Traditional French Cultural Festivals (Part 1)

Traditional French cultural festivals

This article lists some of the annual festivals that you should not miss when traveling to France. You will also find a lot of information about the date and location of the traditional French cultural festivals so that you can arrange the time for your coming visit. Please note that the dates below may change from year to year. If you are interested in these festivals, please check again to get the exact information for your trip.


Cannes is often held in May every year in Southern France.

Festival de Cannes is well known as the Cannes Film Festival, which is celebrated in Cannes town, Riviera with the participation of the best films in the world. Quite a few films were introduced in hope of being widely recognized by viewers. If you are a movie enthusiast, you will definitely desire to witness this most prestigious film festival in the world once in your life.

Cannes film festival

So, if you want to catch a glimpse of famous film stars and talented filmmakers, it is suggested to visit France in May and travel to the south of France to attend Cannes. For each time the festival is held, Cannes is attended by a great number of movie stars such as Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson and Steven Spielberg.

Bastille Day

Bastille Day takes places on July 14 every year across the country.

The 14th of July is a special day in France, particularly, the anniversary of Bastille Day. As the birthday of the French Democracy, Bastille Day is one of the biggest holidays in France. Staying in France on this day, you can go to Place de la Bastille, where a large dance party is organized. Another choice is moving to Champs-Elysées to witness the grandest French military parade. The fireworks display will brighten up the night sky all over the country. If you travel in France, you should not miss the greatest moment of the day when great fireworks are shown at the Eiffel Tower.

Bastille Day, France

Rock en Seine

Rock en Seine takes place in the last week of August at Château de Saint-Cloud Park.

If you are a rock fan, please take part in various activities together with thousands of fans at the National de St Cloud Domain. This is where Rock en Seine festival takes place each summer and lasts for three days. It was held first in 2003 with the attendance of 10 music bands. Since then, it has grown rapidly, the number of bands has increased. As a result, each year, this festival attracted around 100,000 viewers in 2013. Rock en Seine invited many great names such as Lana Del Rey, Jake Bugg, The Prodigy, Airbourne and Flume.

Rock en Seine

Festival d’Avignon

Festival d’Avignon is celebrated in July every year in Avignon, France.

Festival d’Avignon is the name of the annual art festival that draws quite a lot lovers of French culture all around the world. This is not only one of the oldest festivals in France but also one of the best festivals in the world. Tourists, critics and enthusiasts go to the Palace of the Popes and other places in the city to attend annual festivals and take photos. Meet and exchange with many people. Festival d’Avignon is held in various art forms including dance, theater, music and cinema.

Festival d’Avignon


February is the time that Nice festival is held in Nice, France

Apart from the carnival of Brazil and the Venetian, Nice Carnival is not only a festival but also one of the best places in the world. Therefore, February is also considered to be a great time for you to start the journey to this romantic country to experience this feast in Nice on the French Riviera. Every day, you get the opportunity to take part in a fun party. From the first day to the last day, the festival welcomes tourists with large parades and spectacular fireworks. In addition, mixed music mingled with traditional French dances will contribute to enhancing the excitement of the festival.

Nice Carnival

It is expected that the information above will be useful for your trip to France, especially for those who desire to discover the French cultures. You can refer to Traditional Cultural Festivals (Part 2) to get more knowledge of French festivals.