Events in France in April 2022 are many and varied. But do check before planning or booking around the April events. Some may change if Covid 19 continues to be a concern. So keep your eyes and ears open for changes.

Child with shorts, wellington boots and yellow jacket in water with shrimping net and sand between child and sea surf
Child at the Bird & Nature Festival ©Stéphane Bouilland

April 1, 2014: Known as le poisson d’avril in France, on April Fool’s Day you’ll see fish-shaped chocolates and pastries filling up the shops. There’s a tradition of sticking paper cut-out fish onto people’s backs without them knowing. The origins of le poisson d’avril are veiled in obscurity, like so many traditions, but it’s believed to go back to a tradition of giving fish as a gift to celebrate the beginning of Easter and the end of Lent.

Poisson d'Avril chocolate fish in wrapping with red ribbon for April Fool's day in France
Poisson d’Avril in chocolate © Grey Geezer/CC BY-SA 3.0

Apr-Oct, 2021: Chartres en lumières (Chartres Illuminated) sees this wonderful city beautifully lit up for its annual festival of light. It’s nightly so there’s no excuse to miss it. 

Chartres lit up at Saint aignan church with facade totally covered in different coloured lights
Chartres lit up Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

To Apr 3, 2022: Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival is well worth attending. The classical music festival runs from Thursdays to Sundays over the month. Founded originally by Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace, it features some of the great European orchestras and takes place in different venues in Monte-Carlo.

Monte Carlo Festival: Andreas Staier plays the harpsichord with his sitting in front of instrument dressed in black and looking moody
Monte Carlo Festival: Andreas Staier plays the harpsichord

To Apr 3, 2022: Les Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art (European Days of Crafts) throws open galleries, studios and workshops across Europe, with exhibitions, installations, open houses, performances and more. Meet the artists and craftspeople, learn something of their craft and get inspired.

Workshop at European Craft Days © Augustin Détienne

Apr 1-3, 2022: Every year, Lyon puts on Les Quais du Polar. 100 or so authors and filmmakers of crime fiction take part in debates, meetings, readings, signing sessions, concerts, plays and crime film screenings that are chosen by the authors. International names have included Tonino Benacquista, Harlan Coben, Jo Nesbo and James Ellroy. The free events take place at city hall, the Opera and Palais de la Bourse. It’s one of the biggest crime fiction events in France with over 60,000 visitors a year.

Lyon city Hall showing huge red brick building at end of square full of people
Lyon City Hall © Christian Belzunce/CC-BY-SA 3.0

Apr 6-Jul 31, 2022Saint-Etienne Design Festival. Every two years since 1998, the city of Saint-Étienne has hosted the International Design Biennial. Cancelled in 2021, it’s a welcome boost to this interesting industrial city. It’s organised by the Saint-Étienne Regional School of Fine Arts and produced and managed by the Cité du Design centre. It promotes contemporary design through seven exhibitions and events. This year’s theme is ‘Bifurcation’. Saint-Etienne in the Auvergne is the only French city designated as a UNESCO-listed Creative City of Design, joining Berlin, Bilbao, Montreal and Beijing.

Exhibitions throughout the city, workshops, conferences and meetings with design professionals make up an exciting programme.

Saint Etienne with old buildings in background and very modern steel and glass abstract looking block infront with structure rising from it of another block
Saint Etienne Design city © Direction de la Communication et du Marketing Territorial Ville de Saint-Étienne

Apr 8-11, 2022: International Cheese and Wine Fair at Coulommiers in the south of France. Exhibitors and craftspeople set up their stalls in the forecourt of the sugar factory. They offer local product tastings, a livestock exhibition and contests as well as the chance to buy all those tempting goodies. Join in the ‘How much the cow Marguerite weighs’ competition.

Piece of Brie cheese cut as third on straw tray with box top saying coloummiers and slate with price
Brie © Myrabella/CC-BY-SA 3.0

Apr 9-18, 2022: Festival de l’oiseau et de la nature (Bird and Nature Festival). The 9-day festival takes place in the beautiful Somme Bay. It’s a great event for families, offering trips on foot, on horseback, in a carriage, a kayak or boat introducing you to the environment, the birds, seals in the Bay and more. Plus animal documentaries to watch on screen, exhibitions and more.

Bird and Nature Festival poster showing photograph of bird and flower and information on the April festival
Bird & Nature Festival Poster

Apr 15-18, 2022L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – Antiques Art & You is one of the great antiques events of Europe. It takes place in the pretty south of France town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, one of the antique capitals of France. It’s the place for a bargain or a masterpiece depending on your budget. Whatever your tastes, it’s a great occasion.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue antiques fair showing very well stocked stand with candlesticks, pottery etc and people passing behind
L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Antiques Fair © Copyright 2017 La brèche

Apr 16, 2022: Paris-Roubaix cycle race challenges top riders during the race called the ‘Hell of the North’. It follows a circuitous route over 172 kms. In fact it’s three races so if you’re in the area, check first to make sure you don’t get caught up in it! There’s also a race for amateurs on Saturday Apr 9 if you feel like taking up the challenge.

Paris-roubaix April cycle race with cyclists racing over cobbled roads and spectators waving flags
Paris-Roubaix Race © Felouch Kotek/CC-BY-SA 4.0

Apr 16-18, 2022: The International Kite and Wind Festival takes place in the seaside resort of  Chatelaillon-sur-Plage in Charentes-Maritimes. It’s a spectacular sight as over 800 kites fill the sky. To add to the excitement there are kite-surfing demonstrations, kite creation workshops for children and more.

Chatelaillon Kite festival shows huge kite flying high in sky with others below
Chatelaillon Kite Festival © Salix/CC BY-SA 3.0

Apr 17, 2022: Easter Sunday. Despite being such a catholic country, France only observes Easter Sunday and Monday as public holidays, not Good Friday. But with healthy commercial and gourmet interests at heart, the pâtisseries and shops fill with Easter bunnies and all kinds of goodies weeks before and after Easter.

See how the French celebrate Easter.

Very small boy hunting under plants for Easter eggs
Easter Egg Hunt Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

Apr 19-24, 2022: Le Printemps Bourges. Both famous and young up-and-coming musicians come to Bourges for a variety of rock, rap, electro and more concerts. More events include films and talks and there are free concerts on outdoor stages and in 20 or so bars. A fringe festival takes over the streets.

printemps de Bourges showing people on stage lit up with singer in front and instrumentalists behind
Printemps de Bourges © Anita Farmine/CC-BY-SA 3.0

Apr 21-24, 2022: The Paris Book Fair is an important European event taking place in the temporary Grand Palais in the centre of Paris. Porte de Versailles. Over 1000 publishers and 2,000 authors meet the public at around 500 stands.

Grand Palais ephemere showing aerial view of huge canopy with two wings and lawn in front in front of the Grand Palais
Grand Palais Éphémère © Yasminkaa/CC BY-SA 3.0

Apr 23-May 1, 2022: The famous north France International Kite Festival takes over the sandy beaches of Berck-sur-Mer as thousands of extraordinary looking kites take to the skies. It’s quite a site and will get you itching to make or buy a very different kits.

kites flying i nthe sky at Berck Kite Festival e
Berck-sur-mer Kite Festival

Apr 24-Nov 6, 2022: International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire Château in the Loire Valley is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It’s a fabulous, huge Festival, the Chelsea Flower Show of France. The Château and grounds are lovely and the festival of a series of gardens from international designers always delivers some surprises. This year the theme is the Ideal Garden where designers are invited to create a garden which aims to satisfy the following criteria. It must be beautiful, good, organic, healing, comforting, innovative, and water and energy efficient all at the same time. In addition it must glorify harmony and taste, and generate wellbeing and happiness. The French really do put the bar high don’t they?

poster of Chaumont Garden Festival apr to Nov 2022 with details on the poster and a beautiful photograph looking through an arched opening in a stonewall into a garden
Chaumont Garden Festival 2022

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Here’s a quick guide to France, its regions and departments to help you find where the events are taking place.
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