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Wine Tasting Classes in Gaillac

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The "Maison des vins" in Gaillac - at 25 km east of Albi - organizes all year round wine tasting classes and a variety of events around the wine.
Reservation mandatory.

Web Site:www.vins-gaillac.com/
Address:Abbaye Saint-Michel, 81600 GAILLAC
Phone:05 63 57 15 40

Venetian Carnival in Castres

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Castres is located some 40km south of Albi, on the banks of L'Agout River, in Tarn department.
Since 2012 the town hosts in the middle of March a Venetian Carnival. Animations include: a Venetian market that lasts a whole weekend, masks parades, street music etc.
Date: March 17th, 18th, 19th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-tarn.com
Address:81100 Castres, Tarn
Phone:33(0)5 63 35 77 08

Tarn Tourist Train

Category:Scenic Train Rides Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Take a journey in the Tarn countryside aboard an authentic steam train from early 20th century.
The train goes between Saint Lieux les Lavaur and Martels railroad station next to the famous Martels Gardens (www.jardinsdesmartels.com) - a 35000 square meters floral park.

Web Site:cftt.org
Address:Place de la République, 81500 Saint-Lieux-Les-Lavaur
Phone:05.61.47.44.52

Fashion Museum

Category:Museums and Exhibitions Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Open from May to December the fashion museum displays the rich private collection of clothing and accessories from the eighteenth century to the 1970s.

Web Site:www.musee-mode.com
Address:17 rue de la Souque, Albi, Tarn
Phone:33 (0)5 63 43 15 90

Cruises on the Tarn River

Category:River Cruises Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Tarn River Cruises from May to October starting from the feet of the fortifications of the Berbie Palace.

Web Site:www.albi-croisieres.com
Address:Albi, Tarn
Phone:05 65 30 99 33

"World Pipe Organ Days"

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Presentation of the organs take place at the Collegiate Church of Saint Salvi and Saint Cecile Cathedral on May 7th and Collegiate Church of Saint Salvi on May 8th 2016.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.orgue-en-france.org
Address:Saint Salvi Collegiate Church, Rue Mariès, Albi
Phone:

Collectors Car Feast

Category:Car Rallies Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Vintage cars rally , exhibition, soap box derby , etc.
Date: June 25th, 26th 2016

Web Site:murat-sur-vebre.fr/fr/agenda/les-manifestations_121.html
Address:Murat sur Verbe, Tarn
Phone:

"Fête du croquant" at Cordes sur ciel

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Cordes sur ciel is a medieval town situated some 20 km (12.5 mi) northwest of Albi.
Each year in June it celebrates its culinary specialty the "croquant de Cordes" - a cookie invented there in the 17th century and made with almonds, eggs and sugar.
The feast usually includes beside street music and a local specialities' market the making of a gigantic croquant.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.cordessurciel.fr
Address:Cordes sur ciel, Tarn
Phone:

Hot air balloon meeting

Category:From the Sky (Hot Air Balloons,ULM, etc;) Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Flights over the Bastides Rouergue Najac and Villefranche de Rouergue!
Saturday, June 18th 2016:
- Flight Balloon at 7:00 Najac from the location named La Rivière (next to the municipal swimming pool)
- Flight Balloon at 18:30 of Villefranche de Rouergue from Airfield Graves
Sunday, June 19 2016:
- Flight Balloon at 18:30 of Villefranche de Rouergue from Airfield Graves

Web Site:ballonsetbastides.com/
Address:Najac
Phone:06 12 29 53 67

"Céramique Contemporaine à Giroussens" Pottery Market

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The "Céramique Contemporaine" Pottery Market takes place in the town of Giroussens, some 40km (25 mi) south west of Albi, in the Tarn department.
Dates: June 4th and 5th 2016.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.terre-et-terres.com
Address:Giroussens, Tarn
Phone:

Pipe Organ Concerts

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

During the months of July and August the Christophe Moucherel Association - named in the honor of the organ master Christophe Moucherel who built the Sainte Cecile organ in the 18th century - organizes pipe organ concerts in the Sainte Cecile Cathedral and the Saint Salvi Collegiale.
Also, in December, the association in colaboration with Albi city hall offers on the last two Sundays before Christmas its traditional concerts that feature organ carols and music performed by various guests.
The concerts are very popular and one should arrive at least 1/2 hour before the starting time to find a place.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.moucherel.fr
Address:Albi, Tarn
Phone:

Classical Music Festival "Musique sur Ciel"

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Since 1972 every year in July the town of Cordes sur Ciel hosts the classical music festival "Musique sur Ciel".
The festival includes concerts that take place inside the Saint-Michel Church of Cordes and at mid-day free concerts on the streets of the town.
Dates: from the 18th to 24th of July 2016

Web Site:www.festivalmusiquesurciel.com
Address:Cordes sur Ciel, Tarn
Phone:

Feast of Charcuterie of Lacaune

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Lacaune is situated some 66km (41 mi) south east of Albi. The town is famous for its ham called here "Jambon de Lacaune". Each summer the town celebrates this delicatessen with a festival that includes: "Ham Brotherhood" induction, street parade, church service, farmers' market.
Date: July 30 2017

Web Site:
Address:Lacaune, Tarn
Phone:

The "Grand Fauconnier" Festival at Cordes-sur-Ciel

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

This medieval festival is held each year (for more than 40 years now) at Cordes-sur-Ciel on the 13th and 14th of July. It consists of a variety of medieval themed animations - including a medieval ball! - and musicians arrived from all over Europe.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.grandfauconnier.com
Address:81170 Cordes-sur-Ciel
Phone:

Lombers Medieval Festival

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Lombers is a little town some 19km south of Albi. The event features, a medieval camp, knights combats, medieval music and dances, archery, medieval trades workshops, etc.
Date: July 15th and 16th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:lombers.fr
Address:Lombers, Tarn
Phone:

Medieval Fest of Lagarde Viaur

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

In ancient Cathar citadel of Lagarde Viaur, the 3rd medieval festival features restoration projects according to Middle Ages techniques,a camp, workshops, medieval market, medieval music etc.
Dates: July 21st to 24th 2017

Web Site:vivrealagardeviaur.unblog.fr/
Address:Lagarde Viaur 81190 Montirat
Phone:

Lotus Festival

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Lotus Festival at Martels Gardens
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 2nd & 3rd 2016

Web Site:www.jardinsdesmartels.com
Address:81500 Giroussens, Tarn
Phone:05 63 41 61 42

Sabot and Old Trades Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The festival takes place since in Lautrec (member of the "Plus beaux villages de France" organization) some 30 km (18 mi) south of Albi.
Exhibitions, demonstrations and street entertainment as well as a farmers market and local craftsmen market.
Date: July 17 2016

Web Site:www.lautrectourisme.com
Address:Lautrec, Tarn
Phone:

Gaillac Wine Feast

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Each first weekend of August (usually!) since 1978 Gaillac hosts, in the park of the chateau Foucaud, the Gaillac Wine Feast.
Lots of wine tasting, possibility to meet the winemakers, many animations for all ages, music and fireworks.
Dates: August 5th to 7th 2016.

Web Site:www.vins-gaillac.com
Address:Gaillac, Tarn
Phone:05.63.57.15.40

Bread Feast of Lautrec

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The Festival of Bread - "Fête du Pain" - takes place in Lautrec some 30km (18 mi) south of Albi.
A bread market, the best croissant of Tarn competition, bread making workshops, street music etc.
Date: August 15 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.lautrectourisme.com
Address:Lautrec, Tarn
Phone:

Lautrec Pink Garlic Festival

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Lautrec is a small village in the Tarn department of southwest France. The little village was once the fief of the Toulouse-Lautrec family, but the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec never lived here.
The pink garlic grown in Lautrec village region is unique and famous.
Each year the village celebrated the garlic during a "Garlic Festival"!
Dates: August 5th and 6th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.ailrosedelautrec.com
Address: 81440 LAUTREC, Tarn
Phone:+33 (0)5 63 75 90 31

Medieval Fest at Burlats

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Burlats is a little charming town at the gateway of "Sidobre" region in the Natural Park of Haut Languedoc.
The Medieval Festival features: medieval market, falconry, a medieval banquet, knights combat etc.
Date: August 27th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:Burlats, France
Phone:0563350783

Penne Castle Medieval Feast

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Lots of Medieval animations: music, archery, chivalry tournaments.
Dates: August 7th, 8th and 9th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.chateaudepenne.com
Address:Le Bourg - 81140 PENNE, Tarn
Phone:05 63 55 71 09

La nocturne du Castela

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

"Nighttime at Castela" is an event that takes place in the underground galleries of Castela in the town of Saint Sulpice, in Tarn department.
The event features a torchlight visit of the galleries and a medieval show.
Reservation mandatory.
Date: Saturday August 20th 2016 at 8:30pm.

Web Site:www.bastidecocagne-tarn.com/
Address:Saint Sulpice la Pointe 81370
Phone:05 63 41 89 50

"Fête du train" - Train festival

Category:Scenic Train Rides Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Old locomotives procession, clowns and jugglers of velocipede, exhibition related to the ancient steam tramways, etc.
Dates: August 13th, 14th and 15th 2016

Web Site:cftt.org/pages/fr/15aout/15aout.html
Address:LA GARE DE ST LIEUX LES LAVAUR, Tarn
Phone:05 61 47 44 52

Occitan Festival in Cordes sur Ciel

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Occitan music and dances.
Date: August 14th and 15th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.talvera.org
Address:Cordes sur Ciel, Tarn
Phone:05 63 56 00 75

Saint Barthélémy Fest in Najac

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Flea markets, concerts, exhibitions, street theater, parades, etc.
Dates: August 20nd to 22th 2016.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.najacenfete.com
Address:Places du village, 12270 Najac, Aveyron
Phone:

Grape Harvest Festival of Bruniquel

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Blessing of the harvest in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption followed by induction by the "Brotherhood of the Wines of Quercy", traditional craftmen show, grape harvest in period costumes, pressing of the grapes with the old castle's press etc.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Web Site:www.bruniquel.fr/vie-locale/agenda/
Address:82800 Bruniquel, Tarn
Phone:05 63 67 29 84.

Sainte Cécile Day Concerts

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Each year the Sainte Cécile cathedral of Albi celebrates the Sainte Cécile day with pipe organ concerts.
Date: November 13th, 20th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.moucherel.fr
Address:Sainte Cécile Cathedral, Albi
Phone:

"Gaillac Primeur" Wine Celebration

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Participating wineries of the Gaillac wine region open their doors for visits of the properties, wine tasting, music etc.
Date: November 17th to 20th 2016

Web Site:www.vins-gaillac.com
Address:Gaillac, Tarn
Phone:05 63 57 15 40

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Category:From the Sky (Hot Air Balloons,ULM, etc;) Activity month:

Hot Air Balloon Rides over Tarn department.

Web Site:www.ballade-en-ballon.jimdo.com
Address:Caillé Bas, 81260 Le Margnes, Tarn
Phone:05 63 74 84 32

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