La Manche, in Normandy, has an action-packed calendar of events including concerts of all kinds, food and drink festivals, carnivals, street entertainment, circus shows, and nautical events.


New events are regularly added to our list. Below is a list of the key events which take place throughout the year. .

Holiday Normandy


Granville Carnival - FREE

This popular family festival is an institution in Granville! With its flower-decked floats and the great cavalcade, the carnival also gives a satirical outlook of the news. On the programme: opening concert, children’s ball, cavalcades, dance, confetti fights and much more...
> from 24th to 28th February 2017 - Granville

Weekend Normandy


Festival Jazz sous les pommiers

Each year, during Ascension week, Coutances beats to the rhythm of Jazz music! The festival also welcomes artists performing world and electro music and blues... International artists, new talents, street performances, brass bands and “amateur” musicians ...
> From 20th to 27th May 2017 - Coutances


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Festival Papillons de nuit

This festival is one amongst the 10 key French events dedicated to modern music. Each year, many famous artists perform in front of some 70 000 spectators... and the festival is still growing!...
> From 2nd to 4th June 2017 - Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves


Festivities around D-Day FREE

Every year, June is the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of D-day and the liberation of Normandy. On the programme: ceremonies, exhibitions, reconstructions of military camps et many other events…
> Around 6th June – in the Bay of the Cotentin


La Barjo

Trail running event in la Hague...
> 17th and 18th June 2017 - La Hague

Festival Les Art'Zimutés

This multidisciplinary festival welcomes famous and young local artists on the beach of Cherbourg: visual arts, circus performances, public awareness of ecological issues for children and adults...
> From 29th June to 1st July 2017 - Cherbourg


Holiday Normandy

Festival “Sorties de bain” FREE

A festive and cultural event to be enjoyed by the whole family, and completely free! On the programme: dancing, theatre, comedy, story-telling, and singing... A joyous event to celebrate the start of the summer holiday!
> From 6th to 9th July 2017 - Granville


Regatta “Tour des Ports de la Manche”

This is one of the major regattas on the French coast and a key nautical event. The race stops in the most important harbours of la Manche where some 700 sailors and the public gather around many festive events
> From 9th to 14th July 2017 – Harbours of la Manche


Festival Chauffer dans la noirceur

Festival “Chauffer dans la noirceur” A contemporary music festival organised on a protected natural site, near the waterfront. If “Chauffer dans la Noirceur” gives new talents a place of honour, the festival also welcomes several well known artists. A key event in the world of modern music in Normandy!
> From 13rd to 16th July 2017 - Montmartin-sur-Mer

Holiday Normandy

La Nuit des Soudeurs FREE

A pile of scrap metal left on the quay of Granville harbour is all that will be needed to inspire artist-welders who will set up their workshop for the night. Their sculptures will be sold at auction on the next day. A unique event!
> 5th and 6th August 2017 - Granville

Holiday Normandy

Festival Jazz en Baie

In the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, from Granville to Genêt, a key rendez-vous for some of the big names in Jazz! During 12 days, along 23 km of coastline, some 20 000 visitors come and listen to jazz, funk, Gypsy and Cuban music...
> From 2nd to 16th August 2017 – Bay of Mont Saint-Michel


Normandy Horse Show

This is one of the key equestrian events in France with more than 5 000 professionals and 45 000 spectators. Every year 10 days of competition held in the prestigious national stud farm of Saint-Lô
> From 4th to 15th August 2017 - Saint-Lô


Maritime Festival “Voiles de Travail” FREE

Granville – first fishing harbour for shells in France, with a long tradition of privateers and ship-owners – celebrates its history where navigation was often the main source of income. On the programme: boat excursions, exhibitions, concerts, and sea food sampling.
> From 23rd to 27th August 2017 - Granville

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Festival Traversées de Tatihou

A musical festival to the rhythm of the tides ! For the last 20 years, this festival has offered a very eclectic programme! Visitors will walk from Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue to the island of Tatihou at low tide before enjoying concerts.
> From 14th to 26th August 2017 - Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue



Seafood festival  FREE

“Toute la mer sur un plateau”
Come and sample deliciously fresh seafood to the sound of music, on the harbour side. On the programme: culinary workshops, concerts, sale of fish and seafood in the fishmarket.
> 30th septembrer and 1st october 2017 - Granville




Festival Mange ta soupe FREE

A soup contest, a soup bar, culinary workshops, exhibitions, conferences, concerts, a country market, a book fair, car boot sale, contests, sampling and walks, and much more...
> From 10th to 22nd october 2017 - Carentan


And also...

Rendez-vous soniques

A music festival around French and Anglo-Saxon songs, with many artists performing on the scene of the “Normandy”.
> Novembre 2017 - Saint-Lô



Les femmes s'en mêlent

The travelling festival dedicated to independent female artists makes a stop each year in Saint-Lô. Concerts will be held at the “Normandy”, the stage for contemporary music!
> Dates to be confirmed



This list is not exhaustive