Summer is almost over... but not quite finished yet! With classical music and traditional wine festivals, September is a great time to visit the Dordogne region.
There is a whole host of events to be enjoyed in September, so it's a great time to visit. Here are just some of our favourite events this month.
What's the weather like in the Dordogne in September?
September is when the heat begins to let up. Average temperatures generally sit between a low of 16ºC in the evenings and a high of 24ºC during the day. It does tend to be a little wetter than previous months, so there is a chance of a shower. Sunrise around 07:00 and sunset after 20:00. This is a much pleasanter time to be in the Dordogne, especially as the families have gone home and things are quiet.
What's on in the Dordogne in September?
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.
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.
Wine and song
The 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.
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.
Things to Do
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.
Wine and history
Saint Emilion hosts an annual festival, the Ban des Vendanges, celebrating the wine and heritage of the medieval city. The Jurade, the Saint-Emilion wine brotherhood who historically had administrative rights over the town, parade through the town in 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.
As one of France's most important food regions, no visit here would be complete without tucking into some genuine local cuisine, whether it be a local café's plat-du-jour or a top-notch restaurant's tasting menu. Paired with a fine local wine, it's the perfect excuse to indulge.