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What's on in Dordogne September 2017

Say farewell to the summer in Dordogne

Featured in: | Pam Williamson, Dordogne Editor | Published

Summer is almost over... but not quite finished yet! With classical music festivals and traditional wine harvest festival, September is a great time to visit the Dordogne region.

Sinfonia en Perigord

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, abbeys, churches, châteaux' gardens and museums all open their doors to the Baroque music loving public.

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Festival du Perigord Noir

The month then continues with more classical music as the Festival du Perigord Noir takes place in various venues throughout the Perigord Noir region around Montignac. You can enjoy both history and music in exceptional settings. 

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Stop off at Chateau Rochbelle Vineyards

The Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion combines the very best of Bordeaux culture with music and wine. Classical concerts of high quality in the inevitable wine estates of Saint-Emilion.

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Cathedral in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Across France mid-September brings with it the annual European Heritage Days. Exceptional locations around France, including Dordogne, will be open to visit on the Journées du Patrimoine. Museums, churches, and galleries all open their doors to the public for a weekend of celebration and the event has become increasingly popular over the years.

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The Jurade at the Ban des Vendanges

Saint Emilion continues the wine theme with this annual Ban des Vendanges. The Autumn Festival in Saint-Emilion celebrates the wine and heritage of this medieval city. The Jurade are the Saint-Emilion wine brotherhood who historically had administrative rights over the town.  As part of the festival, they parade through the town in their traditional crimson robes reminiscent of the all-powerful aldermen of centuries past. For a touch of history with your glass of red, this is one event not to miss.

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Rassemblement Europeen de Montgolfieres

The second last weekend of September blows in with the hot air balloons of Rocamadour - the Rassemblement Europeen de Montgolfieres brings a gathering of European hot air balloons who offer a stunning sight against the backdrop of the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour. 

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More inspiration...

Plenty going on and with the still warm weather and so many outdoor activities to enjoy, Dordogne is a great choice for a holiday in September - check our Events Calendar for a full run down and find some accommodation for your stay on our Hotel Pages.