Tour France: Best Summer Festivals in Provence (with schedule)

Tour France: Best Summer Festivals in Provence and Festival Schedule.

Schedule:

Cherry Festivals in mid and late June

Melon Festival in July

Lavender festivals in late July and August

Bastille Day –July 14

Tour de France –July 14 in Provence

Wine and art festivals…July etc.

Fete Votives: late June, July and August.

Summer is festival season. Provence is full of a huge variety of festivals.

There are themed festivals. There is a honey festival, several wine festivals, art festivals, a melon festival, a cherry festival…and pretty much a celebration of any food product you can think of. Below are some photos of past festivals.

Being inducted into the “royal order of the melon”. Really.
A special melon dish. Lobster or prawns are baked in this one of a kind “plat”. We have been privileged to do this with the chef several times.The meal following the festival celebrating the town’s release from the dragon.

Walking around the Lavender festival last August.

There are “fetes votives” in each village. Those include things like dancing in the town square to live music, Champagne “stands”, carnival games and perhaps even a special market. I love these local festivals. They bring such romance to a Provencal night.

The cafes take advantage of the closed roads to set up table everywhere. Bands play on the side walk –trumpets and all!

Evening fireworks over a Mediterranean village.

There is Bastille Day. This brings a weekend full of festivities. In Paris, it is dominated by parades andfireworks over the Eiffel Tower. In Provence, it is marked by celebratory town wide meals (Pistous and Aiolis), dancing and fireworks in the town centers and huge, luscious markets full of tantalizing treats and products.

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One comment on “Tour France: Best Summer Festivals in Provence (with schedule)

  1. I am definitely looking forward to the lavender festivals and the Tour de France 🙂
    Ashley

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