Bouche Du Rhone Culture and Events

Sea Urchin Food Festival, Sausset-les-Pins and Carry-le-Rouet

15, 22 and 29 January in Sausset-les-Pins and 5, 12 and 19 February in Carry-le-Rouet

Tables along the quay serving this sweet tasting ‘chestnut from the sea’ with wine, parades and Provencal costumes.

Flea Market and Horse Fair, Saint-Remy-de-Provence

1 May 2017

Flea market and horse fair in place de la Republique. Sale of saddle and draught horses and grey Provencal donkeys.

Petanque

All summer, in Marseille and villages throughout Bouches du Rhone, see locals playing petanque, a form of boules originating in Provence. Said to have been invented in 1907 in La Ciotat near Marseille and now the most popular sport in the city.

Fete des Classics, Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Early June 2017

Takes place at St Remy de Provence and its here that vintage Porsche's gather in the de la Republique from 10am to 3pm. For more information visit the webstite http://www.mediterranee-porscheclub.fr

Classical Music Festival, Aix-en-Provence

July 2017

Full programme of concerts – see www.festival-aix.com for details.

Horse Festival, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

14 July 2017

For 3 days, horse is king. Music, spectacles, parades in camarguaise costumes and demonstrations.

Santons Fair, Aubagne

End of November - December 2017

Santons Fair. Stalls around the streets of the town. Small painted terracotta figurines used in nativity scenes - a traditional product of Provence. The name comes from Provencal for ‘little saint’.

Carreto Ramado, Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Morning of 15 August 2017

Carreto Ramado. Huge cart adorned with fruit and vegetables etc celebrating agricultural bounty pulled through the streets by 50 decorated cart horses in a line stretching more than 100 metres. A major event in Provence’s summer calendar.

Festival Abrivado, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

11 November 2017

Traditionally, herdsmen run bulls through closed streets on Sunday mornings in April, May and September, culminating in a November festival which begins with breakfast on the beach for over 200 cowboys and 1,000 horses and then a 6km ride to Saintes-Maries’ arena.

Giants of the Renaissance, Carrieres de Lumieres, Baux-de-Provence

Throughout the year 2017

Located in a valley, the stone walls of this 4000m² quarry dance with beautiful sound and light shows. Although many exhibitions happen constantly, this year the Carrieres de Lumieres celebrates the Italian Renaissance, and celebrates the works of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

This show will let you discover the greatest works of those painters through an exquisite mix of light and music. Perfection shown bigger than it ever was before on the massive stone walls of the quarry, the event will allow you to see the best works created during the Renaissance era like you've never seen them before.

Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.

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