Events in March in France in 2021 are patchy as the pandemic plays havoc with schedules. Events which were ready to go ahead have been postponed for another year. Here is a short list of events in March in France 2021. But keep your eyes and ears open for sudden changes.

PLEASE NOTE: I have researched as much as I can, and noted any changes. I have included events which normally take place in March but which are cancelled so you can plan for 2022!

Some events have been postponed until later in the year. Again, that information is under the relevant event.

It seems the world is holding its breath as Covid-10 continues. But France at least seems to be banking on April; the amount of events scheduled for next month is impressive!

Dunkirk Carnival at night with snow falling, tree to right and many people dressed up carrying lanterns and banners
Dunkirk Carnival © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.5

To March, 2021: Dunkirk Carnival. It’s madness in Nord-Pas de Calais as the extraordinary 300-year old party sweeps the town. It’s a celebration as the sailors set off for voyages lasting months to the rich fishing grounds off Newfoundland and Iceland. It takes place at weekends only with a grand ball on Saturday night and music in the streets on Sunday.

PLEASE NOTE: The Dunkirk Carnival has been postponed to 2022. But there might be some activities, so check the Dunkirk Tourist Office website.

Blue clown in beautiful costume gesturing to sky and filling whole page
Limoux Carnival wikimedia/tagon/2.0

To March 21st, 2021: Limoux Carnival in the Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon has been taking place for over 700 years. Its origins are the stuff of folklore: after a group of local millers finishing paying their taxes to the local monks, they celebrated through the city street, handing out flour and treats to the locals. Well everything has to start somewhere, so why not?

PLEASE NOTE: The 2021 Limoux Carnival has been postponed to 2022.

Common blue violet growing with two delicate purple flowers and green leaves with curling bark in background
Common Blue Violet Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

March 6-7, 2021: The Violet Festival has taken place in Tourrettes-sur-Loup in the Alpes-Maritimes department of Provence since 1952. It makes sense as growing violets has dominated the village and surrounds since 1880.

The festival celebrates the end of the violet season with serenades, dances, a floral procession and finally a flower battle.

Geese herd in middle of street in Sarlat at the Sarlat Goose Festival
Sarlat Goose Festival Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

March 6-7, 2021: Sarlat Fest’Oie (Goose Festival), Sarlat-la-Canéda, Périgord. Périgord and geese go hand-in-hand so if you’re a fan visit pretty Sarlat in March. There’s an all-you-can-eat banquet, of course, and plenty of street food like goose soup from one of the stalls. Buy products in the bustling market and follow flocks of geese as they are led through the city.

Monte Carlo Festival showing Musique Océanographique, a full orchestra on stage
Monte Carlo Festival © Musique Océanographique

Mar 11-Apr 11, 2021: Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival is a classical music festival that runs from Thursday to Sunday over the month. Well known in France, it was founded by Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace and pus on concerts from international names. It takes place in different venues in Monte-Carlo.

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