The month of July in Provence is brimming with events, festivals, and markets that celebrate the rich traditions and joie de vivre of Provence. Here's a guide to some of the highlights you can experience in Provence in July.

Avignon Festival (Festival d'Avignon)

Dates: 29th June to 21st July 2024.

One of the most prestigious arts festivals in the world, the Avignon Festival transforms the historic city of Avignon into a giant stage. Held annually in July, this festival features a rich program of theater, dance, music, and visual arts. Performances take place in various venues, including the majestic Palais des Papes and intimate courtyards throughout the city. Whether you're a theater enthusiast or just love the arts, the Avignon Festival is a must-visit.

Expect an atmosphere buzzing with creativity, with street performances, art installations, and lively crowds. Be prepared for large crowds and book tickets in advance. The variety of shows ensures there's something for everyone, from avant-garde theater to classical performances.

Is it family-friendly? Yes, the festival includes many family-friendly performances and workshops, though some avant-garde pieces may be more suitable for adults.

Avignon Festival

Chorégies d'Orange

Dates: From 14th June to 22nd July

For lovers of classical music and opera, the Chorégies d'Orange is an unmissable event. This festival takes place in the ancient Roman theater of Orange, one of the best-preserved in Europe. The acoustics and ambiance of this historic venue provide a spectacular backdrop. This year's lineup includes famous operas and symphonic concerts, attracting some of the most renowned artists from around the globe. Expect breathtaking performances in an awe-inspiring venue. Dress comfortably but elegantly, as the event has a sophisticated ambiance. The setting in a 2,000-year-old Roman theater adds an extraordinary historic and atmospheric dimension to the performances.

Is it family-friendly? The festival is generally family-friendly, though the length and nature of opera performances might be challenging for younger children.

Festival de Lacoste

Dates: 18th July to 21st July 2024

The Festival de Lacoste, founded by renowned designer Pierre Cardin, is another cultural gem. The festival showcases a mix of theater, opera, and concerts in the picturesque setting of the Château de Lacoste. The festival's eclectic program and the breathtaking views of the Luberon Valley. Expect an eclectic mix of performances in a stunning outdoor setting. The intimate atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and high-quality performances celebrate the intimate and historic charm of Lacoste village and its château.

Is it family-friendly? Yes, the festival is family-friendly, with a variety of performances suitable for all ages.

Bastille day celebrations

Date: 14th July

July 14th marks Bastille Day, France's national holiday, and Provence celebrates with gusto. Expect fireworks, parades, and parties across the region. In towns like Marseille and Nice, the festivities are particularly grand, with impressive fireworks displays over the water. Smaller villages like Aix-en-Provence and Avignon celebrate with communal meals, dances, and local traditions. 

Is it family-friendly? Absolutely, with parades, fireworks, and communal activities that are enjoyable for all ages. 

Explore more on Bastille day here.

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Photography Festival (Les Rencontres d'Arles)

Date: 1st- 7th July 24

Photography enthusiasts should not miss Les Rencontres d'Arles, an internationally renowned photography festival held in the historic town of Arles. The festival features exhibitions, workshops, and talks by some of the world's leading photographers. The exhibitions are spread across various historical sites in Arles, creating a fascinating dialogue between contemporary art and the town's rich history. Expect a thought-provoking and visually stunning experience. Explore various venues, engage with artists, and enjoy the buzzing cultural scene of Arles. 

Is it family-friendly? Yes, with many exhibitions and workshops suitable for all ages, including activities designed for children.

Lavender festivals

June and July are the height of the lavender season in Provence, and several festivals celebrate this iconic flower. The Fête de la Lavande in Valensole is one of the most popular, with guided tours of the lavender fields, demonstrations of lavender distillation, and stalls selling lavender products. Check our our article specifically on all the lavender festivals in Provence here.

Is it family-friendly? Yes, lavender festivals are perfect for families, with activities and tours that appeal to all.

July in Provence is a time of celebration and festivity, with a wealth of events, festivals, and markets that showcase the region's rich culture and traditions. From world-class arts festivals and bustling markets to vibrant village fêtes and stunning natural landscapes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a culture vulture, a foodie, or an outdoor enthusiast, Provence in July offers an unforgettable experience filled with colour, flavour, and joie de vivre.

A bientôt,

The Provence Holidays Team