museum, etc.), the temporary exhibit and 7 km of well-maintained and signed paths and picnic areas. The Pont du Gard is located between Remoulins (RN 100) and Vers-Pont du Gard (D 81).  Its 40 km from St. Remy, 27 km from Nimes,  21 km from Avignon and 19 km from Uzes. +33 (0)4 66 37 50 99, pontdugard.fr.

RASTEAU: Musical Moments Festival, May 2017 at the Eglise de Rasteau. lesmomentsmusicauxdecacharel.frhunningermarkus@gmail.com04 90 46 15 51.

RASTEAU: May, 2017 is the Gourmet Escapade, including a 6 km vineyard stroll in view of the beautiful countryside around the Dentelles de Montmirail, the Rhone Valley and Mont Ventoux and the pre-Alps. There are gourmand stops along the way to discover the many local products and the Rasteau wines. Music and an all-day crafts fair round out the fun. For info: 04 90 46 18 73, terresdelumiere.com.

RASTEAU: Wine Harvest Celebration. Tastings of the first pressing, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Free admission. cavederasteau.com

RASTEAU: Wine and Chocolate Festival (Festival Vin et Chocolat) November 2017. Wine tasting workshops, chocolate and wines pairings with famous regional chocolate-makers. Free admission. cavederasteau.com or click here.


RIANS: Every year in October, this Var village celebrates the great pumpkin (and squash) in all its glory. Yep, it's the annual Fete de la Courge. There will be 100 stalls, games for kids, lots of food being served and more. For all the info: fetedelacourgerians.fr.

RICHERENCHES:  Every winter in the heart of truffle country, buyers, brokers, growers and curious onlookers come together for the truffle market on Saturday mornings. The market takes place on Avenue de la Rabasse (Rabasse is the Provencal word for truffle) and on Cours du Mistral. Discussions on the price give way to transactions as truffles are admired and weighed. The market comes to end around 1pm, yet the fragrance continues to pervade the village. The truffle market does wholesale and retail business. There is also a local products market at the same time. The Richerenches truffle market accounts for approximately 50% of truffle transactions in southeast France and approximately 30% of all the truffles in France. Richerenches also bears the label "Good Taste Site" and continues to  affirm itself as the capital of quality truffles. For my recent story, click here. For info: 04 90 28 05 34, point-tourisme@wanadoo.fr, richerenches.fr and HERE

RICHERENCHES: Truffled Omelette Lunches, from Dec 2016 to Feb 2017. Price: 21€ per person. On certain Saturdays in winter, after the truffle market, the village's associations offer a communal meal with truffled omelettes. The meal includes salad, cheese, desert, coffee and Côtes du Rhône wine. For my recent story, click hereFrom 11:30 am onwards, at City Hall. Reservation can be made thru the Tourist Office : 04 90 28 05 34.  For info, click here and here

RICHERENCHES: Truffle Mass, the Third Sunday of January, every year. Great mass in honour of Saint-Antoine, patron saint of truffle producers and in homage to the famous black diamond, the Tuber Melanosporum truffle. Mass starts around 10:00 am and is followed by a weighing of truffles on the church square...and a sale by auction... and the village aperitif. Info and reservations: 04 90 28 02 24. 

RICHERENCHES: Wine and Vineyard Festival, May, 2017. Every year, on the Saturday right after Ascension Thursday, the Wine and Vineyard Festival takes place: a wonderful opportunity to discover or rediscover the cellars of Vaucluse. In Richerenches the local cellar participates in the festivities with different activities, guided tours, wine tastings and more. But also in keeping with its reputation as a "Site Remarquable du Goût" (outstanding wine/food site), Richerenches will be offering a “truffled” meal at the cellar (reservation only). For info: 04 90 28 01 00 or fetedelavigneetduvin.com. 

RICHERENCHES: Annual Flower Festival, May, 2017, 9 am to 7 pm. One of the most beautiful flower festivals in the region it happens each year on the first Sunday in May. Enjoy and buy flowers (bouquets, plants, dried flowers, cacti, exotic flowers, etc.), but also the creativity residents display with each years theme (this year its farm animals). Richerenches is a charming village in northern Vaucluse which is home to one of the oldest, largest and best preserved commanderies of the Knights Templars in Provence (XIIth Century). The festival takes over the entire village. For info: Office du Tourisme de Richerenches, +33(0)4 90 28 05 34, richerenches.fr

ROCHE-SUR-FORON: La Roche Bluegrass Festival, July/August 2017. larochebluegrass.fr.

SAINTE AGNES: Medieval Traditions and Folklore in August, 2017. For info: 04 93 35 84 58, sainteagnes.fr.

SANARY SUR MER: Photomed (next happening in May/June 2017) is one of the newest and fastest rising photo festivals in France...and it also spreads out to Bandol and Toulouse. It focuses on Mediterranean photographers and images, and its artistic director is Jean-Luc Monterosso, founder and director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. Mr. Monterosso and his team are known to strike a balance between exhibiting big-name photographers and showcasing the younger and lesser known.
 For all the info, click here. For a story on Photomed that appeared in the NYTimes, click here.


SANARY SUR MER: The International Rosé Festival, May, 2017.

SAULT: The next big Fete de la Lavande de Sault will be in Aug, 2017. One of the biggest lavender festivals in the region. Dates and info to be announced when the festival gets closer. fetedelalavande.fr or saultenprovence.com

SEGURET: Fete d'Hue Vin Wine Celebration, August 27, 2016 from 10 am to midnight. The 9th edition of this superb wine celebration in a village that has been ranked as "One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France" Winemakers invite you to discover their savoir-faire and their wines. Choose from riding in a horse-drawn coach or hiking. Do it all at your own pace, tasting the wines, savoring the fun and friendliness. Special events are planned, such as tilling with draft horses, hauling and other vineyard work, and a horse show. In the village, regional growers will propose their wares. In the evening, the Place des Arceaux comes to life for an evening banquet featuring Pistou. The picturesque village of Séguret, perched high in the Dentelles de Montmirail is a generous village surrounded by magnficent landscapes and vineyards. The village is known for its beautiful old winding streets and its celebrations! +33 (0) 6 14 03 52 48, info@seguretvin.com.

SENAS: Transhumance! April, 2017 in Centre Ville. See all the local sheep herds as they move thru town on the way to their summer grazing spots. 04 90 59 20 25, ville-de-senas.fr.

SORGUES: Santons and Crafts Fair, November, 2017. Santon makers and craftspersons from throughout the area present their work. This annual fair is an ideal spot to find great gifts. Musical performances by the Escolo dou Pont de Sorgo, the presence of li Galapian, a procession of costumed characters organised by the Enfants de l'Ouvèze... all this and more adds to the marvelous Provencal ambiance of the event. For info: 04 90 39 71 23 or click here.

SAINTES MARIE DE LA MER: The 4th Annual Camargue Barbecue Fest, June, 2017. Look for demos, a burger truck a grilling academy, a competition, tons of good 'cue and yes, a mechanical bull. All the info is on Facebook here or at: bbqfestival.fr.

ST. JEAN CAP FERRAT: Explore this stunning peninsula with two free guided tours hosted by the Tourist Office. The first is the Village and the Saint Hospice tip (the Promenade Maurice Rouvier is possible for people with reduced mobility), every Thursday at 2 pm (in French and English). The second is "Le Cap à la Belle Epoque" (only in french and only offered once a month. For info and to book, contact the Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 93 76 08 90 or click here.

ST. PAUL DE VENCE: Last summer’s show at the Fondation Maeght was devoted to Christo and Jeanne-Claude and included a colossal nine-meter-high Mastaba of stacked oil barrels set up in the gardens as well as a collection of sculptures, photos and drawings (June 4 to November 27, 2016). Stay tuned for this summer's schedule.

ST. QUENTIN LA POTERIE: Terralha: The European Festival of Ceramics, July, 2017. Twenty ceramicists showing their work in the courtyards and gardens of the village. www.terralha.fr, www.officeculturel.com, 04 66 22 74 38. 

ST. REMY: Fete des Lumieres...the annual Festival of Holiday Lights, December 2017, date to be announced from 6 pm onwards. The lights go on and the shops are open late; wine will be poured, music will be played, and everyone comes out to shop and shmooze.saintremy-de-provence.com.

ST. REMY: Route des Artistes. A wonderful art fair that takes over the whole of Centre Ville. 2017 dates are: June 25, Sept 3 and Oct 8. saintremy-de-provence.com

ST. REMY: The 35th Annual Transhumance! Monday June 5, 2017. Yep, that's the one with all the sheep. The details don't change that much from year to year...and the 2017 haven't been published yet. But see all the previous years info here and in my story here.

ST. REMY: Organ Festival! saintremy-de-provence.com.

ST. REMY: The Féria de Saint Rémy, Aug, 2017. Bulls, horses, parades, pageantry, music, communal meals and more. Events happen in the village and in the arena. Don't miss the Saturday morning parade of decorated, horse drawn carts and traditional Provencal costumes. Staging at 10 am, parade starts at 10:30. For info:  http://www.mairie-saintremydeprovence.fr/la-mairie/agenda/feria-2016.htm

ST. REMY: Carnaval! March 9-12, 2017. For info: saintremy-de-provence.com

ST. REMY: Jazz in St Remy Festival. Phase two of this popular annual festival will be Sept 15-17th, 2016 (phase one was in July). jazzasaintremy.free.fr.

ST. REMY: Tennis tournament, September, 2017. Free entrance. Players are ranked from 50 to 150 worldwide. tropheedesalpilles.fr.


ST. REMY: Route des Artistes. The popular all-day Sunday art fair takes over the streets of the old village. Next ones are Sept 4 and Oct 9, 2016. saintremy-de-provence.com.

ST. REMY: Tuesday evenings in Summer, from 6:30 pm to just before midnight, the Marche des Createurs happens in front of the church and down around the Town Hall. Sixty exhibitors: arts, crafts, jewelry, painting, furniture and more. The market runs until about 11 pm. Every Tuesday evening from early July to the end of September.  saintremy-de-provence.com.

ST. REMY: Beginning in June 2017, the shops on the rue de la Commune in the heart of the village will be open on Thursdays until 9 pm. Each week a different vineyard domaine will be pouring free wine, in front of the restaurant L'aile ou la Cuisse. For more info: 04 90 92 05 22,
 saintremy-de-provence.com

ST. REMY: The open-air market in St. Remy, held every Wednesday morning, is one of the largest and most-popular in the region. It runs until 12:30 or 1 p.m...or a bit longer if there's a crowd. For info, click here.

ST. REMY: The annual Christmas Market sells gifts, food, decor...and everything you need to make the famous 13 Desserts. December dates to be announced, 2017. For info, call the Tourist Office: 04 90 92 05 22.

ST. TROPEZ: Rencontres Jardin. September, 2017. A rendezvous for the lovers of gardens and outdoor design, art & landscape, eco design. The most beautiful landscaped event on the French Riviera has become a meeting place for over 14,000 visitors (professional and amateur) looking to discover trends in garden and outdoor products of tomorrow. 10€ adults, free for kids under 12. For all the info: rencontredejardins.com.

ST. TROPEZ: Sept/Oct 2017 welcomes the 19th edition of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez with the finest traditional and modern yachts in the world. Over 300 sailboats will gather in this exceptional setting to race in the same zone for a week. Witness the traditional yachts that are majestical “works of art” as well as new generation boats using cutting edge technology. lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr.

ST. TROPEZ: Latin Sails, May 26-27, 2017. Sailboats, regatta and exhibitions. Gorgeous! societe-nautique-saint-tropez.fr.

TAVEL: The next rosé wine fest "Couleur Tavel" will be in July, 2017, allowing everyone to discover the quality and diversity of Tavel wines. The event takes place in the old center of Tavel, near the "walled" gardens, and brings together wine growers, producers and artisans...for tasting, lectures, live music, garden activities, gastronomy, art and more. For info: vin-tavel.com, 04 66 50 32 34 or find them on Facebook here

TOURETTES SUR LOUP: The Violet Festival (March, 2017) fills the village with flowers and fragrance. The streets play host to a farmers' market and the high point of the festivities is the great Violet Procession...with a flower battle....whatever that means! tourrettessurloup.com.

TRETS: Rallye de La Sainte-Victoire.  The 15th annual Winetour of the Sainte-Victoire Vineyards at the Vinothèque Sainte-Victoire. October, 2016. Info: Association du Vignoble Sainte-Victoire, Tel : + 33 (0)4 42 61 37 60 , vins-sainte-victoire.com.

UZES: Fetes Votives Annual Festival, August, 2017. For nfo, contact the Tourist Office here.

UZES: This very pretty, historic village will hold its 22nd annual Weekend de la Truffe in January 2017. See the schedule (in French here) or get info from the Tourist Office, by calling 04 66 01 60 04 or on their website here


VACQUEYRAS: Wine Fair, July, 2017. A big outdoor festival where you can taste scores of Rhone valley wines. Entertainment and other events will fill the streets all day long. In the evening, there's dancing on the square. 

VAISON LA ROMAINE: The next annual modern dance festival called Vaison Danses will be in July 2017. Info: vaison-danses.com/en/. Tickets are at the box office, by phone, online or FNAC. For all the info, click here

VAISON LA ROMAINE: The 23rd annual Choralies de Vaison music festival (August, 2017) will present nine days of singing, concerts, workshops and more. For info, click here (www.choralies.fr) or call 04 72 19 83 40

VALLABREGUES: Annual Basket Making Festival or Fete de la Vannerie, August, 2017. Basket weaving is traditional and unique to Vallabrègues...and the festival celebrates this long tradition with some 80 exhibitors. Home-made baskets are displayed in front of houses...shops sell baskets and there's even a museum devoted to the history and handicraft. Vallabrègues used to be the biggest basket-producer in France, back when baskets were widely in use for transport, carrying etc. The village's proximity to the Rhône River ensured that willows grew near the village that were used for basket weaving after soaking. Nowadays, though, basket-weaving is fast disappearing. The festival dates to 1990 and attracts basket-makers from all over Europe. Info: Tourist Beaucaire Terre d'Argence - 24 cours Gambetta - 30300 Beaucaire - Tel. 04 66 59 26 57, info@ot-terredargence.fr.

VALLABREGUES: 4th of July BBQ Picnic, sponsored by Democrats Abroad, Avignon Chapter. Next one: 2017! The venue is a large grassy park featuring a large pond and wooden picnic tables all situated a stone's throw from the mighty Rhone. Bring meat or something to grill, a side dish or dessert to share with others, and a bottle of something. And don't forget your usual picnic gear like table cloth, camping chairs and table, cups, utensils, napkins, plates, bottle-opener, etc. Greatly appreciated would be portable grills, if you have one. And why not an ex-pat friend who might be interested in joining the DA chapter! Please RSVP to Dennis (d.shibut@free.fr) and tell him what food you plan to bring. He'll send you a map and directions.

VAUCLUSE REGION: See upcoming events here.

VELLERON: Strawberry Festival, May, 2017. Ciflorette, Gariguette, Pajaro or Mara des bois…every May the strawberry is the queen of the village of Velleron, filling the area with its fragrance. Berries are displayed on stands alongside simple or mixed jams, strawberry macaroons or other cardinal-bright tarts. The Confrérie de la fraise Carpentras-Comtat Venaissin, wearing ceremonial dress, holds its meetings, while the Fraisier group enlivens the streets with its music. And there are several tons of this little plump red jewel that Vaucluse berry-growers have on hand for gourmets. Meanwhile an outdoor antiques fair spreads its handsome wares through the squares and narrow streets of the old village. Access to the festival and all events is free of charge. For info: click here or call 04 90 20 00 71, velleron.fr.

VENCE: The 18th annual Nuits du Sud Music festival, July, 2017, 30km from Nice in Vence, is considered a key event in the summer music calendar...check schedules at nuitsdusud.com.


VERSAILLES: Musical Fountain Shows. Rediscover the beauty of the gardens designed by André Le Nôtre and enjoy the popular Musical Fountain Shows. Each year, the gardens of the Palace of Versailles give visitors a glimpse at the grandeur of life under Louis XIV. To the sound of Christophe Rousset’s tunes, stroll around this idyllic decor that combines luxury, grace and beauty. Check the website for exact dates and prices. 01 30 83 78 00, chateauversailles-spectacles.fr.


VERS PONT DU GARD: Roughly 70 artists will exhibit at the 7th Annual Cours et Jardins des Arts, July, 2017.  The village is between  Avignon et Nîmes, 3.5 Km from the Pont du Gard and 10 km from Uzes. coursetjardinsdesarts.com

VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER: March, 2017: Naval Flower Battle held in the Port de la Santé at Villefranche-sur-Mer, featuring a parade of Mediterranean “pointus” boats decorated with arrangements in a variety of patterns made from local flowers (carnations, mimosas…). For info: 04 93 01 73 68,  www.villefranche-sur-mer.org.

VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER: In September, 2017 at the Citadelle: Contemporary Art Fair, with roughly 60 exhibitors. 
The festival also includes an OFF (adjunct) festival with 20 sites around town showing works on the same theme for the four days of the art fest. franchement-art.com.  

VILLENEUVE LES AVIGNON: ABBYAC is a very popular multi-artist exhibit that takes place each year in the gardens of the Saint-André Abbaye at the Fort Saint-Andr
é. This year, 22 artists participated, showing sculptures, paintings engravings, ceramics and installations. 2017 will be announced soon. For info: Marion Lamy, 06 12 51 15 80, marionlamy6@gmail.com, abbayesaintandre.fr.

VILLENEUVE LES AVIGNON: A very popular brocante happens on the Place du Marche, every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 pm. Then chill out over oysters and white wine from the vendors. For info: 06-08-94-71-70.


VILLES SUR AUZAN: Grape Festival or Fete du Raisin Muscat des Terrasses du Ventoux. September, 2017, the Muscat of Hambourg will be celebrated in this village at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Events for kids as well. For info, click here.

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