Events in Brittany

In addition to the events discussed on the various tours pages, here are a few major events throughout the year in Brittany. Some current events are also presented on the home page.
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  • Fête de la Bretagne (Brittany festival) suggests a long list of events across Brittany (and even much further!). This festival derives from Breton patron Saint-Yves festival ("Gouel Erwan" in Breton). From 2019 May, 17th till 26th.

  • The week of the Gulf (la semaine du Golfe), one of the main sailing events in Brittany. Every two years beautiful sailing boats take part in regattas and parades in the Gulf of Morbihan, near Vannes. From 2019 May, 27th till June 2nd.

Inter celtic festival in Lorient, music and dance

 

  • Festival Etonnants Voyageurs ("Amazing travellers" festival) is the inescapable meeting in Saint Malo for travel and exploration lovers, through books and films. From 2019 June, 8th till 10th.

  • Music festival (fête de la musique), celebrated like everywhere in France on Summer Day, around June, 21th (depending on cities and towns).Cultural event in summer : le Voyage à Nantes

 

  • A journey to Nantes (Le voyage à Nantes). Downtown and a few areas in Nantes take on bright colors of modern art to make the discovery of the city even more pleasant. Many inventive creations and events around these places. From late June to late August.

  • Great procession in Locronan (grande troménie de Locronan), every 6 years. Next rendez-vous on July, 14th 2019.



  • Festival des Vieilles Charrues in Carhaix was initially a crazy idea of musical rendez-vous in the middle of Brittany. It has become the biggest music festival in France (in terms of spectators). Various music scenes. From 2019, July, 18th till 21st.

  • Cornouaille festival, in Quimper (Cornouaille is the historic area in Brittany particularly related to Cornwall). Breton music, but not only! Fest-noz, theatre, parade with costumes, dance and embroidery workshops. From 2019 July, 23rd till 28th.


  • Music festivals in Brittany (France)Rendez vous with Breton culture and nature

 

  • Tro Breiz, which means touring Bretagne in Breton, is an old pilgrimage in the honour of the seven Breton saints, mostly from Wales and Cornwall, having preached in Bretagne (seven stages, one of which is staged every year in early August). From 2019 July, 29th till August, 3rd, the stage will go from Saint Brieuc to Saint Malo and Dol de Bretagne.

  • Sound and light show at the abbey of Bon Repos (near Rostrenen and the Lake of Guerlédan). Hundreds of voluntary extras take part in this Breton historical fresco, in a charming setting, after dark. On 2019 July, 31st and August, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th.

  • Festival du Bout du Monde ("End of the world" festival) is a music festival that blends many influences in an amazing setting, on Crozon peninsula. From 2019 August, 2nd till 4th.

  • Festival du chant de marin is a sea shanty festival that offers music from various places as well. It takes place in Paimpol once every two years, from 2019 August, 2nd till 4th.

  • Festival Interceltique de Lorient (Interceltic festival) is the annual festival of Celtic music and culture, from 2019 August, 2nd till 11th.

  • Festival des filets bleus ("Blue fishing nets" festival), in Concarneau : concerts, traditional dance, parade... From 2019 August, 14th till 18th.

  • Festival des Arts Sonnés, music festival in Saint André des Eaux (near Dinan). In September 2019.

  • Festival Livre et Mer ("Book & Sea" festival) is the opportunity to dream about maritime litterature in different ways, with films, lectures, meeting with authors... In Concarneau, autumn 2019.


Sailing is also part of the interceltic festival in Lorient Religious heritage in Brittany

 

Some more rare events:

  • Brest International maritime festival. Every four years, some boats from all seas and oceans meet in Brest, for one of the major sailing events. It is the perfect opportunity to admire old and beautiful sailing boats, and even to board on some traditional yachts. It is the while to contemplate the maritime history in a festive and musical environment. 
    Among the special events in 2016 : the Hermione frigate, replica of La Fayette's one, was there, along with Russian, Mexican, Dutch, English yachts. Next edition in July 2020.

  • Route du Rhum is a transatlantic sailing race that takes place between Saint-Malo and Guadeloupe every four years. Next departure in 2022!

 

Yacht parade in Brittany (Brest 2016) Sailing in Brittany, parades (Brest)



Our Norman neighbours also organize interesting events !

Festival Jazz sous les pommiers ("Jazz under the apple-trees" festival), in Coutances. From 2019, May 25th till June 1st.

- New "Civilian population during the 2nd World War" memorial, in Falaise.

- Commemorations of the Normandy landing: D-Day festival, for the 75th anniversary from 2019 May, 25th till June, 16th.