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Bamboo Park of Ariège

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

A remarkable garden "Jardin Remarquable" recognized as such by “Le Comité des Parcs et Jardins de France” dedicated to bamboo!

Web Site:parcauxbambous.com/
Address:Lapenne, Ariège
Phone:05 61 60 52 11

Sacred Art Festival

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

This festival presents religious art in all its forms through diverse means of artistic expression : instrumental music, song, danse, dramatic arts, visual art, etc. through concerts, recitals, theatre, conferences, exhibitions.
The concerts take place in the churches and chapels of Couserans region.
Dates: from May 25th to June 4th 2017

Web Site:www.tourisme-stgirons-stlizier.fr
Address:Saint Lizier, Ariège
Phone:05 61 96 77 77

Medieval Days at Foix Castle

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

This edition of the festival brings together the medieval construction tradesmen: builders, rope makers, blacksmiths etc.
Dates: May 27th and 28th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.sites-touristiques-ariege.fr
Address:Foix Castle, Foix
Phone:05 61 05 10 10

Rose Festival at Camon

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

Camon, situated around 30km west of Foix, is listed as one of the "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("Most Beautiful Villages of France").
Each year on the third Sunday of May, Camon celebrates the rose, the village featuring more than 200 roses climbing the facades of its houses.
Date: May 21st 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.camon09.org
Address:Camon, Ariège
Phone:

"Sent Joan Beth e Gran" Festival

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

This festival features folkloric music groups performing on the streets of Saint Girons Dates: June 21st to 25th 2017

Web Site:www.ariegepyrenees.com/st-girons/festival-sent-joan-beth-e-gran/tabid/1016/offreid/19f46df9-e6b6-49b0-b916-930d956d26ed
Address:Saint Girons, Ariège
Phone:

Transhumance in Couserans

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

Transhumance, from the Latin "trans" (above) and "humus" (land, country), is the summer migration of herds (sheep, cattle or horses), to more fertile lands, such as the farmhouses of the Pyrenees.
Every year in June, in Couserans more than 10,000 sheep, 1,000 cattle and hundreds of horses regain a dozen high altitude farmhouses.
The transhumance is accompanied by celebrations like convivial meals, music and dances etc.
Dates for 2017:

  • Vallée de Massat - Biert : Saturday June 3
  • Vallée du Biros - Sentein: Saturday June 3
  • Vallée de Bethmale : June 3rd and 4th
  • Haut Salat : June 10th and 11th
Web Site:www.tourisme-stgirons-stlizier.fr
Address:Place Alphonse Sentein, 09200 Saint-Girons
Phone: 05 61 96 26 60

Saint Girons Occitan Festival

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

Saint Girons is located some 44 km (27 mi) west of Foix.
Each year at summer solstice it celebrates its Occitan roots with the Occitan Festival.
Occitan music, dances, exhibitions etc.
Many free animations.

Web Site:
Address:Saint Girons, Haute-Garonne
Phone:05 61 04 65 53

"Grands Chemins de la Vallée d'Ax" Festival

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

Animations include: guided visites, street music and shows in the town of Ax-les-Termes, visit of the villages of the valley of Ax etc.
Dates: July 27th to July 30th 2016

Web Site:www.ax-animation.com
Address: Ax-les-Termes, Ariège
Phone:

Celtic d'Oc - Cazavet

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

Celtic and Occitan Music Festival in Cazavet (some 50km or 31 mi west of Foix).
Many concerts are free.
Dates: July 14th et 15th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-stgirons-stlizier.fr
Address:09160 Cazavet, Ariège
Phone:05 61 66 75 23

Foix "Tour de France" Passage

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

Foix - Saint Girons
Date: July 14th 2017

Web Site:letour.fr
Address:Foix
Phone:05 61 69 99 90

Mirepoix Historic Festival

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

The town of Mirepoix - 26km north east of Foix - is each year since 1978 - the host of the July Medieval Festival.
It takes place on the third weekend of July.
Dates: July 21st to 24th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-mirepoix.com
Address:09500 MIREPOIX
Phone:

"Ancient scents and flavors" Country Fair of Mazères

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

The fair features farm trades demonstrations, local farmer's market, an ancient car and motorbike show, a carriage exhibition.
Date: July 10th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.ville-mazeres.fr
Address:Mazères, Ariège
Phone:

Foix terre d'histoire

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

Each year in August (since 1988) Foix celebrates its Occitan roots and its Cathar history with a 1 hour and a half sound and lights show at Espinet theatre of Foix.
Dates: August 12th, 13th, 14th 2016

Web Site:www.foixterredhistoire.fr
Address:Théâtre de Verdure de l’Espinet, Rue de l’Espinet, 09000 Foix
Phone:05.61.02.88.26

Pottery market at Mirepoix

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

The market hosts 40 professional ceramic artists.
Dates: August 8th and 10th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-mirepoix.com
Address:Place Maréchal Leclerc, Mirepoix
Phone:

Mérens Horse Festival

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

The festival is heald each year in the village of Bouan some 24km (15mi) south of Foix.
Mérens is the traditional horse breed of Ariège.
The festival takes place each year in the middle of August.
Dates: August 20th and 21st 2016

Web Site:www.chevaldemerens.com
Address:Bouan, Ariège
Phone:

"Autrefois le Couserans" Festival

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

The festival held in St. Girons some 40km west of Foix recreates the life of the region in the centuries past.
Animations include: concerts, parades, démonstrations of old trades etc.
Dates: August 4th to 6th 2017.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.autrefois-le-couserans.com
Address:Saint Girons
Phone:05 34 14 62 69

Mazères Medieval Festival

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

Mazères is a bastide dating from the 13th century in the Ariège department some 40km (25mi) north of Foix.
Each year in the month of August the town celebrates its history with a Medieval Festival.
Date: August 6th and 7th 2016
For highlights of the 2013 edition click: here

free thing to do
Web Site:www.ville-mazeres.fr
Address:Mazères, Ariège
Phone:05 61 69 31 02

Hezelnut Festival in Lavelanet

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

Lavelanet is situated 28km (17mi) west of Foix.
Dates: September 24th and 25th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.ariegepyrenees.com
Address:LAVELANET, 09300
Phone:

Horse driving competition

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

Each year the association "Meneurs & Cavaliers Occitans" organized in Mirepoix the horse driving competition.
Dates: September 24th and 25th 2016.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-mirepoix.com
Address:Avenue du Pont, 09500 MIREPOIX
Phone:

"Festival des Saveurs" - Ax-Les-Thermes

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

Ax-les-Thermes is situated some 43 km south of Foix on the road to Andorra.
Animations include local specialities market, cooking workshops and démonstrations etc.
Dates: September 9th to 11th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.festivalsaveurs.com
Address:Ax-Les-Thermes, Ariège
Phone:

Fig Fest

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

The fest takes place in Mas d'Azil - some 30km (18 mi) north east of Foix - every year since 2000.
Animations include: demonstrations of fig gem making, unusual fig based dishes, music, dances etc.
Dates: October 1st and 2nd 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-arize-leze.com/le-mas-d-azil/16eme-fete-de-la-figue/tabid/1954/offreid/8c54671f-3cfa-41db-b410-57dc833bce82
Address:Place du champ de mars, 09290 LE MAS D'AZIL
Phone: 05 61 68 97 08

Eycheil Chesnut Festival

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

The festival takes place in Eycheil some 42km (26mi) west of Foix. Animations include farmers and artisans market, folkloric music, tasting of products made from chestnuts etc.
Dates: October 22nd to 23rd 2016.

Web Site:www.ariegepyrenees.com/eycheil/fete-de-la-chataigne/tabid/1016/offreid/fd0082d6-7b16-4ab1-ba2d-d5936450ea0c
Address:09200 Eycheil, Ariège
Phone:06 89 97 03 15

Apple Festival at Mirepoix

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

Apple as in fruit ... not Apple Inc.
Mirepoix is situated 36km (22mi) north east of Foix.
Dates: October 15th, 16th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-mirepoix.com/?FETE-DE-LA-POMME#.VgLQmbzouM8
Address:Mirepoix, Ariège
Phone:

Gastronomy Festival of Mirepoix

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

A two days festival centered on the local gastronomy: farmers' market, cooking workshops, wine festival, street music etc.
Dates: October 22 and 23 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.tourisme-mirepoix.com/?FETE-DE-LA-GASTRONOMIE#.V-vI2uT_qM8
Address:Place Maréchal Leclerc, 09500 MIREPOIX
Phone:05 61 68 13 02

"Fête du Gras" in Mazères

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

The festival is centered around the "foie gras" and other regional products.
Animations include choral music, "foie gras" and regional products market, "foie gras" preparation workshops, the celebration of the pig (!) etc.
Dates: December 17th and 18th 2016.

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:Mazères, Ariege
Phone:05 61 69 42 04

Lombrives Cave Concerts

Category:Concerts Activity month:

The longest cave in Europe offers a unique ambiance for classical and not so classical music concerts. All through the year there are several dinner/concerts organized in the cave.

Web Site:www.grotte-lombrives.fr/Complement_individuels/Bienvenue_Spectacles_2.html
Address:Ussat les Bains RN 20, 09400 TARASCON SUR ARIEGE
Phone:06 70 74 32 80

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