Brittany's main events

  • Pont-Aven Museum: Re-opening in March 2016

    The world’s first gallery devoted to the work of the Pont-Aven School has been given an ambitious face-lift, following three years of refurbishment. In a surface area that’s now twice as large, displays have been rethought and an innovative multimedia facility will introduce you to the world of Gauguin and his fellow-artists in a way that’s never been seen before.

  • Fête de la Coquille Saint-Jacques (Scallop Festival): 23-24 April 2016

    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.

  • Art Rock - Saint-Brieuc: 13-15 May 2016

    Organised every 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: 14-16 May 2016

    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.

  • Festival of Brittany: 14-22 May 2016

    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. More than 300 events are organised all over Brittany and far beyond. This is a great opportunity to discover and experience Breton tradition, folklore and spirit, with family and friends.

  • The Mont Saint-Michel Marathon: 29 May 2016

    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.

  • La Gacilly Photo Festival - La Gacilly: 4 June-30 September 2016

    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.

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

    Les Tombées de la Nuit (Nightfalls) – Rennes: early July 2016

    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.

  • Élodie Boutry - chapelle Saint-Tugdual, Quistinic

    Art in the Chapels – Blavet Valley: 8 July - 18 September 2016

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

  • Le Voyage à Nantes - Nantes: 1 July - 28 August 2016

    The Voyage à Nantes event has stage set the town every summer since 2012. Forty historical and modern sites make up the sensitive and poetic trail of the same name. This permanent ‘dispersed monument’ can be traced by following the green line along the ground. It’s a summertime stopover where art tips the town upside down! Diversity and free admission to the vast number of its offerings are once again its strong points.

  • Feux d'artifice, Brest 2008

    2016 Brest International Maritime Festival - Brest: 13-19 July 2016

    A flotilla of 1,500 boats converging in the bay, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the world’s most beautiful ships and to learn about the world’s many seafaring cultures, and all in a festive and musical atmosphere: that’s what’s on offer every four years, in July in Brest.

  • Temps Fête Festival - Douarnenez: 19-24 July 2016

    Every two years, hundreds of traditional sailing ships from all over the world converge on Douarnenez for a festival weekend. It's an amazing sight! Go to Port Rhu to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy concerts on the quayside and sail out to sea on a boat-trip you’ll never forget.

  • Fête des Remparts de Dinan (22)

    Fête des Remparts – Dinan: 21-24 July 2016

    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.

  • Vieilles Charrues - Scène et foule

    Vieilles Charrues – Carhaix: 14-17 July 2016

    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!

  • Fêtes historiques de Vannes 2011

    Fêtes Historiques de Vannes: 13-14 July 2016

    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.

  • Fest-Noz Place Saint-Corentin, Festival de Cornouaille, Quimper (29)

    Festival Le Cornouaille – Quimper: 19-24 July 2016

    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.

  • Troménie de Locronan

    Troménie de Locronan – July 2016

    In Breton, troménie means ‘walk around a sacred place’. The troménie in Locronan takes place every six years (next issue in July 2019) and is a totally unique event. Every time, thousands of people, some dressed in traditional costume, take part in the 12 km procession. And if you are too impatient to wait six years for the next Grande Troménie (open to both locals and tourists), a smaller version is organised each year on the second Sunday in July.

  • Polychromies Guimiliau

    "Calvaries illuminations": July and August 2016

    From Léon to Cornouaille via Morbihan, every year Brittany’s calvaries or roadside crosses, are illuminated to reveal their original colours. Come and see the show.

  • Festival de Jazz à Vannes

    Jazz in Vannes: 25-31 July 2016

    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…

  • Aiguilles de Port Coton, Belle-île ( 56)

    Festival Lyrique en Mer – Belle-Ile-en-Mer: 28 July - 19 August 2016

    From the magnificent decor to the prestigious choir singers, it’s hard to decide which is the best part of the Lyrique en Mer festival. Every summer, some of the great composers make a quick stopover in Belle-Île, making this a dream location for opera lovers. So don’t forget to dr-op-er-a-round!

  • Sound and light shows at Bon-Repos abbey - Saint-Gelven: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13 August 2016

    Every summer for the past 25 years, Bon-Repos abbey has become a stage at nightfall, where you can watch the story of Central Brittany unfold, from Neolithic times to the Chouan uprising at the end of the 18th century – all shown in an amazing ‘son et lumière’ sound and light show. 

  • Festival Interceltique de Lorient - Nuit celtique

    Festival Interceltique de Lorient: 5-14 August 2016

    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.

  • Route du Rock, Saint-Malo (35)

    Route du Rock – Saint-Malo: 11-14 August 2016

    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: 12-15 August 2016

    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: 28 September - 2 October 2016

    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: 28-30 October 2016

    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.

  • Yaouank – Rennes: November 2016

    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….

  • Transmusicales – Rennes: early December 2016

    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.

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