Unmissable Highlights

France is a country with many cultural, traditional or festive attractions. During your stay, you will not have the time to get bored! Participate in the major events that punctuate French life, there is something for everyone’s tastes!


Music festivals

The Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient - France festival - Brittany

The Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient

Enjoy the great music festivals in France this summer. Move to the sound of Francofolies, a contemporary music festival, which annually hosts major French and international artists. And for those who prefer folk music, make a date at the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient. It brings together annually countries and regions of Celtic origin such as Brittany, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for 10 days in August! Lovers of traditional culture will be delighted with this blend of music that is both authentic and so bewitching! Take the time to get away from it all with music!

July 14 and its bal musettes

July 14 in France - Firemen's ball - Bank holiday

© Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Amélie Dupont

July 14 is a key event in France. All the country celebrates the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and the start of the French Revolution. A military parade takes place on the Champs Elysées and at dusk gigantic fireworks displays are organised in all cities of France. A several-century old tradition of dancing continues in France: The Firemen’s Ball in Paris as well as many bal musettes are held outdoors throughout France. These dancing-cafés organise concerts in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for all. On this evening’s programme, a village atmosphere, warm hospitality and good humour are assured!

The Deauville American Film Festival

The boards of Deauville - Deauville Festival of American Film - Northern France

The boards of Deauville

The Deauville Festival of American Film is held annually in September. For ten days it welcomes the greatest American movie stars who present in preview major American films and short and feature films by young film makers as well as participating in the promotion of independent films. More recently, the festival has decided to open its doors to American TV series. Walk on the Deauville boards, the famous promenade where each beach hut is named after a celebrity who has attended the festival. In a chic and glamorous environment, the Deauville festival continues to make us dream in the presence of the American movie stars!

The Fêtes de Bayonne

The Bayonne festival - Basque country - South weastern France

©Office de tourisme de Bayonne

The Bayonne festival is held in August and it has a strict white dress code, with scarf, red belt and espadrilles. For 5 days, the best of Basque tradition is celebrated: various events are organised: traditional concerts and dances including demonstrations of Basque pelota, bullfights and racing bulls. These are very joyous occasions where everyone is there to have fun, get together and celebrate the city with joy and good humour. Come and share in this unique moment of conviviality where everyone turns out into the streets to the sound of bandas, the traditional music groups.

The sales in Paris

Sales in Paris - Champs Elysees - Fashion city

Arc de Triomphe © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Jacques Lebar

Everybody knows. Paris is the shopping and fashion capital! Fashion, decoration, luxury stores or a gourmet break: there is something for everyone, and for all budgets! Stroll down the famous Avenue des Champs Elysées, find the French fashion houses in avenue Montaigne, discover the department stores that are also marvels of architecture, or walk through the small streets in search of hidden gems. Coming to Paris for a break during the sales is the best way to pick up bargains!