Tarn Culture and Events

Annual Carnival, Albi

25 February - 4 March 2018

Annual Carnival. See www.carnaval-albi.com for pictures of this popular winter festival. Tel: (00 33) 5 63 45 19 48.

Fete du Grand Fauconnier, Cordes-sur-Ciel

14 - 15 July 2017

Medieval festival involving other villages. Wonderful costumes, wine and music, exhibitions of traditional crafts, procession and much more. Contact Cordes Tourist Office, tel: (00 33) 5 63 56 00 52.

Rally Montagne Noire, Mazamet

27 - 29 July 2018

Rally consisting of road stages and special timed sections within a number of car groups. Contact Secretariat of the Black Mountain Rally, Mazamet. Tel: (00 33) 5 63 61 67 66 or Mazamet Tourist Office.

Annual Pink Garlic Festival, Lautrec

Dates TBC

Competitions, free tastings, artistic arrangements and giant feast for over 1000 guests. Contact Lautrec Union for the Protection of Pink Garlic. Tel: (00 33) 5 63 75 90 31.

Musee Château de Magrin, Saint-Paul-Cap-de-Joux

The Museum of Pastel (Woad) tells the fascinating history of the plant which produced such a sought after blue dye for cloth. The triangle between Toulouse, Albi and Carcassonne where it grew brought vast wealth to great families in those cities in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. 40,000 to 60,000 tonnes were exported each year throughout Europe. The region was known as the Pays de Cocagne (land of plenty) which it was, until the dye was replaced by indigo. Tel: (00 33) 5 63 70 63 82.

Thursdays and Fridays from mid June to mid September, Lacaune

Tour a working spinning mill. Techniques and machines from the mid nineteenth century when the textile and weaving industries were important, using wool from herds of Lacaune mountain sheep. Tel: (00 33) 5 63 37 04 98 for times and prices.

Pause Guitar Festival, Albi

3 - 8 July 2018

21st festival this year. Attracts around 60,000 visitors each year with their packaged programmes. Everything from jazz to rock is featured at this festival, plus theatre so there's something to suit everyone's musical tastes. Events for children will also be happening this year at the festival. Prices from 6 euros.

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

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