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The Great Roman Games is an event which is held annually in the city of Nîmes, France. The Roman Empire extended all the way to France and included the
The Great Roman Games is an event which is held annually in the city of Nîmes, France. The Roman Empire extended all the way to France and included the city of Nîmes. Nîmes is a well-preserved example of a Roman Empire city and therefore a good backdrop for the Great Roman Games.
From all around Europe people will visit the city of Nîmes to re-enact ancient Roman times. Most of the games are held around the historical amphitheater, which is a remarkable example of Roman architecture. Inside the theater, you can see a spectacle of carriage races, gladiator fights, and great battles. It is a truly magnificent sight to see the more than 500 reenactors run around the amphitheater.
The Great Roman Games extend far outside the amphitheater walls. You can visit an ancient Roman fashion show or learn how to use ancient weaponry. While you are in Nîmes make sure to visit the museum ‘La Romanite’ about the Roman Empire.
You can book the tickets to see the games inside the amphitheater online. Be quick to make sure you’re able to visit them on one of the three days of the event.
April 30 (Friday) - May 2 (Sunday)
Amphitheatre of Nîmes
1 Boulevard de la Libération, 30000 Nîmes, France
The D-Day Festival in Normandy is held every year to pay tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed themselves here in the second world war. There are several events and ceremonies
The D-Day Festival in Normandy is held every year to pay tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed themselves here in the second world war. There are several events and ceremonies along the coast of Normandy.
On the 6th of June in 1944 the allied troops from England and the United States landed on the French shore in Normandy. The goal was to finally liberate Europe from German occupancy. The efforts of the allied troops were successful and eventually led to the German surrendering. But these efforts were not without a fight and many lost their lives fighting for freedom. World War II has to be remembered forever to pay tribute to the fallen and make sure this will never happen again.
The festival will be held every year on a local scale. But every five years the celebrations and commemorations are more international showcasing military displays, parades, and fireworks. Most of the ceremonies take place on the first day. Most events take place on Omaha Beach or Utah Beach.
If you want to know more about the festivities you can visit this website. And while you are planning your holiday in France you can learn more about the best time to visit. If you are visiting the French Riviera check out our Ultimate Guide.
May 1 (Saturday) - June 30 (Wednesday)
Rue utah beach, 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France
The medieval festival of Sedan will be held every year in May in the castle of Sedan. You can find this château in the most northern part of France
During this festival, you will be brought back to medieval times in France. Gather around to see a medieval wrestling match, taste some old-world cuisine, and learn about medieval weapons. But that’s not all, do you want to see fire-eaters? You will find them at this festival.
During the two-day festival, you can explore several camps where you can experience everyday life. There will be more than 30 tents where you can see demonstrations and learn about archery, medieval medicine and cooking.
There is so much to see and do that it is recommended to visit both days because the festival does not only take place inside the castle. It extends into the village and even into the surrounding forest. We recommend you to go and see the highlight of the festival – the parade with torchlights on Saturday evening.
may 15 (Saturday) - 16 (Sunday)
Castle Sedan, France
Cours Clos du Château, 08200 Unité urbaine de Sedan, France
The Joan of Arc Festival in Reims is a yearly celebration of the coronation of King Charles VII on July 17 in the year 1429. But more specific it is
The Joan of Arc Festival in Reims is a yearly celebration of the coronation of King Charles VII on July 17 in the year 1429. But more specific it is a festival in honor of Frances’s biggest hero Joan of Arc. Because she was the person who made it possible for King Charles VII to become a King in the first place.
There are several festivals in France honoring Joan of Arc, but the one in Reims is one of the biggest. Fairs, historical plays, parades, and medieval craftsman will welcome be waiting for you in the streets of Reims.
Every day horsemen in medieval costumes who sometimes look really frightening will parade through the streets. Another exciting event is the medieval knight tournament, the fire shows, and the incredible fireworks at night.
The main activity of the ‘Fêtes Johanniques’ is the march of Joan of Arc and her men through the streets. This is where the people will honor Jeanne D’ arc. All-day long there will be troubadours, picture ops with knights, and wine tasting.
june 5 (Saturday) - 6 (Sunday)
Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France
The Vimoutiers Apple Festival will be held every year in the small town of Vimoutiers in Normandy, France. Once you enter this region you understand why they want to
The Vimoutiers Apple Festival will be held every year in the small town of Vimoutiers in Normandy, France. Once you enter this region you understand why they want to honor the apple. There are apple orchards as far as the eye can see.
During the three days of the ‘Foire de la Pomme’ there will be a display of all the apple products this region produces. It is not just apples they sell. This region is also known for its apple cider, pies, and calvados.
So stroll around the visit and watch the professional or amateur pie-making competition. Or learn how to make your apple cider or see a live performance in the streets. Your children can enjoy themselves at the funfair. And while you are there you can buy other local delicacies at the farmers market. Here you can buy local sausages, cheeses, wines, and even honey.
On Sunday afternoon the festival will end with a parade of musicians and dancers who walk through the streets in elaborate costumes and show their art.
june 18 (Friday) - 20 (Sunday)
Place de Mackau, 61120 Vimoutiers, France
The International Comic Strip Festival in Angoulême, France, is a dream for every comic lover. The festival has been held here since 1974. This festival is the second-largest in
The International Comic Strip Festival in Angoulême, France, is a dream for every comic lover. The festival has been held here since 1974. This festival is the second-largest in Europe and the third in the world. No wonder it attracts over 200.000 visitors every year.
The festival is not held in one specific place. Be prepared to move around the city to have the best experience. Make sure you get a program of the festival, so you can pick your favorite activities, there are a lot of them. During the four-day festival, you can see comic writers at work, or you can participate in a drawing contest, you might even get discovered.
During the Festival they will award several prestigious cartoon prizes. If you’re still an amateur you can work on your skills during masterclasses and workshops. And if you love comics and cartoons this is the place to buy and trade them. Chances are big your favorite cartoon creator is here to sign your comic. And if you don’t have a favorite yet, this might be the place where you find one and get hooked.
june 24 (Thursday) - 27 (Sunday)
1 Place Saint-Pierre, 16000 Angoulême, France
The World Puppet Theater Festival is an event that takes place every other year in Charleville-Mézières in France. The festival exists since the year 1961 to promote the art
The World Puppet Theater Festival is an event that takes place every other year in Charleville-Mézières in France. The festival exists since the year 1961 to promote the art of puppetry. There will be around 250 puppeteer groups who will show their skills.
For 10 days the World Puppet Theater Festival is the place for everybody who loves puppeteers shows. The city will transform itself into one big theater where you can visit around 200 shows, and you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of techniques. You might see a solo puppeteer in the street and a big production on stage.
There will be puppeteer groups from all over the world including Finland, Japan, Senegal, Russia, and 25 other country’s. But it is not just about big groups, Amateurs, children and families are welcome too. The festival is there to share some laughter and joy.
Most of the shows take place on Place Ducale. It is not online the place to see the biggest and most impressive productions. The incredible architecture of the place will make every performance even more magical.
september 17 (Friday) - 26 (Sunday)
25 Rue du Petit-Bois, 08103 Charleville-Mézières, France
The La Lorraine est Formidable festival is a two-day event in the North-Eastern part of France. These festivities are held around the castle of Luneville near the mountains of
The La Lorraine est Formidable festival is a two-day event in the North-Eastern part of France. These festivities are held around the castle of Luneville near the mountains of the Vosges.
The Lorraine region is close to the borders of Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Here you find the Vosges mountains to the East and the Champagne region to the south. The Lorraine est Formidable festival is established to promote this unique region.
This festival will show the heritage and gastronomy of the region. That is why there will be over 200 stalls all around the castle. During the festival, you can taste local food, learn more about the activities in the region and buy local handicrafts. Apart from that, you can go on a guided tour in and around the castle.
Children and parents alike will enjoy the Venetian Masquerade. During this parade, you can see people dressed up like Venetians with the most incredible and colorful masks.
You can visit this festival for free.
october 2 (Saturday) - 3 (Sunday)
Place de la 2ème Division de Cavalerie, 54300 Lunéville, France
The Chocolate Fair in Paris or ‘Salon du Chocolat’ how they call it, is an annual event to celebrate the art of chocolate making. Chocolate artists and other professionals come
The Chocolate Fair in Paris or ‘Salon du Chocolat’ how they call it, is an annual event to celebrate the art of chocolate making. Chocolate artists and other professionals come together to show their art to the public.
Every year in October and early November you can visit this delicious fair in Paris, France. At the fair chocolatiers, chefs, designers, and pastry chefs come together to show what they can do with chocolate. The fair is a complete day out because there are over 700 exhibitors at the fair.
This is the place to see and taste what is new in the world of chocolate. There will be a wide variety of tastes, sights, and cocoa beans from all over the world. Every day your children can participate in workshops to make chocolate, bonbons, and pastries.
Besides chocolate tasting, buying chocolate, and workshops there will be various cooking demonstrations by celebrated chefs. But the main event of the fair is the Chocolate Fashion show where you can see the most incredible outfits made of chocolate
October 28 (Thursday) - November 1 (Monday)
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris, France
The Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France, or the ‘Christkindelsmärik’ how they call it, is one of the oldest in Europe. The name is not French, but an
The Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France, or the ‘Christkindelsmärik’ how they call it, is one of the oldest in Europe. The name is not French, but an old German dialect called Alsatian, and means ‘Market of the Christ child’.
Around 2 million people visit the market every year. The market is so famous that hotels are booked up to one year in advance.
This market has everything you wish for in a Christmas market and will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Once you arrive at the market you will be welcomed with miles of Christmas lights, hundreds of stalls, and one of the biggest Christmas trees in the world.
To complete the winter wonder feeling you can go ice skating and sip some Vin Chaud you might probably know better as Glühwein. But don’t expect red wine like in the rest of France, the hot wine in this region is White.
And while you are there don’t forget to enjoy some French delicacies like crêpes, waffles, and hot chocolate. Or maybe you prefer a more hearty meal like a Tartiflette, Raclette or Fondue.
November 24 (Wednesday) - December 24 (Friday)
29 Rue de la Nuée-Bleue, 67000 Strasbourg, Francia
The Festival of Light in Lyon in France will take place every year on the 8th of December. The city of Lyon will shine bright on this day to
The Festival of Light in Lyon in France will take place every year on the 8th of December. The city of Lyon will shine bright on this day to commemorate the Virgin Mary. Supposedly she saved the city from the plague in the year 1643. The people from Lyon would light candles in their windows to thank the Virgin Mary for sparing them from this deadly disease.
The festival is held ever since and now attracts people from all over the world. They are attracted to the wide variety of activities and sights which will take place for over 4 days. Be prepared to be amazed by the art and shows during this event. You can see artwork made from light installations and astonishing technical and artistic light shows.
Because this festival is a tribute to the Virgin Mary the main focus lies on the Basilica of Fourvière. Right next to this basilica you find the statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking the city. Don’t forget to enjoy some French cuisine while you enjoy the light spectacle, there will be a wide variety of food vendors all through the city.
december 8 (Wednesday) - 10 (Friday)
8 Place de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon, France
The Lemon Festival in Menton is an annual festival to celebrate the city’s connection with this citrus fruit. This festival will take place in the European capital of the Lemon,
The Lemon Festival in Menton is an annual festival to celebrate the city’s connection with this citrus fruit. This festival will take place in the European capital of the Lemon, Menton at the French Riviera. These festivities attract 240,000 visitors every year. This unique festival is well worth a visit.
The festival was held for the first time in 1934. The reason they chose to celebrate this event is that Menton is the biggest producer of lemons in Europe. The first time there was a small event in the gardens of a hotel. Since then, the event became a popular annual festival.
Every year the festival has a different theme which designers and builders will use to make elaborate floats. 300 workers will work for weeks to build these floats and decorate them with lemons and oranges which will be sold after the event. They will use over 145 tonnes of fruit, so you don’t have to worry there isn’t enough for everybody. You can not only visit the parade but at some nights there will be fireworks too.
If you want to visit the festival you find more information and tickets here. Check out this page to decide in which hotel you are going to stay. And while you are in France you might want to visit these other festivals.
february 13 (Sunday) - 28 (Monday)
8 Avenue Boyer, 06500 Menton, France
The Nice Carnival (Carnaval de Nice) is one of the biggest carnivals in the world. It will be held every year in February or March, depending on the Christian
The Nice Carnival (Carnaval de Nice) is one of the biggest carnivals in the world. It will be held every year in February or March, depending on the Christian dates. The event will attract millions of visitors every year.
Records are showing the carnival in Nice started as early as 1294. From 1873 carnival was not just a celebration but a parade as well. You would see people with masks, satirical displays, and competitions.
Every year the committee will choose a specific theme. Artists will design decorated floats in that theme. Builders will take months to build the floats with papier-mâché and other materials. During the parade, you will see 17 colorful floats surrounded by dancers and musical bands.
There is not only a parade in the daytime but on Saturday and Tuesday, you can enjoy the Carnival Parade of lights. All the floats and musical bands will drive around the city in a parade and light up the city.
If you love flowers you might enjoy the flower parades of the carnival. During the flower parade, you will see floats with hundreds of locally grown flowers with intricate patterns and designs.
February 27 (Sunday) - March 12 (Saturday)
13 Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France