EVENTS CALENDAR 2022

Below are some of the major festivals, events and shows currently scheduled in the South of France for 2022. Covid restrictions and cancellations are pretty much behind us now but it's always good to double check dates and details before heading out. 

Also, I've included a few interesting events outside Provence, such as the large antiques fair in Barjac in the Ardeche (April and August, 2022) and Maison & Object in Paris (March 24 to 28, 2022 and September 8 to 12, 2022.)

Plus, I've included major events that happen all over France, south as the Tour de France (July 1 to 24, 2022), the Fete de la Musique (June 21, 2022) and the Journées du Patrimoine or French Heritage Days, which happen over one long weekend every September. 

The new show at the Carrieres des Lumieres in Les Baux opens March 4, 2022 and runs through Jan 2, 2023; the info appears in each of those months below. 

The 2022 Season of the Opera Grand Avignon runs January 8 to June 28, 2022, with opera and operettes, dance, musical theater, symphony, chamber music, baroque music, lyric music and more. Details are in Jan to June below.

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: The 2022 Season of the Opera Grand Avignon runs January 8 to June 28, 2022. The program includes opera and operettes, lyrique concerts, danse, musical theater, symphony, chamber music, baroque music and more. operagrandavignon.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.

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

FEBRUARY 

AVIGNON: The 2022 Season of the Opera Grand Avignon runs January 8 to June 28, 2022. The program includes opera and operettes, lyrique concerts, danse, musical theater, symphony, chamber music, baroque music and more. operagrandavignon.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.

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

ARLES: Le Salon Chocolat et Gourmandises at the Palais des Congres, March 25 to 27, 2022. chocolatgourmandise.com.

AVIGNON: The 2022 Season of the Opera Grand Avignon runs January 8 to June 28, 2022. The program includes opera and operettes, lyrique concerts, danse, musical theater, symphony, chamber music, baroque music and more. operagrandavignon.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 2022 is here.

AVIGNON: Printemps Anglophone, March 17 to May 29, 2022. This festival, the result of a collaboration between the Au Chapeau Rouge theater and several actors from the Avignon University community, honors English-speaking culture in all its diversity and brings together many events in French and English with exhibitions, films, music, plays, and round tables. All the info is here.

COTE D'AZUR: The next Côte d’Azur Garden Festival will be March 25 to May 1, 2023. 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

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 30 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

NICE: The 80th edition of the Paris to Nice Cycling Race will be March 6 to 13, 2022. Also known as "Paris-Nice" or the "Race to the Sun," this event traditionally marks the start of the international bike race season. Info here.

PARIS: The spring Maison & Objet show in Paris will be March 24 to 28, 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 show is September 8 to 12, 2022. maison-objet.com/en/paris

HYERES: Salon of Wine, Chocolate and Gastronomy. March 4 - 6, 2022. At Espace 3000. For info: +33 (0)6 20 91 53 56, varevenement@orange.fr.
APRIL

AVIGNON: The 2022 Season of the Opera Grand Avignon runs January 8 to June 28, 2022. The program includes opera and operettes, lyrique concerts, danse, musical theater, symphony, chamber music, baroque music and more. operagrandavignon.fr

AVIGNON: Printemps Anglophone, March 17 to May 29, 2022. This festival, the result of a collaboration between the Au Chapeau Rouge theater and several actors from the Avignon University community, honors English-speaking culture in all its diversity and brings together many events in French and English with exhibitions, films, music, plays, and round tables. 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 2022 is here.

BARJAC: Twice a year Antiques Fair in the Ardeche, with roughly 400 exhibitors from all over France.  April 14-18, 2022 and August 11 to 15, 2022. For info, click here

CARPENTRAS: The next Fete de la Fraise Strawberry Festival happens on April 16, 2022 – info and program to be announced. Or, ,check with the Tourist Office here 

CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE: The beloved annual wife festival called the Printemps de Chateauneuf will be April 1 to 3, 2022. Look for more than 100 wine domaines, master classes and more. lesprintempsdechateauneufdupape.fr.

COTE D'AZUR: The next Côte d’Azur Garden Festival will be March 25 to May 1, 2023. 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

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 30 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

SERIGNAN-DU-COMTAT: The Rare Plants and Natural Gardens event happens Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 2022. Seventy nurseries and collectors will display and sell a wide variety of plants, joined by experts in garden decor, artists and craftspeople, a distiller of premium essential oils, a traditional seed merchant, a seller of peppers from the all over the world, a spirulina producer, a gardening bookseller and more. 7€ adults, free for kids under 15. plantes-rares.com 

ST. REMY: Organa is a popular organ-music festival with concerts from July through Setpember, 2022 in the Collegiale Saint-Martin (Big Church). For info: click here. Or, email or call:  organa2000.free.fr, +33 (0)6 26 53 70 17. 

MAY

AVIGNON: The 2022 Season of the Opera Grand Avignon runs January 8 to June 28, 2022. The program includes opera and operettes, lyrique concerts, danse, musical theater, symphony, chamber music, baroque music and more. operagrandavignon.fr

AVIGNON: Printemps Anglophone, March 17 to May 29, 2022. This festival, the result of a collaboration between the Au Chapeau Rouge theater and several actors from the Avignon University community, honors English-speaking culture in all its diversity and brings together many events in French and English with exhibitions, films, music, plays, and round tables. All the info is here.

COTE D'AZUR: The next Côte d’Azur Garden Festival will be March 25 to May 1, 2023. 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

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 30 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

MONACO: The 2022 Grand Prix of Monaco Formula 1 will be Sunday May 29, 2022, with an exciting program of sports, entertainment and festivities. For all the info, click here

NIMES: "Hadrian--The War of the Picts" (formerly called the Grands Jeux Romains will be Saturday May 7 at 3:30 pm. Five hundred re-enactors from all over Europe converge on Nîmes’ Arènes for this unique event – it’s the biggest re-enactment of ancient history in Europe in the world’s finest surviving Roman amphitheatre, and brings to life the legendary ludi (public games) as the inhabitants of Nîmes would have experienced them 2,000 years ago : the imperial court, Roman legionnaires, chariot racing, gladiatorial combats and more. This year’s theme evokes the battles led by the Romans in the north of the British Isles. Based on extensive scientific and historical research, the re-enactors make their own costumes with materials similar to those used in antiquity, while the combat techniques and battledress are as historically accurate as possible.  Website : Les Grands Spectacles — Nîmes la Romaine (arenes-nimes.com)  Tickets : Billetterie officielle Adam Concerts, or ticket sales desks at FNAC, Cultura, Carrefour, Auchan, Géant, etc.

SAINT-REMY: The 37th Annual Transhumance was cancelled for 2021 but it's back for 2022 on Monday June 6. 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 usually Shepherds' Lunch (must purchase tickets in advance) and an all day brocante on the Place Republique. alpillesenprovence.com

TARASCON: The 39th annual Marché aux Fleurs (flower market & festival) happens May 21 and 22, 2022. For info, click here.

UZES: The annual “Les Azimutés d’Uzès” photo festival usually happens in late May and early June; 2022 dates are still TBA.   lesazimutesduzes.fr

JUNE

ALL OVER FRANCE: Fête de la Musique is Tuesday, 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 info: Welcome (culture.gouv.fr)  

ALL OVER FRANCE: Le Printemps des Monuments, dates TBA. 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.

AVIGNON: The 2022 Season of the Opera Grand Avignon runs January 8 to June 28, 2022. The program includes opera and operettes, lyrique concerts, danse, musical theater, symphony, chamber music, baroque music and more. operagrandavignon.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 2022 is here.

AIX: The 8th Aix en Juin Festival (June 13 to July 2, 2022)  brings a marvelous schedule of performances to indoor and outdoor venues around the city. Music, dance and more.  Info is here . AIX EN JUIN | Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence (festival-aix.com)

AIX: The Festival d'Aix (Opera) will be July 4 to July 22, 2022. This is one of the most popular classical music festivals in Europe and also one of the longest running...since 1948!  All details are here2022 Festival d'Aix - Trial and Rebirth | Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence (festival-aix.com)  

AIX: Salon Vivre Côté Sud, June 3 to 6, 2022.  Find beautiful things for your home and garden in this super-popular annual fair. Salon Vivre Côté Sud - Aix-en-provence du 3 au 6 juin 2022 (salonscotemaison.fr)

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 30 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

NÎMES: The Pentecost Feria is June 2-6, 2022. Held for the first time in 1952 and celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, this year the festival runs from Thursday to Monday. The world’s best toreros demonstrate their skills in corridas in the ancient Roman amphitheater, together with a  course camarguaise (where the bulls live to see another day), before the streets fill with revellers enjoying the open-air ambience throughout the night. https://www.nimes-tourisme.com/en/

NÎMES: Scheduled for June 17 to July 24, 2022. the Festival of Nîmes features a wide range of concerts in the stunning Roman Arena. Check back because new artists and concerts are added throughout the spring and early summer. Festival de Nîmes – Les infos du festival (festivaldenimes.com). One highlight is “Gladiator Live" – a cine-concert featuring Ridley Scott’s multi-Oscar-winning film shown on a giant screen in Nimes’ Roman amphitheatre, accompanied by 200 musicians and singers, on June 25. The film will be shown in English, with French subtitles.

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 20 to August 6, 2022. Les Chorégies d'Orange (choregies.fr)

SALON DE PROVENCE: Rendezvous aux Jardins, June 3 to 5, 2022Accueil (culture.gouv.fr)

ST. REMY:  Creators Market, Tuesday evenings, 7 pm to roughly midnight. This popular market is held all around the Big Church (Collegiale St. Martin) and in front of the Town Hall. Art, ceramics, jewelry, tableware, clothing and more...all locally made. For info, click here.

UZES: The annual “Les Azimutés d’Uzès” photo festival usually happens in late May and early June; 2022 dates are still TBA.  lesazimutesduzes.fr

VAISON LA ROMAINE: The GF Mont Ventoux Amateur Cycling Race, with long and short routes, takes place Sunday June 12, 2022. Yep, the race ends at the summit of the "Giant of Provence." The exhibition village opens on Saturday. https://www.gfmontventoux.com/

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 next Tour de France is set for July 1 to 24, 2022. For all the info, click here (letour.fr).

AIX: The Festival d'Aix (Opera) will be July 4 to July 22, 2022. This is one of the most popular classical music festivals in Europe and also one of the longest running...since 1948!  All details are here2022 Festival d'Aix - Trial and Rebirth | Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence (festival-aix.com)  

ARLES:  The dates for the 2022 Rencontres d'Arles, the large international photo expo, are July 4 to September 25, 2022. 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 27th edition of the  "Les Suds à Arles" World Music Festival will happen July 11 to 17, 2022. 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 2022 is here.

AVIGNON: The Festival d'Avignon (July 7 – 26, 2022) 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). At some point, a day-by-day "Spectators’ Guide" (with info on readings, films, exhibits, live radio broadcasts and other events) is available online and at all venues. You can also get info on all Festival d’Avignon and Off Festival (July 7 – 30 2022) events and activities at the Avignon Tourist Office (41, cours Jean Jaurès). For info: festival-avignon.com.

CANNES: The 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival takes place from  May 17 – 28, 2022. For the website in English, click  Festival de Cannes 2022 (festival-cannes.com)

DIGNES-LES-BAINS: Love lavender? Normally Dignes-les-Bains has not one but two major lavender events each year. *The Corso de Lavande (Aug 5-9, 2022) features music, fireworks, a dance, international marching bands, a musical "tattoo" (competition), processions and a night parade . For all the info, call +33 (0)4 92 36 62 62  or click here or here.  *The Lavender Fair (Foire de la Lavande) celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, will be held on Aug 25, 2022. The info, when published, will be here.)

EYRAGUES: Terra Sun Jazz Festival, a summer/fall concert series. 2022 dates TBA. terrasunjazz.fr

FERRASSIERES: The annual Lavender Festival is July 3, 2022. Fête de la Lavande de Ferrassières (fete-lavande.com).

GIGONDAS: The annual Gigondas sur Table happens Monday July 18, 2022. In an idyllic setting on the town square, this sell-out event shines the spotlight on the best local wines and regional cuisine. As in years past, a umber of top local 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 or here: Gigondas sur Table | Facebook
JUAN LES PINS: The Annual Jazz à Juan Festival will be July 6 to 19, 2022. This year's line-up includes George Benson, John Legend, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock 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. Jazz à Juan > 2022 PROGRAMMATION (jazzajuan.com)
LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 70 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

LOURMARIN:  July to October, 2022: 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.    

LUBERON: Les Musicales du Luberon. Top talent performing classical concerts throughout the months of April through to October 2022.  musicalesluberon.fr

MONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival of Live Music, July and August 2022. For info, click here or sportingsummerfestival.com. 

NÎMES: Scheduled for June 17 to July 24, 2022. the Festival of Nîmes features a wide range of concerts in the stunning Roman Arena. Check back because new artists and concerts are added throughout the spring and early summer. Festival de Nîmes – Les infos du festival (festivaldenimes.com). One highlight is “Gladiator Live" – a cine-concert featuring Ridley Scott’s multi-Oscar-winning film shown on a giant screen in Nimes’ Roman amphitheatre, accompanied by 200 musicians and singers, on June 25. The film will be shown in English, with French subtitles.

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 20 to August 6, 2022. Les Chorégies d'Orange (choregies.fr)

PERNES LES FONTAINES: The annual Ceramics Market returns to Pernes on Sunday July 17, 2022, 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.

PORT SAINT LOUIS: The program called Les Mercredis du Port, every Wednesday in July, brings music, dance, comedy and more to the docks of the village, starting at 7 pm.  2022 dates are July 6, 13, 20 and 27. lecitronjaune.com.

ST. REMY:  Creators Market, Tuesday evenings in summer, 2022 dates to be announced. 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.

ST. REMY: Festival de Glanum. Classical music concerts under the stars in the magnificent setting of ancient Glanum. July 21, 22 and 23, 2022. festivaldeglanum.com

UZES: The Nuits Musicales concert series brings world-class talent to the village throughout the month of July 2022. nuitsmusicalesuzes.com

VAISON LA ROMAINE: The 25th  annual version of the wildly popular modern dance festival called Vaison Danses will be July 13 – 26, 2022. Tickets are at the box office, by phone, online or FNAC. For all the info: Festival Vaison Danses 2022 (Vaison-la-Romaine) | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Tourism (provence-alpes-cotedazur.com)

VALENSOLE: Always held on the third Sunday of July, the 2022 Valensole Lavender Festival will take place on July 17, 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. For info: +33 04 92 74 90 02, Valensole Tourist Office

AUGUST

ARLES:  The dates for the 2022 Rencontres d'Arles, the large international photo expo, are July 4 to September 25, 2022. 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 event. The 2021 dates are not confirmed yet but it usually runs from mid August to mid October.  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. When the new show and dates are announced, I'll post them. In the meantime, Avignon Tourism has all the news about the city; see them here

AVIGNON: 2022 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: Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, 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. Dates TBA. 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 2022 is here.

BARJAC: Twice a year Antiques Fair in the Ardeche, with roughly 400 exhibitors from all over France.  April 14-18, 2022 and August 11 to 15, 2022. 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. 2022 dates TBA. festivaldelacoste.com, 04 90 75 93 12.

L’ISLE-SUR-LA-SORGUE: The famous Floating Market happens every year on the morning of the first Sunday of August (August 7, 2022, 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: Le marché flottant de l'été à L'Isle sur la Sorgue (islesurlasorguetourisme.com).

LA ROQUE D’ANTHERON: The 41ST Annual International Piano Festival will be July 22 to August 19, 2022. 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 International de Piano de la Roque d’Anthéron - Homepage - Welcome (festival-piano.com)

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 70 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

LOURMARIN:  Every year, 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.” 2022 dates are TBA.  +33 (04) 90 68 15 23, chateau-de-lourmarin.com.   

MONTE CARLO: Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival of Live Music, 2022 dates TBA. For info, click here or sportingsummerfestival.com.

NÎMES : “Les Nuits de Nemaus” (August 2021) was a huge hit. Held in the Roman amphitheater, it showcased the history of Nîmes with stunning special effects, video mapping, fireworks, horses, stuntmen, dancers, music and 200 extras. Dates and theme of a new similar show will be announced soon. arenes-nimes.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 20 to August 6, 2022. Les Chorégies d'Orange (choregies.fr)

RASTEAU: La Fête dans les Etoiles, 2022 dates TBA.  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, 2022. The full program is here: La plus grande fête de la lavande au monde (fetedelalavande.fr)

ST. REMY:  The Creators Market is held Tuesday evenings, late June to mid September. 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.

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 August 3-11, 2022.  +33 (0)4 72 19 83 40, Choralies 2022 – French choral rendez-vous

VALREAS: Every year on 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, the weekend of August 6-7.  For info, click here

SEPTEMBER

ALL OVER FRANCE: The French Heritage Days (Journées du Patrimoine) happens one weekend every September; 2022 dates TBA. 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 dates for the 2022 Rencontres d'Arles, the large international photo expo, are July 4 to September 25, 2022. 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 event. The 2021 dates are not confirmed yet but it usually runs from mid August to mid October.  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. When the new show and dates are announced, I'll post them. In the meantime, Avignon Tourism has all the news about the city; see them 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 2022 is here.

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 30 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

LOURMARIN:  July through October there are 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: The fall Maison & Objet show will be September 8 to 12, 2022; the spring show was in March and will be back in March 2023. Held 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. maison-objet.com/en/paris

ST. REMY: Jazz a Saint Remy Festival, September 2022. Concerts, a photo expo and more. jazzasaintremy.fr.

ST. REMY:  Creators Market on Tuesday Evenings. 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

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 2022 is here.

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 30 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE: The huge twice-a-year fair called Antiques Art & You takes will take place again in October or November, 2022. https://foire-isle-sur-sorgue.fr/

LOURMARIN:   Classical concerts held in the Salle de Reception of the Chateau de Lourmarin are usually held July through October. 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.   

NÎMES : Les Grands Jeux Romains (Roman Games), October, 2022.  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: Fifth annual Jammin' Juan festival, November 2022. 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: This large indoor holiday market happens at the Palais des Congres in Arles every November; 2022 dates to come. 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 2022 is here.

AVIGNON: Millevin! November, 2022. Celebrating the wines of the Cotes du Rhone and the new vintage, this popular festival is a great opportunity to catch up with the Côtes du Rhône wine community (winegrowers, cellarkeepers, wine merchants, etc.) under the Bar à Vins marquee on the Place de l'Horloge. There’s a full program of tastings, concerts, entertainment and a parade of traditional Guilds. Avignon’s indoor Les Halles food market hosts winegrowers for samplings and sales of the new vintages from 10 am. A colorful procession of Guilds departs from the town center at 6 pm and the festivities continue throughout the evening on Place de l'Horloge and in local restaurants.  https://www.vins-rhone.com/

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 30 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are here

NICE TO CANNES: The Nice to Cannes Marathon happens in late November 2022. marathon06.com.

DECEMBER

ALL OVER THE BOUCHES DU RHONE: The annual 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.

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.

ANTIBES/JUAN LES PINS: Third Design & Arts Weekend, Dec 2-4, 2022. 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. Design and Art Weekend - Contemporary art - Antibes | Office of Tourism official website (antibesjuanlespins.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 2022 is here.

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE: The Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) is a magical space in a vast cave-like quarry at the base of the hilltop village of Les Baux. There in the cool darkness, 100 video projectors and 30 speakers generate the choreographed movement of 2,000 images over an area of more than 75,000 square feet, onto walls as high as 45 feet and onto the floor. The sound-and-light show changes once a year and is one of the most-popular, most-visited sites in Provence. The main show for 2022 show is "Venice La Serenissime." The second, shorter show is "Yves Klein: L'infini Bleu." They''ll be shown March 4, 2022 to Jan 2, 2023; they run all day on a continuous loop and occasional evening showings may be offered as well.  All the details are 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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