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3 June 2024

Summer 2024 in the Alpilles: upcoming events, festivals, exhibitions and outings

Nestled in the heart of Provence, the Alpilles offers an enchanting setting where history, culture and nature meet in harmony. Every year, this picturesque region attracts visitors from all over the world with its timeless charm and diverse activities. For travelers in search of adventure, cultural discovery or relaxation, here’s an overview of upcoming events, festivals, exhibitions and outings in the Alpilles.


Fête de la Transhumance (Saint-Rémy-de-Provence)

Traditionally celebrated in spring, usually in May, the shepherds of the Alpilles celebrate the ancestral tradition of transhumance in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence by leading their flocks through the green hills. It’s the perfect opportunity for visitors to discover the region’s pastoral customs, accompanied by folk dancing and tastings of local produce.

The Glanum Festival (Saint-Rémy-de-Provence)

From July 18 to 22, the Glanum Festival hosts concerts, shows and ballets on the archaeological site of the ancient Roman city of Glanum. In this exceptional setting amidst Roman remains, the magic of which is brought to life by the scenography of light, this year’s highlights include a contemporary version of the ballet Carmen, the Sirba Octet ensemble performing a blend of music from Ashkenazi, Armenian and Gypsy Jewish traditions, a concert by soprano Pretty Yende, and a closing symphony concert.

Information/reservations: Festival de Glanum

Music festivals

Usually held during the summer, from June to August, these annual festivals feature classical and jazz concerts in iconic Alpilles locations, such as historic churches and picturesque châteaux in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Masterful interpretations by renowned composers will delight audiences in an enchanting setting.

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Jazz Festival

Held on the third weekend in September, Jazz à Saint-Rémy is sure to delight jazz, swing and world music lovers.

Info/reservations: Jazz à Saint-Rémy

Don’t miss also Jazz under the stars with Louis Weinsberg on July 15 at the Alpillum.

Les Carrières de Lumière (Les Baux-de-Provence)

Nestled at the foot of the Alpilles mountains, Les Carrières de Lumière in Les Baux-de-Provence offers a unique immersive artistic experience. Every year, these ancient stone quarries are transformed into a breathtaking audiovisual spectacle, projecting the works of famous artists onto the immense rock faces. Light animations accompanied by music take viewers on a sensory journey through art, creating a magical atmosphere in the heart of this historic site. Visual art projections generally take place all year round. However, specific exhibitions may vary according to programming. We recommend checking specific exhibition dates online or on site to plan your visit.

More info : Carrières des lumières

The must-see Provencal markets

Throughout the year, Provencal markets bring the villages of the Alpilles to life with their colorful stalls and local produce. From the intoxicating scents of lavender to the rich flavors of olive oil and artisan cheeses, these markets offer a real immersion in the region’s gastronomic culture and crafts.


Contemporary art in the spotlight

The Alpilles is home to a thriving artistic community, and every year local galleries present contemporary art exhibitions showcasing the talents of local artists. Painting, sculpture, photography – visitors can discover a diversity of forms of artistic expression in the heart of this inspiring landscape.


More info : festival a-part

Photography in all its forms

Numerous photography exhibitions are organized by local art galleries, cultural centers and associations on a variety of themes, particularly natural photography. In harmony with the natural beauty of the Alpilles, these exhibitions showcase the work of talented photographers who capture the region’s spectacular flora, fauna and landscapes. Breathtaking images invite viewers to explore and appreciate the wealth of local biodiversity.


Hiking in the Alpilles

With its many marked trails and varied landscapes, the Alpilles offers countless hiking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. From leisurely strolls through lavender fields to more adventurous climbs to rocky peaks, there’s something for every level and desire.

Bike tours

Take to the winding roads and picturesque paths by bike or mountain bike, and discover the hidden charms of the Alpilles at your own pace (from age seven). Signposted routes allow cyclists to discover the hilltop villages, vineyards and olive groves for which the region is famous.

In short, the Alpilles is much more than just an ordinary tourist destination: it’s a veritable jewel of Provence, offering a wealth of cultural, historical and natural treasures to explore. Whether you’re an art lover, an outdoor enthusiast or simply in search of tranquility, the Alpilles promises an unforgettable experience for all visitors.

More info : Alpilles en Provence