30 March - 2 April 2018 and 11 - 15 August 2018
The town had hundreds of permanent dealers and its antique trade rivals that of Paris. The weekly Sunday market is well known for Provencal produce and pottery. Tel (00 33) 4 90 38 04 78 or see website
23 June 2018
Since the year 1504, every year on the same day Valreas celebrates the little Saint John as the night begins to fall. The city centre is full of medieval history, from Notre Dame church to Chateau de Simiane. Costumed medieval drummers, sword bearers and commandants all parade behind the little Saint John dressed in sheep skin, holding his banner and a cross. This ceremony is dear to the hearts of the people in Valreas and is full of history.
20 June - 4 August 2018
Annual International Music and Opera Festival in the Roman amphitheatre.
For programme, see www.choregies.asso.fr
Important festival of all things Provencal, especially theatre, and including music and dance celebrating this regions’s rich culture and traditions. Avignon’s famous buildings used as venues. Details on www.festival-avignon.com
Les Floraisons Musicales
From Summer to Autumn 2018
This festival explores all senses, and travels everywhere in Provence. The musical programme ranges from classical music to world music so there's something for everyone.
Annual Veraison Wine Festival, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
First weekend of August 2018
‘Veraison’ is the point in growing where the grapes mature and change colour. Medieval festival with jousting, juggling, sword fights and carnival presided over by costumed medieval Pope.
Mid October - mid November 2018
Annual 3 week soup festival, where 19 participating villages elect winners to have their entries judged at the Journees Gourmandes by the Venerable Brotherhood of Soup Ladlers. Plenty of soup on offer at the village halls. More details at Vaison Tourist Office.
Annual fair exhibiting work by regional craftsmen making traditional clay figurines used to decorate French nativity scenes. Tourist Office, tel: (00 33) 4 90 63 00 78.
Campredon Museum, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Open all year round. Closed on Mondays.
This former hotel turned museum is host to numerous exhibitions throughout the year. Prices from 6 euros for large groups. Visit www.islesurlasorgue.fr/campredon.html for more information on current exhibitions.
Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.