This page is a work in progress. I will list upcoming events in and around the area, which you might enjoy. I will try and update this as often as possible – if there is an event you think should be listed here, please drop me a line. If you want to visit the area and need accommodation please head to www.midihideaways.com. Please note – whilst I believe the information on this page to be correct at the time of publishing, I strongly recommend that you check with the organisers before attending an event.
Fete 1900, Plateau des Poetes, Beziers – 1 May to 30 September 2017
Once more, there is an old-fashioned fairground in the gardens of the Plateau des Poetes in Beziers. It’s a charming and nostalgic little fairground, recalling days gone by. You can read my post about my visit to the fairground on a previous occasion here.
Courses Camarguaises – May to October 2017
If you want to see a bull-fight, but are not into blood sports, then a course camarguaise is for you! The bull always leaves the ring alive, and the men in the ring have to be very nimble on their feet. I wrote about one such bull-fight here, and you can find all the dates on the official website.
Festival de Carcassonne – 1 to 30 July 2017
Once again, Carcassonne is hosting an array of famous French singers and musicians during its summer festival! For the full programme visit here.
With four days of bodegas, parties and bull fights, the feria in Beziers attracts visitors from all over. If bull fights are not your thing, the party atmosphere in the town in the early evening is lovely to experience, with pop-up restaurants bars everywhere. You can find out more via this link.
Fete du Fil, Labastide Rouairoux – 14 and 15 August 2017
This fete is a must for lovers of all things textile. The textile museum will be open to visitors free of charge, there will be several exhibitions and the flea market. Full details on https://lafetedufil.jimdo.com/
Fete de Saint-Louis, Sete – 17 to 22 August 2017
The Fete de Saint-Louis celebrates the patron saint of Sete with five days of concerts, street performances and the all-important water jousting tournament! Full details can be found via this link.
Start of La Vuelta, Nimes – 19 August 2017
La Vuelta is Spain’s answer to the Tour de France, and this year the city of Nimes hosts the first stage of this race. A must for all lovers of cycling!
Limoux Carnival – 2 January 2017 – 2 April 2017
The good people of Limoux take their carnival very serious. Different groups have the run of the central square every Saturday and Sunday during the carnival period. It’s always an enjoyable festival to visit – I have previously written about it here, and you can find the full programme of this year’s events via this link.
Journees Europeennes des Metiers d´Art – 31 March – 2 April 2017
The European Artistic Craft Days are held every year on the first weekend in April. They give the public a chance to see expert craft makers in action. Last year I visited a workshop where verre mousseline is made – see for yourself here. You can find the full programme of this year’s event on the official French website.
Canal du Midi Boat Show 2017, Capestang – 8 April 2017
Your chance to see a selection of the most beautiful hotel barges on the Canal du Midi. The show is aimed at tourism professionals, but on the Saturday it is open to the general public.
Procession de la Sanch, Perpignan – 14 April 2017
Each year on Good Friday, the town of Perpignan hosts the traditional Good Friday Procession. The custom dates back 600 years, and it is a deeply moving spectacle, the only one of its kind in France.
Tournoi de la Citadelle, Carcassonne – 15 and 16 April 2017
This will be the first time that Carcassonne will be hosting this tournament, where competitors fight one another in full armour, just like in the Middle Ages! You can find details on this website.
Balade Geologique dans le Saint-Chinianais, Cebazan – 22 April 2017
The area around Saint-Chinian is a geologist’s dream – to the point that groups of geology students from some of the UK universities are sent here to do field work and projects. This guided visit will be by bus and is followed by a lecture. Details from tourist office in Capestang via this link.
Fete de Saint-Aphrodise, Beziers – 28 April 2017
On the occasion of the fete of the patron saint of Beziers, the Basilica of Saint Aphrodise will be open to the public. Restoration work has been ongoing since I wrote about the church back in 2013, and I am looking forward to seeing the interim results!
Grande Deballage, Pezenas – 7 May 2017
This event is not to be missed if you are into flea markets and antiques. There will be in excess of 150 stalls, selling all kinds of “stuff”!!
European museum night – 20 May 2017
Since 2005, European museum night has been enchanting visitors every year. It’s a free event, which gives visitors the chance to discover the treasures of museums all over Europe in different ways. You’ll be able to find the whole programme on this site .
Les Sentiers Gourmands, Narbonne – 21 May 2017
For the 14th time in as many years, this gourmet walk has been organised across the La Clape vineyards. The full details can be found on the offical website, and if you want a ‘taste’ of what such a gourmet walk can be like, read my post about one such walk in Saint-Jean-de-Minervois here.
Fete de la Musique, all over Europe – 21 June 2017
Don’t miss this wonderful celebration of music all over France. It’s a great occasion to listen to all kinds of music. I’ve written about some of my experiences here and here. The official website for the event can be found via this link.
Re-opening of the Fonserannes site, Beziers, 1 July 2017
The site around the staircase lock at Fonserannes on the Canal du Midi, on the edge of Beziers, has been given a complete makeover! I am looking forward to when the site re-opens again in its new splendour. The staircase lock is a marvel of engineering and worth a visit if you are in the area!