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EVENTS IN BRITTANY FOR 2012 - Festivals, Pardons, Concerts .....

 

Apart from the major events listed on this page, many towns in Brittany hold regular events such as guided walks, painting and craft classes. It is also worth checking with the tourism office  to see what is available in the way of concerts in venues such as churches and to find out what is on offer for children as many of the seaside resorts in particular have children's shows and entertainment at set times.  Many of the tourism offices organise welcome drinks for tourists each week too.  We try to provide the dates for the major events but sometimes this information is slow coming in and decisions can be made very close to the time in some areas. Keep coming back to this page as events will continue to be added throughout 2012. 

 

Dates on this and other pages have been provided to us and so we cannot take any responsibility for any errors in this information. 

     
     

BELLE ILE

 

 

Fête  des Brioches, at Bangor

April

8th

Fête de l'Eté at Bangor

June

24

Fête  de Musique at Lochmaria

June

21

Fête  au Grande Phare at Bangor

July

13

Lyrique en mer - month of classical music - concerts and choirs

20 July to

17 August

 Fête belliloise

July

21

BINIC

 

 

La Morue en Fête,

May

17 to 20

Festival Folk'n blues

August 

3 to 5

Festival "Entre Terre et Mer"  Festivals with displays of old crafts, dancing displays 

August

5

BOBITAL 

 

 

L'Amour en Sons - Rock Festival http://www.bobital-festival.fr

Festival nearly did not go ahead this year but plans are underway.  Will confirm all shortly.

July

probably 6 and 7 but needs checking!

BREST

 

 

Les Tonnerres de Brest - Boat show with craft from all over the world, entertainment

July

13 to 19

Astropolis - techno music festival

 

 

BROCELIANDE FOREST AREA - SEE PAIMPONT

 

 

CARHAIX 

 

 

Festival des Vieilles Charrues" - France's biggest pop festival.  Five stages, 80 artists and around 230,000 spectators

www.vieillescharrues.asso.fr

July

19,.20.21, 22

CANCALE

 

 

CHERRIEUX  

 

Fete de l'ail

July

29

COMBOURG 

Great excitement this year, 2012, as Combourg has launched Année médiévale (Medieval Year)  The year started with a parade of knights on horseback who rode around the town followed by the partaking of a medieval drink called "l'hypocras"  which is a hot spicy wine.  The year is summarised in a blog and on Facebook

Foire de la mi-mai (Mid may fair)

May`

13 and 14

Floréales Médiévales at the Parc du Château - (Festival of Medieval Flowers).  This sounds really interesting for any one interested in gardening or making their outside home space interesting.  Visitors are encouraged to come in medieval costume. There are over seventy stands and these are not all gardening related as jewellery, clothes, interior decoration and pictures are on sale as well as plants, garden mirrors, garden ornaments and accessories.  You can see just some of the exhibitors by clicking here

May

27

Fête de la musique

June

23

Fête du Cheval et de la vénerie with a parade through the town (Festival of the Horse and breeding)

July 

22

Chants de marins "MobyDick" (sea shanties) at the Camping municipal July 27 20.00 hrs

Festival de la Lanterne - Music Festival with groups and singers playing at various locations in the town

August

3

Foire d'Angevine  (Funfair)

September

3 to 5

CONCARNEAU

 

 

Festival des Filets Bleus - Chants du Marin, Old Crafts, Foods and goes on for three days - loads of folk music, Irish and Breton etc.  Lovely festival with fisherman parading through the town with blue fishing nets

August

15 to 19

CREHEN - Chauteau du Guildo    
Fête au Vieux Château August 11
CROZON    

Festival du Bout du Monde,
Land’s End Festival’ – Crozon Peninsula:

Music Festival - Contemporary and local music

August

3 - 5

DINAN

 

 

Fête foraine de Dinan - FUNFAIR!

February 24

to March 25

Festival les Esclaffades at nearby St. Helen. Fun and laughter with clowns

June

30 to 1 July

29ème Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique

July

11th to 15th

Concert Festi Rance at St Sampson sur Rance Port Lyvet

July

 

A Night at the Moulin du Prat - Pleuhiden

July

 

la Fête des Remparts de Dinan

July

21 to 22

Festival "Août la Fête des Remparts de Dinan Musical"

August

2nd to 12th

Fete de Ble et Des Vieux Metiers Pleuhiden

August

11 and 12

Le Défi du Jerzual September 22

DINARD 

 

 

St Bartholomew Flower Festival for 2012
From Friday 13th July till Sunday 15th July 2012
Friday 13th 2.00 - 17.00
Saturday 14th 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 15th - 18.00
English Afternoon Teas Served on the Church Lawn from 2.30
Saturday Evening 14th July18.00 Concert by The Harmony Men Jersey
Ticket for the Concert 10 Euro including a Glass of Pimm's
July 13 to 15

GRAND SPECTACLE PYROTECHNIQUE MUSICAL Baie de l'Ecluse starts at 22.00

July

15

GRAND SPECTACLE PYROTECHNIQUE MUSICAL Baie de l'Ecluse

August

14

British Film Festival (famous festival premiering British films

October

3 to 7

DOL DE BRETAGNE

 

 

Fete de la Musique

June

23

Concerts on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 20 h 30, in the Cathédrale de Dol de Bretagne

5 July

to 23 August

Concerts and stories at MONT DOL on Wednesdays 11 July to 23 August

Fireworks with torchlight displays in the town centre

July

14

DOUARNENEZ

 

 

Fete des Vieux Metiers de Pouldergat

July

26

Temps fête sur Douarnenez: held ever two years

July 19 to 22
ERIAC    
 Foire du Châtelier September 18

ERQUY

 

 

Free show for children at Place aux Mômes april 14

Couleur de Bretagne painting  competition with artists from beginners to professionals painting - quay

May 27

Mercredis celtiques - free concerts on Wednesdays

July and August
Free shows for children at Place aux Mômes on Fridays at 4.30
Printemps le mardi 17 avril et automne le mardi 6 novembre à 15 h 30.
July 13 to 24 August
Fireworks July 14

Fête de la Mer various activities at the port including sea excursions on fishing boats.

July

29

Fête de la Sainte-Jeanne another sea festival with various activities at the port including sea excursions on fishing boats.

August 12
Fireworks August 15

Les Virades de l'Espoir

held at the port with hikes, sea excursions, Harley Davidson rides, music, dancing

September

30

Free show for children at Place aux Mômes at 15.30

November

6

FOUGERES

 

 

Carnaval  - Parade March 10

Festival Voix des Pays - singing including mediaeval music

July

6 and 7

FREHEL/Sables d’Or les Pins    
Le carnaval April 1
Les Arts en fête May 19
Classical Music concerts in the Chapel July 10, 17, 24 ,31 and August 14, 21,28

GUINGAMP

 

 

Pardon Notre-Dame de Bon Secours June 30

Le Bugale Breizh / Festival des enfants de Bretagne - involves over 1,000 children - parades, dancing, entertainment

July 1

Saint Loup Festival

August

11 -19

JOSSELIN

 

 

1er Festival de Slam de Josselin - Poetry Festival - "Slam" April 3 to 7
Pardon de Notre Dame de Toute l'Aide August 15
Pardon Notre Dame des Fleurs August 15

JUGON DES LACS area including Plédéliac, Plénée Jugon, Plestan,

During the summer months Jugon des Lacs have a huge variety of excellent nature related events, too many to list here - fishing classes, trips into the forest during the night time, walks around the lake, Bat night, Cooking, Understanding the uses of herbs.  Many of these are in French but some in English.

Information from Maison Peche & Nature 00 33 (0) 2 96 50 60 04

"I catch my first fish" Fishing initiation for the whole family with instructions in English  Book at the Maison Pêche et Nature 00 33 (0) 2 96 50 60 04

 

 

Marché aux vieux outils

April 15

Fete de la Musique

June

21

Fireworks at the lake

July

13

Fête du bois et de la forêt at Plédéliac - really excellent festival devoted to wood and wood crafts with entertainment and food.

August

5

Fête folklorique August 26

Chestnut Festival at Plédéliac at the Ferme d'Antan

October

28

LAMBALLE

 

 
Foire des Potiers May 13
La Fête du Pain d'Antan - le 8 juillet 2012 July 8
Fête des Années 30 à Morieux July 29
Mille Sabots, - equestrian festival with horses from all over Brittany September 25

LANCIEUX

 

 
Feu de Saint Jean June 30

Fête du Moulin

August 15

LANDERNAU

 

 
Fête médiévale - La Roche-Maurice June 2
Festival « Le cochon dans la garenne » Daoulas July 7
Festival "Kann Al Loar" - Landerneau July 11

 Festival du Bruit

August

11-12
Fête de la Pomme de Terre Plouédern August 18-19
Fête de la Moisson Dirinon August 19

LANGOURLA

 

 

 Jaz in Longourla

August 

10-12

LANNION

 

 

Les Tardives Tregor Free summer events, storytelling, dance and Celtic music

July to

August
LE QUIOU    
Pierres en Fête August 18 and 19
LE VIVIER SUR MER    
Fete des Moules August 12

LA TRINITE SUR MER

 

 

LE GALICY

 

 

Festival Peuples & Nature - Photography Festival with the emphasis on the environment

June to

September

LOCRONAN

 

 

LORIENT

 

 

Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

This music festival attracts around 700,000 people from all over the world  and in particular the celtic countries from Galicia to Cornwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, who come to join their Bretron counterparts.

August

3-12

Troménie de Locronan - Petite Troménie- "Twelve metres of prayer" which takes place every six years in Locronan in Finistere

July

 

MALESTROIT

 

 

Pont du Rock

July to

August

MATIGNON and area

 

 

MONTCONTOUR 2011

including Hénon . Langast .  Plémy . Quessoy . St Carreuc . Trédaniel

 

 

MONT DOL - see Dol de Bretagne

 

 

MORLAIX

 

 

Panoramas Festival  - Contemporary Music Festival rock, rap, electro,- Top names and new groups

April

5 to 8

PAIMPOL GOËLO

 

 

Festival du Chant de Marin  - Sea shanties, displays, entertainment and food. Takes place every two years attracting over 130,000 visitors and boats from all over the world.  Entertainers include Marianne Faithfull, Carlos Núñez, Touré Kunda and Goran Bregović.

August

 

PAIMPONT and area  In the heart of the Broceliande Forest

 

 

PERROS-GUIREC Station Kid Award Holder Perros- Guirec has received a prestigious award as a StationKid and so abounds with child friendly activities.  Go to Children's Activities in Brittany for more information

 

 
Festival de la Cité des Hortensias july 28 to 29

Fête de la mer

July

28 to 29

La Fête Vénitienne - quais de la Douane from18h. Entertainment, food and a parade of boats at night fall followed by fireworks at 23 h

July

 

Pardon de Notre Dame de la Clarté

August 14 to 15

PIRIAC SUR MER  - has the  Petites Citiés de Charactère title and is a Station Kid Award Holder

 

 
PLEBOULLE    
Foire de Montbran September 8 and 9

PLEDILIAC

 

 
Fête du Bois et de la Forêt August 5

Chestnut Festival at Plédéliac at the Ferme d'Antan

October

28

PLEINE FOUGERES - see Dol de Bretagne for details

 

 

PLENEUF VAL ANDRE

   

Pardon Notre Dame de la Garde et Bénédiction de la mer (all day event)

August  
PLENEE JUGON    
Fête du Cochon July 8
Fête de la mécanisation August 12
PLEVENON    
Fête de la Mer July 28

Plénée Jugon See Jugon des Lacs

   
PLESLIN TRIGAVOU    
Fête des Mégalithes July 29
PLESTAN    
Animations et feu d’artifice August 14

PLEUDIHEN SUR RANCE

   

A Night at the Moulin du Prat

August 4

Fete de Ble Et Des Vieux Metiers

August 11 and 12
PLEUMEUR BOUDOU    
Fête de la mer Landrellec, August 10
Fête de la mer à l’Ile Grande, August 10Festival de l’estran
Festival de l’estran September 14 to 16
Fête du blé noir October 7
PLEVENON    
Fête de la libération August 15
PLUMAUGAT    
Festival des battages August 19

PONT AVEN

   

La Fête des Fleurs d’Ajonc - one of the oldest Breton festivals

August

5

PONTRIEUX 

 

 
Fete de la Moisson    
Fete des Lavoirs August 15
QUEVERT    
Fête de la Pomme November 3 and 4

QUIBERON

   

QUIMPER 

   

La Cornouaille Very popular music festival

http://www.festival-cornouaille.com/

July

24 to 29

REDON

   

RENNES

 

 
Foire Internationale de Rennes - huge homes and gardens and agricultural exhibition held close to the Aeroport de St Jacques des Landes  - well worth visiting  http://www.foirederennes.com/ March 24 to April 1

Les Tombées de la Nuit - Street Art - Musicians and Entertainment - all sorts of entertainment from circuses to concerts, informal theatres, dance etc in the streets at nightfall http://www.lestombeesdelanuit.com/

July

2-7

Quartiers d'Ete

July

 

ROSCOFF

   
SAINT ANDREE DES EAUX    
Festival Terre Harmonie August 10,11,12

SAINT BRIAC SUR MER

   

SAINT-BRIEUC

   

Art Rock Festival - large music festival held annually and attracting 35,000 people.  International stars involved.

May 26-28

 

   

 

   

ST CAST LE GUILDO

   
Fête de l’Huître June 23
Festival “un air de jazz” July 28 to 6 August
Foire aux peintres August 11,12

SAINT JACUT DE LA MER

   

SAINT JUVAT

 

 

 Fête au Pays des Gaulois June 23

SAINT MALO

   

Festival Etonnants Voyageurs

 May 26-28

Fete de la Musicque

June  

Solidor in Painting by the Tour Solidor and along the adjacent quay, Saint-Servan
Oudoor painting competition

June  

Festival " Folk the World " held In the streets of Saint-Malo, in Parame ...
Festival of dance and world music

July  

La Route du Rock *FESTIVAL The Palais des Congres Le Grand Large, Beach and Fort Saint-Père International festival of rock music www.laroutedurock.com

August  

Solidor Métiers d'Art Crafts fair Solidor, Saint-Servan

September  

Christmas market in Saint-Malo 30 Christmas chalets and entertainment in the Jardin des Douves at the foot of the ramparts

December  

SAINT LUNAIRE

   

SLIGO

   

Festival du Bout du Monde

August  

TINTENIAC

   
TREBEURDEN    
Tango par la côte - classes by experts, competitions, entertainment July 17 to August 5
Fête de la mer August 11
TREGASTEL    
Fete de la Baie August 3
EQUINOXE , le Festival de l’Estran September 15 and 16

TREGIER

Grand Pardon de Saint-Yves

May

20

TREVOU-TREGUIGNEC    
Fête du port du Royo August 15
Pardon traditionnel de saint Guénolé September 1 and 2

VANNES

   

Jazz a Vannes

July  

Fêtes Historiques de Vannes – Vannes

July 12-14

VITRE