This is is the most comprehensive list of events occurring this year, 2018, in Poitou-Charentes. It only covers events that are on for a specific time and will not cover things like the Futuroscope or the Aquarium at La Rochelle which are open all year round.
(This page is being updated over the next few months, at the moment it is a copy of the 2017 agenda, except for January Feb, March, April, May, June and July. Many events occur at the same time each year so from August onwards it gives a reasonable guide as to what might be on. I will up date it month by month as the year progresses, but there is no point in trying to do it all now as half of the events have not been finalised and guests etc have not been booked. It seems that it is a French characteristic to sort these things out fairly close to the event).
Around 230 events listed so far…..
230……. that’s what I call comprehensive !
The events are listed by month and if an event is highlighted then if you click on it you will be taken to a post I have written about that event where you will find out much more. Or if at the end of the listing it says (more) then clicking this will take you to that events website.
Living in or near La Charente? then you might like to visit this web site. (Agenda La Charente) This site is OK but seems to want to keep re directing you to the site for Charente Maritime. Why?
In la Vienne then click (Agenda La Vienne) This site is OK, a bit limited.
In Deux Sevres then click (Agenda Deux-Sevres) This site is now probably the most user friendly.
And finally if you are in Charente Maritime then click (Agenda Charente Maritime) This is a good site, it covers most things but every time you look at an event you then have to reset the dates you are interested in.
Also, if you would like your event publicised here then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Patinoire et luge pour Noël (Looks like fun) Niort From 1st Dec to 5th Jan(more)
JAZZ a SAINT SATURNIN, centre culturelle 16290 ST SATURNIN 10th to 20th Jan (more)
Concert de rock “Radio Elvis” SALLE DES FÊTES79410 ÉCHIRÉ 12th Jan (more)
Sortie Nature Marais de Mortagne 17120 MORTAGNE SUR GIRONDE 13th Jan and 27th Jan and lots more throughout the year (more)
EXPOSITION SUR L’ORGUE DE L’ÉGLISE ST LÉGER DE MANSLE MANSLE until 31st Jan 2019 (more)
SOIRÉE CITY JAZZY GATANE & GALITE Saintes 18th Jan 2019(more)
Concert ‘Trilili Ladies & Dandies’ à Vouneuil Sous Biard 18th Jan….Goodness knows what that is all about….click (more) and you might find out???
RUFFECTIVAL, 15th FESTIVAL DE L’HUMOUR ET DU REVE Ruffec 19th and 20th Jan (more)
EXPOSITION : CLUB PHOTO FOURAS 21st Jan to 15th Feb (more)
CINEMA JAPONAIS 24/01/2019 AU 26/01/2018 LA ROCHELLE (more)
DANSE HIP HOP : SUR LE FIL salle de spectacles de la citadelle 17480 LE CHATEAU D OLERON 25th Jan (more)
La Sireene Concert; L’IMPÉRATRICE + 1ère partie La Rochelle, 25th January (more)
Veillée Trad À LA SALLE DES FÊTES –LIGAINE –79100 TAIZÉ 25th Jan (more)
Foire de Truffles: Jarnac every Tuesday morning through January/February (more)
Rugby Match COGNAC/ST JEAN D’ANGELY -Parc des Sports 1 rue de la Pyramide 16100 COGNAC 27th Jan (more)
Exposition Peinture Abstraite à Vouille du 14 janvier au 1er mars 2019 (more)
Tribute Goldman à Vouneuil Sous Biard Salle R2 Le 1er février 2019 à 20h30 (more)
JOUR DE JAZZ À FOURAS at Fouras I expect 2nd Feb (more)
Exposition photographique “Questions d’images – saison 2” Niort until 23rd Feb(more)
Les LES ZICOS DAYS PROJECTION DE “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”31 Bis Rue du Logis Vert 17420 ST PALAIS SUR MER 5th Feb (more)
Chanteurs A La Croix De Bois à Chatellerault Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste – ChatelleraultLe 14 février 2019(more)
RIVAL SONS + THE SHEEPDOGS ROCK LA SIRENE, La Rochelle 10th Feb.Plus lots of other events throughout the year. So check out their web site, (more)
JUMPING INTERNATIONAL DE Royan Horse Club, Maine Gaudin, 5 av de la Palmyre17200 ROYAN (more)
FÊTE DU MIMOSA St Trojan Les Bains… an annual event 15th to 17th this year, but with global warming the Mimosa may flower a bit earlier! as part of the whole event there is a night time Brocante/Vide du Grenier, always popular with the Brits that’s on the Thursday evening (more)
Marché aux truffes : Villebois Lavallete 9 février 2019 (more)
VISITE DU MOULIN DE LA La Chaume 16380 ST GERMAIN DE MONTBRON 23/24th Feb (more)
Ancient Weapons Fair: Poitiers: 24th Feb (more)
EXPOSITION DES OEUVRES DE SAFIA BOLLINI ET DOMINIQUE BESSEY St Georges de Didonne DU 24/02/2018 AU 11/03/2018 DE 10H00 À 12H00 ET DE 15H30 À 19H00 Whats that all about? Well you have 11 days left to find out… The advertising poster is quite eye catching! (more)
Wines of d’Olleron; St Denis D’Olleron 1st to 3rd March (more)
Printemps des Poets; Niort: 4rd to 19th March (more)
SORTIE NATURE ” AUTOUR DE SUZAC” St Georges de Didonne 7th March at 14H30 Wrap up warm!(more)
Chateau D’Oleron there are various events throughout March click (more) to investigate.
Festival La Tête dans les Nuages, Angouleme 7th to 17th March (more)
Jour de Jazz Fouras… in fact its two days 9th and 10th March (more)
Lots of events on through out the month at La passerelle, in Nouaille Maupertuis starting with Le Festival Quand on Conte (21 è édition). on the 9th March (more)
Spectacle Jean-Marie Bigard à Chatellerault (He/She is obviously doing a tour) 10th March (more)
OUVERTURE DE LA TRUITE – CANAL MARANS LA ROCHELLE Marrans LE 10/03/2018 À 07H00 (SAMEDI) (more)
Concert Murray Head à Chatellerault le 11 mars 2018 (more)
COURS DE GREFFE AU JARDIN Ars en Re LE 12/03/2018 À 14H30 (LUNDI) (more)
Concert; ‘Sammy Decoster and Co’, Le Chateau D’Oleron 16th March (more)
Angouleme ‘La Nef’ Lots of good music throughout March (more) check site for all the gigs.
Venitien Carnival; Etaules: 9th March (more)
La Tete dans les Nuages – magic, circus,arts, and dance for youngsters; Angouleme; 7th to 17th March (more)
Piers Faccini …Rock music, Chaseneuil du Poitou le 16 mars 2017 (more)
Théâtre “Le bal des escargots” Niort…. Could be a bit slow moving! 16th to 18th March (more)
Spectacle Claudia Tagbo à Chatellerault le 16 mars 2018 (more)
28ème festival Piano en Saintonge. Festival de jeunes pianistes. Saintes 16th and 17th March (more)
Marathons and Half Marathons…Get fit all you overweight millenials.
31 of them!!! at various locations, Bressuire, La Rochelle, St Eutrope,and Taillebourg, throughout March and the rest of 2018/2019 (more)
Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 20th March to 25th March (more)
Click to hear a Utube clip of a song called ‘Winter is comming’ by Bluesoul Familly Bluegrass.
It is an appropriate song for the begining of March this year.
Sortie nature : FORMATION IDENTIFICATION des AMPHIBIENS CPIE DE GÂTINE POITEVINE79340 COUTIÈRES 22nd March (more)
Rochefort Pacifique cinema; Rochefort 29th March to 2nd April.(more)
Foire at Rouillac: 27th March
Spectacle Celtic Legends à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 30 mars 2018 (more)
Journées des métiers d’art en France, Cognac 31st March to 2nd of April (more) This is a world wide event with lots of venues, Cognac is just one : check web site for others.
Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: 30th March to 2nd April (more)
Huge VG in Champagne Mouton 16350 on Easter Monday.
Brocante in Charente Maritime as you would expect lots of venues have a Vide Grennier over Easter click to see where you can pick up a bargain (more)
Discover Golf, GOLF INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRÈZE various dates early April(more)
Festival des Cerf-volant – Kite festival: Chatellion Plage: 31st March, 1st and 2nd April (more)
CHASSE AUX ŒUFS DE PÂQUES Vaux sur Mer LE 01/04/2018 À 09H30 (more)
Exposition Sébastien Piquet à Chasseneuil du Poitou du 31 mars au 27 avril 2018 (more)
Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: 31st March and 1st April (more)
Médiévales à Nouaillé-Maupertuis 31st March and 1st April (more)
BOURSE AUX POISSONS – ARVERT 2nd April Aquariums Fish/corals etc But do not buy any Coral/shells taken direct from the reefs.(more)
Journées européennes des Métiers d’Art; Throughout France.3rd to 8th April (more)
Circuit bressuirais de véhicules anciens & Foire Expo Vintage, CHÂTEAU DE BRESSUIRE79300 BRESSUIRE 7th April (more)
EXPOSITION • NU ET PORTRAIT D’APRÈS MODÈLE VIVANTDU 04/04/2018 AU 11/04/2018 DE 14H30 À 19H00 Royan (more)
Journées des métiers d’art en France, This is a world wide event with lots of venues, check web site (more)
ATELIER CHOCOLAT Chocolaterie Letuffe, 2 rue du bourg,16730 TROIS PALIS every day (more)
La Guinche Swing Festival Poitiers 6th to 8th April (more)
FAITES DU NAUTISME MESCHERS SUR GIRONDE LE 10/04/2018 DE 11H00 À 17H00 (MARDI) (more)
Festival of Milk !! Why not? Chabanais 20th and 21st April (more)
Marathons/half Marathons LES FOULEES DE LEOVILLE CHEZ SOULARD 17500 Leoville 8th April (more) check web site for others.
Josh Miller Concert La Rochelle 26th April (more)
Foire at Rouillac: 27th April (more)
TROC PLANTES; Tonnay Charente 1st May 9am to 12am (more)
EXPOSITION DE TRAVAUX D’AIGUILLES – COMITÉ DE JUMELAGE La Tremblade, Its all about Crochet and not eels as I first thought. From 30th April to 6thMay (more)
Vienne en Fleurs; 30 Avenue du General Leclerc 38200 Vienne, 6th May (more)
EXPOSITION FERNAND BRAUN – MEDIATHEQUE; Its Photographs, La Tremblade, 7th to 26th May (more)
FESTIVAL DU VENT Talmont sur Gironde from 10/05/ to 13/05/ (more)
FAITES DU NAUTISME La Tremblade, 10 th May (more)
FESTIVAL 3 JOURS EN MAI – LOIX 10th to 12th May at 20H30. (more)
COURSE DE TROT PREMIUM – MEETING DE PRINTEMPS Chatelaillon Plage 14th May (more)
14ème Festival “Musique au Pays de Pierre Loti” Saint-Pierre d’Oléron 19th to 26th May (more)
Rallye du Printemps; (motor sport) Bords, Charente Maritime: 19th and 20th May (more)
FÊTE DE LA NATURE. Dolus D’Oleron 23/05/2018 DE 10H00 À 18H00 (MERCREDI) (more)
Vide Grenier; La Couarde sur Mer 20th May (more)
Spectacle; Le Tour du Monde en 80 minute. Aulnay de Saintonge 27th May (more)
Festival International de Music de Chambre en Charente; Chalais 5th May to 3rd June (more)
Half Marathon; Aytre-La Rochelle 27th May and Futuroscope in May (more)
Spectacles nocturnes Coeurs en Bataille; Nouaille-Maupertuis: Various dates but groups of 10 people! (more)
JUNE 2018 it will have stopped raining by then…..????
500 Ferraris contre le cancer: Val de Vienne, Le Vigeant: 31st May 1st, 2nd 3rd June (more)
Festival Musiques Metisses, Angouleme 1st 2nd and 3rd June (more)
EXPOSITION DE PEINTURES DE CARLOS DA SILVA Fouras 1st to 7th June, The Argentine painter not the footballer! (more)
Concert Festival la voix du Rock à Couhe le 2 juin 2018 (more)
Regate le Grand Largue St Denis D Oleron 2nd June (more)
Visite guidée de l’église Notre-Dame Niort 3rd June but also other dates (more)
Les Visiteur de L’Autre Monde; Chateau-Larcher 1st and 2nd June also 8th and 9th June (more)
Spectacles nocturnes Coeurs en Bataille; Nouaille-Maupetuis: 2nd 3rd and 4th June (more) ; Not sure if link is to 2018 web site or last years… they only put dates not years on their site!!!
Festival Musiques et Gastronomiques du Monde, Mathes 3rd and 4th June (more)
Notes en Vert at Perigny 8th 9th and 10th (more)
Festival Plein Sud; Cozes : 9th May to 14th May (more)
Terre d’images : exposition de photo Thouars 9th June (more)
Portes ouvertes Rock School Diff’Art + Puces Culturelles Parthenay 9th June, You could find some rare vinyl worth a fortune…probably not.(more)
Festival de Melle 18th June (more)
Half Marathon; Niort: 10th June (more)
Highland Games; Bressuire: June sometime so far nothing about 2018 here is a link to a site about previous events!! (more)
(Polychromies de Notre Dame le Grand; Poitiers: starts 22nd June then every night till 21st Sept. (More)
L’escargouille (snail farm) open day; Blanzay: (around the 15th June ) (more) This site is always well out of date…..Rather like the occupants, the owners are rather slow in updating their web site! They also sell products in local markets check site for dates.
Maraisthon; Coulon: 16th and 17th June (more)
Fête de la musique 2018 Poitiers 21st June (more)
Fete de la Saint Jean, Les Mathes 24th June (more)
Vintage Cars Grand Prix ; Bressuire: 23rd 24th June (more)
Le festival de les Sarabandes, Rouillac 29th June to 1st July (more)
Free Music festival; Montendre: 22nd and 23rd June (more)
Jazz à Vienne & Saison Jazz (loads of stuff all over check web site); Vienne 28th June – 13th July (more)
Respire Jazz festival; Aignes et Puyperoux: 28th 29th and 30th June also 1st July (more)
Festival International du Film; La Rochelle: 29th June to 8th July (more)
TOUR DE FRANCE 7th to 29th July and it is not coming through Poitou-Charentes this year, the nearest point is is the Vendee and Pay de Loire on 7th July (more)
Cognac Blues Passion: Guess where …its in Cognac! 3rd to 7th July and one act is Santana and I have got my tickets….hooray (more)
Festival au Village; Brioux sur Boutonne: 7th to 13th July, last years site with this years dates! (more)
Ducati Club Circuit du Val de Vienne, Le Vigeant, 7th and 8th July (more)
Medieval Fete de Dignac; Dignac: 8th July (more)
Festival de Music et Danse; Airvault: It was 10th to 14th July (more)
Festival Ludique; Parthenay: 11th to 22nd July (more)
Terre de Danses; Bressuire, Neuil les Aubiers: 6th to 10th July (more)
Les Francofilies; La Rochelle 11th to 15th July (more)
Festival des Enfants du Monde; Saint Maixent L’Ecole:10th to 15th July (more)
Festival International de Guitare de l’Ile de Ré Mid July…. still have 2017 site!!!(more)
Festival de Musique classique; Saintes: 13th to 23rd July (more) Great setting for this.
Various events including Lumières Mediévales à Angles sur l’Anglin; Angles sur l’Anglin ; that event is on 21st of July (more)
Festival Atouts Arts; Thouars: roughly 11th to 14th (more)
Festival Musique en Re; Le Blois-plage en re:17th July to 2nd August, A musical web site….beware. (more)
La Guinguette Buissonniere; Angouleme: last year it was 27th July to 12h August , and the link is to 2017 site (more)
La Roche a Foucauld; La Rochefoucauld: 21st and 22nd July (more)
International Painting Festival; Magne: 21st and 22nd July (more)
Fete du Cognac; Cognac:26th 27th and 28th July (more)
Festival de Bouche a Oreille; Parthenay: 26th to 29th July (more)
L’Ile aux Livres,Le Bois-plage -en-Re, 20th, 21st, and 22nd July, (more)
Un Violin sur le Sable; Royan: 21st to 28th July (more)With fireworks.
Les Estivales d’Artenetra Celles-sur-Belles and surrounds, around July 23rd to 11th August (more)
Painters in the street Charroux 4th and 5th August (more)
Various activities including Rock climbing, Paddle boarding etc on the Gartemp ; Montmorillon August 2018 (more)
Spectacle Pyromelodique; Angles sur l’Anglin, 5th August 2018, (More)
Symphony of Summer,Fouras, 8th 9th and 10th August (more)
Festival of Polynesia, La Rochelle 10 and 11th August (more)
Festival of Jazz . La Rochelle 10.11 and 12th August (more)
BRIC A BRAC Place de la mairie 16240 PAIZAY NAUDOUIN EMBOURIE RUFFEC 15th August (more)
Mad Hatters festival; Featuring Bootleg Beatles and Dr Feelgood . Caunay 10th 11th and 12th August (more)
COURSES HIPPIQUES,Hippodrome16330 MONTIGNAC CHARENTE 9th, 16th and 23rd August 2018 (more)
Championnat de France de supercross; La Tremblade 14th August (more)
Festival Crescendo; (Progressive Rock) Saint Palais sur mer, 18thAugust (more)
Festival de Confolens; Confolens: 13th to 19th August 2018 (more)
Les Soirees Lyriques de Sanxay; Sanxay: 9th 11th and 13th August (more)
Jazz en Ré – 18th August 2017 (more)
2018 Tour du Poitou Charentes, Charente, Charente Maritime, Deux sèvres, Vienne 21st to 24th August 2018 (more)
Festival du film Francophone; Angouleme: 21st to 26th (more)
Festival du livre Angles sur l’Anglin, 12th to 15th August 2018 (More)
Vide Grenier,Montignac ,25th August (more)
24th Festival Coup de Chauffe; Cognac: 1st and 2nd Sept (more)
Coconut Music Festival Saintes 6th 7th 8th and 9th Sept (more)
BOURSE ET EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE COQUILLAGES ET FOSSILES Yes I would like this one I have a few shells at home. 8th 9th and 10th Sept La Rochelle(more)
LA NUIT DES ETOILES La Noue 5th, 13th and 20th Sept. (more)
Lavood Stock Festival at Lavoux 8th September (more)
Remontee de la Seudre; Royan: 8th and 9th September (more)
L’Imprevu Festival Montemboeuf; Montemboeuf: 6th to 9th Sept (more)
Journées du patrimoine Poitiers 2018 15th Sept (Lots in various locations) check web site (more)
Barrobjectif photographic exhibition; Barro: 15th to 23rd Sept (more) excellent ….make the effort to visit this.
Le Grand Pavois boat show; La Rochelle: 26th Sept to 1st October. (more) Biggest in Europe?
Circuit des Remparts/International Rallye: Angouleme: 14th 15th and 16th September…… I love it. (more)
Rallye International de Charentes ( this is part of the above weekend but occurs on the 15th Sept. The route is not announced until a few days before the event, I will post it on this blog when I can.
Concert Saint Benoit Swing du 27 au 29 septembre 2018 (more)
Half Marathon; Chasseneuil: 16th Sept (more)
EXPOSITION 14-18; (World war one) Cognac, its on for all of October and November (more)
Between the two towers Jazz Festival: La Rochelle: 3rd to 6th October 2018 (more)
Le Festival International des Pertuis et Îles du Monde: Salle des Fêtes 17730 PORT DES BARQUES 4th to 7th Oct (more)
VISITE DE LA FERME DE PRODUCTION DE SPIRULINE Spiruline ???? Its a blue green algae and it is supposed to be good for you Le Bouin 6310 ROUSSINES 5th October (more)
Rallaye dunes et Marais, Cozes, 5th,6th and 7th October (more)
LE FESTIVAL DES AVENTURIERS Tonnay Charente 6th and 7th October (more)
EXPOSITION DE PHOTOGRAPHIES “AUTOUR DE L’EAU” ST GEORGES DE DIDONNE 1st Sept to 4th Nov ore)
CONCERT NORMAN JACKSON BAND La Rochelle 8th October (more)
Concert Festival Vox Musica à Jaunay Clan le 11 Octobre 2018 (more)
EXPOSITION “LES CHAMPIGNONS” Toutvent17210 MONTLIEU LA GARDE; 13th to 30th October and also again in November (more)
CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL; My kind of music but unfortunately the web site gives very little indication about what is actually happening…worth keeping an eye on, maybe? MONTEMBOEUF 17th October (more)
Golf Bluegreen de Niort – More Blue green but not algae this time. Initiation gratuite de 2h Niort 21st Oct. (more)
SORTIE ORNITHOLOGIQUE; Maison des Lacs Le Bourg 16310 MASSIGNAC 20th Oct (more)
Spectacle Le Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg Légende It is on again this year various places like Poitiers on 27th and 28th October 2018 (more)
I would suggest you do not visit these Circus events. They give the wrong message to children about respect for wild animals.
Instead why not visit this event and enjoy the wildlife filmed where it should be, ie in the wild.…..Festival international du Film Ornithologique; Meningoute: 30th Oct to 4th Nov. (more)
34ème Festival International du Film Ornithologique 4th November LE BOURG79340 MÉNIGOUTE (more)
Concert Youn Sun Nah à Chatellerault le 6 novembre 2018 (more)
That’s it for the year HAPPY CHRISTMAS