fiesta seteThe South of France has some excellent festivals that perfectly sum up the relaxed way of life in the South of France. If you are visiting the South of France, then follow our guide to find the best festivals in southern France month by month.

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water jousting sete365The Water Jousting festival in Sete, France, originated in Sete centuries ago. This sport is now a passionate fixture of Languedoc traditional culture. Water jousting is really one of the most unusual sports from around the world, something that really has to be witnessed to be believed. Watching the Water Jousting has to be top of your list of things to do in Sete, France, this summer.

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nice carnaval1The Nice Carnival is the oldest and one of the biggest carnivals in the World. It is also one of the most important dates in the annual Nice, France, festivals calendar. The 2017 Nice carnival will take place from 10 to 26 February 2017. This enormous French carnival procession takes place over 15 days during the Mardi Gras.

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365miptv cannes france2MIPTV Cannes 2017 will take place from 13-16 April 2017. MIP TV is a massive TV content marketing show that brings together everybody involved in the TV, film, digital and video industry. It is actually 4 conferences in one: MIP Digital Fronts, MIPDOC, MIPFormats and MIPTV. Participants attending include the big TV production companies, studio heads, the distribution industry, programme directors, writers and producers. 

 

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menton lemon festivalOne of the most colourful festivals of France is the annual Menton Lemon festival. The Fête du Citron, is held during last weeks of February in the coastal resort of Menton, on the French Riviera in between Monaco and the Italian border. The 2018 Menton Lemon festival in France will be the 85th edition of the festival and will take place from 17 February to 7 March 2018.

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nice jazzIt is quite incredible that the Nice Jazz festival was the very first jazz festival in the world. The inaugural Festival de Jazz Nice was held in February 1948, nearly 70 years ago. The 2016 Nice Jazz festival is the 67th Jazz event on the French Riviera and will take place from 16 to 20 July 2016 at the Théatre de Verdure, Place Masséna, Nice. 

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bezeiers feria2Without doubt the greatest festival in Languedoc. Beziers comes alive in spectacular fashion with fireworks, street entertainment and a daily Spanish corrida. There is also an important wine festival in Beziers at the same time as the Feria. So if you are in Languedoc in early August and you want to experience a great Languedoc festival, then the Beziers Ferias is an absolute must see.

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gitansA huge gypsy fair is held in Les Saintes-maries-de-la-mer every year towards the end of May. This ancient South France festival has a long old history. What makes Les Saintes-maries-de-la-mer standout however has been the succession of pilgrims that have visited it for centuries.

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365mipim expo cannes france4MIPIM Cannes is the International Real Estate show held at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, in March or April each year. This huge property market exhibition and conference is held over 4 full days and encompasses over 20,000 participants including exhibitors and keynote industry speakers. It features everybody from the international property sectors, including office and residential developers; real estate agents, and representatives from the healthcare and sports world.

 

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sete france festivalThe Fiest'A de Sete is a World music festival in France covering a wide range of musical styles from North Africa and Europe. The dates for the 2017 Fiest'A de Sete have just been announced and it takes place from 22 July to 7 August 2017. Sete has a crowded calendar of festivals in July & August. There is the Worldwide Festival in early July, the Water Jousting festivals towards the end of August and then the Fiest'A de Sete French music festival in late July and early August. 

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mapic cannesMAPIC Cannes is the International Retail Property Marketing show held at the Palais de Festivals, Cannes, in November each year. This exhibition and conference for companies specialising in retail development, is held over 3 full days and encompasses over 7,500 participants including exhibitors and keynote industry speakers. It includes everything from large scale Shopping Mall developers to retailers and factory outlets.

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fete de drac365The Fete de Drac or Dragon festival in Mondragon, South of France, has been taking place for the last 40 years. The origins of the festival is a local old legend of a dragon that appears on the banks of the Rhone river and captures unsuspecting virgins from the village of Mondragon. This festival is always a raucus affair, with plenty of fireworks, fancy dress and general mayhem. 

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nezignan fig festivalThe end of August brings with it the Fig Festival in Nezignan l'Eveque, which you can not miss - well we can't because it is right outside our front door. Featuring all manner of fig related products, as well as handicrafts, organic food and oddballs selling herbal 'digestifs' that look like boiled tea. Nezignan lEveque is famous for its figs. Not an awful lot has happened in Nezignan lEveque, but it is world reknowned for its figs. This tiny little village near Pezenas grows more than 90 different varieties, as well as producing 30% of France's Nougat.

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pezenas poulain festival languedocLe Poulain festival South France, held in the historic town of Pezenasis at the start of Lent in late February or early March, is a great festival to visit. The festival features a symbolic horse (Le Poulain) reputed to represent the favourite foal of the Prince de Conti from the time when Pezenas was the capital of the Languedoc region. Le Poulain is pushed through the old streets of Pezenas (usually by the rugby team of Pezenas) accompanied by a local flute and drum band as well as plenty of beer and pastis.

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music festival4The dates and line up for the Worldwide French music festival 2016 has just been announced. This will be the 11th year that this French music festival has taken place and it has firmly established itself as one of the best French music festivals for modern Jazz, Funk and World Music. The 2016 Worldwide French music festival will be held from 4-11 July 2016.

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gitansA huge gypsy fair is held in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer every year towards the end of May. This fair has a long old history. The story starts shortly after the Crucifixion of Christ, when many of his disciples were being hunted out of Palestine. One group of disciples boarded a boat, which according to legend had no sail or oars and was guided by God across the Mediterranean to Provence.

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feri peche abricotThe biggest festival in Saint-Gilles-du-Gard takes place in mid August, with the annual Feria de la Peche et de l'Abricot (Peach & Apricot Festival), which features street processions, dancing and the obligatory bull-fighting. This 5 day event takes over the whole town, bringing with it a carnival atmosphere to the historic old town in the heart of the Camargue.

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feria de pecheSitting on the edge of the Petite Camargue, the old town of Saint-Gilles is a pleasant place to wander around, with its narrow windy streets. Through the centre of Saint-Gilles runs the Rhone-Sete Canal. The canal-side is now a busy place full of restaurants, shops and bot hire kiosks. The town features a wonderful 12th Century Abbey Church, now a UNESCO World Heritage monument. The biggest festival in Saint-Gilles takes place in mid August, with the Feria de la Peche et de l'Abricot

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