Joutes provençales, tournoi de la Saint-Pierre
Formerly the Targo, the Provencal jousting game, offers passers-by an unusual and unique spectacle in the heart of the city. Practiced from May to September, the Provencal jousting is a fight on the water between two people each on a boat, at the top of a plateau called in Provençale (tintine) and the aim of the game is to send his opponent to the water by means of a lance. Each jouster is protected by a wooden plastron and holds in the left hand a witness who must prevent him from catching the spear of his opponent.
Going Out in Provence
If you're holidaying in Provence, enjoying an evening in Aix or weekend in Marseille and are running short of ideas, the MyProvence cultural diary features over 5,000 events, ranging from concerts in Arles to shows in La Ciotat, Ferias in Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, and markets and car boot sales in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence… The toughest thing will be choosing!
local game in Provence
L'année du département
What to do in Provence for free? Check out our diary for top tips on having fun and learning something new for free in the Bouches-du-Rhône.
Cultural calendar in Provence
Shows, sport, gourmet dining, fairs, car boot sales: Provence is always pulsing with 1001 different events. All events, town by town.
Provence takes pride in its history and still celebrates its traditional festivals. Transhumance migrations in St-Rémy, the fair in Arles or pilgrimages in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer: all the dates.
The MyProvence cultural agenda puts the spotlight on Provence's top events throughout the year. Fancy coming along to the Aix-en-Provence International Opera Festival, Arles International Photo Festival or Fiesta des Suds world music festival in Marseille? The MyProvence cultural guide will help you plan your stay in Provence around the region's top events so you can be sure you won't miss out!
Must-see year's events in Provence
Feria d’Arles, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence transhumance migrations, Nuits d'Istres, festivals, concerts and Provençal Christmas markets: all the events you just have to go to in Bouches-du-Rhône.
A movie at Le Prado, an exhibition at La Friche Belle de Mai or a concert at the Dôme, and of course the summer festivals and winter markets: the cultural calendar.
Are you going on holiday around Aix-en-Provence? Take a look at our cultural calendar to find ideas for unmissable outings and events in Aix!
Concerts, fairs, exhibitions... it’s all going on Arles! All year round, festivals and events thrill the people of this ancient city.
Concerts and Operas
From the Opéra de Marseille to the lyrical concert at the Grand Theatre de Provence, see the list of concerts and operas in Bouches-du-Rhône.
Conferences and congresses
Art history forums; scientific, professional or political conferences: all the dates and locations in Bouches-du-Rhône
From Marseille-Cassis half marathon to pétanque tournaments, find all sports events in Bouches-du-Rhône in this quintessentially Provençal guide.
Art, history and natural science: discover all dates exhibitions in Provence.
All festivals in Provence
Cinema in Gardanne, Jazz Festival in Marseille or theater in Salon-de-Provence: festivals are the beating heart of Bouches-du-Rhône all year long.
An Agenda for Every Town
Each of the Bouches-du-Rhône's towns has its own cultural agenda overflowing with fantastic events. Using the MyProvence guides, you'll be able to pick and choose your favourites in Marseille, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, etc. throughout the year. Simply select your town and a date and let yourself be tempted by a concert in Cassis, a play in Martigues, the 'Santon' figurine fair in Aubagne, or Artists' fair in Saint-Rémy. You really will be spoilt for choice!
A fun atmosphere and amazing sights guaranteed during Provence’s street festivals and carnivals! Come and see entertainers from across the globe.
Gastronomy in Trets, motorcycling in Marseille, traditional santon figurines in Aubagne: all types of passions are catered for in Provence’s fairs and trade shows.
Provence Prestige, Vendanges Etoilées, Gastronomy Fair: discover all the gastronomic events in Provence and book the dates!
From dawn to dusk, Provence’s markets make every day special. Town by town, the days and locations of Bouches-du-Rhône’s markets.
Cut a rug to some live music in Provence! Stylish bars, café music venues: all the top ideas for nights out in Bouches-du-Rhône.
Screenings and cinema in Provence
Enjoy the silver screen under the starry Provençal skies. Cinema listings and open-air screenings in Bouches-du-Rhône.
List of cultural festivals and events in Provence: official heritage days, science fair and forums in Provence.
Shows in Provence
Stand-up at the Dôme de Marseille, ballet at the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence or a show at the Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence: all the info you need to know.
Comedies, classical dramas and contemporary theatre: Provence’s stages play host to 1001 shows for all the family.
Pick up some hidden treasures in Provence’s car boot and bric-a-brac sales. All the dates for top deals and second-hand buys.