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Here’s a glimpse of the activities the French Atlantic Coast has to offer this spring. To find more events near you, please check with your local Tourism Office. For Easter activities, click here.


Discover the Owls in the marshes of Rochefort!

Rochefort, March 11, 2017 | 18.30 – 20.00

Experience owls in their natural habitat on this evening excursion in the peri-urban marshes of Rochefort. It is arranged by Conservatoire du Littoral and the City of Rochefort for observing owls and other nocturnal animals. More info.


Venetian Carnival, Etaules

Etaules, March 12, 2017

An increasingly popular carnival, come enjoy the whimsical costumes!

Starting 10.00 with a parade through the streets of Etaules, on the Place de Verdun and on square de Kembs (behind the church), followed by food and drink and a market with Venetian masks and jewellery etc. Learn more.


“La Tête dans les Nuages” — Children’s theatre

Angoulême, March 11 – 18, 2017

A variety of shows for children and parents; plays, concerts, circus shows, puppet theatre, and dance. Click here to see the entire programme.


Cinema and Literature Festival

Rochefort, March 29 – April 2
Festival Rochefort Pacifique is unique cinema and literature festival devoted to exploring the rich cultures of Oceania. This year’s theme is New Caledonia, Polynesia and Papua New Guinea. Learn more.


Festival Variations — music festival

Nantes, March 31 – April 2, 2017

Piano and keyboard music, from jazz to classical, to electronic, experimental, improvised or traditional music.

Taking place in several venues throughout the city: le lieu unique, Théâtre Graslin, Cathédrale de Nantes, Chapelle de l’Immaculée, and Manoir de Procé. Learn more.


Brunch at Fort Louvois!

Bourcefrance-le-Chapus, April 9, 2017 | 10.00 to 12.00

Fort LouvoisPhoto by sn6200/CC BY 2.0, image cropped 

On Sunday, April 9, the Fort opens for the season and this will be celebrated with brunch 10am to 12pm. Fort Louvois can be reached via a footpath which is underwater at high tide, or by boat.

Contact the Tourism Office of l’île d’Oléron for more information about the event. | Learn more about the fort here.


Festival 3 jours d’avril — Classical music festival

Saint Martin de Ré, April 13 – 15, 2017

A Chamber music festival in a beautiful setting. Ticket must be purchased 45 minutes before each concert. Reservation can be made until April 4 by email: contact@3joursenmai.com. Find the detailed program here.


Dancing at the Grand-Théâtre

Bordeaux, April 29 & June 3, 2017

Photo by popelix.com

The “Danse avec nous” association organises afternoon couples dancing in the stunning drawing rooms of the Grand-Théâtre. Cocktail dress code. Learn more.


Festival Plein Sud — A Festival of African Cultures

Cozes, May 9 – 14, 2017

This year’s theme is “The Right to Education.”

The festival is devoted to public awareness workshops for discovering the culture and knowledge of the African continent: dance workshops, percussion, sand painting, meetings with artisans, concerts, games, and much more. The festival opens with a procession of dancers, singers, musicians, and percussionists. Learn more.


Week-end des Grands Crus — wine tasting

Bordeaux, May 20 – 21, 2017

Every year, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux organises a large-scale tasting with the estate owners, who present their latest and greatest vintages. A unique opportunity to taste over 100 Grands Crus under a single roof! An open day is also held on the Sunday, with visits to prestigious châteaux, vineyard discovery tours, and gourmet dinners, and even a golf tournament. Learn more.