The region comes alive in the summer with many lively festivals and events. When you arrive for your holiday it is well worth checking the local tourist office for what is going on, as there is bound to be a Fest Noz or ‘nuit Moules Crepes’ which will give you a good dose of local flavour. Meanwhile here are some of the main events taking place this summer.
Fete de la Musique
The eve of the summer solstice the 21st June, sees free music concerts in all the main towns across the region. The streets and squares come alive with a mix of genres and talent.
Tour de France 11th and 12th July
The 7th, 8th and 9th Stages of the Tour de France are in Brittany this year at Fougeres, the Mur de Bretagne, and Vannes.
The Vieilles Charrues – 16th – 19th July 2015
This year Brittany’s largest rock / pop festival amongst others is hosting Muse, London Grammer, Lionel Richie, and David Guetta. Five stages, 80 artists and 230,000 spectators. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly but tickets sell out fast so book ahead.
Festival Le Cornouaille – Quimper 21st – 26th July 2015
The capital of Cornuaille becomes the centre of all that is Breton culture for 5 days of music, dancing, beautiful costumes and festivities.
Tromenie de Locronan – July 2015
Tromenie in Breton means ‘walk around a sacred place’. This unique event which consists of a 12km precession takes place every 6 years and is attended by thousands of people many in traditional dress.
Festival du bout du Monde – Crozon Peninsula 31st July to 2nd August 2015
This festival for World music lovers is one of the much loved summer events of the region. Those in the know plan their summer around it.
Fete du Bruit Landerneau 7th – 8th August 2015
This small town festival attracts some bigs names. This summer on the 7th and 8th August. Shaka Ponk and Robert Plant are in the lineup.
Les Filets Bleu – Concarneau August 2015
The town of Concarneau comes fully to life each August with the 100 year old festival of Les Filets Blue (the blue fishing nets). Breton costumes and dancing give you an authentic flavour of the history of this important fishing town.
Festival Interceltique de Lorient 7 – 16 aout 2015
The festival interceltique at Lorient celebrates the music and culture celtic of all the nations of the celtic curve, From Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Cornwall to Galicia and Asturias in the north of Spain. This year it is celebrating Cornwall and the Isle of Man. Parades, music and dancing are just a part of the huge programme on offer.