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Calandar of key festivals in France

January
New Year's/Reveillon
F ete des Rois
Sales - first goverment regulated period for shopping

February
Candlemas/Mardi Gras
St Valentines day
Nice carnival
Provence festivals: Fete de mimosa (wattle) and lemon festival in Menton

March/April
Easter (ISLS has first antique fair)
Paris marathon
Foire de (fair of) Lyon
La Féria de Pâques (Easter bullfighting restival) in Arles
ANZAC day the Somme and Flanders Fields
April fools
Kite festival in Calais

May (key days in May)
Foire de (fair of) Paris
Labour Day
Joan of arc festival Orleans
Cannes film festival
Monaco grand prix
French tennis open
Feria bull fighting festival Nimes
Transhumance (sheep movement) fete St Remy (on Whit Monday)

June
Bordeaux wine festival
Hot air balloon festival (anniversary first flight) Annonay 1st weekend June
D Day landing anniversary Normandy
Le Mans 24 hr car race
Diner en Blanc Paris
Berets et Baguettes bike ride
Fete de la musique
St Jean's day
Summer sales start - 2nd goverment regulated period for shopping

July
Nice jazz festival
Tour de France cycling race
Avignon festival
Poupet music festival
Dinan medieval fete des ramparts
Art Festival Aix en Provence
Bastille day
Perigord Noir music festival
Carcassonne festival

August
Isle sur la Sorgue floating markets and antique fair
Paris plagues
Champagne route festival
Bayonne festival
Monte Carlo International Fireworks Festival
Arelate Arles festival
Napoleon festival Corsica
Colmar Wine Fair

September/October
Autumn festivals (fete de la chataigne/chestnuts and apples Normandy)
Besancon Music Festival
European Heritage Days (3rd weekend in Sept)
Fete de la Gastronomie (especially Avignon)
Angouleme classic car ramparts race festival
Marathon du Medoc (wine drinking race through vineyards)
The Bird King Festival in Le Puy-en-Velay
La Ciotat Festival 1720 (escape the 1720 plague)
Festival d’Ile de France
Montmartre wine festival
Marseille Fiesta des Suds and Fete du Vent
Puppet Festival Charleville-Mezieres

November
All saints day
Armistace (11/11)
Nouveau Beaujolais (3rd Thurs)
Truffle season starts
Salon du Chocolat Paris
Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair

December
Christmas markets including Lille's and Strasbourg's
Wine tasting at the Louvre
Lyon and Epernay festivals of light
Christmas

For more festivals, go to: http://leguidedesfestivals.com 
For public holidays in France go to: http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/france/

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