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2024 Summer Festivals in Provence & Cote d’Azur

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While summer has not officially arrived in Provence, we are posting this article early, as some festivals open their online ticketing in May and sell out quickly.

During the summer in Provence and the Côte d’Azur, daytime temperatures range from warm to hot. So, you don’t need an excuse to laze by the pool. The lavender is in bloom this time of year, and the sunflowers put on a spectacular floral show. From music under the stars to bulls in the streets, June through September are the busiest festival months in Provence. However, summer is also the most active period for visitor traffic, so plan your days accordingly.

The list below includes the current details as of publication. However, please check the latest updates with your local tourist office or Marie (town/city hall). Cancellations and changes are always possible. Therefore, please check the schedule and guidelines in advance.

Summer Festivals and Events Provence

Summer is festival time. The problem is choosing from an overwhelming variety of events. World-famous events like Jazz à Juan (started in 1960) and le Festival d’Avignon (since 1947) attract large crowds and celebrated performers. Nevertheless, Provence’s principal cities and many small towns host at least one memorable celebration during the warmer months.

The events listed below are annual happenings in Provence and the Côte d’Azur. The dates may change yearly, so check with the tourism offices for updates. The websites are listed below to find out the current details. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all the upcoming events. For activities near your location, check local newspapers, flyers at grocery stores, and tourism websites.

June in Provence and on the Côte d’Azur

Head to the Gardens: May 31 – June 1, 2024 (check for local details): Discover the public and private gardens of Provence and the French Riviera. The 2024 edition of Rendez Vous aux Jardins is based on “the five senses of the garden.” Some locations have workshops, family-friendly activities, and even guided visits.

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June 14 – July 22, 2024: Dating from 1869, Les Chorégies d’Orange is one of the oldest festivals in southern France. Enjoy an evening under the stars seated in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Constructed in 1 AD, the Roman Théâtre Antique d’Orange is well-preserved, and some experts argue that it is the best remaining structure of its kind from that era.

June 1 – September 28, 2024: The 10th annual Les Musicales dans les Vignes de Provence kicks off with the first concert at Château de la Gaude near Aix-en-Provence. The program involves 42 vineyards and 75 concerts, with something for everyone’s taste: jazz, classical music, and new age. Book in advance for the concert and wine tasting, or add dinner to your evening out.

June 21 (check for local details): Summer Solstice and Fête de la Musique. Enjoy some free music on the day with the most daylight hours of the year. Since Joel Cohen launched the concept in Paris and Toulouse in 1976, the Fête de la Musique has expanded yearly to musical stages around France and beyond. Enjoy the tunes!

Summer Festivals Events Provence Fête de la Musique

June 28 – 30, 2024: Fêtes de la TarasqueFour days of festivities Tarascon: Every year, at the end of June, local legends and fictional characters (including come back to life and parade through the town. The festival runs through the last weekend in June.

July in Provence and on the Côte d’Azur

July 1  – September 29, 2024: Rencontres d’Arles – Les Rencontres de la Photographie. The Rencontres is a major photography festival that draws international photographers and viewers from around the globe. It aims to make photography accessible to all, with 40+ installations throughout Arles in museums, chapels, cloisters, bookstores, and industrial spaces. Although many venues are within the city centre, seeing all the exhibits in one day is practically impossible. However, there are options for day passes and festival passports. Purchase tickets online or at the tourist office in Arles. Download the festival app and start planning your visit.

Recontres d'Arles Summer Festivals Events Provence

July 3 – July 23, 2024: The Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence (Festival d’Aix), held every July since 1948, is primarily oriented toward opera. There are also recitals of chamber music, vocal concerts and orchestral sessions. The Festival d’Aix is the city’s largest annual tourist attraction.

June 30 – July 13, 2024: Festival Marseille Jazz des cinq continents – “The festival is connected to five continents. Bringing together jazz musicians from all over the world in Marseille. Five Continents is not just a name, it is a commitment to open up to the diversity of jazz and to musical encounters.”

June 29 – July 21, 2024: During the Festival d’Avignon, the Papal City turns into a theatrical stage. This arts festival, founded in 1947, features performances throughout the city and in the Cours d’Honneur inside the Palais des Papes. The official festival known as “In” attracts professional and amateur actors worldwide.

Summer Festivals Events Provence Festival d'Avignon

July 3 – 21, 2024: Festival Off d’Avignon. Running parallel to the official Festival d’Avignon, this festival promotes amateur work, stand-up comics, and street performers. It offers nonstop entertainment with 1,000 performances throughout the period.

July 5 – 7, 2024: Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence is an annual business forum in Aix. Created in 2001 by le Cercle des économistes, this conference allows European thought leaders, business heads, NGOs, economists, academics and students to converge in one location. “Conceived from the beginning as an intellectual terrain of encounter among diverse viewpoints, the forum has recently taken the initiative to enlarge the roles of young people and entrepreneurs in its economic discussions. The 2024 theme is Bridging our worlds. Read more about this enlightening forum in an article written by Anne-Marie Simons.

July  10 – 24, 2024: Festival International de Danse in Vaison la Romaine. As the setting sun kisses the Rhone Valley grapevines, dancers perform in a 7000-seat Roman theatre. For 25+ years, the Vaison Danses festival has brought international dancers to perform for audiences in the Vaucluse.

Additional reading: Vaison Danses One of Many Reasons to Visit Charming Vaison La Romaine.

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July 8 – 18, 2024: Since 1960, Juan à Jazz has been a significant event for jazz musicians and their fans. In the seaside town of Juan les Pins, musical performers play to the gathered crowds in the pinède (pine grove) Gould overlooking the Mediterranean. Over the years, Juan à Jazz has attracted prominent musicians, including Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Michel Legrand, Carlos Santana and Jessie Norman. However, it’s not all about jazz. There are free performances in the streets of Juan les Pins as well.

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July 14: Bastille Day is a national holiday filled with plenty of pomp and circumstance. In Paris, there is a huge parade. The Patrouille de France performs its aerial acrobatics show. In the evening, fireworks light up the Capital’s skyline. The celebrations are not exclusive to Paris. Check for local events near you.

French Riviera Summer Jazz Nice

July 20 – August 20, 2024: Every summer, La Roque d’Anthéron’, a village in the Vaucluse, greets visitors for the International Piano Festival (Festival International de Piano). The month-long festival starts mid-July, and music lovers fill the stands at Château de Florans. The acoustic stage, set under a leafy canopy of Plantanes (Plane Trees), has been the focal point for daily concerts for four decades.

July 11 – 24, 2024: The Festival de Lacoste, created by Pierre Cardin, takes place in the Carrières du château du Marquis de Sade. Discover emerging artists and performers in dance, theatre, and opera. Please read about SCAD and Discovering Art and Design in Lacoste.

August in Provence and the Côte d’Azur

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August 15: is a public holiday in France, Assumption Day, or Assomption in French.

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August 15: Marks the official end of the Lavender season in Sault. The Fête de la Lavande is a family-friendly event at the horserace track (Le Déffends). Expect a day filled with lavender fragrance, including artisanal products and a lavender-cutting contest.

Antiques Art You L'Isle sur la Sorgue Summer Festivals Events Provence

August 15: Antique lovers head to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for “Antiques Art and You,” the second annual fair in town. Ranked in the top three in Europe, these annual antique fairs (August & Easter) started over 100 years ago. The market attracts 300+ dealers and 100,000 visitors.

August 20 – 23, 2024: The Nice Jazz Festival, which began in 1948, attracts crowds to Place Masséna. This popular concert series features various music styles and attracts big-name acts every summer to Nice. Here are some tips for Jazz Festival goers.

August 30 – 31, 2024: The annual Ban des Vendanges des Côtes du Rhône takes place in Avignon. The event is a celebration surrounding the launch of the annual grape harvest. Head to Avignon for the festivities centred around the Rocher des Doms near the Palais des Papes.

September 14 – 15, 2024: Calling Foodies Les Étoile de Mougins is a bi-annual food lover’s event. The town of Mougins is probably most famous as the former home of Pablo Picasso. However, this chef-led festival includes cooking demonstrations, local producers, food trucks, workshops, etc. Oh, and plenty to eat!


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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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