You’ll be forgiven for thinking that at the end of the summer the area falls into a Sleeping Beauty-like torpor – but far from it! There is still plenty going on to keep us entertained!!
As soon as fall starts, there are the harvest festivals such as the ones I wrote about last week. The theatre season starts up again in Narbonne, Beziers and Montpellier. Beziers has several venues for theatre, classical music, dance and even opera – you can find the full programme here.
The theatre in Narbonne is housed in a very modern building, quite a contrast to the quaint old theatre in Beziers. It does have better sight-lines than the theatre in Beziers, and the second (smaller) auditorium has been equipped for cinema screenings. The programme can be found via this link.
The live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City are screened at the Theatre in Narbonne, and at the MonCine cinema in Beziers!
Montpellier, being a big city, has a number of theatres of all types – a modern opera house, a grand 19th century theatre building and several smaller theatres. There’s always something going on! The programme can be found here.
November is the time when people in this area start to buy fresh foie gras and other bits of duck and goose, to prepare a stock of goodies to last them the winter!
Coursan and Limoux have their Foires au Gras – literally translated as ‘Fat Fairs’ but they are really foie gras markets – on November 18 (Coursan) and 24 (Limoux), 2018.
The truffle markets start this year on December 15 with a market in Moussoulens. The last truffle market of the season will be on March 10, 2019 in Cabrespine – you can find dates and the programme here.
In preparation for Christmas (think shopping!!), eleven wineries in the Saint-Chinian area have a day of tastings and visits on December 8, 2018 – the programme can be found via this link.
Next, we have Christmas markets! They are becoming ever more popular in the area – here is a small selection for you:
November 24 and 25, 2018 – (Christmas) Cracker Fair at the Abbaye de Valmagne
December 2, 2018 – Christmas market in Saint-Chinian, Salle de l’Abbatiale
December 9, 2018 – Christmas market in Capestang, Salle Nelson Mandela
In the bigger towns, the Christmas markets are on for most of December:
Les Hivernales Christmas market in Montpellier is open from November 29 to December 27, 2018.
Carcassonne’s Magie de Noel opens on December 6, 2018 and closes on January 6, 2019.
So far, most of this post has been about food and other shopping opportunities. Here now are a few more opportunities for entertainment:
On December 12, 2018 the Salle de l’Abbatiale in Saint-Chinian hosts a concert with the La Cantarela choir from Beziers, Ulrike van Cotthem (soprano), Sebastien Mazoyer (bandoneon) and Conrad Wilkinson (piano). There’ll be music by Debussy, Faure, Schumann and Strauss, and the Misatango by Martin Palmeri. This should be a very good concert – don’t miss it!
The Christmas concert in Narbonne takes place on December 15 in the cathedral, with the Narbonne Symphony Orchestra, the Via Lyrica choir and Daniele Scotte (soprano). This should be another great concert.
And finally, If you are a fan of the circus tent, you’ll have to visit Toulouse between December 1, 2018 and January 6, 2019. The Grande Cirque de Noel pitches its tents at the Cepiere racetrack in Toulouse. There will be acrobats, clowns, horses, daredevil stunts and more!!