Top Reasons to visit France in 2020

Festival Interceltique de Lorient - Brittany
Pain de sucre in Les Saintes, Guadeloupe Islands
Hôtel de la Marine - Place de la Concorde
MECA Bordeaux
Monet - Sur la plage à Trouville
La bourse de commerce de Paris..Collection Pinault
Le Voyage dans la lune, Georges Méliès, 1902
Press release

If 2019 in France was overflowing with events and developments, 2020 France is effervescent with innovation and major events


Bordeaux - April 17, 2020

The trendy and rejuvenated neighborhood of Bacalan welcomes this April the Bassin des Lumières, the world's largest digital art center which will be housed in the former WWII submarine base. It will also neighbor the Cité du Vin and the new Musée Mer Marine, all a 15mn tram ride from the city’s central Place de la Comédie. 2 to 2 1/2 hours from Paris by TGV high speed train


Next year In July the town of Brest will also welcome the International maritime festival, Brest 2020. Every four years, participants can sail on old rigs during the day and watch fireworks over the harbor each night over the course of a week next July.

The region of Brittany is well-known for its Celtic heritage and in August of 2020, 700, 000 visitors are expected to attend the 50th edition of the Festival Interceltique de Lorient to witness and listen to the spectacular music. Lorient is a 3hour ride by TGV from Paris

Fontevraud Abbey - May 2020

Western Loire – In addition to celebrating its 20th year as World Heritage Site--part of the Loire Valley 170-mile span, the 12th century Royal Fontevraud Abbey near Chinon and Saumur, will welcome in May 900 modern art works of the Martine and Léon Cligman private collection. These 19th and 20th works will include paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, Corot, Degas, Delacroix and Soutine, and sculptures by Rodin and Germaine Richier which will be displayed in the Fannerie, the former stables of the mother abbesses.

The Guadeloupe Islands - French West indies

JetBlue will be expanding their portfolio by adding a new nonstop seasonal service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Guadeloupe’s Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (PTP). Roundtrip flights will operate three times per week on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays starting February 1, 2020 through the end of April. Flights will then resume in November 2020. Click here for details

Once in Guadeloupe, visit the Model Noir exhibit (Black Models: from Gericault to Picasso) at the Mémorial ACTe Museum. Following an acclaimed stay at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, this historically groundbreaking exhibition curated by African American Denise Murrell will be on view through December 29.

Lille, Northern France

The great Northern capital Lille is the first French City to be named Lille World Capital of Design. The kick-off will be December 6, 2019 and followed through 2020 by the display of hundreds of innovative design projects affecting every facet of modern-day life. Just one hour from Paris by TGV

Loire Valley & Western Loire

In 2000 a 170-mile stretch of the Loire Valley and the sister region of Western Loire were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from Sully-sur-Loire in the Loire Valley to Chalonnes-sur-Loire in the Western Loire.

Marseille, Provence

From June 7 to November 1, 2020, Top French City Marseille will be a focal point for contemporary art by hosting the roving European biennial known as MANIFESTA, also a first for France. A dialogue between art and the community, Marseille will be alive in installations, out-door happenings and exhibitions


800th Anniversary of the city's Saint-Etienne Cathedral, nicknamed "The Lantern of God," is renowned for its Chagall stained-glass windows. Celebrations begin December 8, 2019 through December 8. 2020.

2020 will also be the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Pompidou Metz, the regional wing of Paris' Pompidou Center


April 3 to September 6, 2020 - Lovers of Monet, Degas, Manet, Pissaro and great artists of the time, will be drawn to Normandy for the 4th edition of the Normandy Impressionist Festival. It will take place throughout the region from April 3 to September 6, 2020. There will big exhibitions in Rouen and Le Havre and other cities


Bourse de Commerce - Collection Pinault

The long-awaited Bourse de Commerce - Collection Pinault will open to the public in June of 2020. Designed by architect Tadao Ando, it will be housed in the former Commodity Exchange, the Bourse du Commerce, in the heart of the city. The circular and dome topped building will boast 3000 square meters of exhibition spaces to make room for the 5000-piece Pinault contemporary art collection and loans from other venues like those of Pompidou Center to fuel the intended 10 exhibitions a year.

Hôtel de la Marine

Following in its foot-steps in July, is the opening to the public of the Hôtel de la Marine (meaning in the case: mansion) located on the Place de la Concorde right across the rue Royale from the legendary Hôtel de Crillon. The former headquarters of the French Navy from the French Revolution through 2015, the 18th century palace (and furniture storage of the crown) is being restored. It will showcase the royal and state’s period furniture, tapestries and decorative objects, displayed in the palace’s ceremonial ball rooms and recreation of the private apartments of Baron de Ville d’Avray, the royal steward and his wife.

Musée Méliès

October 2020 - Frequently called the silver screen capital of the world, Paris will welcome in the Bercy district at the Cinémathèque française a new Musée Méliès named for the pioneer film director—and illusionist, Georges Méliès. More to come shortly


Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency