The top Autumn

festivals in Provence

When the region clothes itself in its most colourful array and the party is in full swing and bursts into flame, that’s the time for the real musts… A great excuse for wandering around and even dancing in lovely golden settings with our Autumn festivals!

Awaken your senses in the Vaucluse

Pleasure-seekers, take a gourmet tour between flavours and scents in the Parc du Mont-Ventoux with the Ventoux Saveurs Festival. For a whole month, there’s a succession of events and regional hikes where you can meet the winegrowers of the Ventoux, goat or open-air pig farmers, plunge into the life of a lavender distillery or a vegetable grower, and pick wild edible plants or learn to cook small spelt. Get your fill of the open air and Mediterranean flavours before winter arrives! The C’est Pas Du Luxe Festival which takes place every two years is dedicated to Culture for all and artistic proposals are dotted all over the town centre and the west of Avignon for 3 days of festivities. Shows, films, exhibitions, concerts, open stages… a lovely palette of atmospheres to bring art to all! The event, which takes place in over twenty places in the town, event federates and promises rich and beautiful encounters.

Party in the middle of Marseille

Under the Mediterranean sun, the melodies of La Fiesta des Suds festival have all the festival-goers dancing in Marseille for 10 days in October. World music, emerging and successful artists, there’s something to suit all tastes and whims with a special place for the local scene. Head for Esplanade Saint-Jean, in front of the former J4 which overlooks the sea: Spectacular live shows in monumental decors set the dance floor humming! See the stars, divas, revered giants, popular icons and incendiary bands set fire to the stage. Among those who have been at the Fiesta, all the local musical heroes, from Jo Corbeau to IAM, and Massilia Sound System, Troublemakers, Quartiers Nord and Chinese Man. La Fiesta des Suds in Marseille means 240 evenings, 10,500 artists and 1.3 million spectators. 2022 celebrates the festival’s 30th anniversary, so get your tickets quick!

Book carrying compulsory in Manosque

When the bell starts ringing for the kids to go back to school in September, head for Manosque and the Festival Les Correspondances. The festival, which creates new encounters based on text to showcase living literature, is 5 days of celebrating writing and literature with young writers and contemporary authors. A programme of readings, sometimes joint, performances, and also encounters in the town’s squares. Actors, musicians and even artists invited for original creations lend a pinch of folly to the event. The writers among you will be intent on discovering around a hundred écritoires (writing booths) in public areas for the pleasure of exchanging and sending thousands of letters. And for those of you who want to get their tickets now, the 24th edition is programmed from 21st to 25th September 2022.

The chestnut, star of the Var

Roasted over a wood fire, in a creamy soup or as jam, chestnuts come in all forms during the Fêtes de la Châtaigne in Collobrières.  In October, in the picking season, come and enjoy three festive Sundays in this little Provencal village at the end of a valley in the Massif des Maures. Perched on a hillside and crisscrossed with steep little streets with steps or cobbled ways, Collobrières is a real delight for those who love wandering around. Give your tastebuds a treat with the local producers’ market; you’ll see craftspeople and artists there too. A good excuse for an unusual walk through the chestnut groves. Folk groups lend a festive atmosphere and free entertainment accompanies the sampling of quality products such as the famous roasted chestnuts, crèmes de marron and marrons glacés.

The best of swing in Nîmes Métropole

A touring and even more jazzy event than the year before, the Jazz Festival de Nîmes Métropole is a must for fans of Ray Charles, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. The festival takes place in late September-early October and includes lots of events all over the town area. From jazz stars to the new generation and regional artists, enjoy great shows and make the most of the Jardins de la Fontaine open for the occasion and inspirational exhibitions. They say that the best of local and international jazz is to be found at the Jazz Festival de Nîmes Métropole! You just can’t wait to discover the big touring names on the programme? Added bonus: a concert tour is even programmed for schools on the territory.

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