Events and festivals in Normandy

From film festivals to mediaeval festivals, from gastronomic festivals to historical re-enactments, there are plenty of events not to be missed.
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Normandy is rich in traditions and festivals that are renewed every year with all the charm of tradition and folklore.

We highlight the most important events by month.


Carnival – Granville

The carnival of Granville, in Cotantin, is renowned for its ancient origins linked to the town’s maritime history: in fact, the cod fishermen, before leaving for 8 months of hard work in the middle of the ocean, would give themselves over to the madness of carnival for 4 days of dressing up and madness. Website


Festival du cinema nordique – Rouen

In the wonderful city of the Impressionists, Rouen, this film festival dedicated to northern European cinema is held. Website


Jazz sous les pommiers – Coutances

This beautiful town hosts an important jazz festival that attracts many enthusiasts. Website

Joan of Arc Days – Rouen

The town commemorates the tragic end of Joan of Arc with a medieval market, costume parades, concerts and religious re-enactments. Website

Sailors’ Festival – Honfleur

Don’t miss this marvellous sailors’ festival with a blessing of the sea at high tide. Website


Medieval Days – Les Andelys

Really nice medieval days full of history and charm.

Summer Festival – Fécamp

Under the cliffs of Fécamp, a festival of music and the sea is celebrated with events and concerts. Website

Normandy-Day – Throughout the region

On 6 June, commemorations and celebrations are held at the landing sites.

Archeo Jazz – Blainville Crevon

In this small town a stone’s throw from Rouen, a jazz and contemporary music festival is held at the medieval sites. Website


Medieval festivals – Bayeux

Medieval festivals in the beautiful town of Bayeux. Website

Sea Festival – Trouville-sur-mer

The Sea and Mackerel Festival is held every year in Trouville-sur-mer, a tasty gastronomic event dedicated to the delicacies of local seafood with a blessing and musical entertainment. Website

Armada – Rouen

Impressive gathering of sailing ships on the Seine. Website

Vivre Terre de Mysteres – Epreville en Lieuvin

This village in the countryside behind the Cote Fleurie holds this fantastic historical re-enactment at night inside the castle with comedians, knights and costumed figures.

Soir d’Eté – Caen

Free shows at the castle for the Soir d’Eté.

Sound and light – Montgothier

The most beautiful sound and light show in Normandy, dedicated to the history of the region, is held in this village behind Mont-Saint-Michel.


Jazz aux Greniers – Honfleur

An important music festival dedicated to jazz is held in the picturesque village of Honfleur.


Cerf Volant – Dieppe

The international kite festival is held in Dieppe every two years, an eye-catcher full of images and colours. Website

Fete des crevettes – Honfleur

Don’t miss the festival of shrimps, a succulent local speciality.


Throughout Calvados

Demonstrations, shows and events related to the world of horses.

Cider Festival – Beuvron-en-Auge

A cider festival is held in this picturesque half-timbered village.


The Fete du Ventre et de la Gastronomie takes place.


The scallop festival takes place at the end of the month. Website


The apple and cider festival takes place here. Website

Dieppe – Etretat – Fécamp – Treport – Port en Bessin

Herring and scallop festivals are held in all these towns.