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. .

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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 1st to 5th March 2019 - Granville

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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 25th May to 1st June 2019 - 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 7th to 9th June 2019 - 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...
> 16th June 2019 - 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 27th to 29th July 2019 - Cherbourg


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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 4th to 7th July 2019 - 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 7th to 12nd July 2019 - 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 12nd to 14th July 2019 - Montmartin-sur-Mer

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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!
> 3rd and 4th August 2019 - Granville

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Festival Grandes Marées (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 24th July to 4th August 2019 – 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 2nd to 11th August 2019 - 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 21st to 25th August 2019 - 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 23rd August to 1st September 2019 - 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.
> 28th and 29th septembrer 2019 - Granville


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 2019 - Saint-Lô


This list is not exhaustive