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Fête de la Chandeleur

Candelmas celebrations ushering in the beginning of spring. The holiday is otherwise known as jour des crêpes (pancakes day) – tradition has it that if you hold a coin in your hand while successfully flipping a pancake, the upcoming year will be a prosperous one.

Date: 02 February 2018 - 02 February 2018
Venue: Abbaye de St Victor.

Festival de Marseille

Celebrating the worlds of dance, music, theatre and cinema, this three-week event draws on the multicultural society that characterises Marseille. Visitors can expect to experience spectacular events ranging from cutting-edge theatre productions and film screenings to contemporary dance and music performances. While the popularity and stature of artists performing here grows each year, it strives to remain accessible to all by keeping the ticket prices low.

Date: 01 June 2018 - 30 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues around Marseille.
Website: http://festivaldemarseille.com
Cost:

From €20 per show.


Fête de la Musique

Since being launched by the French Ministry for Culture in 1982, the Fête de la Musique has extended into more than 100 countries around the world. It takes place annually on the 21 June summer solstice and consists of a number of free concerts. Marseille embraces the occasion.

Date: 21 June 2018 - 21 June 2018
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: https://fetedelamusique.culturecommunication.gouv.fr
Cost:

Free.


FIDMarseille

Showcasing the very best in documentary films from around the world, FIDMarseille is one of the biggest European events on the filmmaking calendar. The festival also screens a small selection of fiction films. Featured films are often followed by Q and A sessions with directors.

Date: 01 July 2018 - 31 July 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues around Marseille.
Website: http://www.fidmarseille.org
Cost:

From €5 upwards.


Mondial La Marseillaise à Pétanque

There are few pursuits that sit within the French stereotype as comfortably as pétanque. Each July sees the largest tournament in the regional calendar, with thousands of competitors from France and overseas converging on the city.

Date: 01 July 2018 - 31 July 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout Marseille.
Website: http://www.lamarseillaise.fr
Cost:

Free.


Marseille Lesbian and Gay Pride

One of the largest lesbian and gay prides in the south of France, this event attracts thousands of brightly dressed, whistle-blowing folk who flock to Marseille to be a part of this great street party. The pride march usually starts at Parc du 26e Centenaire and ends at the Vieux Port. Later in the evening, the fun really gets underway at a series of parties.

Date: 07 July 2018 - 07 July 2018
Venue: Various venues around Marseille.
Cost:

Free to watch the parade.


Bastille Day

Celebration of the French revolution and national democracy with a grand fireworks display over the Vieux Port. Marseille’s key role in France’s history (its citizens provided the inspiration for La Marseillaise, the national anthem) means the event remains a significant one.

Date: 14 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
Venue: Vieux Port.
Cost:

Free.


Fiesta des Suds

Fiesta des Suds is a festival of world music, with high-profile performers from around the world taking turns to entertain the crowds at the popular Dock des Suds in Marseille. There are several concerts taking place each day, and the festival attracts thousands of revellers every year.

Date: 01 October 2018 - 31 October 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Dock des Suds.
Website: http://www.dock-des-suds.org
Cost:

€20-35.


Foire aux Santons

This traditional clay figurine fair and Christmas market has been taking place in central Marseille for more than 200 years. It usually runs for five weeks between late November and New Year’s Eve, with stalls remaining open until around 1900.

Date: 01 November 2018 - 31 December 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Place Charles-de-Gaulle, Vieux Port.
Website: http://www.foire-aux-santons-de-marseille.fr
Cost:

Free.