Fall Events in Provence

Well, here we are, fall has officially arrived. And although it’s not quite time for the spectacular color-changes that come with the season, we’re still lucky to have the lovely greens & deep purples that come with harvest time.

And this weekend promises to be particularly pretty, as we’ve managed to hang on to quite a bit of sunshine down south. I plan to have a quick run to the Sanary-sur-Mer market and see what’s on display for the season.

I hope you all have a great weekend and today I’m sharing some of the great colors of this harvest season (with festival listings to follow).

Harvest Collage “Harvest days” in the village of Le Beausset.

There are just too many festivals to count this season that are all worth a visit.

If you’re in the area, or you’d just like a little bit of Provençal inspiration to daydream about, here’s a list of some of the festivals taking place this fall:


-Autumn Festival, Avignon

Saturday 27th from 2pm to 6:30pm and Sunday 28 September from 10am to 6:30pm. Two days to celebrate the change of seasons, with activities to discovery regional fruit and vegetables. More info on Provence Guide.

-Championship of Amateur Cooking, France – Roquebrune-sur-Argens

September 27 & 28 – details on VisitVar.

-Apple Festival, Cavaillon

Sunday September 28, Activities all day including apple sales, apple juice, local products such as wine, honey, meats, biscuits, and olive oil. Entertainment for children, music bands, and a meal featuring apples as the star at 12:30pm. See Provence Guide.

-Les Voiles de Saint Tropez

September 27 – October 5, a regatta that takes place once a year in St. Tropez – more info on the official event website.

-Chestnut Festival in Collobrieres

October 12, 19, and 26 – find out more on from the tourist office.  Our “coup de coure” as they say in French, favorite festival.

-Avignon Blues Festival

October 16,17, & 18 – a festival bringing together the best of French and international Blues musicians. All details on Provence Guide.

-Theater Festival in Grimaud

October 12, program & details on the tourist office website.

-Cine (cinema) Festival en Pays de Fayence

November 4 – Ten films will be in competition, jury open to everyone, and dining available onsite. Information on the festival website.

-Jazz in “the vines”, Vaison la Romaine

October 18 & November 8 – Jazz in the vineyards of Pays Vaison-Ventoux in Provence. Concerts at 9pm followed by a tasting of local wines. See Provence Guide for more info.



There are many (many!) more festivals to take advantage of this season. Two great websites to consult for festivals and events in Provence are VisitVar and Provence Guide.

Bon “fall” et bon weekend les amis!


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