Comprehensive guide to What’s on in Poitou-Charentes. 2017


This is/will be  the most comprehensive  list of events occurring this year, 2017, 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. (I will update this post over the next few weeks, at the moment it is the 2016 agenda and many events occur at the same time each year however shortly it will all be 2017.)

Over 130 events listed so far

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 might I recommend that you visit this web site. (Agenda La Charente)  It lists far more than I do as it includes permanent exhibitions walks and really off beat events.

In la Vienne then click (Agenda La Vienne)

In Deux Sevres then click (Agenda Deux-Sevres)

And finally if you are in Charente Maritime  then click (Agenda Charente Maritime)

Also, if you would like your event publicised here then contact me at or

January 2016

Ma Femme me prend pour un sex-toy: Gond Pontouvre  7th to 30th January    (more)

Manu Lavin and the Devil Blues: La Rochelle 14th January (more)

Retro mobile Club; Cognac Chateaubernard ;16th and 17th January (more)

Jazz a  Saint Sat: Saint Saturnin 19th to 24th January (more)

Oiron Expostion; Oirion; 23rd January (more)

Michele Fugain-Pluribus (guitar) Bressuire:23rd January (more)

Festival International de la Bande Dessinée: Angouleme: 28th January to 31st January (more)

Mulatu Astake: La Rochelle 27th and  29th January (more)

Foire de Truffles: Jarnac every Tuesday morning through January/February (more)


February 2016

Dire le Monde: Saintes:  31st Jan to 3rd Feb (more)

Half Marathon: Bressuire: 6th February (more)

Caroline Vigneaux; Saint Benoit : 10th February (more)

Festival les Givres;Melle: 12th to 14th Feb (more)

Johnny Hallyday: L Isle d’Espangnac : 13th Feb (unlucky for some) (more)

Foire de Truffles: Villebois-lavalette : 13th February (more)

Piano Festival ‘Nevermind’: Saintonge: (check web site for other concerts) 14th Feb. (more) 

Mimosa Festival: Saint-Trojan-les Bains: 20th?21st Feb (more)

Festival International d’Echecs de Rochefort – Chess championship: Rochefort: 20th to 26th Feb (more)

Concert Balthazar; Poitiers; 22nd January (more)

Foire de Truffles: Jarnac: every Tuesday morning in February (more)

Ancient Weapons Fair: Poitiers: 28th Feb (more)

Foire de Truffles:Jarnac: every Tuesday morning till end of Feb

March 2016 

Jour de Carnival; Poitiers: 2nd March (more)

Printemps des Poets; Niort: 5th to 20th March (more)

Venitien Carnival; Etaules: 13th March (more)

Mars en Branconne 2016; Branconne: 7th to 11th March (more);

Carnival; Blanzac Porcheresse: 12th March (more)

La Tete dans les Nuages – magic, circus,arts, and dance for youngsters; Angouleme; 12th to 19th March (more) 

Marathons and Half Marathons at various locations, Bressuire, La Rochelle, St Eutrope,and Taillebourg, throughout March (more) 

Celtic Legends; Bressuire:18th March (more)

carnival; St-Pierre-d’Oleron: 19th March (more)

Ibrahim Maalouf concert: Angouleme La Nef: 23rd March (more) Check this out as their web site says 2014/2015 but I think that is an oversite and it is really for current season. Lots of other stuff on.

Bourse aux plantes; Chalais : 28th March (more)

Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 29th March to 3rd April (more)

Rochefort Pacifique cinema (L’Archipel des Marquaise); Rochefort 24th to 28th March. (more)

Mediavels a Nouaille Maupertois  (banquet)26th and 27th March (more)

Johnny Clarke (reggae) Angouleme 29th March (more)

Foire at Rouillac: 27th March

April 2016

Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 29th March to 3rd April (more)

Fete de St Patrick; Bressuire: 1st April …( Is this a joke? St Patricks day is 17th March not 1st of April) (more)

Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: (date not available yet) (more)

Festival des Cerf-volant – Kite festival: Chatellion Plage: 26th, 27th and 28th April (more)

Half Marathon; Croix-Chapeau: 10th April (more)

Foire at Rouillac: 27th April (more)

Festival Plien Sud; Cozes: 26th April to 1st May (more)

May 2016 

Festival Plein Sud; Cozes :last day 1st May.(more)

Music of Philippe Bianconi; Angouleme: 3rd May (more)

Atelier Chocolat; 22 rue du Bourg, Chocolaterie Letuffe, TROIS PALIS: 4th May  and again on 11th May(more)

Little Big and dope dod in concert; La Rochelle: 4th May (more)

Marionnettes ; En attendant Coco; Angouleme ;4th and 5th May (more)

Festival International de Music de Chambre en Charente; Chalais  7th May to 5th June  (more)

Les Visiteur de L’Autre Monde; Chateau-Larcher : 12th to 15th May (more)

Half Marathon; Aytre-La Rochelle and Futuroscope in May (more)

Festival de Melle; Melle 16th May to 6th June 2016 (more)

Centenaire du Centre de l’Aérostation; Rochefort :21st and 22nd May (more)

Jeremy Ferrari in concert; la Rochelle :21st May (more)

European open day for Moulins (Windmills) some in Poitou- Charentes; 21sdt and 22nd May check web site for which ones (more)

Rallye du Printemps; (motor sport) Bords, Charente Maritime: 23rd and 24th May ?? not sure of date as another site says 21st and 22nd May, so check it out. (more)

Spectacles nocturnes Coeurs en Bataille; Nouaille-Maupertuis:   19, 20, 21, 27, 28 May (more)

Moto Cross; Guimps; 29th May to 3rd July… That’s a very long race! (more)

 June 2016

Notes en Vert at Perigny 10th to 12th June (More)

Spectacles nocturnes Coeurs en Bataille; Nouaille-Maupetuis: 3rd and 4th June (more) Don’t forget your glasses.

500 Ferraris contre le cancer: Val de Vienne, Le Vigeant:  2nd 3rd 4th and 5th June (more)

Festival Musiques et Gastronomiques du Monde; St George de Didonne: It was on 12th to 14th June in 2015. The 2016 website does not have the dates!!!? (more) 

Half Marathon; Niort: 12th June (more)

Highland Games; Bressuire: Probably 11th and 12th June (more)

Polychromies de Notre Dame le Grand; Poitiers: starts 21st June then every night till 21st Sept. (more)

Festival de Melle; Melle 16th May to 6th June 2016 (more)

L’escargouille (snail farm) open day; Blanzay: (around the 15th June ) (more) Rather like the occupants, the owners are rather slow in updating their web site!

Maraisthon; Coulon: 19th June (more)

Fete de la Music; A one day event across Poitou-Charente, indeed all France check web site for what is on near you; 21st June (more)

La Journee Medieval ‘La Rancon du Roi: Nouaille-Mauperuis: Last Sunday in June(more)

Vintage Cars Grand Prix ; Bressuire: 25th and 26th June (more)

Free Music festival; Montendre: 24th and 25th June (more)

Marche sur L’Eau; Le Vanneau-Irleau: It just says ‘the end of June’ (more)

July 2016

Respire Jazz festival; Aignes et Puyperoux: 1st 2nd and 3rd July (more)

Le festival de les Sarabandes; Marcillac Lanville: 1st to 31st July (more)

Festival International du Film; La Rochelle: 1st to 10th July (more)

TOUR DE FRANCE stage 7,  through Vienne; 5th July (more)

Cognac Blues Passion: Guess where …its in Cognac!  5th to 9th July (more)

Nuits Blanches en Pays Jaune D’Or; Segonzac: 1st to 31st July

Festival au Village; Brioux sur Boutonne: 2015 dates were 3rd to 11th July  

Festival Jeux Santons; Saintes 8th to 19th July (more)

GT Tour;Circuit du Val de Vienne, Le Vigeant, Don’t think its on this year Their web site is always difficult to negotiate and seems to have the 2015 calendar. Check it out for what its worth (more) 

Medieval Fete de Dignac; Dignac: 10th July (more)

Festival de Music et Danse; Airvault: 9th to 17th July (more)

Festival Ludique; Parthenay: 6th to 17th July (more)

Terre de Danses; Bressuire,  Neuil les Aubiers: 7th to 10th July (more) 

Les Francofilies; La Rochelle 13th to 17th July (more)

Festival des Enfants du Monde; Saint Maixent L’Ecole:12th to 16th July (more)

Festival de Musique classique; Saintes: 8th to 16th July (more) Great setting for this.

Journées artisanales; Angles sur l’Anglin ;  14th and 15th July (more)

Festival Atouts Arts; Thouars: roughly 15th to 18th July. (more)

Festival Musique en Re; Le Blois-plage en re:15th to 28th July, A musical web site….beware. (more) 

La Guinguette Buissonniere; Angouleme: last year it was 17th July to 9th August , and the link is to 2015 site (more)

La Roche a Foucauld;  La Rochefoucauld: 23rd and 24th July (more)

International Painting Festival; Magne: 23rd and 24th July (more)

Fete du Cognac; Cognac:28th 29th and 30th July (more)

Festival de Bouche a Oreille; Parthenay: end of August; still got 2015 web site (more)

Coupe d’Europe Montgolfieres; Mainfonds:  August; still got 2015 web site (more)

Un Violin sur le Sable; Royan:23rd 26th and 29th July (more) With fireworks.  

Les Estivales d’Artenetra Celles-sur-Belles and surrounds, around ?July 22 – August 8 (more)..also 2015 site

August 2016 

De Bouche à Oreille Parthenay,  In 2015 it was From July 29 – August 1st 

L’Ile aux Livres; Le Bois-plage -en-Re: In 2015 it was 7th 8th and 9th August (more)

Festival de Jazz José Cando; Fouras-les-Bains: 5th to 7th August (more)

Festival de Confolens; Confolens: 10th to 15th August (more)

Les Soirees Lyriques de Sanxay; Sanxay: 14th August (more)

Literary festival;Charroux:  In 2015 it was 27th to 29th August (more)

Tour de Poitou-Charentes (cycling) 23rd to 26th August (more)

Festival du film Francophone; Angouleme:23rd to 28th August  (more)

Les Choeurs de Feux Angles sur l’Anglin, August 3, (More)  2014 site!!!

Festival du livre Angles sur l’Anglin, August 15 – 17 (More) 2015 site!

September 2016 (now being updated)

Festival Coup de Chauffe; Cognac: 4th to 6th Sept (more)

L’Imprevu Festival Montemboeuf; Montemboeuf: 11th to13th Sept (more)2014 site

Barrobjective photographic exhibition;  Barro: 19th to 27th Sept (more) excellent ….make the effort to visit this.

Remontee de la Seudre; Royan: 12th and 13th Sept ((more)

Le Grand Pavois boat show; La Rochelle: 16th to 21st Sept. (more) Biggest in Europe?

Circuit des Remparts/International Rallye: Angouleme: 18th to 20th  September……   I love it. (more)

Half Marathon; Chasseneuil: 20th Sept (more)

October 2016(not updated yet)

Les Enfants du Moyen Age; Chateau de Saint-Mesmin Saint-andre-sur-Sevre: 26th and 27th Oct. (more)

Between the two towers Jazz Festival: La Rochelle: October sometime?

Festival international du Film Ornithologique; Meningoute: 27th Ocy to 1st Nov. (more)

November 2016(not updated yet)

Half Marathon; Cognac/ Aignes et Puyperoux: 4th November

Literatures Europeennes; Cognac: 19th to 22nd November (more)

38th Henri Langlois Film Festival: Poitiers: (29th November to 8th December)???

December 2016(not updated yet)

38th Henri Langlois Film Festival: Poitiers: 29th November to 8th December

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