All the unmissable outings and events of the Vienne

La Vienne comes alive over the seasons with its many unmissable festivities. Medieval festivals, shows, concerts, sport, culture, markets… There is something for all tastes and all ages. Let's take a tour of the highlights that make the department vibrate!

©Marion VALIERE-LOUDIYI - AGence Zebrelle


Poitiers Festival in the summer

From July 5, 2024 – Free

The City of Poitiers organizes events, concerts and other workshops throughout the summer. These are 45 free events which will take place in all districts of the city! This year, Zazie is opening the festivities!

Vagabond Hours Festival

From July 11 to August 3, 2024: 20rd Edition – Free

It is thanks to hundreds of volunteers that completely free concerts are organized each year in different towns in the department. Vibrate with pop, rock, reggae and other sounds all summer long!

Vagabond Hours 2024©CD 86

Find the 7 free concerts of Heures Vagabondes 

  • July 11: Stephan EICHER in Chauvigny
  • July 12: THE VOICE Tour in Quinçay
  • July 19: Kimberose in Lathus-Saint-Rémy
  • July 20: Ycare in Ligugé
  • July 24: Jean-Baptiste GUEGAN in Usseau
  • August 2: Raphaël in Moncontour
  • August 3: Groundation in Mirebeau

Over Sound Festival

From Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 July 2024

The charming town of Civray welcomes more than 30 festival-goers each year for several days of music in a good-natured atmosphere, with renowned artists.

Farmers Markets

A holiday must-have: browse the market stalls in search of local specialties and delicacies!

The Lyrical Evenings of Sanxay

Saturday 10, Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 August 2024

Third lyrical art event in France: its incredible setting the Gallo-Roman theater of Sanxay has a lot to do with it. The incredible acoustics of the place will transport you into the world of opera in complete lightness. This summer, enjoy an opera by Giacomo PUCCINI, La Bohème.

Chauvigny Medieval Festival

Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18, 2024

La medieval town of Chauvigny finds its atmosphere of yesteryear with this leap into the past. Medieval camps, shows and various activities await you.

Les Echappées en Loire (formerly Vins, Vignes et Rando)

Saturday August 31 and Sunday August 1er September 2024 

Each year, the winegrowers of the Loire Valley honor the wine estates and the wines through around twenty hikes between Nantes and Blois. Two of them are in the Vienne and highlight their delicious wines: the AOC Haut-Poitou and the AOC Saumur Nord Vienne . Choose one of these two gourmet walks to explore the landscapes, the vineyards, and taste the wines produced on site!


The Urban Trail in Poitiers

Saturday September 14, 2024

10 kilometers running or walking to explore Poitiers, your back-to-school challenge! Between plateaus, climbs, descents, take the opportunity to observe the city of a hundred steeples, its monuments and pretty streets.

The Medieval Fair of Château-Larcher

Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, 2024 – 20rd edition – Free

The medieval fair of Château-Larcher is two days of celebration as we could have experienced in the Middle Ages. Animations on medieval times, food market, art exhibitions and other surprises will invest the village labeled "Small Cities of Character" with its castle and its green setting.

European Heritage Days

Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2024

Rediscover the heritage and its secrets in certain places sometimes closed to the public, during this national event. 


The Big Meal

Thursday, October 3, 2024

Take part in this annual event! The Grand Repas brings together the inhabitants of the Vienne and visitors around a delicious meal made from local and seasonal products. In 2023, the proposed menu was developed by the sponsor of the territory of the Vienne, Alban Galpin, Restaurant Chef the Lucullus, in Montmorillon. Who will be the godfather in 2024? 

The Expressives

From Thursday October 3 to Saturday October 5, 2024

Les Expressifs, a must-see festival in Poitiers, takes place in the streets and squares of downtown Poitiers. On the program: 4 days of festivities featuring music, street arts, dance and live shows, completely free!

Expressives Festival©Agence Zebrelle

6rd edition of The Night of the Castles

From Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October 2024

During this weekend, some castles open their doors at nightfall to live an extraordinary night experience. Discover heritage treasures by moonlight!

The Women's International Tennis

From Sunday October 20 to Sunday October 27, 2024.

La Vienne hosts this international tournament for top 100 WTA (Women's Tennis Association) professional players.


Thursday, October 31, 2024

Trick or treat ! Halloween It's a party full of thrills: find the calendar of events planned especially for the occasion.


Christmas Markets

The magic of Christmas invites itself into the Vienne ! find Christmas traditions, local produce markets, animations et gift ideas, various appearances of Santa Claus, during the month of December.

Christmas in Poitiers 2023 - Place Maréchal Leclerc©ACAP – Thomas LECLERC


Celebrate Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 14, 2025

Plan Valentine's Day with our selection of charming accommodations, tasty restaurants and activities dedicated to couples. Make way for romance and love!


The Gamers Assembly in Poitiers

April 2025 (dates to be confirmed)

The meeting place for video game fans and neophytes is in Poitiers! Tournaments between players, the family area, costume contests and the novelty village will lead you into this varied and lively world.

The Poitiers-Futuroscope Marathon

April 2025 (dates to be confirmed)

Running and challenge lovers will enjoy running between Poitiers and Futuroscope park : it goes up, it goes down, and it goes up! Four races over two days are offered to give everyone a chance to explore the city while running.

Easter Egg Hunts

Sunday April 20, 2025

The bells are coming and scattering Easter eggs along their way! Find the various activities to share with the family and the good places to eat chocolate. And to complete the weekend, you will enjoy some Easter pâté that you will find on local markets !

Happy Easter and Happy Egg Hunt.


The Food Truck Festival

Next edition May 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

The largest gathering of foodtrucks in France is in the Vienne : dozens of food trucks come together for several days of festival punctuated by concerts. All the cuisine of the world is honored in a festive and jovial atmosphere!

The Medievals of the Fortress of Angles-sur-l’Anglin

Next edition May 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

Immerse yourself in the time of the Middle Ages, in the heart of one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and its fortress, between sword fights, ax throwing, dances and banquets.

The Passing of the Olympic Flame

It was Saturday May 25, 2024

Olympic flame©CD86
Find the 8 stages of the passage of the Olympic Flame in the Vienne :
  • Loudun from 8:45 a.m. to 9:28 a.m.
  • Neuville-de-Poitou from 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Châtellerault from 11:09 a.m. to 12:06 p.m.
  • Château-Larcher from 12:28 p.m. to 12:48 p.m.
  • Montmorillon from 15:02 p.m. to 15:40 p.m.
  • Charroux from 15:57 p.m. to 16:17 p.m.
  • Poitiers from 17:27 p.m. to 18:28 p.m.
  • Futuroscope Arena and lighting of the Flame at 19:30 p.m.
Follow the Olympic Flame Journey

Bike Race La Gravienne

Next edition June 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

Rather “Fid’Garce” route (286 km) or “Ah bah Couillon” (886 km)? These two bike loops take you independently to explore the cultural and gastronomic heritage of the Vienne ! In 2024, a little new “À c’tantôt” appeared (386 km)!

500 Ferrari against Cancer at the Circuit du Val de Vienne

Next edition June 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

This charity event highlights the Circuit of the Vigeant hundreds of Ferrari cars. All profits are donated to the cancer center of the CHU de Poitiers. A nice initiative to support every year!

The Voice of Rock Festival in Couhé

Next edition June 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

The frenzied guitar notes of emblematic or local artists are unleashed every year and for several days in Couhé – Valence-en-Poitou. This unmissable event celebrates music through sharing and encounters.


Jazzellerault Festival in Chatellerault

Next edition June 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

For ten days, Châtellerault is tinged with a "jazzy" atmosphere with various concerts, some of which are given by a few international jazz stars!

The Anako Ethnographic Film Festival

Next edition June 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

Between Loudun and the Château de Verrière in Bournand, this festival focuses on the last nomadic peoples from around the world. Discover their history through debates, conferences, round tables and screenings of numerous films and documentaries!

Medieval atmosphere in Nouaillé-Maupertuis

Next edition June 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

Nouaillé-Maupertuis and its charming fortified abbey host several days of festivals from spring to summer! On Saturday, find the night market, then the next day will take place the great medieval festival : a real historical leap in the Middle Ages.

Nouaillé-Maupertuis Medieval Festival©Thomas JELINEK – Agence Zebrelle

Literary Meetings in Montmorillon

Next edition June 2025 – (Date to be confirmed)

This event initiated by Régime Desforges (author of La Bicyclette bleue) has been taking place every year for 30 years in the heart of the City of Writing and Book Trades. Literature buffs will love it!

And to find out more about all the other events

Consult our Agenda

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