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Fête de la Violette

Once upon a time, these purple flowers formed a main part of the local economy. Now you can only find them in a few specialist places, often in the form of sweets or bath salts. Every year, Toulouse celebrates its emblematic flower with this festival as a chance to relive the past and to preserve the skills of another age.

Date: 01 January 2021 - 28 February 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Place du Capitole, Toulouse.
Cost:

Free.


Les Siestes Electroniques

This annual event in Toulouse celebrates, in its own words, ‘sweet and restful’ music. It’s a series of club evenings and outdoor concerts that feature contemporary music from around the globe. Lie back on the riverbank, close your eyes, listen and relax.

Date: 01 June 2021 - 30 June 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Prairie des Filtres, Le Théâtre Garonne and Le Bikini, Toulouse.
Website: http://www.les-siestes-electroniques.com
Cost:

Various.


Rio Loco

Rio Loco, which translates as ‘Crazy River’, invites a foreign city to mingle on the banks of the River Garonne each year. Expect a month of outdoor music, a carnival atmosphere, food tastings and relaxed, continental drinking in the midst of this cultural exchange. It’s a great time to visit Toulouse and to feel the heat and rhythm of the city.

Date: 17 June 2021 - 20 June 2021
Venue: Prairie des Filtres, Toulouse.
Website: http://www.rio-loco.org
Cost:

Various.


Toulouse d’Été

Toulouse d’Été is the Pink City’s summer festival and it involves weeks of lounging by the river as jazz, rock, electronic music, waltz and tango fill the air. Several concerts also take place within Toulouse’s magnificent historic buildings, providing a relaxing way to appreciate the city’s past. From churches to park gardens to the station itself, no place is left untouched as Toulouse urges its citizens to have a good time.

Date: 01 July 2021 - 31 August 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout Toulouse.
Website: http://www.toulousedete.com
Cost:

Various.


Piano aux Jacobins

Set within Toulouse’s St Jacobins Church, with its stunningly tall pillars and other-worldly feel, this annual festival draws some of the best pianists in the world.

Date: 01 September 2021 - 30 September 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Eglise St Jacobins, Toulouse.
Website: http://www.pianojacobins.com/
Cost:

Various.


Festival Occitania

Every year, the Occitan people (the local population of Toulouse) celebrate their ties with the Mediterranean and Oriental worlds. Events span several weeks and include a mix of classical and jazz music, dance and cinema, debate and, of course, food.

Date: 01 September 2021 - 31 October 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout Toulouse.
Website: http://www.festivaloccitania.com
Cost:

Various.


Le Printemps de Septembre

Toulouse’s Printemps de Septembre is a four-week-long art festival extravaganza that manages to jam in sculpture, painting, video, photography, cinema and music to boot. Events take place in some dazzling venues across the city, making it a great way to explore Toulouse.

Date: 17 September 2021 - 17 October 2021
Venue: Throughout Toulouse.
Website: http://www.printempsdeseptembre.com/
Cost:

Various.


Le Marché de Noël (Christmas Market)

Toulouse gives the Anglo-Saxon countries a run for their money with its annual ‘Marché de Noël’. Surrounded by the pink-brick facades of Place du Capitole, the Christmas Market comes complete with an ice rink, mulled wine, dripping fairy lights and homemade crafts. Toulouse then adds its own touch to the proceedings with local cheese and wine.

Date: 01 November 2021 - 31 December 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Place du Capitole, Toulouse.
Website: http://www.marchedenoeltoulouse.fr/
Cost:

Free.


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Grand Hôtel de l'Opéra

Right in front of the spectacular Théâtre du Capitole, this luxury hotel is where celebrities stay when in Toulouse. Formerly a 17th-century convent, there's nothing austere about the place now. Each room is individually decorated in hues of deep yellow or red, but all offer old-world charm combined with modern amenities.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

It's a few footsteps away from Place du Capitole, but when you step inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel you feel as though you've entered another world. With marble statues, lush greenery and an outdoor terrace with wrought-iron chairs, this feels more like Italy than France.

Pullman Toulouse Centre

Bright, light and modern, the Pullman Toulouse Centre is a business hotel that throws in a bit of style for weekend travellers. With funky scarlet chairs, white walls and elegant vases, it's a breath of fresh air. Don't confuse it with the Pullman Toulouse Blagnac, which is out by the airport.

Hôtel des Arts

Not to be confused with the substantially more upmarket Hôtel des Beaux Arts, this one may not have the glitz and glamour but it still has a great location. Just off Place St Georges, one of the most romantic parts of Toulouse, it's also within walking distance of the river.

Hôtel des Beaux Arts

For a room with an unforgettable view of Toulouse's Pont Neuf illuminated at night, try the Hôtel des Beaux Arts. The building itself has an 18th-century façade and a busy yet brilliant brasserie downstairs. Rooms somehow combine modern animal print cushions with a romantic charm from days gone by.

Le Grand Balcon Hôtel

There's a sense of fun in this 1930s hotel just off Place du Capitole. Fittingly, for a city associated with aerospace, the elegant rooms have a playful aviation theme to its stylish décor. They've even named a suite after one of its best-known guests: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aviator and Little Prince author.