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Top Events in France in February

Nice Carnival, thousands of streamers and confetti fall on a lively crowd in the city centre

We look at some of the top events in France in February from celebration days to festivals, fairs, carnivals and more…

Celebration days in France in February

La Chandeleur – Pancake Day in France: 25th February 2020. La Chandeleur or Crêpe Day is the day in France when people traditionally eat crêpes and drink cider! Here’s how to make the perfect French pancake/crêpe.

La Saint Valentin – Valentine’s Day in France: 14th February 2020

Events in France in February

Mimosa blooming in the hills of Provence on a sunny day

Alpes Maritimes: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Mimosa Festival 16th – 20th  February 2020. Spring is in the air and in Mandelieu-La-Napoule millions of sweet smelling Mimosa flowers known as “yellow suns” bloom. Parades, processions, singing and dancing, this joyous event signals the end to winter in the south of France.

Calais: 31st January – 2nd February 2020. Pas de Calais Wine and Food Fair. A weekend extravaganza at the Forum Gambetta. Wine producers from all over France converge to present their wares supported by regional food producers. Get free tickets and a personal tasting glass here:

Le Touquet: Pas de Calais, Enduropale 31st Jan- 2nd February 2020. Fast paced, wild bike racing on the beaches at Le Touquet, Stella and Merlimont. This is a fun packed weekend in which thousands of bikes and hundreds of quad bikes are involved in a race circuit on the beach. It’s noisy and exciting. More than 150,000 people turn up each year to watch and cheer the racers on.

Granville: Normandy, Granville Mardi Gras, 21st – 25th February 2020. Celebrated since 1872, this carnival began as a feast prepared by the wives of fishermen leaving to catch cod, just like the Dunkirk Carnival. These days it’s all about fun and having a good time. There are parades, all night drinking, wearing masks and making friends as thousands arrive for this very popular five day event.

Young women dressed as old women at the Dunkirk Carnival in northern France

Dunkirk: Carnival – throughout February and into early March, Dunkirk bursts into song and dance with locals and visitors for the carnival, 22nd February – 1st March 2020. This has to be one of the loudest and most fun carnivals in Europe especially when the Mayor throws herrings off his balcony into the crowds!

Nice:  Nice Carnival 15th February – 29th February 2020. Processions, flower parades and flower battles, rock, pop, fireworks and giants. Over a million people flock to Nice to join in the fun heralding the start of spring. One of the most glamorous of all the French carnivals.

Paris, Chinese New Year in Paris 25th January 2020 – join in the fun and celebrations in this beautiful city, celebrating the year of the rat, with a colourful parade through the Quartier Chinois stretching between the Place d’Italie and the Porte de Choisy in the 13th Arrondissement. Metro: Place d’Italie.

House and bridge made our of oranges and lemons at the Menton Lemon Festival, southern France

Menton: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Lemon Festival of Menton 15th February – 3rd March 2020. This amazing fruity festival features immense structures built with thousands of lemons and oranges. It’s one of the most popular festivals in the region and attracts many thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Sarlat: Perigord, Geese Festival Fest’Oie. From 7th – 8th March 2020, this famous annual festival takes place in the picturesque town of Sarlat and celebrates all things goose! Noisy flocks of geese honking through the medieval city, foie gras tastings, workshops and demonstrations.

Please note: We check every website for dates and details personally but changes do happen from time to time – please check websites for confirmation.