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Fête de la Chandeleur

Candelmas celebrations ushers 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 2019 - 02 February 2019

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: 14 June 2019 - 06 July 2019
Venue: Various venues around Marseille.
Website: http://festivaldemarseille.com
Cost:

Various


Fête de la Musique

Since being launched by the French Ministry for Culture in 1982, the Fête de la Musique has extended into different 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 2019 - 21 June 2019
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: https://fetedelamusique.culturecommunication.gouv.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 and watch the parade. Later in the evening, the fun really gets underway at a series of parties.

Date: 07 July 2019 - 07 July 2019
Venue: Various venues around Marseille.
Cost:

Free to watch the parade.


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 in the city.

Date: 07 July 2019 - 11 July 2019
Venue: Throughout Marseille.
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: 09 July 2019 - 15 July 2019
Venue: Various venues
Website: http://www.fidmarseille.org
Cost:

Various


Bastille Day

Celebration of the French revolution and national democracy with a grand fireworks display. 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 2019 - 14 July 2019
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: 10 October 2019 - 13 October 2019
Venue: Dock des Suds.
Website: http://www.dock-des-suds.org

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 between late November and New Year’s Eve, with stalls remaining open until around 1900.

Date: 01 November 2019 - 31 December 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://www.foire-aux-santons-de-marseille.fr
Cost:

Free.