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Top events in France in June

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National event in June in France

Fête de la Musique each 21 June and in 2022 France celebrates the 40th edition. This annual free music festival takes place throughout France with performances of all kinds from classical music, choirs in churches, hip hop, jazz, orchestra and pop taking place in the open air, bars and restaurants.

Top events in June in France

Paris Jazz Festival. From June 29 2022 and throughout the summer, the annual Paris jazz festival presents a summer programme of free concerts in the Parc Floral, check the website for what’s on and when parisjazzfestival (Travel: RER A Vincennes / Metro Château de Vincennes, line 1).

Normandy, Rouen – Rouen Armada is held every three years (2022, 2025,2028). From 8-18 June 2022, millions of visitors will visit the city to meander along the quays of the port of Rouen enjoying concerts, gigantic firework displays and a selection of the World’s tallest ships. www.armada.org

Rhone Alpes, Annonay – Hot Air Balloon Festival. A colourful spectacle with about thirty balloons from all over Europe launch into the sky on June 4 2022. This is the town where two inspired inventors Etienne and Joseph de Montgolfier launched the first hot air balloon in 1783. lesmontgolfieresdannonay.com

Languedoc-Roussilon, Nimes – Féria de Pentecôte. From 2-5 June 2022, one of the liveliest festivals of the year takes place. An enticing mix of French and Spanish cultures dotted with vestiges of local Roman history in sultry Nimes. The town celebrates in style with street shows, paella and events in the wonderfully preserved Roman arena. Mingle with the locals to watch the grand Pégoulade a procession of dancers, singers and illuminated floats undulating through the streets. The air is filled with music of the peñas (small brass bands), everyone dances the ‘Sévillane’, there is water-jousting in the Canal de la Fontaine, an evening market and mass in the cathedral. It’s one big outdoor Spanish-accented French soirée, complete with fireworks and Provençal-style bullfights. Details. www.fimu.com

What to see and do in Nimes

Pas de Calais, Audresselles – Festival of the crab. This authentic little festival takes place in the fishing village of Audresselles takes place on 18-19 June 2022. It’s a chance to join in a heart-warming and fun celebration as the local fishermen sell their haul straight from the beach with music and sea shanties! terredes2capstourisme.fr/index.php

Pays de la Loire, Le Mans 24 Hour Grand Prix, you don’t have to be a petrol head to enjoy the thrills at the International circuit at Le Mans. Catch it from 11-12 June 2022 What to see and do in Le Mans

Picardy, St-Quentin – Les fêtes du Bouffon. At the Festival of the jester, Herbert the town giant galivants amongst the crowds. Expect parades, a fair, shows, carnival and mayhem in this joyous celebration (3-5 June 2022).

Marseille sees a major new opening of a replica of the remarkable underwater prehistoric cave known as the Grotte Cosquer. Hosted at La Villa Méditerranée, an ultra-contemporary building on the old harbour, it will provide an immersive and interactive experience as you discover the original cave’s 500 cave paintings depicting marine animals like penguins plus seals and what seems to be jellyfish, and mammals that roamed in that era. The original cave was lived in as early as 33,000 years ago, the actual cave is located in the mini-fjords between Cassis and Marseille known as the Calanques, specifically in Triperie Calanque, near Cape Morgiou. Grotte-cosquer.com

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