Brittany's main events

  • Les Hivernautes – Quimper: 10-15 March 2014

    Quimper in February is no place for hibernating, because here in the capital of Cornouaille (Brittany’s Cornwall), during the Hivernautes festival, the city echoes to the sound of rock music – and anything rock-related!

  • Fête de la Coquille Saint-Jacques (Scallop Festival): 12-13 April 2014

    Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Loguivy-de-la-Mer and Erquy are all known for their scallops and every year on the last weekend in April, they organise a festival in honour of their queen of the seas. Fishing trips, music, and scallops galore – come and celebrate the end of the scallop-fishing season with the very sailors who fish for them.

  • Festivalière, Festival Panoramas, Morlaix (29)

    Panoramas Festival – Morlaix: 18-20 April 2014

    Forget April showers, just join the long queue of festival-goers, all keen to enjoy the unrivalled view of today’s rich musical landscape provided by the Panoramas Festival.

  • Spi Ouest France 2010

    Spi Ouest-France Intermarché - La Trinité-sur-Mer: 18-21 April 2014

    Every Easter, the Easter eggs are hidden, but the single hulls an be seen in broad daylight at the Spi Ouest-France Regatta. A real treat for anyone who loves a regatta.

  • Jardin moderne, Saint-Yves - Fête de la Bretagne 2009, Rennes (35)

    Festival of Brittany: 15-18 May 2014

    Concerts, exhibitions, ‘fest-noz’, markets…Since 2009, the Fête de la Bretagne has become the perfect occasion for the region to set out to conquer the world with its vitality and up-to-date attitude. An opportunity to see the ‘biniou koz’, or traditional Breton bagpipes, from a completely new perspective.

  • Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (35)

    The Mont Saint-Michel Marathon: 24-25 May 2014

    You can recognise them by their loose-limbed stride, the 5,000 runners from all over the world who elbow their way through the pack at the start of the Mont-Saint-Michel Marathon. It’s a race against the clock – or rather, against the sea – so they don’t have much time to admire the scenery, which is a pity, because it’s a World Heritage Site.

  • Festival Peuple & Nature - Galerie du Bout du pont

    Peuples & Nature (People and Nature) Photo Festival – La Gacilly: 31 May - 30 September 2014

    Whether the shots are in black and white or in colour, green is always a major player at the Peuples & Nature Photo Festival in La Gacilly. Focusing specifically on the environment, this is an arts event that fully intends to become part of the landscape.

  • Sonic Youth en concert à Saint Brieuc, lors du festival Art Rock

    Art Rock - Saint-Brieuc: 6-8 June 2014

    Organised at the end of May, the Art Rock festival kicks off the season to a host of Breton festivals that have as many episodes as a hit TV series.

  • Festival Etonnants Voyageurs, Saint-Malo

    Etonnants Voyageurs (Amazing Travellers) - Saint-Malo: 7-9 June 2014

    For the last 20 years, the ‘grandchildren of Stevenson and Conrad’ have got into the excellent habit of meeting below the ramparts of Saint-Malo. Flying where its fancy takes it and wherever the wind may carry it, each year, in May, the Étonnants Voyageurs Festival invites us all to take part in a great literary adventure.

  • Balcon & Coublanc

    Astropolis – 3-6 July 2014

    Every summer for nearly 20 years, there’s been a rave-olution in Brest. Astropolis brings together the ultimate in techno, for a festival that parties along at lightning speed. And since 2012, techno fever has also been filling the city during a winter edition, held in January.

  • Piscine Saint-Georges, Les tombées de la nuit, Rennes (35)

    Les Tombées de la Nuit (Nightfalls) – Rennes: 3-6 July 2014

    A truly unique festival, Les Tombées de la Nuit (Nightfall) brings street art and performance into the spotlight and offers artists and inhabitants a chance to come face to face in some rather unexpected places. Every year, in early summer, surprise and wonderment take over in the streets of Rennes.

  • Baptiste Roux, chapelle Saint-Jean

    L’Art dans les Chapelles (Art in the Chapels) – Blavet Valley: 4 July - 21 September 2014

    A completely unique experience: each summer, contemporary art and religious art come together with thought-provoking results.

  • Fêtes historiques de Vannes 2011

    Fêtes Historiques de Vannes – Vannes: 12-14 July 2014

    With some 272 edifices classified as Historical Monuments, behind its city walls Vannes, the capital of Morbihan, hides a past charged with history. Every year at the Fêtes Historiques, the town proudly re-enacts its long life story.

  • Festival des Vieilles Charrues 2009, Carhaix (29)

    Vieilles Charrues – Carhaix: 17-20 July 2014

    Whilst the line-up at the Vieilles Charrues changes every year, for over 20 years its recipe for success has remained the same with a mix of eclecticism and conviviality, legends, and legends in the making. Five stages, 80 artists and 230,000 spectators...This festival really is a must!

  • Fête des Remparts de Dinan (22)

    Fête des Remparts – Dinan: 19-20 July 2014

    Although its theme is the Middle Ages, the Fête des Remparts is nonetheless very much of its time. Everyone, whether young or not-so-young, can enjoy taking part in this unusual role-play game, devised in 1983. And this landmark event in Bertrand Du Guesclin's home town looks just as much fun as ever.

  • Festival de Cornouaille, Quimper (29)

    Festival de Cornouaille – Quimper: 22-27 July 2014

    Dedicated to the sheer richness and diversity of Breton culture, the Festival de Cornouaille is a cultural cornucopia, and even though it is now nearly ninety years old, this festival is still as youthful as ever.

  • Festival du Bout du Monde, Crozon

    Festival du Bout du Monde (Land’s End Festival) – Crozon Peninsula: 1-3 August 2014

    A melting pot or melting pop, it’s clear that this August festival in Crozon is a cultural and musical pic‘n’mix. And whilst the festival is at ‘the ends of the earth’, the programme itself is exactly at the crossroads of several musical influences.

  • Festival Interceltique de Lorient - Nuit celtique

    Festival Interceltique de Lorient: 1-10 August 2014

    Each summer, around 700,000 people from all over the world invade the Celtic land of Lorient for the Festival Interceltique. From Galicia to Scotland, the cream of Celtic music can be found here, to be enjoyed in a really convivial atmosphere.

  • Festival de Jazz à Vannes

    Jazz in Vannes: 28 July - 2 August 2014

    What is there to do in Vannes? Sip a Cuba Libre cocktail? Why not, especially when you can take in a concert at the same time, like the Buena Vista Social Club, who played here just a couple of years ago…

  • Route du Rock, Saint-Malo (35)

    Route du Rock – Saint-Malo: 14-16 August 2014

    Every August, pop is in the air around Saint-Malo. The Route du Rock is back, entirely dedicated to American and British rock bands and attracting around 15,000 festival-goers to the pirate city.

  • Festival des Filets bleus 2009, Concarneau (29)

    Les Filets Bleus (Blue Fishing Nets) – Concarneau: 14-17 August 2014

    Over a hundred years old, the Filets Bleus festival takes place every August, when it gives the town of Concarneau and its inhabitants an opportunity to go back to their roots. A typically Breton-flavoured costumed parade, with dancing and games that have no need whatsoever for artificial colouring.

  • Festival du Film Britannique, Dinard (35)

    Festival du Film Britannique (Festival of British Cinema) – Dinard: 8-12 October 2014

    Who will win the Golden Hitchcock award? Every Autumn, the same wave of suspense grips Dinard’s version of La Croisette in Cannes. Caesar can keep his César, the British Film Festival has Hitchcock for a mascot, and this is one festival where you won’t need subtitles!

  • Festival Quai des Bulles, Saint-Malo (35)

    Quai des Bulles Festival - Saint-Malo: 10-12 October 2014

    This is certainly a date that has been circled in Brittany’s calendar of cultural events. The last weekend in October is when some 400 comic strip artists get together at the Quai des Bulles Festival in Saint-Malo.

  • Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale 2008, Saint-Malo (35)

    The Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe - 10th edition

    Every four years in November more than 200,000 people come to watch the boats depart in Saint-Malo. The skippers on the Route du Rhum set sail to face the challenges of the high seas – a modern-day adventure and an extreme, single-handed race across a mythical ocean...

  • Yaouank – Rennes: November 2014

    A fabulous mixture of Breton, world and contemporary music, the Yaouank festival is famed above all for its last night, considered by many to be the biggest fest-noz (traditional evening of Breton music and dance) in the world. But it’s so much more….

  • Festival Mettre en scène, Rennes (35)

    Mettre en Scène – Rennes: November 2014

    THE rendez-vous for international directors and choreographers, Mettre en Scène has become a crossroads for both dance and theatre. Originating in Rennes, this festival, which takes place every year in November, has now stretched further afield to include Brest, Vannes, Quimper and Lannion.

  • Transmusicales 2009, Rennes (35)

    Transmusicales – Rennes: 5-7 December 2014

    A leading light of the modern music scene, every winter for the last 30 years, the Transmusicales in Rennes, has given us a taste of the musical trends of tomorrow. Groups come here in the hope of making their last ‘anonymous’ performance before receiving unanimous acclaim from the critics.

  • Festival Chants de Marin, Paimpol (22)

    Festival du Chant de Marin (Sea shanty festival) – Paimpol: August 2015

    Every two years some 130,000 festival-goers transform the quays of Paimpol into a sea of happiness. The traditional boats and music from the four corners of the world are certainly this festival’s recipe for success.

  • Parade - Entre Terre et Mer - Rivière de Morlaix

    Entre Terre & Mer – Baie de Morlaix: June 2015

    In 2011 the farmers and sailors of Morlaix joined forces to create an important biennale event. For a weekend in late June, land and sea become one as they reveal all the riches of the Trégor and Léon area.