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The summer markets of the Dordogne are in full swing and so are the musical notes of classical music. August is a time to relax, take in the scenery and enjoy the culture that this marvellous region has to offer.
The month begins with one of the most famous cultural festivals of the region, the Festival de Saint-Cere. This festival of opera, theatre, dance and classical music is held in Saint-Céré over three weeks in July and August. Concerts, recitals and performances take place in castles, gardens, parks, abbeys and theatres across the Upper Dordogne Valley.
There are a whole host of night markets in the towns and villages of the Dordogne during the summer months of July and August. Each Tuesday the bastide town of Eymet hosts a wonderful night market. With a great atmosphere you can buy food from the market sellers, or just sit on the terrace of any of the bars and cafes around the square and enjoy the people watching.
The streets of Sarlat-la-Caneda - the unofficial capital of the Dordogne region and one of the most bustling market towns in the area - comes to life in August with the Festival des Jeux du Theatre. With a rich and diverse programme of events, including shows, lectures and discussions, this three-week theatre festival is one of the best in France. The programme covers traditional and contemporary exploratory theatre performances by the likes of Shakespeare, Étienne de La Boétie and Molière.
Celebrating classical music the Festival du Perigord Noir is hosted in a variety of venues around the town of Montignac. Festival of classical, baroque and jazz music in the heart of the Périgord Noir since 1983. The theme of the 2017 edition is: "Musiques around Lascaux", the infamous prehistoric caves.
Journey back in time in the middle of the month when Cadouin celebrates all things medieval in La Fete Medievale de Cadouin. Taking place annually at the Cadouin Abbey during the second weekend of August the festival brings together traditional craftsmen, market sellers, specially brewed beers and ales and plenty of culture for young and old. The highlight is without a doubt the medieval banquet.
The month ends with more classical music in the form of a Baroque music festival in Perigueux, Sinfonia en Perigord. Every year, at the end of August, concerts are held in some of the most prestigious sites of the Périgord heritage. Abbeys, churches, châteaux' gardens and museums all open their doors to the Baroque music loving public.
Plenty going on and with the warmer weather and outdoor activities to enjoy, Dordogne is a great choice for a holiday in August - check our Events Calendar for a full run down and find some accommodation for your stay in our Hotels.