France's Top Summer Festivals

FRANGLISH's selection of the best festivals in France this July



Nice Jazz Festival

Over 500 musicians and groups are scheduled to perform at this year's Nice Jazz Festival, which is now one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. Over 75 live concerts will take place during the festival, which will run over five evenings from Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th July. The performances will be held on three different stages in the olive groves and Roman amphitheatre. An eclectic variety of exceptional musicians from all around the world will be performing, with the programme balanced between new and classic musical styles. A number of jazz greats have performed here in the past, including Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Gregory Porter. Full-priced tickets cost 35 for one day, 55€ for 2 consecutive days, or 120€ for all 5 days. Various reductions are avaiable, and children under 10 go free. For more information and to book your tickets online go to



Fêtes Escales

For the 16th year running, the town of Vénissieux (30 minutes from Lyon town centre) will again play host to the much-anticipated Fêtes Escales festival. The open-air celebrations will be held in the Parc Dupic from the 11th to the 14th July. Scheduled activities include themed music evenings, dance workshops and performances, a giant picnic and food tasting sessions. The event is free and open to all. Not to be missed are the fireworks show on Sunday 13th at 11.30pm in the L.Gerin stadium and the closing ball on Monday 14th from 7.30pm. See the official website for more information, including a full programme:



Les Estivales

For the 10th year running, Les Estivales returns to Montpellier this summer. From the 27th June to the 5th September a vast range of exciting events will be held every Friday evening on the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle in the centre of the town. Highlights will include live music performances, wine tasting and a night-time market. The festival aims to showcase local produce from over 150 merchants, artists and bookshops, along with regional specialities including wine, cheese and seafood. Entry is free for everything other than wine-tasting. For this, ticketing closes at 11pm and the sessions finish at 11.30pm. Wine-tasting tickets cost 5€ for three 'tasters' and a complimentary glass. For more information go to



Dancing on the Quais

In this, the festival's 11th year, Dansons sur les Quais Bordeaux will be held from the 16th July to the 19th August. Free events will be held every evening (except Mondays and Tuesdays) on the Quais Louis XVII . The format for each evening is as follows:


7-8pm: introduction to chosen dance style
8pm-midnight: soirée dansante lead by host organisation
10pm: guest performances



Each day will be dedicated to a different danse style:

Wednesday: Country

Thursday: Ballroom

Friday: Rock/Swing

Saturdays: Salsa

Sundays: New Dances

People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to get involved, and following the success of previous years one day will be dedicated to wheelchair users and their partners. Handi-Valide will be lead by Tours' GENERATION DANSE team on 20th July from 7pm. For more information, visit the official website:



Clef de Soleil

Over the years, the Clef de Soleil classical music festival has grown to become one of the main events of the Lille summer calendar, and it is now renowned both nationally and internationally. This year's line-up includes a number of outstanding musicians, including Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Alexander Paly and Elena Kuschnerova. Concerts will be held every Thursday evening from 3rd July to 21st August, with one exceptional recital on 29th June. The performances will be held in various historic buildings across the city including the auditorium of the Regional Music Academy, the Halle aux Sucres, the Dominican Convent and the Hôtel Gantois. Full-priced tickets cost 12€ for one concert, or 27€ for three.

See the official website for more information, including a full programme:



Le Voyage à Nantes

Le Voyage à Nantes is a 8.5km city tour which will be open from the 27th June to the 31st August. The route encompasses a varied selection of art exhibitions, musical performances, interesting installations and exciting activities. There are about thirty stops in total, including a basketball 'tree' and a three-storey merry-go-round in the Parc des Chantiers, a Samurai exhibition in the Château des ducs de Bretagne, open-air cinema and so much more! For more information and to see the full tour go to



Foire Saint-Jean


A GIANT FUN FAIR! Need we say more? The fair will be held from the Friday 27th June to Sunday 20th July in the Strasbourg Wacken Exhibition centre. Past favourites such as Labyrinthe and Shaker's will be joined by several thrilling new arrivals such as Tornado Power. A number of shops and rides are also available for young children. Keep an eye on the facebook page for updates on new-release rides, pictures and inside information including special dates and discount options:



Author: Camilla Freeman

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