The best annual festivals and events in the Dordogne

ANNUAL EVENTS CALENDAR

January:

  • Comic Strip Festival” a massive 4-day event (third largest in the world) held at the end of January in Angouleme.
  • The Truffle Festival,  Sarlat 3rd weekend in the month

March:

  • Fest de l’Oie” this annual goose fair is held in early March in Sarlat-le-Caneda 

May:

June:

  • World Music Festival 21st June 2019 celebrated across France

June and July:

  • Itinéraire Baroque” in the Green Périgord. A festival dedicated to Baroque music and Romanesque architecture

July:

  • Filibree is a festival on July 5th-7th highlighting everything Occitan including the language and culture. Its location moves each year and for 2019 thousands will flock to Perigueux for the event 
  • Blues Passions Festival in Cognac from July 4th-8th in celebration of blues and featuring major Blues players
  • French National Day 14th July celebrated across France, Mialet has a huge Vide Grenier and Fireworks
  • Festival des Jeux du Théâtre” in Sarlat, this theatre festival is one of the most famous in France 
  • “L’été musical en Bergerac” an eclectic programme of events at some of the region’s most famous historic sites
  • Souillac en Jazz” International jazz festival from 13th-20th July in Souillac
  • Vezere Festival” 39th annual classic music festival played in venues across the area around Brive 
  • “Bastille Day” 14th July celebrated national holiday across France. Large vide grenier, food event and fireworks held in Miallet
  • "Fete du Cognac" 25th-27th July a major event in the Charente region where you can try Cognac, Pineau and Charente wines alongside local produce.
  • Festival International des Arts du Mime et du Geste, Mimos” in Périgueux 23rd to 28th July. For one week, street theatre and mime take over the town.  

August:

August and September:

August to October:

September:

  • Vintage Days” in Perigueux a three-day event on the first weekend in Sept. Celebrating everything vintage including over 100 old vehicles parked in the centre 
  • Hot Air Balloon Festival” in Rocamadour on 28th-29th September, is a massive festival dedicated to hot air balloons 

October:

  • Fetes de la Chataigne (Chestnut Festival) Dornazac last weekend in the month

November:

  • 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! 
  • “La Foire du Livre” Brive huge book event
  • Annual Turkey festival in Varaignes on November 11th celebrating all things Turkey and including a Bourru and chestnut fest. 10,000-15 000 visitors each year 

December:

  • Christmas markets in the centre of both Limoges and Perigueux