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.

 

Before going into the details of the various events in Manche, we offer you this summary list: 

 

 

> Carnaval de Granville - FREE - CANCELLED

> Festival Jazz sous les pommiers

> Festival Papillons de nuit

> Festivities around D-Day FREE

> La Barjo

> Festival Les Art'Zimutés

> Festival “Sorties de bain” FREE

> Regatta “Tour des Ports de la Manche”

 

 

> Festival Chauffer dans la noirceur

> La Nuit des Soudeurs FREE

> Festival Grandes Marées (Jazz en Baie)

> Normandy Horse Show

> Maritime Festival “Voiles de Travail” FREE

> Festival Traversées de Tatihou

> Seafood festival FREE

> Sonic Rendezvous 

 

Carnaval de Granville - FREE - CANCELLED


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 12nd to 16th February 2021 - Granville
 

 

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 to 29th August 2021 - Coutances

 

 

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 20th to 22nd August 2021 - 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...


> 18th-19th September 2021 - 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 24th to 26th July 2021 - Cherbourg
 


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 1st to 4th July 2021 - 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 11st to 16th July 2021 - 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 16th to 18th July 2021 - Montmartin-sur-Mer
 


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!


> August 2021 - Granville
 


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 1st August 2021 – 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 5 days of competition held in the prestigious national stud farm of Saint-Lô


> From 2nd to 8th August 2021 - 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 18th to 22nd August 2021 - Granville

 


Festival Traversées de Tatihou

 

Un festival musical au rythme des marées! Depuis 20 ans, ce festival propose une programmation très éclectique! Les visiteurs marcheront de Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue à l'île de Tatihou à marée basse avant de profiter des concerts.


> Du 16 au 25 août 2021 - Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

 

Seafood festival FREE

 

«Toute la mer sur un plateau»
Come and enjoy deliciously fresh seafood to the sound of music on the harbour side. The programme includes culinary workshops, concerts and the sale of fish and seafood at the fish market.


> septembre 2021 - Granville

 

 

And also...

Sonic Rendezvous 

 
A music festival based on French and Anglo-Saxon songs, with many artists performing on the "Normandy" stage.


> From 9 to 13 November 2021 - Saint-Lô

 


This list is not exhaustive