Entertainment Food and Festival France Festivals
Obviously, travel costs money. And while we totally want to ball out on vacation, we also appreciate when we can do cool things and save a dollar too. Actually, if you’re anything like me, you LOVE when there are cheap things going on to check out locally. Not only will you get an authentic experience, but you’ll be able to put that extra money towards something like gelato as a reward for saving money on vacation. And hey, we could all use a little more ice cream in our lives. So check out these 5 France festivals to keep you entertained and keep your wallet happy:
Rocamadour in Dordogne Valley doesn’t just feature amazing cultural festivals in the summer. They also host the lovely Rocamadour Hot Air Balloon Festival every year during the last weekend in September. There’s just something so amazing about watching these balloons float gracefully in front of this medieval city. The balloon festival features Montgolfiades balloons, which were named after the French engineers who first successfully flew the hot air balloon. Not only do you get to celebrate this graceful invention, but you get to do so in a UNESCO heritage site. Plus, it’s a freebie. And who doesn’t love free things?
This festival has been going on for over 25 years in the lovely village of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. And as of 2017, they hold the world record for the world’s largest strawberry tart, which makes this place well worth a visit even without the festival celebrating their achievement. I can’t think of a better way to kick-off the summer season than a strawberry festival. Not only are there endless stands of these locally grown berries to be bought by local farmers, but the restaurants and cafes in this adorable little village have fun with the berry theme as well! They create all kinds of delicious foods and menus featuring the strawberry. Talk about the beginnings of a sweet summer!
For those of you who want to see something truly awe-inspiring, you should check out the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France festival. They feature some of the world’s best surfers, and you can have a front-row seat right from the beach. Sand, surf, drinks. Need I say more? The Summertown of Hossegor has it all! And spending the day watching these pro surfers will make you want to take a lesson or two, as well. The sunsets here are also an incredible way to end the day. While the experience on the beach is free, you should definitely invest in a ticket for the VIP experience.
For a music festival that attempts to break barriers, you should check out 1001 Notes! While the festival features mostly classical music, don’t worry if you’re not a big classical fan. They aim to make this event open to all by infusing classical music with other styles so that there’s something for everyone. Additionally, the concept behind this festival is really cool too.
The goal is to reach as many people as possible. Because of this, there’s a unique sense of community between the volunteers, performers, and festival attendees. They also give rising artists the opportunity to be seen, but still, feature some pretty big names (like star pianist Khatia Buniatishvili). Some of the musical performances are even in quirky places like abbeys or zoos. Not to mention its affordability. It’s well worth checking out!
How can you visit France and not stop in Paris? You can’t. Paris is known not only for their breathtaking landmarks but also for their 4-day culinary festival: Taste of Paris. This event gathers 40 of the best chefs in the whole city to the Grand Palais for an unforgettable foodie experience. You can not only sample some of the most delicious food in Paris but also take cooking classes with the Masterchef’s themselves! The classes are at no extra cost, which is a huge plus. But you should be sure to get there early before all the spots fill up. Also, be sure to post a pic to Instagram and make all your friends and family back home jealous of your culinary experience!