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Fête des Remparts
This is, without doubt, our favourite of the many festivals held in Brittany and it happens right on our doorstep in Dinan.
Held over a weekend in middle to late July (every two years on even-numbered years) the people of Dinan enthusiastically take part in this very popular medieval festival. With jousting, medieval markets, open-air dances, a great parade and many other shows and events, the whole town is taken back to medieval times.
The Mythos Festival in Rennes has been marking the beginning of Spring for 20 years now. Held over ten days each year in April, it mixes storytelling, theatre, songs and gastronomy – providing something for everyone.
Fête de la Bretagne
The Festival of Brittany takes place across all of Brittany (and beyond) for several days in the middle of May each year. Over 300 events, incorporating concerts, exhibitions, traditional dance, street entertainment, workshops and markets help celebrate and showcase Breton culture. The tourist office and website will have further information.
Fête du Blé
The ‘Festival of Wheat’ is an annual farmers festival held in mid-August at Pleudihen-sur-Rance. It features farming demonstrations with horses and steam engines, traditional music and dance, a costume parade, food stalls, cider-making and various craft activities. Ask for further details at the tourist office.
Music & Film Festivals
Les Vieilles Charrues
Held in mid-July at Carhaix (90 minutes away by car), we’ve listed this here as it’s the largest rock festival in France and attracts more than 200,000 festival-goers! You could choose to attend the event and then enjoy a relaxing stay at Val Rive. Obviously, a rock festival of this size brings stellar names from the world of rock and popular music, with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Muse, Arctic Monkeys and Bob Dylan among the music icons who have graced the stages in recent years.
La Route du Rock
La Route du Rock is a biannual music festival held in Saint-Malo. The summer festival “Collection Été” takes place in the middle of August and attracts about 15,000 music fans. Shows at the 18th-century fortress don’t usually begin until the early evening, affording you the opportunity to explore the cobbled streets of St. Malo or spend time on the beach before the music starts. Despite the festival name, it’s not all rock music and mixes established names with emerging acts. A winter edition “Collection Hiver” is held in late February, every year.
Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard
Dinard can feel very much like a British seaside town, so it seems quite apt that it plays host to a British Film Festival each year over several days at the very end of September. There’s also usually free, outdoor film screenings in the week running up to the festival. Ask for further details at the tourist office.