Biarritz

 

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Notable Events

February

 

Wine and Food Fair. Farmers and wine producers from across France descend on Biarritz with tasting sessions at the Halle d'Iraty.

 

 

April

 

Towards the end of April you can hear plenty of different music at the Les Fetes Musicales festival. This four-day event takes place mainly at the Casino Municipal and the Theatre Gare du Midi.

 

 

June

 

Oceans in Biarritz Festival.

All kinds of entertainment on offer such as open-air screenings, competitions, street theatre and live music!. For the more hardy of visitors, a swim across Biarritz is one of the highlights.

 

 

July

 

The Suez Gaz French Open (tennis) is usually staged in early July at the Aguilera stadium featuring many of the top 100 LTA players.

 

The most popular festival is probably the Biarritz Surf Festival. Every July hoards of surfers flock to this surfing hotspot for a week long extravaganza. Festivities take place along every beach in town with no need for tickets. Just show up any time of day and join in the party.

 

Through July and August there is a weekly firework display on the Grand Plage. A weekly night market also runs at the usual market venue (Halles).

 

Late July sees La Fête du Port in the old fishing port with food, drink, basque dance, music, fireworks at 23h. Runs from 6.30pm to 1am.

 

For music lovers, the annual BIG Festival in July is a big beach party bringing together a mix of French and international musicians - artists have ranged from Moby and Iggy Pop to the Stooges.

 

For the last five days in July, the people of Bayonne dress in red and white to enjoy the Fêtes de Bayonne. This combines the famous corso - a parade of illuminated floats, traditional songs and dances, musicians and temporary bars set up all over the city, as well as bull running. The last day ends with a brilliant firework display.

Les Fetes de Bayonne is Frances largest festival.

 

 

August

 

The French rugby season runs from late August until early May. Head up to the Stade Aguilera to catch some top flight rugby.

 

 

September

 

Le Temps d’Aimer - a two week long festival which features ballet and modern dance performances throughout town. Dancing and other cultural events can be seen everywhere from parks and churches, on beaches to larger auditoriums.

 

Towards the end of the month the shops in town organise a braderie. Tables are set out in the streets and end of season goods are sold off at cut prices. Also in April.

 

 

December

 

At the end of the month 'Les Ours blancs' (polar bears) club at Port Vieux enjoy a traditional Christmas swim. The club has been active since 1929. The swim is followed by champagne on the beach.