WE’VE rounded up some of France’s best September events to celebrate its most cultural month of the year:
- Braderie de Lille (Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais) – 1 and 2 September: Over two million visitors will come to visit the famous and enormous annual ‘car boot sale’.
- Visa Pour l’Image (Perpignan, Languedoc-Roussillon) – 1-16 September: This international photography festival will host a variety of exhibits including the biggest names in the industry.
- Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi (Calvi, Corsica) – 11-15 September: Listen to and discover Corsica’s traditional music in beautiful settings across the town. (Website French)
- Roi de l’Oiseau (Le Puy en Velay, Auvergne) – 12-16 September: This Renaissance festival will host a variety of displays including parades, dances and concerts. (Website French)
- Biennale OFF 2012 (Lyon, Rhone-Alps) – 14-30 September: This contemporary and urban dance festival will put on a variety of new performances from 25 companies. (Website French)
- National Heritage Day (General, France) – 15 and 16 September will herald free entry into attractions and exclusive events across the country. (Website French)
- Jazz Festival in Beaune & Grands Vins de Bourgogne (Beaune, Burgundy) – 16 and 17 September: Savour jazz music and the region’s famous wines together. (Website French)
- Voiles de Nuit (La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes) 22 September: This light and music boat show will also include spectacular fireworks for over 50,000 visitors.
- 34th Royal Regatta (Cannes, Riviera) 22-29 September: Over 150 of the world’s most beautiful yachts compete over the week as part of the last event of the year of the Panerai Trophy.
- Festival l’Occitania (Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées) 22 September – 27 October: This arts festival will host over 50 events across 23 communities from regional artists. (Website French)
For more information on what’s going on in France in September, visit our Quirky Ideas of Events and New openings on our press corner!
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