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Main events in Dordogne

Discover the main Dordogne events in the year


There are numerous events in Dordogne organised year-round. From quirky local affairs to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth seeing.

We've listed the the major annual Dordogne events below, but you can also check our Events Calendar for the latest updates.

a close up of truffles at a market

January events in Dordogne

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to celebrate, and if you like truffles, you're in for a treat.

La Fête de la Truffe
A celebration of the famous truffle! Hosted each year at the end of January this popular event celebrates the 'black gold' and also the regions famous Foie Gras. Dates & details.

Romantic rose petals on the bed

February events in Dordogne

February is the school holidays, and love is in the air in Dordogne. It is the perfect romantic destination, so be sure to book in advance if there's somewhere you'd like to take your loved one this Valentine's.

Valentine's Day
There will be no shortage of places to go to celebrate with your loved one whilst in the land of romance. Be sure to book early if there's that certain spot you would like to go with your special someone.

Definitely not short on romance would be a stroll around the hanging gardens of Marqueyssac, where the views of the river Dordogne are magnificent, and the gardens of the lemon coloured castle built on the eve of the French Revolution is brimming with topiary displays. Dates & details.

the stalls of the saturday market in sarlat

March events in Dordogne

As the temperatures start to warm up, head to the historic town of Sarlat.

Fest'oie of Sarlat
On the first weekend of March head to the town of Sarlat. You'll be welcomed by marching bands, gourmet food and entertainment as the Périgord goose is celebrated. Dates & details.

Sarlat Market
If you're in the area on a Saturday morning, make sure you take in the famous Sarlat market. Numerous stalls brimming with gigantic cheeses, locally produced saucisson, plump vegetables from local farmers, plus many many more culinary treats including the revered truffle aka 'black diamonds' of the Périgord. Once you're all shopped out, sit outside a bar (or inside if it's too chilly) and watch the world go by over a coffee or chocolat chaud. Dates & details.

river dordogne, cliffs and town in dordogne

April events in Dordogne

Spring is definitely in the air and temperatures start to warm up. Keep an eye on local listings and our Events Calendar for updates on what's going on.

Médoc Open House (Portes Ouvertes)
Over 50 winemakers of the Médoc region invite you to discover their vineyards, their cellars, their treasures and their castles...and of course their wines. Dates & details.

Snail Festival, Bertric-Burée

May events in Dordogne

With the month of May we make time for celebrating the arrival of spring with eating and drinking the fine produce of this region.

Annual Snail Festival
Has to be seen to be believed! Celebrating the French favourite, the snail... Eat, drink and be merry at this wonderful foodie Annual Snail Festival in Bertric-Burée. Dates & details.

Fête de la Fraise
Held annually on the second Sunday in May the Fête de la Fraise is a wonderful family celebration of food and fun...and of course strawberries, in the Medieval town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. Dates & details.

Fête des Fromages Fermiers
Traditionally held on Whit Sunday in May it showcases the very best of French cheeses, or all shapes, sizes, tastes and smells! Dates & details.

Les Floralies - Flower Festival
Hosted in the pretty town of Saint-Jean-de-Côle, this is all things floral and a wonderful backdrop for visitors to enjoy as spring turns to summer. Dates & details.

June events in Dordogne

Summer arrives with an array of festivities including the French national day of music.

Classical Music
The perfect start to the summer in country's most famous wine region brings music and wine together at the Grandes Heures de Saint Emilion. Hosted on various dates in May, June, July and September, these classical music concerts are held in the beautiful wine estates of Saint-Emilion. Reservation in advance is essential. Dates & details.

Fête de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is a celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJs to traditional folk bands. Dates & details.

Ending the month with some music the Montauban en Scenes festival (formerly Jazz à Montauban) will bring you live jazz in the beautiful of the Jardin des Plantes. With an impressive 30-year history this event has adapted to the times, trying to accompany the changes in the jazz music scene. Dates & details.

Festival du Perigord Noir

July events in Dordogne

As the temperatures go up so do the number of events and you'll find the area is buzzing with musical events and a rather famous road bike race.

Souillac en Jazz
An international jazz festival held in the town of Souillac each July. Showcasing both local and international talent in a series of concerts and street performances. Dates & details.

Festival celebrating African music and culture, hosted in the delightful town of Cajarc, on the banks of the Lot river, on the last weekend of July. Dates & details.

Festival du Périgord Noir
Classical music festival in the Perigord Noir region of the Dordogne. Dates & details.

Festival des Jeux du Théâtre
Hosted in Sarlat the program is rich and diverse, including shows, lectures and discussions, and is considered one of the best in France. Dates & details.

Brive Festival
A great summer festival giving you live music, dancing and beach sports. Dates & details.

Tour de France in Rocamadour
The tour's penultimate stage brings the race to the spectacular city of Rocamadour on 23rd July 2022 - an individual time trial of 40km between Lacapelle-Marival and Rocamadour promises a spectacular finish in the ancient city. If you fancy taking a look make sure you arrive early to catch a glimpse of the riders and enjoy the atmosphere. Dates & details.

Bastille Day
Celebrated across the whole of France with a bang on 14th July. Well, several bangs in fact, as fireworks always feature heavily. Dates & details.

Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival
If you are going to be in Saint Emilion then it is worth making sure you are here for this. Not only is the town a beautiful setting but you will be entertained by some of the best jazz musicians around. Dates & details.

La Bataille de Castillon

August events in Dordogne

Always a busy month, so keep your eye on local listings and our Events Calendar for updates on what's going on.

La Bataille de Castillon
One of the Aquitaine's largest and most popular events. Dates & details.

Festival de Saint-Céré
A marvellous opera, dance and classical music fiesta hosted in the town of Saint-Céré and in the small surrounding villages. Dates & details.

Eté Musical en Bergerac - Festival Bergerac
In and around the Perigord region and Bergerac, a festival celebrating live music and traditional dance in historical sites and monuments. Dates & details.

Rassemblement Europeen de Montgolfieres

September events in Dordogne

As the summer crowds dissipate, don't worry there's still plenty going on.

The month begins with the last two days of the wonderful Sinfonia en Periford festival. A series of Baroque music concerts hosted in and around the Dordogne capital of Perigueux, the festival brings together talents from across Europe to thrill audiences. Hosted in some of the most prestigious sites of the Périgord heritage such as abbeys, churches, châteaux gardens and museums all open their doors to the Baroque music loving public. Dates & details.

Grandes Heures de Saint Emilion
The country's most famous wine region brings music and wine together on various dates in May, June, July and September. These classical music concerts are held in the beautiful wine estates of Saint-Emilion. Reservation in advance is essential. Dates & details.

The end of September blows in with the hot air balloons of Rocamadour - the Rassemblement Européen de Montgolfieres brings a gathering of European hot air balloons who offer a stunning sight against the backdrop of this pilgrimage town. Dates & details.

European Heritage Days
Exceptional locations around France, including Dordogne, will be open to visitors on the 'Journées du Patrimoine', a European-wide event. The European Heritage Days (EHD) are an annual event in which members of the public are encouraged to immerse themselves in local history and culture. Museums, churches, and galleries all open their doors to the public for a weekend in September. Dates & details.

river dordogne, cliffs and town in dordogne

October events in Dordogne

The summer months may seem a distant memory, but during the Toussaint holidays that usually fall towards the end of the month there's always plenty going on. Take a look at the Events Calendar for more ideas of what's on and where.

Salon International du Livre Gourmand

November events in Dordogne

A very quiet month for events as we enter the autumnal and winter months.

Salon International du Livre Gourmand
Celebrating food and books! This fair takes places every two years (on odd years...2015, 2017, etc) in the city of Périgueux and combines a literary love with the gastronomic side of life. Dates & details.

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December events in Dordogne

A time of year for festive celebrations.

Noël​ (Christmas)
In France, the biggest celebration of the festive holidays takes place on Christmas Eve, which is when families gather together and share a banquet that usually includes oysters, foie gras, caviar and turkey or goose.

Reveillon du Nouvel An (New Year's Eve)
Celebrated all over with plenty of spectacular firework displays, for New Year's Eve some villages also have live music and dancing. Most of the bars and restaurants will host special parties and serve gourmet menus to commemorate the start of the new year.