In January, lovers of horses and riding make their way to Avignon for its long-established equestrian festival, Cheval Passion. Everything concerning the equipment, the clothing, the art of riding and the animals themselves is on display, complete with riding shows and competitions. The highlight of the festival is the Le Gala des Crinières d'Or (Golden Mane Gala), a magnificent spectacle of elegant and skilful dressage.Date: 16 January 2019 - 20 January 2019
Venue: Avignon Exhibition Park.
Avignon’s three-week dance, music and theatre summer festival, created by Jean Vilar in 1947, is the oldest and most famous of the arts festivals in France. Originally pure theatre, the event now includes contemporary and religious music, dance, poetry, circus, films, exhibitions and debates involving many organisations.Date: 04 July 2019 - 23 July 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Avignon Jazz Festival
This draws together innovative musicians, newcomers and established names, from around Europe and the Mediterranean for a warm, mellow mix.Date: 31 July 2019 - 04 August 2019
Venue: Cloître des Carmes.
Ban des Vendanges (Harvest Banns)
Wine and gastronomy celebration to observe the start of the harvest of the Côtes du Rhône, on the banks of the river. There are colourful parades through the city centre streets and squares, as well as a carnival atmosphere of games, music and products for sale. All sorts of traditions are observed, such as a Mass in Provençal language, and an official proclamation to inaugurate this year’s grape harvest.Date: 31 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
Venue: City centre streets.