Calvados Culture and Events

International Circus Festival, Bayeux

1 - 5 March 2017

The 7th edition of this festival happening once every two years aims to offer to people the best, most amazing shows in the world. An extremely popular festival ever since its beginnings, it is organised entirely by volunteers, and it also allows the public to vote for the best artists. Attracting around 30,000 people every time, its popularity even led to the creation of circus lessons for children!

Artillery Battery, Merville-Franceville

15 March - 30 September 2017

Relive the asault on the Merville Franceville battery on the morning of the 6th June 1944. Within a preserved site covering several hectares, the Association de la Batterie de Merville offers education tours, including a visit of 4 bunkers. These bunkers have been transformed into museographical displays and a legendary plane that participated in the landing operation. Prices run from 6 to 3.50 euros.

Kite Festival, Houlgate

12 - 14 May 2017

Annual festival held on Houlgate beach.

Bayeux 73rd Anniversary

6 June 2017

Bayeux was the first town to be liberated in June 1944 and it will be celebrating the 73rdanniversary of the event in 2017 with fireworks, a ball, shows and much more. For more details contact the Tourist Office website or tel: (0033) 2 31 51 28 28


Sailors Pilgrimage, Honfleur

03 - 05 June 2017

On the first day of this 2 day festival, local fishing vessels bedecked with ribbons and flowers sail out of the old harbour into the Seine Estuary where they are blessed. On the following day, models of fishing boats are carried in procession to Notre Dame de Grace Chapel. Across both days, the festival is celebrated through food, performances and exhibits.

D-day Memorials 73rd Anniversary

6 June 2017

D-day is remembered at locations throughout Calvados at memorials and military cemeteries.

Festival Beauregard, Herouville-Saint-Clair

7 - 9 July 2017

Held at Chateau de Beauregard, big rock festival just 5 minutes drive from Caen.

American Film Festival, Deauville

1 - 10 September 2017

Well attended and glamorous event screening the best of the year’s US film releases.

Sainte-Therese Procession, Lisieux

30 September 2017

On the last Sunday of September each year, there is a huge procession and the relics of Sainte-Therese are on display.

Le Gout du Large Festival, Port-en-Bessin

2017 dates TBC

Scallop and seafood festival plus European sea shanty festival, Port en Bessin.

Christmas Market, Caen

December 2017

Cross with Brittany Ferries to Caen/Ouistreham and take in Caen’s Christmas Market held in the Place de Theatre where you will find local foods plus crafts and an open-air ice-rink.

Christmas Festivities, Falaise

December 2017

Falaise, birthplace of William the Conqueror, celebrates the run-up to Christmas with illuminations, a craft market, singing, dancing and medieval-themed events.

Medieval Castle Visit, Caen

All year round 2017

The castle was built by William the conqueror around 1060 as his residential palace. The castle is one of the largest fortified enclosures in Europe. It's located in the town centre and is home to the Normandy museum and the Fine Arts museum. Visitors can stroll along the ramparts where they can enjoy splendid views of the town.

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

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