FRANCE 2018: Festivals & Events

Press release

The 2018 Ryder Cup

September 2018

Le Golf National, Île-de-France

The Ryder Cup 42nd edition give the French federation the opportunity to promote the game of golf in France as well as emphasize the values it channels. Le Golf National in France will be hosting the biennial match on its spectacular L'Albatros course. Following recent extensive renovations, the course is shaping up to be a true test of both teams’ abilities and has a formidable reputation amongst some of the world’s top players and Ryder Cup luminaries.

The Gay Games

August 2018

Since 1982, the Gay Games have brought together people from all over the world, with diversity, respect, equality, solidarity, and sharing. With sport a common theme for inclusion, the Gay Games are open to all, young or old, athlete or artist, experienced or novice, gay or straight. For athletes, artists, supporters, spectators, donors, volunteers, conference participants, sponsors, or simply anyone interested in this project, everyone has a role to play at the Gay Games and help to progress our society. Read more

Marseilles-Provence 2018

February 14 - September 1, 2018

A profound proclamation of love for the arts, the artists, and the entire area, MP2018, Quel Amour! is the rendezvous for culture and festivities in 2018. Street parties, exhibitions, artistic residencies, installations, theater, opera, concerts, contemporary dance, circus, distinctive happenings both in cities and out in nature…Read more

Toulouse: European City of Science


For the first time in France, after Copenhagen in 2014 and Manchester in 2016, Toulouse has been chosen to host this European biennale of Science. Read more

Bordeaux Fête le Vin

14-18 June, 2018

Bordeaux Fête le Vin will celebrate its 20th anniversary. For the occasion, there will be a gathering of tall ships, parading in June 14 and docking along the Garonne River’s Port de la Lune and parading out on the 18th. Read more

Fête de la Musique

June 21, 2018

First held in France in 1982 on the summer solstice, this music festival is now an international success, with events from Philadelphia to Brisbane to Beijing. It remains a popular gathering of, often, spontaneous events that give equal place to amateur and professional musicians with no particular focus on any one kind of music. More than anything, it is a showcase for new musical trends and a renewal of traditional music, whether world music, choirs, rap or techno. Read more

Champs-Élysées Film Festival

Champs-Élysées Film Festival is the one and only French-American Film Festival based in Paris, dedicated to the public and devoted to promoting US and French independent films with the desire to create and to bring the best of French and American cinema to the audience. The festival also highlights contemporary films and restored classics. Read more

15-22 June, 2018

European Heritage Days – Journées du Patrimoine

September, 2018

Every year since 1984, the Ministry of Culture has thrown open the doors of its greatest monuments to the general public. Celebrated throughout Europe starting in 1991, guided access is now made available to any institution providing an important public service, form the best known to the most obscure. Today, more than 16,000 sites in France alone are responsible for 20,000 events, including guided tours, workshops and demonstrations, concerts, theatrical performances, walks etc.

Gastronomy Festival – Fête de la Gastronomie

Fourth weekend of September 2017

The Fête de la Gastronomie is all about food and cooking, an occasion when the general public and food professionals get together to celebrate the unique, unifying, identity-creating elements of French heritage, now even registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The aim is to spotlight gastronomy in all its many and diverse forms and invite everyone, whether true foodies or just curious observers, to enjoy French gastronomy’s many treasures, wherever they may be.