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Top 10 events to do in Orléans.

Discover our top 10 events to do in Orléans .

  • 1 - The Loire Festival:

Every 2 years and since 2003, the Quays of Orléans welcome you for 5 days at the end of September for the largest European gathering of the river navy: the Loire Festival. On the program are nautical demonstrations, jousting, throwing fishing nets and rowing races, as well as educational activities and workshopsfor all generations.

The Festival de Loire is one of the events not to be missed, with more than 500,000 visitors from all over Europe, it is a major event in Orléans.

  • 2 - Jeanne d'Arc celebrations:

The Jeanne d'Arc celebrations, celebrate the anniversary of the deliverance of Orléans and are among the oldest commemorative celebrations in France, so Orléans has been celebrating this cultural tradition for six centuries.

Every year in May and for about ten days, attend parades and commemorative processions, medieval market, sound and light show on the Sainte-Croix cathedral as well as an Electro Set.

  • 3 - The Christmas market:

From November 29 to December 26 Orleans celebrates Christmas! Meet in the four emblematic places of the city: Place du Martroi, Place de la République, Place de Loire and Rue Royale. You will discover local creations and traditional creations (gift items, delicacies, etc.) from the creative workshops.

But also a Ferris wheel, rides, Santa's House. Or animations shows. With the Sainte-Croix cathedral illuminated every evening.

  • 4 - The Gastronomic & Wine Fair:

Every year at the end of November, the Orléans Gastronomic and Wine Fair takes place, bringing together more than 200 exhibitors and attracting more than 20,000 visitors. Come and appreciate the quality of local, regional and national productions. Buy or eat locally in this nationally renowned market.

  • 5 - Vélotour of Orleans:

Have you ever thought of riding a bike in an underground car park, on ice, or even in a museum? This is the concept of the Vélotour d'Orléans, come and discover the city of Orléans in a different way and enter exceptional places by bike!

On the program, a course of 15km to 20km allowing you to cross sports arenas, musical stages, cultural spaces, historical places and other surprises await you! For this year 2022 it will be held on May 22.

  • 6 - Salon des Arts in the garden of Orléans:

In the spring, the Garden Arts fair heralds the return of sunny days! See you on April 9 and 10, 2022 at the Floral Park de La Source (a few hundred meters from the Comfort Hotel Olivet). You will find designers of furniture, artists, landscape designers, nurserymen, antique dealers or groups of amateurs.

The opportunity to prepare for summer in your garden with the sale of plants, furniture and arts and crafts.

  • 7 - Music Festival:

Get ready for the music festival in Orléans on June 21 where many artists and music groups will perform in cultural venues in Orléans. On the program free concert and dance demonstration. A moment of sharing around music and dance.

  • 8 - Sound & Light Show:

On the occasion of the end-of-year celebrations, celebrations of Jeanne d'Arc and the Loire Festival, come and attend the Sound & Light show on the Sainte Croix cathedral in Orléans.

A new and free show, a 1-hour projection of sound and light dressing the cathedral in wonderful colors on the theme of Christmas, Jeanne d'Arc or even the river world.

  • 9 - Orléans International Piano Competition:

Every year and since 1994 takes place the International Piano Competition, this competition aims to reveal young pianists, accompanies them in their career and contributes to making music known from 1900 to the present day.

An event open to the public and registered. For this year 2022 the competition will take place at the Salle de l'Institut from April 4th to 10th.

  • 10 - The Voice of Orleans:

This event invites intellectuals and artists from the French-speaking world to debate, with the public, on themes and subjects that animate our society.