EVENTS: Brocantes; Markets; Fairs; Festivals
There are regular and special events in villages and towns of France throughout the year. Posters and banners usually advertise many of these events but check the local tourist office for information. Your hosts Eddie & Michele will also provide you with information on the availability of these events wherever possible.
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Brocantes (second-hand markets), vide greniers (like garage sales) and antique markets are frequently held during the holiday season as well as off-season. They are worth browsing around (you might find what you've always been looking for!) and makes a good outing. Check this online listing of brocantes and vide greniers, local tourist offices and notices for information.
Market days are held in most towns and villages. They are lively, bustling places and even if you don't intend to buy they are worth wandering around to get the true taste of France and French life. Catus market is on Tuesday mornings throughout the year. Check out the Listing of Market days in the Lot and Quercy region.
Musical and other cultural events cater to all tastes - theatre, Jazz and Blues, Classics, etc. Cahors has an annual Blues Festival in July. Classical and light music concerts are often held in churches during the summer season. Gindou (25 mins away) has a week-long Film Festival at the end of August and St Cere (1 hour) has a classical music and opera festival around the same time. Also check the Agenda Culturel Lot website for more information.
Village and town fairs are usually held in July or August. These are lively events lasting around 3 days with a variety of stalls, fairground rides and amusements, music and food as well as a fireworks display. Check local tourist offices and notices for information.
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