Major festivals and events

Many festivals are organised in the Dordogne throughout the year.

If you love music, you’ll enjoy the Summer Festival in Bergerac (also offering a programme of dance and theatre) and the Périgord Noir Festival with its focus on classical music and jazz.

For cinema buffs, the Sarlat Film Festival is held every November – and for theatre devotees, there’s the ‘Jeux du Theatre’ in Sarlat and the International Festival of Mime in Périgueux (MIMOS). These are ideal opportunities to introduce even the youngest member of the family to the joys of performing arts!

Foodies will have fun at the many events dedicated to Périgord cuisine. Sarlat is a popular destination for gourmet gatherings with its Truffle Festival, Nut Festival and local produce days: there’s so much to choose from, you won’t know which way to go. Staying with local products, visit the Chestnut and Mushroom (cep) festival in Villefranche-du-Périgord, or the veal and cep celebrations at Saint-Saud-Lacoussière.

February

"La Chevêche festival in Nontron.
An event for naturalists in the Périgord-Limousin-Angoumois. This festival offers films on nature, events and workshops for children, lectures, nature excursions and exhibitions.
La Chevêche festival (External link)

March

“Jazz en chai”, around Bergerac.
Jazz concerts organised all year round in the wine cellars of the Bergerac region.
“Jazz en chai” (External link)

April to June

"Le printemps des Bastides”, around Bergerac.
A host of cultural and artistic events organised in the bastides around Bergerac

May

Festival Jazz Pourpre, in Bergerac.
The greatest names from the jazz world head to Bergerac for this 4-day festival
Festival Jazz Pourpre (External link)

Festival de la Vallée, in Saint-Astier.
Concerts, aperitif events, shows, exhibitions and walks. The Festival de la Vallée brings a friendly and unique atmosphere to fifteen local villages
www.lavallee.info (External link)

June and July

“Itinéraire Baroque” in the Green Périgord.
A festival dedicated to Baroque music and Romanesque architecture.
www.itinerairebaroque.com (External link)

July

La Félibrée in Saint-Cyprien
A major celebration of Occitan culture and traditions.
La Félibrée (External link)

“Les Chemins de l’Imaginaire”, in Terrasson.
Street performances as eclectic as they are spellbind - ing along the banks of the Vézère.
“Les Chemins de l’Imaginaire” (External link)

“Festival des Guitares Vertes” in the Pays de Jumilhac.
A guitar festival featuring a combination of concerts and other events.
Festival des Guitares Vertes (External link)

Festival de Danses et Musiques du Monde, in Montignac.
For one week the village beats to the rhythm of world music with performers from around ten countries.
Festival de Montignac (External link)

July and August

Festival des Jeux du Théâtre, in Sarlat.
This theatre festival is one of the most famous in France.
Festival des Jeux du Théâtre (External link)

“L’été musical en Bergerac”.
An eclectic programme of events at some of the region’s most famous historic sites.
L’été musical en Bergerac (External link)

August

Festival International des Arts du Mime et du Geste, Mimos, in Périgueux.
For one week, street theatre and mime take over the town.
Mimos (External link)

“Itinérance Médiévale en Vallée du Dropt”, in the Bergerac region.
Relive the Middle Ages in all their glory!

Flamenco Festival, in Bergerac.
The town adopts Spanish rhythms at this 3-day event attracting leading names from the flamenco world.

Festival des Musiques de la Nouvelle Orléans en Périgord, MNOP.
Blues music performed by artists from across the Atlantic brings life to a dozen villages around the Dordogne.
MNOP festival (External link)

August and September

“Sinfonia en Périgord”, near Périgueux.
A festival showcasing Baroque music
Sinfonia en Périgord (External link)

August to October

Festival de Musique du Périgord Noir, in Montignac.
The Aquitaine’s largest festival, featuring over 20 classical music concerts.
Festival du Périgord Noir (External link)

November

Sarlat Film Festival.
A major event in the world of French cinema, this festival is renowned for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
www.festivaldufilmdesarlat.com/ (External link)

International Cookbook Fair in Périgueux.
A biannual event which gives professional cooks and the general public alike a chance to purchase all the latest cookery books. Meet famous chefs and food writers as well as professionals from the food industry.
Livre Gourmand (External link)

“Rue des métiers d’Art” in Nontron.
This fair brings together the best artisans in a delightful setting and is THE show for rural arts and crafts!
www.metiersdartperigord.fr (External link)

Click here (External link) to see what’s on in the Dordogne all year round

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