What’s On in France: August 2015

Hermione frigate

Throughout France, August is the time for holidays and relaxation. Good food, wine and time with loved ones are all key ingredients for enjoying the summer months. With the cool waters of the Seine and Rhone to transport you away, French river cruises can be the perfect way to find your key to relaxation this August.

Here are some great events going on this month in France.

Films under the stars in Paris

On a blanket or in a folding chair, the Parc de la Villette in the north-eastern part of the city is perfect for taking in a film. The annual event combines amazing Parisian nights with the best in cinema. Continuing through the month, the open-air film festival lets locals and tourists settle in to a movie with a picnic and a few bottles of wine.

It is free to watch the films and many of the features are in English. There is a nice mixture of big budget Hollywood features and French independent films.

Promenade en Fête in Cagnes-sur-Mer

To celebrate summer on the Mediterranean, Nice and Cagnes-sur-Mer welcome live music, celebration and fireworks to the French seaside. All within the pedestrian walkways of the village, live music will entertain the crowds until midnight on 14 August. There will be musical performances from Kunga'Ka, Maracatu Mix and others.

Shortly after 10pm, fireworks will light up the night sky as people fill the beaches to get a perfect seat for the show. For the Promenade en Fête, many of the roads will be closed to vehicles to allow the area’s restaurants and cafes to open outside seating for the thousands of guests attending the Southern French festival.

Hermione docks in Bordeaux

A replica of the classic French frigate Hermione will sail into the city to commemorate the voyage of the Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780. For more than 20 years, historians, shipbuilders, and modern-day engineers have collaborated to rebuild the classic tall ship.

Since June, the ship has dotted the eastern coast of America and Canada, travelling from Virginia to Nova Scotia. From 20 August, visitors in Bordeaux will be able to see the ship sail up the Gironde and will be given the chance to board the magnificent ship as well.

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