EVENTS CALENDAR 2021 & 2022

Here are some of the major festivals, events and shows that are currently scheduled in the South of France for 2021 and 2022. Due to Covid restrictions, some may still be postponed or cancelled so please be sure to double check dates and details before heading out. Also, I've included a few interesting events here outside Provence, such as the large antiques fair in Barjac in the Ardeche (April and August, 2021) and Maison & Object in Paris in January 2022. Plus, I've included major events that happen all over France, south as the Tour de France (June 26 to July 18, 2021), the Fete de la Musique (June 21, 2021) and the Journées du Patrimoine (French Heritage Days), which will happen September 18 and 19, 2021. 

JANUARY

AVIGNON: Cheval Passion, the annual festival of equestrian arts, is Jan 19 to 23, 2022 at the Avignon Parc Expo. It's the 3rd biggest horse show in all of Europe and attracts riders, breeders and horse-lovers from all over the world. Expect 10,000m² of exhibition space, more than 1000 horses, 250-plus exhibitor stands and lots of competitions including Western, Clinic Xtrem cow-boy, cattle sorting, Iberian horses, horse 'n buggy, trick riding and more. The high point of the show is the Crinières d'Or Gala where new talent and confirmed artists outdo each other with dramatic and creative performances. See the website for all details.

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

NIMES: Annual Flamenco Festival at the Theatre de Nimes. Dates for 2022 TBA. Theatredenimes.com.

PARIS: The next Maison & Objet show in Paris will be January 21 to 25, 2022 at the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte. It's considered the leading home-decor fair connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community. Some 90,000 visitors are expected, 50% of them from outside France. The fall expo will be Thurs Sept 9 – Mon Sept 13, 2021. maison-objet.com/en/paris

FEBRUARY 

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

MENTON: The 88th Annual Menton Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival) was postponed and will now happen in February, 2022. Info here 

NICE: The Carnaval de Nice has be rollicking since 1873. Dates for 2022 to be announced. Info here

MARCH

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

NICE: Paris to Nice Cycling Race, March 7 to 14, 2021. Also known as "Paris-Nice" or the "Race to the Sun," this event traditionally marks the start of the international bike race season. Dates for 2022 are still TBA. Info here.
APRIL

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

BARJAC: Twice a year Antiques Fair in the Ardeche, with roughly 400 exhibitors from all over France.  April 1 & 2, 2021 and August 11 to 15, 2021. For info, click here

CARPENTRAS: The next Fete de la Fraise Strawberry Festival happens in 2022; dates to be announced. Info from the Tourist Office here.

CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE: No dates have been announced yet for the Printemps de Chateauneuf wine festival for 2021 or 2022. When it happens, you'll find more than 100 wine domaines, master classes and more. Read my recent blog story here or go to: lesprintempsdechateauneufdupape.fr.

MAY

COTE D'AZUR: Third annual Côte d’Azur Garden Festival, May 9 to June 9, 2021. Visit a wide range of gardens, from botanical beauties to hidden hotel gardens, from public parks to historic stately homes. For all the info, click here

MONACO: The 78th edition of the Grand Prix of Monaco Formula 1 will run from Thursday May 20 to Sunday May 23, 2021, with an exciting program of sports, entertainment and festivities. For all the info, click here

SAINT-REMY: The 37th Annual Transhumance was cancelled for 2021, with dates TBA for 2022. Yep, that's the one with all the sheep taking 3 laps around town on the way from their winter grazing spot to their summer home in the mountains. Arrive early and expect the sheep--roughly 3000 of them--to roll in around 11 am. Plus there's a Shepherds' Lunch (must purchase tickets in advance) and an all day brocante on the Place Republique. alpillesenprovence.com

TARASCON: The annual Fete des Fleurs (flower festival) happens May 22, 23 and 24, 2021. For info click here.

UZES: Seventh annual “Les Azimutés d’Uzès” photo festival (May 25 to June 26, 2021). Seven photo exhibits in five different venues around town.  lesazimutesduzes.fr

JUNE

ALL OVER FRANCE: The 2021 Tour de France is set for June 26 to July 18, 2021. For all the info, click here

ALL OVER FRANCE: Fête de la Musique, Monday, June 21, 2021. Day and night, free music will take over streets, cafes, music venues, historic sites, gardens, parks and churches all over France. For more info, see what I wrote here and check the website here

ALL OVER FRANCE: June 12 and 13, 2021: Le Printemps des Monuments. Experience the reopening of some of France's most important monuments and historic sites through concerts, meetings, exhibitions, walks, family workshops and guided tours. For all the info click here

ARLES: To celebrate its reopening and new show, the Fondation Van Gogh is offering free entry all weekend, June 19th and 20th, 2021. The exhibition “Laura Owens & Vincent van Gogh" brings together new works by the celebrated American artist Laura Owens, and seven paintings by Van Gogh, mostly performed in and around Arles. The show runs until October 31, 2021 and all the info is here.

COTE D'AZUR: Third annual Côte d’Azur Garden Festival, May 9 to June 9, 2021. Visit a wide range of gardens, from botanical beauties to hidden hotel gardens, from public parks to historic stately homes. For all the info, click here

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

AIX: The 8th Aix en Juin Festival (throughout the month of June, 2021) brings a marvelous schedule of performances to indoor and outdoor venues around the city. Music, dance and more. For info click here.  

AIX: The next Festival d'Aix (Opera) will be June 30 to July 25, 2021. This is one of the most popular classical music festivals in Europe and also one of the longest running...since 1948!  All details are here.

AIX: Salon Vivre Côté Sud is cancelled for 2021. Dates for 2022 are TBA. Find beautiful things for your home and garden in this super-popular annual fair. Click here for info.

LACOSTE: "Les Nocturnes" at the Chateau du Marquis de Sade is a Friday night music series featuring lounge, jazz and classical music, in a gorgeous historic setting at sunset. From 8 pm to 11 pm on the following Friday evenings in 2021:: June 18 & 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug 20 & 27; Sept 3 & 10. Price is 12€ pp and reservations are not required. Champagne, wine and soft drinks available for purchase. For info, click here.

NÎMES: The Pentecost Feria is June 11-13, 2021. Held for the first time in 1952, this year the scaled-down festival runs from Friday to Sunday. The world’s best toreros demonstrate their skills in corridas in the ancient Roman amphitheater, together with  course camarguaise (where the bulls live to see another day), before the streets fill with revellers enjoying the open-air ambience throughout the night. nimes-tourisme.fr

NÎMES: Scheduled for June 10 to July 25, 2021, the Festival of Nîmes features a wide range of concerts in the stunning Roman Arena. Some dates are still on hold, some have been bumped to 2022 and some will proceed as planned. Check back because new artists and concerts are added throughout the spring and early summer. festivaldenimes.com

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 Chorégies festival is held annually from June through August; this year’s dates are June 18 to July 31, 2021. choregies.fr

SALON DE PROVENCE: Rendezvous aux Jardins, June 4 to 7, 2021Click here for info.

NÎMES: Scheduled for June 10 to July 25, 2021, the Festival of Nîmes features a wide range of concerts in the stunning Roman Arena. Some dates are still on hold, some have been bumped to 2022 and some will proceed as planned. Check back because new artists and concerts are added throughout the spring and early summer. festivaldenimes.com

ST. REMY:  Creators Market, Tuesday evenings, June 29 to Sept 14, 2021. This popular market is held all around the Big Church (Collegiale St. Martin) and in front of the Town Hall, from about 7 pm to Midnight.  Arts and crafts, jewelry, tableware, clothing and more...all locally made. For info, click here.

UZES: The 7th annual “Les Azimutés d’Uzès” photo festival (May 25 to June 26, 2021). Seven photo exhibits in five different venues around town.  lesazimutesduzes.fr

JULY

ALL OVER FRANCE: July 14, Bastille Day. Also called the Fête Nationale. This public holiday commemorates the day that Parisian commoners and peasants stormed the fortress and prison of Bastille, provoking events that would end the monarchy and usher in the age of liberty, fraternity and equality. This year, events will likely be scaled back so check your local listings. In Paris, there's usually a traditional military parade along the Champs Elysées and a festival atmosphere throughout the day, finishing with the city night-sky turned bright by magnificent and noisy fireworks shows. In smaller cities and villages throughout France, you'll find parades, street fairs, live music, fireworks, bals (dances) and much more. Check local listings for specifics.

ALL OVER FRANCE: The 2021 Tour de France is set for June 26 to July 18, 2021. For all the info, click here

AIX: The next Festival d'Aix (Opera) will be June 30 to July 25, 2021. This is one of the most popular classical music festivals in Europe and also one of the longest running...since 1948!  All details are here.

ARLES: The Fondation Van Gogh's new exhibit “Laura Owens & Vincent van Gogh" brings together new works by the celebrated American artist Laura Owens and seven paintings by Van Gogh, mostly created in and around Arles. The show runs until October 31, 2021 and all the info is here.

ARLES: It's back! The dates for the Rencontres d'Arles, the large international photo expo, are July 4 to September 26, 2021. The main events (openings, conferences, special evening parties, talks and tours) almost all happen during opening week. Certain exhibits remain on view until the very end; others come down sooner. For info in English, click here

ARLES: The 26th edition of the  "Les Suds à Arles" World Music Festival will happen July 12 to 18, 2021. It's a week filled with concerts, master classes, "meet the musician" events and more, in the heart of the historic city. suds-arles.com 

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

AVIGNON: The Festival d'Avignon (July 5 – 25, 2021) is a huge theater, music and dance festival that takes over the whole city.  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) is available online now and 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. 

CANNES: The 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival, initially scheduled for May 11 to 22, 2021, will now take place from Tuesday July 6 to Saturday July 17, 2021. For the website in English, click here.

DIGNES-LES-BAINS: Love lavender? Normally Dignes-les-Bains has not one but two major lavender events each year. *The Corso de Lavande (July 30 to Aug 3, 2021) celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It features music, fireworks, a dance, international marching bands, a musical "tattoo" (competition), processions and a night parade on Mon Aug 2. For all the info, call +33 (0)4 92 36 62 62 or click here or here.  *The Lavender Fair (Foire de la Lavande) is cancelled for 2021 but will hopefully return next year. The info, when published, will be here.

FERRASSIERES: The annual Lavender Festival is July 4, 2021. Info here.

GIGONDAS: The 8th annual Gigondas sur Table happens Monday July 19, 2021. In an idyllic setting on the town square, this sell-out event shines the spotlight on the best local wines and regional cuisine. Six chefs and culinary artisans will be preparing their dishes paired with Gigondas wines while 40 wine growers and négociants will be pouring their finest. 8 pm – 11pm, 50€ pp. Booking is essential: promotion@gigondas-vin.com or call +33 (0)4 90 37 79 60. Info here
JUAN LES PINS: The 60th Annual Jazz à Juan Festival,  postponed in 2020, will be July 9 to 20, 2021. This year's line up includes Wynton Marsalis, John McLaughlin, Maceo Parker and many, many more top names. Also don't miss the Jazz Off ("Fringe") Festival, with some 200 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 or jazzajuan.com

LACOSTE: "Les Nocturnes" at the Chateau du Marquis de Sade is a Friday night music series featuring lounge, jazz and classical music, in a gorgeous historic setting at sunset. From 8 pm to 11 pm on the following Friday evenings: June 18 & 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug 20 & 27; Sept 3 & 10. Price is 12€ pp and reservations are not required. Champagne, wine and soft drinks available for purchase. For info, click here.

LACOSTE: The SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) campus in Lacoste presents a high-style homage to  legendary designer and Lacoste resident Pierre Cardin and his remarkable life story as a revolutionary force in fashion.Called NOTRE AMI PIERRE CARDIN, it features exceptional garments and two exclusive films. The exhibit celebrates his vision, commitment to the avant-garde ideas of tomorrow, dedication to supporting young artists as a SCAD mentor and his enduring legacy. The show runs until Sept. 3, Mon–Fri, 10 am to noon and 2 to 5 pm, free entry. SCAD lacoste, Rue du Four, 84480 Lacoste, tel +33 (0)4 90 75 80 34. For all the info, click here.

LOURMARIN:  July 12 – October 9, 2021. Classical concerts held in the Salle de Reception of the Chateau de Lourmarin. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a village classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France.” +33 (04) 90 68 15 23, chateau-de-lourmarin.com.   

MONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival of Live Music, July 16 – August 14, 2021. For info, click here or sportingsummerfestival.com.

NÎMES: Scheduled for June 10 to July 25, 2021, the Festival of Nîmes features a wide range of concerts in the stunning Roman Arena. Some dates are still on hold, some have been bumped to 2022 and some will proceed as planned. Check back because new artists and concerts are added throughout the spring and early summer. festivaldenimes.com

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 Chorégies festival is held annually from June through August; this year’s dates are June 18 to July 31, 2021. choregies.fr

PERNES LES FONTAINES: The annual Ceramics Market returns to Pernes on Sunday July 18, 2021, from 9 am to 7 pm. Held on the shaded riverfront Quai de Verdon, this is a wonderful market offering high-quality pottery of all types, from 30-plus artists from all over the region. For info, click here.

SALON DE PROVENCE: A summer edition of the popular holiday fair, this one called Le Marche Provencal, will be held in Salon July 9 to 11, 2021. Next up is one in Saintes Marie de la Mer, the heart of the Camargue, September 3 to 5, 2021, followed by one in Marseille October 13 to 15 2021. The main fair, a large indoor holiday market, happens at the Palais des Congres in Arles November 18 to 22, 2021. Decor, decorating, home goods, tableware, kids things, food and more. provenceprestige.com.

ST. REMY: Friday July 16, 2021 at 9 pm: Jazz Under the Stars series, with Raphael Lemonnier and La Trova Project...playing Cuban songs and blues. For info: jazzasaintremy.fr.

ST. REMY:  Creators Market, Tuesday evenings, June 29 to Sept 14, 2021. This popular market is held all around the Big Church (Collegiale St. Martin) and in front of the Town Hall, from about 7 pm to Midnight.  Arts and crafts, jewelry, tableware, clothing and more...all locally made. For info, click here.

VAISON LA ROMAINE: The 25th annual version of the wildly popular modern dance festival called Vaison Danses will be July 10 – 28, 2021. Tickets are at the box office, by phone, online or FNAC. For all the info, click here or vaison-danses.com

VALENSOLE: Always held on the third Sunday of July, the 2021 Valensole Lavender Festival has been postponed to 2022.  In the heart of lavender-growing country, this is definitely the most-famous lavender fair in Provence. The festival includes visits to lavender fields and essential oil distilleries, photo exhibits, films, musical and folk dancing show – and of course a market featuring lavender in its every possible form. Click here or call: +33 04 92 74 90 02.

AUGUST

ARLES: The Fondation Van Gogh's new exhibit “Laura Owens & Vincent van Gogh" brings together new works by the celebrated American artist Laura Owens and seven paintings by Van Gogh, mostly created in and around Arles. The show runs until October 31, 2021 and all the info is here.

ARLES: It's back! The dates for the Rencontres d'Arles, the large international photo expo, are July 4 to September 26, 2021. The main events (openings, conferences, special evening parties, talks and tours) almost all happen during opening week. Certain exhibits remain on view until the very end; others come down sooner. For info in English, click here

AVIGNON: The Vibrations sound and light show has become a super popular annual summer and early fall evening event. The 2021 dates are not confirmed yet but it usually runs from mid August to mid October, 2019.  This is a dramatic 30-minute sound-and-light show using the latest videomapping techniques, taking place each evening  in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes. In summer, it's usually two shows each evening; in fall it's one performance nightly, with two on weekends in September. For all the info, click here

AVIGNON: 2021 Dates TBA. The annual Avignon Jazz Festival,  held in the picturesque Cloitre des Carmes cloister, continues to promote young jazz musicians in a mix of musical genres through a program blending  informal events, high-profile concerts and what many feel is Europe’s premier jazz competition. tremplinjazzavignon.fr 

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

BARJAC: Twice a year Antiques Fair in the Ardeche, with roughly 400 exhibitors from all over France.  April 1 & 2, 2021 and August 11 to 15, 2021. For info, click here

LACOSTE: Created by Pierre Cardin 21 years ago in the unforgettable setting of the Carrières of the Château du Marquis de Sade, this much-loved festival is dedicated to theater, dance and opera, while promoting the discovery of young singers at the dawn of their careers. The Festival Lacoste will be August 8 to 17, 2021. Also this year (August 1 to 7, 2021) look for the Festival de Cinema Musical. For all the info: festivaldelacoste.com, 04 90 75 93 12.

LACOSTE: "Les Nocturnes" at the Chateau du Marquis de Sade is a Friday night music series featuring lounge, jazz and classical music, in a gorgeous historic setting at sunset. From 8 pm to 11 pm on the following Friday evenings: June 18 & 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug 20 & 27; Sept 3 & 10. Price is 12€ pp and reservations are not required. Champagne, wine and soft drinks available for purchase. For info, click here.

LACOSTE: The SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) campus in Lacoste presents a high-style homage to  legendary designer and Lacoste resident Pierre Cardin and his remarkable life story as a revolutionary force in fashion.Called NOTRE AMI PIERRE CARDIN, it features exceptional garments and two exclusive films. The exhibit celebrates his vision, commitment to the avant-garde ideas of tomorrow, dedication to supporting young artists as a SCAD mentor and his enduring legacy. The show runs until Sept. 3, Mon–Fri, 10 am to noon and 2 to 5 pm, free entry. SCAD lacoste, Rue du Four, 84480 Lacoste, tel +33 (0)4 90 75 80 34. For all the info, click here.

L’ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE: The famous Floating Market happens every year on the morning of the first Sunday of August (August 1, 2021, 9AM – 1PM). Flat-bottomed boats known as "Nego-Chin" are decorated with flowers and filled with local products; they float down the river and dock along the river banks, with locals in colorful costumes on board. For info, click here.

LA ROQUE D’ANTHERON: The 41ST Annual International Piano Festival,  July 23 to August 18, 2021. Considered by many to be the most important piano festival in the world. Normally the concerts are in multiple outdoor and indoor venues but this year, everything will be held at Le Parc du Château de Florans. festival-piano.com.

LOURMARIN:  July 12 – October 9, 2021. Classical concerts held in the Salle de Reception of the Chateau de Lourmarin. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a village classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France.” +33 (04) 90 68 15 23, chateau-de-lourmarin.com.   

MONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival of Live Music, July 16 – August 14, 2021. For info, click here or sportingsummerfestival.com.

NÎMES : “Les Nuits de Nemaus” August 5-10, 2021 in the Roman amphitheater, showcases the history of Nîmes with stunning special effects, video mapping, fireworks, horses, stuntmen, dancers, music and 200 extras. arenes-nimes.com

RASTEAU: A new event, called La Fête dans les Etoiles, will be August 10, 2021, from 6 pm onward. A stroll, a gourmet picnic, live music and lots of wine! Stroll through the picturesque village of Rasteau on a long summer evening, sipping a glass of wine of course (20 winemakers participating), enjoy an outdoor photo exhibit and ending up with a picnic prepared by 8 top local chefs and artisans. The evening is limited to 500 people. Price : 50€/adults, 20€/kids under 12. Online registration only, with departures every 10 minutes and everything in compliance with all health protocols! For all the info and to book: https://lafetedanslesetoiles.com/en/concept-en/

SAULT: The famous Fete de la Lavande de Sault (Lavender Festival), one of the biggest in the region, will be August 15, 2021. The full program is here.

ST. REMY:  Creators Market, Tuesday evenings, June 29 to Sept 14, 2021. This popular market is held all around the Big Church (Collegiale St. Martin) and in front of the Town Hall, from about 7 pm to Midnight.  Arts and crafts, jewelry, tableware, clothing and more...all locally made. For info, click here.

VAISON LA ROMAINE: The Choralies de Vaison presents nine days of singing, concerts, workshops and more. The event happens every three years and the next one will be in Aug 2022; exact dates TBA. choralies.org+33 (0)4 72 19 83 40.

VALREAS: The first weekend in August, Valreas celebrates lavender with a beautiful parade of lavender-bedecked floats, accompanied by Provencal folk music, dance groups and musicians. Cancelled in 2021, the festival will be back in 2022. For info, click here

SEPTEMBER

ALL OVER FRANCE: The next French Heritage Days (Journées du Patrimoine) will be September 18 and 19, 2021. 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. See my most recent story here and the website here for this year's details.

ARLES: The Fondation Van Gogh's new exhibit “Laura Owens & Vincent van Gogh" brings together new works by the celebrated American artist Laura Owens and seven paintings by Van Gogh, mostly created in and around Arles. The show runs until October 31, 2021 and all the info is here.

ARLES: It's back! The dates for the Rencontres d'Arles, the large international photo expo, are July 4 to September 26, 2021. The main events (openings, conferences, special evening parties, talks and tours) almost all happen during opening week. Certain exhibits remain on view until the very end; others come down sooner. For info in English, click here

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

AVIGNON: The Vibrations sound and light show has become a super popular annual summer and early fall evening event. The 2021 dates are not confirmed yet but it usually runs from mid August to mid October, 2019.  This is a dramatic 30-minute sound-and-light show using the latest videomapping techniques, taking place each evening  in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes. In summer, it's usually two shows each evening; in fall it's one performance nightly, with two on weekends in September. For all the info, click here

LACOSTE: "Les Nocturnes" at the Chateau du Marquis de Sade is a Friday night music series featuring lounge, jazz and classical music, in a gorgeous historic setting at sunset. From 8 pm to 11 pm on the following Friday evenings: June 18 & 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug 20 & 27; Sept 3 & 10. Price is 12€ pp and reservations are not required. Champagne, wine and soft drinks available for purchase. For info, click here.

LACOSTE: The SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) campus in Lacoste presents a high-style homage to  legendary designer and Lacoste resident Pierre Cardin and his remarkable life story as a revolutionary force in fashion.Called NOTRE AMI PIERRE CARDIN, it features exceptional garments and two exclusive films. The exhibit celebrates his vision, commitment to the avant-garde ideas of tomorrow, dedication to supporting young artists as a SCAD mentor and his enduring legacy. The show runs until Sept. 3, Mon–Fri, 10 am to noon and 2 to 5 pm, free entry. SCAD lacoste, Rue du Four, 84480 Lacoste, tel +33 (0)4 90 75 80 34. For all the info, click here.

LOURMARIN:  July 12 – October 9, 2021. Classical concerts held in the Salle de Reception of the Chateau de Lourmarin. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a village classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France.” +33 (04) 90 68 15 23, chateau-de-lourmarin.com.   

PARIS: Maison & Objet Paris happens twice a year at the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte. It's considered the leading home-decor fair connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community. Some 90,000 visitors are expected, 50% of them from outside France. The winter expo was in January; the fall expo will be Thurs Sept 9 – Mon Sept 13, 2021. maison-objet.com/en/paris

SAINTES MARIE DE LA MER: A summer edition of the popular holiday fair, this one called Le Marche Provencal, was held in Salon July 9 to 11, 2021. Next up is one in Saintes Marie de la Mer, the heart of the Camargue, September 3 to 5, 2021, followed by one in Marseille October 13 to 15 2021. The main fair, a large indoor holiday market, happens at the Palais des Congres in Arles November 18 to 22, 2021. Decor, decorating, home goods, tableware, kids things, food and more. provenceprestige.com

ST. REMY: Jazz a Saint Remy Festival, Sept 15-19, 2021. Six concerts, a photo expo and more. jazzasaintremy.fr.

ST. REMY:  Creators Market, Tuesday evenings, June 29 to Sept 14, 2021. This popular market is held all around the Big Church (Collegiale St. Martin) and in front of the Town Hall, from about 7 pm to Midnight.  Arts and crafts, jewelry, tableware, clothing and more...all locally made. For info, click here.

OCTOBER

ARLES: The Fondation Van Gogh's new exhibit “Laura Owens & Vincent van Gogh" brings together new works by the celebrated American artist Laura Owens and seven paintings by Van Gogh, mostly created in and around Arles. The show runs until October 31, 2021 and all the info is here.

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

AVIGNON: The Vibrations sound and light show has become a super popular annual summer and early fall evening event. The 2021 dates are not confirmed yet but it usually runs from mid August to mid October, 2019.  This is a dramatic 30-minute sound-and-light show using the latest videomapping techniques, taking place each evening  in the courtyard of the Palais des Papes. In summer, it's usually two shows each evening; in fall it's one performance nightly, with two on weekends in September. For all the info, click here

LOURMARIN:  July 12 – October 9, 2021. Classical concerts held in the Salle de Reception of the Chateau de Lourmarin. This is a lovely opportunity to visit a village classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France.” +33 (04) 90 68 15 23, chateau-de-lourmarin.com.   

MARSEILLE: A summer edition of the popular holiday fair, this one called Le Marche Provencal, will be held in Salon July 9 to 11, 2021. Next up is one in Saintes Marie de la Mer, the heart of the Camargue, September 3 to 5, 2021, followed by one in Marseille October 13 to 15, 2021. The main fair, a large indoor holiday market, happens at the Palais des Congres in Arles November 18 to 22, 2021. Decor, decorating, home goods, tableware, kids things, food and more. provenceprestige.com

NÎMES : Les Grands Jeux Romains (Roman Games), October 8-10, 2021 - Europe’s biggest re-enactment event brings together over 500 volunteer participants and actors to re-enact ancient historical events  (including the ever-popular chariot race) in Nîmes’ Roman amphitheater, with “Caesar & The Conquest of Rome” as this year’s theme. The whole town enters into the fun too, with special events, menus, exhibitions and more – and as the actors remain in costume throughout the weekend, visitors rub shoulders with centurions, gladiators, nobles and peasants around the town. Nimes-tourisme.com

NOVEMBER

ANTIBES/JUAN LES PINS: Fourth annual Jammin' Juan festival, November 3 to 6, 2021. An event launched by the Antibes Juan-les-Pins Tourism & Convention Bureau, organizer of the "Jazz in Juan" festival. This relatively new event welcomes festival organisers, artistic directors, venue managers, journalists and musicians, with the aim of encouraging meetings and exchange between jazz professionals. Two stages of "showcases" and concerts are open to the public. antibesjuanlespins.com.

ARLES: A summer edition of the popular holiday fair, this one called Le Marche Provencal, will be held in Salon July 9 to 11, 2021. Next up is one in Saintes Marie de la Mer, the heart of the Camargue, September 3 to 5, 2021, followed by one in Marseille October 13 to 15 2021. The main fair, a large indoor holiday market, happens at the Palais des Congres in Arles November 18 to 22, 2021. Decor, decorating, home goods, tableware, kids things, food and more. provenceprestige.com

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

NICE TO CANNES: The Nice to Cannes Marathon is November 28, 2021.Details at marathon06.com.

DECEMBER

ANTIBES/JUAN LES PINS: Third Design & Arts Weekend, Dec 3 to 5, 2021. From specialized schools to craftsmen, from designers to manufacturers, from furnishings to decorative accessories, the Conference Centre of Juan-les-Pins is transformed, for the weekend, into a hotspot for innovation and creation. Original products are on display and for sale. Organized by the Antibes Juan-les-Pins Tourism & Convention Bureau. antibesjuanlespins.com.

All OVER THE BOUCHES DU RHONE: The annual Les Chants de Noel presents 60 or so free Christmas concerts across the region, throughout the month of December, including a number of major concerts in "emblematic" venues. Programs include gospel, jazz flamenco and more. All details will be here.

AIX: The city stages a large, very atmospheric Christmas market every year on the Cours Mirabeau. The 2021 dates haven't been announced but they're usually from the third week in November to the end of the year. Aix Tourist Office.

AVIGNON:  Every month, there's a large one-day Antiques Market for Professionals at the Parc des Expositions, organized by Avignon Antiquities. Thousands of professionals from around the world meet to buy and sell. International freight forwarders are on hand to arrange packing, shipping and customs formalities. Access is only to professionals and info on getting credentials is on the site here. The calendar of markets in 2021 is here.

LES BAUX: Throughout December and early January, Les Baux hosts "animations, ateliers, traditions, expositions and observations."  Either just go up and see what's happening or check in with the les Baux Tourist Office for details. lesbauxdeprovence.com.

LYON: The city will be beautifully ablaze with sound and light installations again, during the annual Fete de Lumières. It's not Provence of course but if you haven't seen it, it's a must. Specific dates to be announced, in December. All the info is here.

NICE: Christmas in Nice, Christmas Market and Village. Dates to be announced but it usually runs from Dec 1 to Jan 1. Info is here

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