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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 2020 - 02 February 2020

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: 01 June 2020 - 30 June 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: https://fetedelamusique.culturecommunication.gouv.fr
Cost:

Free.


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: 20 June 2020 - 09 July 2020
Venue: Various venues around Marseille.
Website: http://festivaldemarseille.com
Cost:

Various


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: 01 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
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: 05 July 2020 - 09 July 2020
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: 07 July 2020 - 13 July 2020
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 2020 - 14 July 2020
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 2020 - 31 October 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
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 2020 - 15 January 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://www.foire-aux-santons-de-marseille.fr
Cost:

Free.


Featured Hotels

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Hotel Lutetia

Conveniently located in a quiet street close to La Canebière, only 200m (656ft) from the railway station, this is a charming, comfortable hotel in the heart of Marseille, with easy metro access. Many of the rooms are more stylish than you would expect from a budget hotel.

Hipark Residences

With a choice of 114 smart apartments available for short, medium-term and longer stays, the Hipark Residences are a good alternative to the usual city-hotel options. They're in the southeast of Marseille and place an emphasis on spacious, modern design. Given the levels of comfort, they're good value.

Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

Between the rocky headland of the Pharo and Fort St Nicolas, the indulgent Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port offers a near-unbeatable panoramic view of Marseille. The hotel has a swimming pool, eight meeting rooms (the largest of which can accommodate up to 130 people), a cocktail bar, a gastronomic restaurant and a spa.

InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu

Sitting imperiously over the Vieux Port from its perch near Le Panier, this 18th-century former Hotel Dieu is one of Marseille's most luxurious hotels. Most of the sleek, comfortable rooms have views of the Vieux Port, and many have balconies. There's also a renowned restaurant and a Clarins spa with an indoor pool.

Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach

Located by the sea between the Vieux Port and the Convention Centre, the Hotel Pullman Marseille Palm Beach offers a unique view of the Prado Bay. It has stylish, contemporary rooms and suites, all with sea views. There's also a swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, jogging course and landing stage.

Le Petit Nice Passédat

This exquisite 19th-century villa in Hellenic style is set in lush gardens on a rocky promontory overlooking the Mediterranean. There is no denying that it's pricey, but the rooms are exceedingly comfortable and beautifully decorated, the service top notch, and the restaurant one of the best in town. The views are fabulous too.