2017 in Provence will be sport crazy

In 2013, Marseille was the European Capital of Culture. In 2017, it is the European Capital of Sport! Swimming, running, cycling, boxing, basketball, handball, tennis, sailing, rugby, hockey, fencing, walking, skating, BMX, kitesurfing, mountain biking and surf sports… Discover our MP2017 sports selection and get ready to move in Marseille!

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You won't be surprised to learn sport will be top of the podium in Marseille and the Bouches-du-Rhône this year, thanks to the **2017 Marseille-Provence European Capital of Sport **celebrations. With over 400 sporting events (including 30 for handicapped sportsmen and women) we have something for every taste! Whether you're a spectator, amateur, confirmed or professional sports fan, discover the full MP 2017 programme and pick your favourite discipline, together with a line-up of exceptional competitions such as the Rugby Top 14 semi-finals and Marseille heat of the Tour de France. Live out the thrills of Gladiator Night, the Sosh Freestyle Cup and Urban Elements Series. Cheer on your favourite swimmers, cyclists, boules players and runners throughout the year and take an active part in the Marseille-Provence European Capital festivities by signing up to take part in the various events on offer.

In 2017, there will be lots of sport, but not just sport... culture is also coming to Marseille, with various events and exhibitions on the sports theme – naturellement. So, take your pick and without further ado, discover the top sporting and cultural events scheduled for Marseille Provence 2017, European Capital of Sport.

 In October, take your seats for the Dance Sports World Championship and Marseille-Cassis half marathon

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

Dance Sports World Championship – a top-level competition and fabulously entertaining family event.

The Marseille-Cassis half marathon on October 29th.

And for all sports fans… Take part in the "Color Run Marseille": the year's most colourful race, ideal for all the family. Walking fans can sign up for the GR2013 long-distance footpath hikes taking place until the end of the month. Alternatively, check in for the **Marseille Vélotour cycling race **on October 15th

Entertainment and culture… The MuCEM will be going football crazy this month, with the temporary exhibition "Nous Sommes Foot" (We Are Football) running until January 12th, 2018.

Marathon Marseille-Cassis

Marathon Marseille-Cassis: 20 km above the Calanques

Color Run Marseille

Color Run Marseille

 In November, spend the night champions and enjoy the World Squash Championships… pending the Corrida du Vieux-Port in December.

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

La Nuit des Champions: the year draws to an exciting close with this fabulous combat sports night.

Over 120 matches at the Squash World Championship.

And for all sports fans… Whether you're running alone or as part of a team, don't miss the Aix-Marseille Night Run on November 11th and 12th, departing at midnight and arriving at dawn! If you prefer running by day, the "10 km de la Provence" race between Parc Borely and the Prado beaches awaits you.

Entertainment and culture… The photo exhibition "Nos Collègues Sportifs" (Our Fellow Sportsmen) will be running throughout November at the Alcazar library. And hurry over to Château de la Buzine for the "Sport au 7ème art" (Sport & the Movies) exhibition if you haven't seen it yet.

In December, sign up for the Corrida du Vieux-Port on December 31st to end the European Capital of Sport year in style and say hello to more culture, making another big comeback in 2018 with the "Quel Amour MP2018" project.

In January, surf sport demonstrations and boxing

Not-to-be-missed event of the month

La Nuit des Gladiateurs: a clash of top international boxers, including two world champions.

And for all sports fans… Take part in a family orientation course in the Calanques de Marseille fjords. If you're visiting with friends, the Rando Challenge Découverte hike on January 29th is a must!

Entertainment and culture… Until February 4th, you can enjoy a series of demonstrations and boxing match training sessions at the Alcazar library ring! And for once, you'll be able to talk and even shout! If you want to learn more about sport, the exhibition Histoires de sports (History of Sport) will be opening its doors from January 3st to April 29th at the "Archives et Bibliothèque Départementales des Bouches-du-Rhône".

Red Bull Crashed Ice Marseille

Red Bull Crashed Ice Marseille

In February, discover Provence's "Belles Routes" scenic roads and enjoy a tennis match

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

From February 21st – 23rd, cheer on the dozens of professional cyclists taking part in the Tour de la Provence on the belles routes de Provence between Aubagne and Marseille.

Open 13 Provence, one of the world's top ATP tournaments.

And for all sports fans… Take part in the 33rd edition of the Alpin Trail des Calanques on February 5th, with 2 itineraries inside the magnificent Parc National des Calanques.

Entertainment and culture… Château de la Buzine will be hosting a year-long exhibition on the theme of sport in the movies Le Sport au 7ème Art.

Cycling Tour of Provence

A 3-day cycling race: 3 courses on the most beautiful roads in Provence

Hiking in the Calanques

Hiking in the Calanques

In March, applaud the world's finest swimmers and take part in Run In Marseille

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

The Meeting Open Méditerranée at the "Cercle des Nageurs" in Marseille.

The famous Run In Marseille road race on March 19th. Sign up now!

And for all sports fans… Make the most of the Spring weather and discover Provence's walking itineraries with all the family, with the Semaine de la Randonnée en Provence.

Entertainment and culture… Solisport – a solidarity sports festival - will be hosting around 20 sporting and social events until July. Make the most of your weekend in Marseille to discover the monumental works of Jean-Pierre Rives at various venues throughout Marseille, with the exhibition "Les Rubans de la Mémoire".

Click here to check out the full programme for the 1st quarter of 2017.

Important! The following information is subject to change by the event organisers. It will be updated every quarter.

Meeting Open Méditerranée
Week of hiking in Provence

Week of hiking in Provence

In April, go to see Handisport Basketball match and discover windsurfing

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

The last match of the French Handisport Basketball Championships.

Head over to Prado beaches for the World Windsurfing Championships, running from April 10th – 16th.

And for all sports fans… Continue to revel in Provence's most stunning scenery with the semaine de la randonnée en Provence walking week and take part in the April 1st hike departing from Marseille's "110 villages" and finishing on the MuCEM esplanade. And if you fancy a run with all the family, head over to Palais Longchamp on April 24th.

World Cup Windsurfing

World Cup Windsurfing

April 24 Family Race at the Palais Longchamp

April 24 Family Race at the Palais Longchamp

In May, get a taste of traditional sports and attend the Rugby Top 14 Semi-Finals

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

From May 12th – 24th, find out all about historic games and sports at the European Traditional Sports and Games Festival.

The exciting Rugby Top 14 semi-finals at the new Orange Vélodrome stadium.

And for other sports fans… Confirmed sportsmen and triathlon athletes can sign up for the Ironman 70.3 du Pays d’Aix. Alternatively, if you'd like to take part in a night-time charity race, the Nocturne de Marseille is the perfect choice for you!

Entertainment and culture… Make the most of your holiday in Marseille to visit the current exhibitions and see "100 Cibles" – a compilation of photos and videos made by handicapped sportsmen and women – screened in all RTM (Marseille Transport Network) public centres until December 6th

See one of the 2 TOP 14 Rugby semifinal matches

See one of the 2 TOP 14 Rugby semifinal matches

In June, take part in the "Marseillaise des Femmes" women's race and get an eyeful of skateboarding, kitesurfing and BMX at the Sosh Freestyle Cup

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

Ladies, don your trainers on June 4th for the Marseillaise des femmes race and join the women of Marseille taking part in the 2017 European Capital of Sport festivities!

Head to the Sosh Freestyle Cup for guaranteed thrills and spills!

And for other sports fans… Pick your favourite itinerary for the Urban Race, taking place in Aubagne on June 8th and 9th. And from June 15th onwards, get your sports fix with the "Festival des Sports d’Eté" Summer Sports Festival.

Entertainment and culture… The Musée de la Vieille Charité will be paying tribute to boxing at Le Miroir, with a film entitled "Un Hommage à la Boxe par le Biais du Cinéma" (A Film Tribute to Boxing). Still in Marseille, the Alcazar municipal library will be exhibiting a magnificent series of photos on the theme of "Des Calanques, des Hommes et du Sport" (The Calanques Fjords, Men & Sport).

Sosh Freestyle Cup

Sosh Freestyle Cup

Kite surf at the Sosh Freestyle Cup Marseille

Kite surf at the Sosh Freestyle Cup Marseille

In July, cheer on the world's top boules players and Tour de France cyclists

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

Admire the style and panache of the world's finest boules players at the Mondial la Marseillaise à pétanque, taking place at Parc Borely.

The Tour de France will be crossing Marseille, with a time-trial that promises to be spectacular!

Entertainment and culture… Cycling and Tour de France fans will love the temporary exhibition running until July 23rd at the new Orange Vélodrome stadium, retracing the history of the Tour de France, while water sports fans can dive in to the Mediterranean's very first subaquatic museum at Plage des Catalans.

Mondial de la Marseillaise

International pétanque competition in Marseille

Tour de France à Marseille

Tour de France à Marseille

In August, support the future sea swimming and roller soccer champions

Not-to-be-missed events of the month

Cheer on the young swimmers taking part in the European Junior Sea Swimming Championships in the cove of the MuCEM museum and revel in the stunning views over the Frioul archipelago.

Attend the exciting Rollersoccer World Cup and see how to play football wearing roller skates!

Entertainment and culture… This month is all about football, with the "So Foot" exhibition at the J1. You can pursue your cultural tour on the sports theme with "Un Hommage à la Boxe par le Biais du Cinéma" (A Film Tribute to Boxing) screened at La Vieille Charité.

In September, it's time to discover extreme sports!

Not-to-be-missed event of the month

Urban Elements Series – the top back-to-school sporting event!

And for all sports fans… Take up the gauntlet with the "Défi Run": an obstacle course on the shores of the Prado beaches.

Entertainment and culture… The year's flagship exhibition Jack London dans les Mers du Sud (Jack London in the Southern Seas) at the Vieille Charité is an absolute must! And as every year, we'll also be celebrating the "Septembre en Mer" nautical festival!