All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

Festivals in the département

From music of all kinds to the performing arts via gastronomy, the arts of fire, sculpture and street performance, every artistic sensibility has right of residence at the events taking place in the Haute-Garonne.

A selection of festivals and events representative of the way of life and of having fun in the Haute-Garonne…

Music puts the soul in harmony with everything that exists.

Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900

Luchon

International Television Film Festival
Competition for TV films, series and trailers, previews of TV films, homage to stars of the small screen … In February.
Tel. : 05 61 79 21 21 and luchon.com

 

Rieux-Volvestre

Fête du Papogay
Tradition of shooting arrows to bring down the papogay (parrot in Occitan), a bird made of wood, fixed at the top of a 45 metre high pole. Parade of archers carrying quivers adorned with flowers, decorated floats, fifes and drums, music… First week-end in May.
Tel. : 05 61 87 63 33 and tourisme-volvestre.com or papogay.free.fr

 

Toulouse

Rio Loco
Each year, the Garonne invites a particular musical style and its performers from somewhere in the world to take over the Prairie des Filtres à Toulouse. Shows, concerts, stage design, films, food and wine all contribute to demonstrating the cultural wealth of the country concerned.

Tel. : 05 61 25 96 93 and rio-loco.org

Haute-Garonne

31 Notes d’Été
Thirty or so communes of the département host this free-access festival, during which music, dance, circus and film all rub shoulders, organised by the Direction des Arts Vivants of the Haute-Garonne Council. The event takes place with the technical assistance of the Comité départemental du Tourisme, Tourist Offices and Syndicats d’initiative. In July and August.
Tel. : 05 34 45 58 30 and haute-garonne.fr

 

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges and surroundings

Comminges Festival
The great summer classical music rendez-vous in the Haute-Garonne, devoted in particular to sacred and chamber music. Prestigious historic monuments host twenty or so concerts. In July and August.
Tel. : 05 61 88 32 00 and festival-du-comminges.com

 

Fronton

Saveurs et Senteurs
Tasting of Fronton wines, events, concerts and food, over a three day period in a special, family atmosphere. August.
Tel. : 05 61 82 46 33 and fronton-saveurs-senteurs.fr

Laréole

Le Château se donne en spectacle !
Every weekend in July and August, the public comes to see a whole host of free shows based on the circus, poetry, readings, dance, etc.  in the shady grounds of the château. In addition, exhibitions of contemporary art and photography occupy the rooms and grounds of the château from June to September. Entrance free and unrestricted.
Tel. : 05 61 06 33 58 and haute-garonne.fr

Luchon

Fête des Fleurs
Created in 1888, this splendid festival, in which the whole town participates, sees a parade of about thirty floats decorated with real flowers, with a different theme every year. Banners and posters produced by local artists form a souvenir of this festival going back to the beginning of last century. Last weekend of August.
Tel. : 05 61 79 21 21 and luchon.com

Cadours

Fête de l’Ail
Large gathering of local producers of fresh violet garlic with awarding of prizes, entertainment of various kinds, children’s games, craft exhibitions. Last weekend of August.
Tel. : 05 62 13 74 00 and cadours.com

Ramonville Saint-Agne

Festival de rue
Supported by the Arto Association, the first street festival in the Toulouse area will soon have been a part of the early autumn festive arts scene for 30 years. As well as the « guest companies », the event provides a launch platform for up and coming artistes. Mid-September.
Tel. : 05 61 73 00 48 and festivalramonville-arto.fr

 

Toulouse and area

Toulouse les Orgues International Festival
Since its launch in 1996, the Toulouse les Orgues festival has been striving to make the most of the exceptional organ heritage of Toulouse and its area. Orchestras, choirs and ensembles join the best organists for sixty or so very popular concerts. The festival also puts on lectures, lunchtime concerts, and regional days as well as events for young people and musical readings. In October.
Tel. : 05 61 33 76 80 and toulouse-les-orgues.org

Toulouse and the Haute-Garonne

Jazz sur son 31
One of the iconic events of the cultural season, for more than thirty years the Jazz sur son 31 festival has been hosting the best and greatest on the international jazz scene. In Toulouse, under the Automne Club marquee, and everywhere around the département, renowned artistes and new talent share a billing which every year provides more great surprises. In October.
Tel. 05 45 45 05 92 and jazz31.com

Martres-Tolosane

Le Salon des Arts et du Feu
Craftsmen and women from all over the world come to show their pottery, ceramics, porcelain and earthenware at this unique trade fair which spotlights traditional skills. Creation and innovation are the keywords of this event which is a showcase for the fine crafts and which takes place during the All Saints’ weekend.
Tel. : 05 61 98 66 41 and tourisme-martres-tolosane.fr

 

Poetry is a kind of music : one has to hear it in order to judge it.

Voltaire, 1694-1778

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Canal du Midi

Convivencia
Itinerant festival along the Canal des 2 Mers : 120 stages and more than 700 musicians playing traditional Occitan music, music from around the world and music to dance to. In July.
Tel. : 05 62 19 06 06 and festivalconvivencia.eu

Saint-Béat

Festival de la sculpture et du marbre
Exhibition of contemporary sculptures in Pyrenean marble made by internationally famous artists, on show in galleries and outdoors in the historic setting of the old city, famous for its marble quarries. The festival offers workshops, exhibitions, and sculpture courses during the month of July.
marbre-et-arts.fr

 

Poetry is that music which every man carries within him.

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

INFO PLUS

La fête du Papogay in Rieux-Volvestre is one of the rare festivals in France in existence since the 14th C.

Le château de Laréole se donne en spectacle, this superb place devoted to tourism and culture welcomes the public. Art exhibitions and performing arts shows — theatre, music, circus, dance — enliven the summer season.

Politics may be reinforced by music, but music has a power which defies politics.

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013