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Lourdes Museums

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

Some of Lourdes museums are: The Pyrenees Museum housed in the Lourdes Castle: features the largest art, popular traditions and historic item collections related with the Pyreneen Mountains region. www.chateufort-lourdes.fr
The Wax Museum - it tries to recreate scenes from the New Testament and the life of Bernadette Soubirous. www.musee-de-cire-lourdes.com
The House of Sainte Bernadette - situated at 2 Rue Bernadette de Soubirous. The house where the parents of Sainte Bernadette lived displays photos and objects related to the life of the Saint.

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Address:Lourdes
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Classical Music Festival

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

Takes place each year at the end of March and begining of April.
The concerts take place in different churches in Lourdes.
Dates: April 7th to 17th 2017

Web Site:www.festivaldelourdes.fr
Address:Lourdes
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Major Pilgrimages

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

Major Pilgrimages take place in Lourdes all year round. Some of them are:

  • The armed forces pilgrimage that takes place each May and gathers more then 40,000 armies représentatives from all over the world.
  • The Order of Malta Pilgrimage takes place also each May and brings together at Lourdes the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta from all over the world.
  • The Camargue herdsmen's pilgrimage that takes place each October.
  • The Pilgrimage of Rosary organized by the Dominican monks on the first week of October.
Other important religious festivities take place annually on the 11th of February - the aniversary of the first Appearance - and on December 8th the day of Immaculate Conception.
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Web Site:fr.lourdes-france.org/calendrier-des-pelerinages
Address:Lourdes
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Bigorre "Brotherhood of Garbure" Celebration Day in Argeles-Gazost

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

Traditional festivities around this Bigorre typical dish: the garbure (a type of cabbage soup).
Animations include: Garbure south west of France brotherhoods parade, enthronements, cabbage soup meals, gourmet market, folklore from the Pyrenees.
Date: June 12th 2016
ARGELES-GAZOST is a town situated some 13 km (0.8 mi) south of Lourdes.

Web Site:www.argeles-gazost.com
Address:65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Hautes-Pyrenees
Phone:05 62 97 29 34

"Orpheon" Male Choir Concerts

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

"Orpheon" is a men vocal group that has existed since 1867. The group that calls itself "Les enfants de Barège" (children of Barège mountain region) has won throughout the time numerous awards and the international recognition for their mountaineer repertory.
Concerts in the church of Luz St Sauveur on July 21, August 18 and September 15 2016. Concerts start at 9:00pm.

Web Site:www.orpheondeluz.com
Address:65120 Luz St Sauveur
Phone:0683174704

Gavarnie Festival

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

Taking place in an open sky setting, in the "Cirque de Gavarnie", a UNESCO listed natural wonder, at 1 450 m above sea level, the festival features this year the play "Merlin , histoire d'un enchanteur" - "Merlin, a wizard's history".
Between fantasy and reality, legends and history, Merlin will illuminate the generous nature of the "cirque" in thousand lights.
Nightly from the 26th of July to the 7th of August 2016.
The show starts at 9:00 pm.

Web Site:www.festival-gavarnie.com
Address:Gavarnie, Hautes-Pyrénées
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Madiran Classical Music Festival

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

The Festival is now part of the summer landscape of the region, it enjoys a good reputation in terms of its musical quality, and the second part, the traditional tasting of wine from Madiran region and pacherenc Vic Bihl, allows to meet the musicians, winemakers and exchange impressions.
The concerts take place in the Madiran Church, Aydie church, Château de Crouseilles and Château Montus-Castelnau Rivière .
2016 Date: July 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 30th

Web Site:musiqueenmadiran.fr
Address:Madiran
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"Fête du gâteau à la broche"

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

"Fête du gâteau à la broche", the BBQ Cake Festival, is organized by the Brotherhood of the BBQ Cake on the 17th of July 2016 in the town of Arreau, Hautes-Pyrenees, some 50km (30 mi) south east of Lourdes.

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Address:Arreau, Hautes-Pyrénées
Phone:05 62 40 75 60

Equestria Festival of Tarbes

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

Tarbes is a city situated some 22km (13.6 mi) north of Lourdes. It is the location of the "préfecture" of the Hautes Pyrénées department of south west France.
It is also the site of one of the most important equestrian centers in France.
Each year in July the city of Tarbes organizes the equestrian festival called "Equestria". The highlights of the festival include horses actors and horses dancers.
The festival features also demonstrations of horsemastership on the streets of Tarbes. Dates: July 19th to 24th 2016

Web Site:www.festivalequestria.com
Address:Tarbes
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Fête de la transhumance

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

This celebration of transhumance takes place in the town of ARGELES-GAZOST some 12km (7.8 mi) South of Lourdes.
Animations include gathering and blessing of the herds, songs and folklore of Pyrenees, bell ringers, bandas.
Date: July 10, 2016

Web Site:www.argeles-gazost.com
Address:15 Place de la République, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST
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Mutton Festival of Luz-Saint-Sauveur

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

The festival dedicated to the local sheep breed celebrates each year the return of the flocks in the valley after spending the whole summer in the high altitude pastures. Animations include traditional (and not so traditional) music, demonstrations of sheep and lambs buying and selling negotiations, lamb roast tastings etc.
Dates: August 2nd 2016
Luz-Saint-Sauveur is located some 30km (18.6mi) south of Lourdes.

Web Site:www.luz.org
Address:Luz-Saint-Sauveur, Hautes-Pyrénées
Phone:05 62 92 30 30

The "Dog of Pyrénées" Festival of Argelès-Gazost

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

The festival dedicated to the 4 local dog breeds (patou, labrit, Gos d’Atura Catala and matin) takes place each year since 2001. Animations include dog agility demonstrations, dog parades, races etc.
Dates: September 17th to 19th 2016.
Argelès-Gazost is located some 13km south of Lourdes.

Web Site:www.argeles-gazost.com
Address:Argelès-Gazost, Hautes-Pyrénées
Phone:05 62 97 00 25

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