Events in France in March 2022 are glorious and plentiful. But we all have to hope they will go ahead after being postponed for at least a year. If so, March in France will be a wonderful time to visit.

To Mar 1, 2022: The Granville Festival in Normandy is, like the one at Dunkirk, all about fish and cod in particular. It began 146 years ago when the local fishermen set off for the Grand Banks fisheries off Newfoundland and partied before they went It’s a great event, rivalling Dunkirk in its exuberance and downright eccentricity. It’s great fun.

Around 40 floats (described as ‘satirical’ which is a good start), 3,000 participants, over 150,000 visitors and tons of confetti help the whole thing along. There are concerts and ad hoc fanfares, a children’s ball, night procession and more.

Granville Carnival. Boat in harbour with burning effigy of the King hanging from the mast with buildings in background
Burning the Carnival King at Granville © Norbert Delaunay/Granville Carnival

To Mar 4, 2022: Porte de Versailles International Agricultural Show in Paris is the biggest agricultural event in France. It’s been held since 1964. For anyone interested in agricultural it’s a must with over international 1,000 exhibitors from around the world. They show off 3,000 animals, a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables, as well as agricultural items and more. Four areas take in livestock farming and its related industries; gastronomic products from France and elsewhere; cultivation and the plant industries; and agricultural services and trades.

Poster for Paris Agricultural Show 2022
Poster Paris Agricultural Show 2022

Through March, 2022: Dunkirk Carnival. It’s madness in Nord-Pas de Calais as the extraordinary 300 year-old party sweeps through the town. It’s to celebrate the boats setting 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: Sadly the Dunkirk Carnival was cancelled on Monday Feb 7, 2022 due to Covid 19 concerns.

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 Apr 4, 2022: 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 streets, handing out flour and treats to the locals. Well everything has to start somewhere, so why not? It takes place every weekend.

Clown at Limoux Carnival. Man facing spectator (just see spectator's head) wearing tall brown hat, mask with hooked nose and ruffled neckpiece
Limoux Carnival © Tagon/CC-BY-SA 2.0

Events starting in March 2022

Mar 3-6, 2022: Mulhouse Carnaval. Mulhouse in Alsace makes the streets dance with decorated floats, and bands of pipes and drums. Events include a ball in a marquee, an international cavalcade and of course the election of the carnival king and queen. This year’s theme is Feast Your  Eyes, so prepare to be dazzled!

Mulhoue Carnival showing figures dressed in red with huge wigs embracing a passerby in the street
Mulhouse Carnival CC-BY-4.0/Thomas-Bresson

Mar 5-6, 2022: The Violet Festival has taken place in Tourrettes-sur-Loup since 1952 so this year is the 70th anniversary. It all started in 1880 when the village in the Alpes-Maritimes in southern France became famous for its violet growing farms. Today only one variety, the Victoria, is grown.

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

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

Mar 6-7, 2022: Sarlat Fest’Oie (Goose Festival) is one of the best known March events. It takes place in the picturesque town of Sarlat-la-Canéda in Périgord, an area famous for its geese. There’s an all-you-can-eat banquet, naturally, and the chance to savour 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.

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

Mar 10-Apr 3, 2022: Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival is a classical music festival that 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 showing Musique Océanographique, a full orchestra on stage
Monte Carlo Festival © Musique Océanographique

Mar 11-13, 2022: Annecy Venetian Carnival. This is a spectacular carnival set around the lake and in the town in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes. It’s not nearly as old as its inspiration – the Venetian carnival and was started in 1996.  Masked figures, many dressed as Commedia dell’arte figures parade the streets, parks, gardens and quays…in silence. It’s very beautiful, and rather sinister.

Single figure at Annecy Venetial carnival with huge headdress of feathers, mask, white face and dramatic black costume against background of Annecy lakeside with water and big building
Annecy Carnival © Annecy Tourist Office

Mar 12-28, 2022: Les Printemps des Poètes. Poetry festivals, large and small take place all over France, from a reading in a cafe to a fully fledged festival. And the one in Nice on the Côte d’Azur is one of the best known. The theme is the Ephemeral, so expect some pretty esoteric events. It has a very French feel to it and is not for the faint-hearted I think.

Poster for Poetry festival in Nice showing woman dressed in red in profite carrying a tall tree on her back
Poetry Festival in Nice, 2022

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I am currently updating the events for 2022. The articles here are not yet updated, but they do give an idea of what might be on as many events take place each year.

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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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