In June, the living in easy. The weather is set fair and France’s parks and gardens are glorious. All the museums and attractions are open, often putting on special outdoor events. The festival season really kick off so wherever you are, you’ll come across street events involving music, food and crafts. And as every year, there are tributes and commemorative events around the June 6 D-Day Landings. Check out the events in France in June in 2020 to plan in advance.

Féria in Nîmes in June. Street in front of the Arena full of people, some dancing, some playing instruments
Féria. Ville de Nîmes

To June 1, 2020: Nimes Pentecost Feria has bullfights, with many of the bulls from the Camargue. There are brass bands and folk groups in the streets; exhibits and a free concert. There’s also a show of horses.

Bayeux war cemetery with cross on marble block and graves to each side
Bayeux War Cemetery. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

To June 14, 2020: The annual D-Day Festival honours and remembers the Allied forces and the successful June 6 landings on the Normandy beaches. There are over 80 separate events taking place all along the coast and inland as well.
Don’t miss the air show with vintage aircraft at Arromanches.
For accommodation near the D-Day Landing Beaches, check my article here.

To September 6, 2020: Normandy Impressionist Festival returns with a new theme – Everyday Colour (La couleur au jour le jour). 20 Impressionist exhibitions, 30 contemporary art exhibitions, performing arts, street theatre, and multiple events take over the glorious Normandy region down the coastline and inland.

Chartres theatre illuminated in many colours for the summer light festival
Charters illuminated. OTC Chartres

To Oct 10, 2020: Chartres en lumières sees this wonderful city illuminated for its annual festival of light. It’s nightly so there’s no excuse to miss it.  

To Nov 3, 2020: The International Garden Festival takes place at the beautiful Chaumont-sur-Loire château in the Loire Valley. It’s like the Chelsea Flower Show of France, except that it goes on for just over 7 months. The series of gardens from international designers always surprises.

La Gacilly Photo Festival in Brittany with people in a wood with huge photographs
La Gacilly Photo Festival

June 1-September 30, 2020: La Gacilly Photo Festival has been delighting and astonishing visitors to this small town in Morbihan, Brittany.

Sheep with shepherds in street for transhumance
Transhumance in St Remy

June 1, 2020: Annual Transhumance in and around St Remy de Provence when hundreds of sheep are driven through the town to begin their journey up to the pastures to grow fat and happy.

Overall view of the roman amphitheatre in Lyon
Lyon Roman amphitheatre where the Nuits de Fourvières Festival takes place

June 2-July 31, 2020: Les Nuits de Fourvière in the Gallo-Roman theatres of Lyon is a magical feast of theatre, music, dance, opera and circus. Around 60 performances are watched by over 130,000 spectators.

Voiles d'antibes yacht race with yacht sideways in water
Voiles d’Antibes thomas Eibenberger

June 3-7, 2020:  Voiles d’Antibes on the Côte d’Azur is the start of the famous seaborne Mediterranean circuit races, attracting those beautiful rare, vintage and classic yachts so you see the old versus crews sailing in America’s Cup yachts.  

Golden statue of Joan of Arc on a horse brandishing a flag
Joan of Arc Statue Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

June 6-7, 2020: Reims hosts the Joan of Arc Festival (Fêtes Johanniques). It takes you back to the Medieval Ages and the coronation of Charles VII in Reims Cathedral on 17 July 1429. The highlight is a historical re-enactment of the coronation procession when the infamous Joan (depending on your point of view), and the Dauphin arrived in the city.

Viewover gardens to Valloire Abbey
Valloire Abbey in Picardy

June 7-9, 2020: Rendez-vous aux Jardins. National event with over 2000 private and public parks and gardens open to the public, plus guided walks.

musicians dressed in white with medieval instruments at the Provins medieval fair
The Medieval equivalent of Lordy heavy metal band? Provins Medieval Festival. © C Lagneau

June 13, 14, 2020: Provins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beautifully preserved fortified medieval city. So it’s a perfect setting for the annual Medieval Fair. Swashbuckling galore and some really sinister characters along with musicians, stilt walkers and entertainers. There are camps, craftspeople with jewellery, spices, fabrics and costumes from the distant past. And it’s great for children.

June 13-14, 2020:  24 Hours of Le Mans race auto race, near Le Mans in the Loire Valley, always captures the world’s imagination, and it’s possibles for mere mortals to see in contrast to the super expensive, exclusive Formula 1 races.

roman theatre, Orange looking at the stage
The Roman Theatre at Orange. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

June 19-Aug 1, 2020:  Chorégies d’Orange, the oldest festival in France is the time to enjoy, opera and music in the extraordinary Roman amphitheater in Orange, near Avignon.

June 21, 2020: Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) takes over France with concerts and dancing in the streets of cities, towns and villages. Live bands, singers both professional and amateur and groups producing all kinds of music fill the night. In Paris public transport runs all night at discounted fairs.

June 18-Jul 24, 2020: The Festival of Nîmes kicks off with Sting and includes other top names like Taylor Swift, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.

Tour de France 2020 map
Tour de France 2020 map

June 27-July 19, 2020: The most famous cycling the world, the Tour de France, sets off from Brussels then makes its way around France. Either make sure you see it, or if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere near or along its route, take care! I have been caught up in road closures for a whole day.

Events throughout France in 2020:
Events in April 2020
Events in May 2020
Events in July 2020
Events in August 2020
Events in September 2020
Events in October 2020
Events in November 2020
Events in December 2020

Read more about Christmas markets in France
Read more about Christmas markets in north France

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