France Travel Light

France's National Festivals (from January to June)

Carnaval NantesIn July and August the French usually take a leave to go to the seaside. So many stores, cafes and restaurants may close for these months. On the other hand, a lot of festivals and events happen during this time.


  • Paris High Fashion Show
  • Carnival, Limua


  • Menton Lemon Festival
  • Carnival, Nice


  • Modern Cinema Music Festival, Monte Carlo


  • Sacrum Music Festival, Lourdes
  • Easter Celebration
  • Paris Marathon
  • Races, Le Mans


  • Cannes Cinema Festival
  • International Rose Exhibition, Grasse
  • Wine Fair, Macon
  • Gypsy Pilgrimage, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
  • Monaco Grand Prix
  • Feria, Nimes


  • Strasbourg Music Festival
  • Imagination Festival (Les Imaginairies), Mont St-Michel
  • International Organ Festival, Chartres
  • Music Festival, Abbaye de Noirlac
  • 24-hour Races, Le Mans
  • Diane Hermes Prize Horse Contest, Chantilly

France's National Festivals (from July to December)