Discover the Unmissable Summer Festivals in Charente-Maritime!

Summer is fast approaching and with it, a host of festive events not to be missed in Charente-Maritime. Whether you are looking for memorable moments with family or friends, this region is full of eclectic festivals that will satisfy all your summer desires. From intoxicating music to culinary delights, visual arts and local culture, there is something for all tastes and generations. So, get ready to live unique experiences in the heart of Charente-Maritime!


1. Francofolies of La Rochelle

The Francofolies de La Rochelle are a real summer must-see in Charente-Maritime. Every year, this emblematic musical event attracts thousands of festival-goers who come to celebrate the diversity of French-speaking song. With a rich and varied program, ranging from emerging artists to established stars, the Francofolies promise wild evenings of music and conviviality. Don't miss this opportunity to vibrate to the rhythm of captivating melodies in the sunny atmosphere of La Rochelle!

Dates: From July 10 to July 15, 2024 -


2. Kite Festival in Châtelaillon-Plage

Fly to Châtelaillon-Plage to attend the colorful spectacle of the Kite Festival. Every year, in April, this magical event attracts young and old to admire hundreds of kites taking flight in the Atlantic sky. From artistic creations to acrobatic figures, let yourself be amazed by the diversity and beauty of the kites that flutter in the wind. With family or friends, share moments of joy and wonder during this enchanting festival which celebrates freedom and lightness in a festive and friendly atmosphere.

Dates: From March 30 to April 1, 2024 -


3. International Sailing Week in La Rochelle

In La Rochelle, at the end of May, cast off and dive into the heart of the fascinating world of sailing during International Sailing Week. This world-class maritime event attracts sailing enthusiasts and the curious for a week full of emotions and competitions. From spectacular regattas to navigation demonstrations and boat exhibitions, experience the rhythm of the wind and the waves in one of the most beautiful marinas in Europe. With family or friends, share moments of passion and adrenaline as the waves and sails dance under the La Rochelle sun.

Dates: From May 8 to May 12, 2024 - Official website


4. La Rochelle Cinema Festival - FEMA

Immerse yourself in the magical world of cinema during the La Rochelle Cinema Festival - FEMA. This prestigious event, organized by the French Educational Film Association (AFR), celebrates the seventh art in all its forms. From auteur cinema to committed documentaries and animated films, discover an eclectic selection of film productions from the four corners of the world. Attend preview screenings, meet talented directors and take part in fascinating debates around the major issues facing our society. Whether you are experienced movie buffs or simple fans of good stories, the La Rochelle Cinema Festival - FEMA promises you moments of discovery and emotion to share with family or friends.

Dates: From June 28 to July 7, 2024 -


5. Saintes Festival

Immerse yourself in the heart of history and classical music during the Saintes Festival. Nestled within the prestigious Abbaye aux Dames, this cultural event offers an enchanting setting to discover exceptional concerts. Renowned performers take the stage one after the other to perform timeless works, transporting the audience on a unique sensory journey. With family or friends, let yourself be carried away by the magic of classical music in a setting steeped in history and emotion.

Dates: July 13 to 20, 2024 -


6. ""A Violin on the Sand"" Festival in Royan

Enjoy a unique musical experience on Royan beach during the ""Un Violon sur le Sable"" Festival. Every summer, this magical event invites music lovers to gather to attend prestigious concerts at sunset, with their feet in the sand. From symphony orchestras to virtuoso soloists, let yourself be captivated by the beauty of classical and contemporary melodies in an exceptional natural setting. With family or friends, share moments of grace and emotion to the enchanting notes that resonate on the Royan coastline.

Dates: July 18 to 28, 2024 -


7. Spring Musical in Ré in Saint-Martin-de-Ré

In the heart of the charming village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, let yourself be lulled by the captivating melodies of Printemps Musical en Ré. Every year, in mid-April, this musical event delights lovers of classical and contemporary music. In the picturesque setting of Île de Ré, attend intimate concerts in iconic locations, such as the fortified church or historic reception rooms. Internationally renowned artists take you on a sonic journey where virtuosity and emotion combine. With family or friends, come and vibrate to the rhythm of Printemps Musical en Ré and let yourself be immersed in the magic of music in an idyllic setting.

Dates: From July 25 to August 8, 2024 - Official website


8. The Flyin'Club Festival in Royan

Fly to Royan for a unique musical experience during the Flyin'Club Festival. This original event combines the passion for music with the magic of aviation, offering festival-goers an unforgettable immersive experience. In the heart of Royan-Médis airport, attend open-air concerts featuring local and international artists, all in a friendly and festive atmosphere. Between two musical sets, admire the spectacular aerial demonstrations and explore the thematic stands dedicated to aviation. Whether you are passionate about music, aviation or simply looking for an extraordinary experience, the Flyin'Club Festival promises moments of discovery and wonder for everyone.

Dates: August 24 to 25, 2024 - Official website


9. Fiction Festival 2024 in La Rochelle

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of audiovisual fiction during the 2024 Fiction Festival in La Rochelle. This prestigious event, a true annual meeting for audiovisual professionals and series and film enthusiasts, highlights the creativity and talent of actors, directors, screenwriters and producers. Attend preview screenings of television series, TV films and feature films, discover behind the scenes of audiovisual creation during meetings and debates, and meet emblematic personalities from the world of fiction. Whether you are a fan of thrillers, comedies, dramas or historical series, the 2024 Fiction Festival promises you unforgettable moments of emotion, reflection and entertainment.

Dates: September 10 to 15, 2024 -


10. Autumn Rally in La Rochelle

Start your engines and prepare for a thrilling adventure at the Autumn Rally in La Rochelle in early November. This iconic motoring event attracts speed enthusiasts and motorsport enthusiasts for a breathtaking competition across the region's winding roads. From impressive cars to seasoned drivers, experience moments of adrenaline and suspense as competitors battle it out for victory. With family or friends, come and encourage the participants and immerse yourself in the heart of the action during this unmissable event for motorsport aficionados.

Dates: November 28 to 30, 2024


This concludes our exploration of the unmissable summer festivals in Charente-Maritime! From La Rochelle to Saintes, via Royan and many other towns, the region offers a multitude of festive and cultural events for all tastes and passions. Whether you are a fan of music, cinema, gastronomy, sailing or audiovisual fiction, there is something for all desires and curiosities.

These festivals are the perfect opportunity to discover the cultural and artistic wealth of Charente-Maritime, while sharing unique moments with family or friends. Between open-air concerts, tastings of local products, cinema screenings and regattas at sea, each festival promises unforgettable experiences and lasting memories.

So, get ready to experience moments of conviviality, discovery and wonder in the heart of Charente-Maritime this summer. Check the official festival websites for exact dates and detailed programs, and don't hesitate to plan your itinerary to make the most of these magical moments.

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