Major events

Major events all along the year.

Frairie des Petits Ventres






January – February

“Danse Emoi” Contemporary Dance Festival : Next edition in 2020
Biennial contemporary dance event organised by the local Jean-Gagnant Cultural Centre, Danse Emoi welcomes French and foreign companies, young talents or famous choreographers, who all have in common creativity, inventiveness but also the urgency of telling us about the world through body,  movement and, sometimes, text, sound or image...

March – April

Carnaval de Limoges

Lire à Limoges (Limoges Book Fair) : April 27th - 29th
“Reading in Limoges” welcomes more than 250 authors over three days under a large marquee in the downtown area, for an authentic reading celebration. The weekend is punctuated with numerous activities: book signing sessions, round-tables, exhibitions, literary awards ceremonies, games, stands, etc. “Reading in Limoges” ranks among the five most important book fairs that take place in France.

May – June

Marché de Pâques

Carnival : May 27th
On the coming of Spring, children are eager to discover the multicoloured float parade of His Majesty Carnival, who, after having proudly gone up and down the streets of the city.

The Annual Fair of Limoges and of Limousin (“Foire Exposition”) : Next edition in may 2019
With more than 400 exhibitors, the Annual Fair of Limoges is a nationwide reference. Each year, a particular theme helps to develop the cultural aspect of this special event, by offering, for instance, historical exhibitions (China, Egypt, Pompeii, etc).

Kaolin and Barbotine Festival
International event around early childhood. This festival takes place every two years and presents original shows and “learn and play” exhibitions for very young children. At the same time, professionals of culture and early childhood, along with the general public, can attend workshops and meetings.

June - July - August

Un dimanche au jardin

Urbaka Festival : June 27th - 30th
This 4-day international street-art festival has been taking over Limoges’ squares and streets for more than 20 years. Each year, the Cristi Urbaka association selects surprising, sometimes off-the-wall artists who show the different facets of what are called “street-arts”.

The Bridges Celebration : June 22th - 24th
By the end of June, Midsummer (“Saint-John’s Day”) is celebrated along the River Vienne, from Saint-Martial bridge to Saint-Etienne bridge. As a family and popular event, it offers numerous activities:  funfair, live band dancing, fireworks, sports activities, flea market, etc.

Temporary Summertime Exhibitions : theme of the year, The Four Elements
Each summer, Limoges displays its talents: a porcelain biennial exhibition at the town hall, artwork from famous artists at the Gallerie des Hospices, a thematic flower show in one of the city's gardens... This year, the theme is about the 4 elements and takes place in 4 gardens of the city : Franklin Roosevelt park, Mas Jambost park, Aurence Park and Auzette Park. Ask for the programm at the tourist office !

Hot Vienne : this year Limoges celebrates the jazz music and the 70 years of the foundation of the Limoges' Hot Club
Exhibitions, concerts, conferences, bals and dancing activities... The programm is available at the tourist office.

Pastel International Festival : June 30th - Septembre 2nd
The bigest pastelist festival in Europe takes place in Feytiat (next to Limoges) every year !

Night market in Haute-Vienne street : July 5th
Come to taste all the local products of the region in the evening in the rue Haute-Vienne, and enjoy local bands during the concerts at night.

Summer Cabarets : every friday evenings in July and August
Concerts in the cathedral quarter, place Haute-Cité. Enjoy summer and music at the bar's terraces : Rock, blues, celtic and local music...

September – October

The Artists’ Market
Painters, sculptors, and multidisciplinary artists meet on the first Saturday of September, at the heart of downtown Limoges, Place de la Motte.

“Festival des Francophonies” (French Language Theatre Festival) : Septembre 26th - October 6th
The world-renowned festival has led Limoges to impose itself as the capital of French language theatre creation. Through the years, the festival has welcomed dance, music, cinema and exhibitions. The opening of the Authors' House in 1993 has encouraged this artistic creation. Along the year, and during the festival, the Authors' House offers readings, meetings and discussions about issues related to the French-speaking world.

The “Boucles de la Porcelaine” Race
For the opening of the new bridge over the Vienne in 2006, a great and popular running and hiking race had been organised. With the success of the first edition, it was decided to renew this sports event every year, bringing more and more athletes together, and keeping the new bridge as starting line.The “Frairie des Petits Ventres” Annual Food Fair

Toques et Porcelaine : Next edition in 2019
This major event ely the Limousin gastonomy and the work of best chefs of the region and France, and the Limoges porcelain. An event based in the excellence of these very typical know-how. You can't miss it if you want to understand the spirit of Limoges.

The “Frairie des Petits Ventres” : October 19th
This event is a great food fair organised every year, on the third Friday of October, in the Rue de la Boucherie, a district linked with the long history of the Butchers' Guild of Limoges. This is an opportunity to get introduced to local gastronomic specialities in a fun atmosphere.

November – December

Concert de Shai Maestro - Eclats d'émail

“Eclats d’Email” Jazz Festival : November 15th-25th
Created an event both popular and festive, where local musicians mix with famous talents around jazz music: that’s the purpose of the “Eclats d’Email” Jazz Festival.

The Winter Funfair at the Champ de Juillet
Thrill-seekers of all ages and lovers of traditional activities can brave the cold weather in a festive and playful atmosphere.

Christmas Markets : place de la République and Orsay Garden
Many activities are organized during the end of the year to celebrates Santa !

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