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Ailes Anciennes Toulouse - The Old Wings of Toulouse

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

The "Ailes Anciennes de Toulouse" is an association that collects and restores planes and aeronautical memorabilia.
Its collection is one of the biggest in France and includes planes like Dassault Falcon 10,Cessna 310,F-8 Crusader, Vautour IIB, Super Mystère B2, De Havilland Vampire T11, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, Aero Spacelines Super Guppy etc.
The collection displayed close to the airport of Blagnac can be visited without appointment Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm for unguided visits and Saturdays at 9:30 am and 10:30 pm for guided visits.

Web Site:www.aatlse.org
Address:4 rue Beteille 31700 BLAGNAC
Phone:+(33)5 61 21 70 01

Let's Visit Airbus

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

"Let's Visit Airbus" is the title of the flyer that advertises the visits, organized by TaxiWay Company, of the Airbus Site in Toulouse.
There are 3 visits proposed, everyone of 1 1/2 hour: "Panoramic Tour", "Heritage Tour" and "Airbus 380 Tour". Reservation is mandatory.

Web Site:www.taxiway.fr
Address:Village Aéroconstellation, Rue Franz Joseph Strauss, 31700 Blagnac
Phone:05 34 39 42 00

Cite de l'Espace

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

Its only suitable for the city that hosts the European Aeronautic Defense and Space company (EADS) (and soon its HQ) to have a world renowned "Cité de l'Espace" - an attraction park dedicated to the adventure of space exploration.
Its most outstanding attractions are:
one of the world's biggest planetariums, the replicas of the space station MIR and the shuttle SOYOUZ, the replica of the Ariane rocket - the first two replicas can be sitied but unfortunately not the Ariane -, a simulator of Moon walking and a new exhibit dedicated to Mars equipped with a simulator of the Martian gravity and of its atmosphere.
The Cité is also in the possesion of the, unique in France, Moon rock given to it by NASA.

Web Site:www.cite-espace.com
Address:Avenue Jean Gonord, 31506, Toulouse
Phone:0820 377 233

Museums

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

Each first of Sunday of the month the museums of Toulouse can be visited free of charge (The temporary shows still have an entrance fee). The Toulouse museums that fall in this "first Sunday free" cathegory are:

le Musée des Augustins, le Musée Paul-Dupuy , le Musée Georges Labit , le Musée Saint-Raymond -the antiquities museum of Toulouse, le Musée de Toulouse , the art gallery of "Les Abattoirs" and Les Jacobins

Check also our posts at: http://southweststory.com/wp/category/museums
free thing to do
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Address:Toulouse
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Pottery Shops

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

With 9 porcelain shops Martres-Tolosane, situated at around 60 km south west of Toulouse, is considered the "Porcelain Town".
This art has flourished here since the 18th century and after WWII the fashion of tin-glazed decorated porcelains was revived.
Some potters are still using unique decorative colors created by their ancestors and whose fabrication secret is guarded by the family.
Any of these 9 shops can be visited.

Web Site:www.faiences-martres-tolosane.com/faienceries_actuelles.htm
Address:Martres-Tolosane
Phone:

Revel's Saturday Morning Market

Category:Regional Products (Shops) Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Revel's Saturday Morning Market is listed as one of the 100 most beautiful markets in France.
It is held throughout the year in the galleries formed under the arches built in the middle of the Revel's bastide - a quasi-unique in France octogonal shaped bastide built in 1342 by Philippe VI de Valois.

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:Revel (some 61km or 37mi south east of Toulouse)
Phone:

Short Cruises on Canal du Midi and/or Garonne River

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

There are many companies offering short cruises on the Canal du Midi or on the Garonne river. (with or without repasts). We list here just two of them:
http://www.toulouse-croisieres.com/
http://www.bateaux-toulousains.com/canaldumidi.htm
From a cruise ship one can admire the nicest part of Toulouse viewed from the water and learn the history of the city that was born on the river banks.
The cruises are on reservation only.
For other information about experiencing the Canal du Midi visit our post: Cruising the Canal du Midi

Web Site:
Address:Quai de la Daurade, Toulouse
Phone:

Historic Festival of "Cocagne" in Saint-Felix-Lauragais

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

The festival takes place each year since 1972 in Saint-Felix-Lauragais - some 40km east of Toulouse - on the Easter Sunday and Monday. Animations include: historic parade, concerts, artisans, shows etc. Dates: April 16th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.lacocagne.sitew.com/#Accueil.A
Address:Saint-Felix-Lauragais , Haute-Garonne
Phone:05 62 18 96 99

Street Music Festival in Saint Felix de Lauragais

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

The 7th edition of the Street Music Festival takes place in the village of Saint Felix de Lauragais - some 40km southeast of Toulouse - on May 19th, 20th and 21st 2017.
Friday May 19 from 8pm to 1am street concerts.
Saturday May 20 from 3pm to 1am street shows, street food, music.
Sunday 21 "vide grenier" and craft market.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.autanenfanfare.com
Address:Saint Felix de Lauragais, Haute-Garonne
Phone:

Airexpo, the largest airshow the south west of France

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

31st edition of Airexpo takes place on the 20th of May 2017 on the airfield Muret-Lherm.

Web Site:www.airexpo.org
Address:31600 Lherm, Haute-Garonne
Phone:

"Pré de la Fadaise" Festival - The Oldest Festival of France

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

The oldest historic festival of France takes place every year since 1211(!!!) in the town of Bourg Saint-Bernard – in Lauragais region south east of Toulouse. The festival is called “Pré de la Fadaise” (“The Meadow of Nonsense”!!!) and is celebrated each year on Whitsun Monday.
Date: Monday, June 5, 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:Bourg Saint Bernard, Haute Garonne
Phone:

Riquet Festival

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

Held each year in June in the garden of the Riquet Château, the festival does not only honor the life of the famous Canal du Midi builder that was Pierre Paul de Riquet but is also a celebration of the life as it was here during the times of château owner, in the second half of the 17th century.
Château Riquet is situated some 20km north-east of Toulouse.
Dates: June 25th 2017

For highlights from the 2013 edition of the festival click here

Web Site:www.bonrepos-riquet.fr
Address:Bonrepos-Riquet, Haute Garonne
Phone:05 67 16 16 18

Trinity Sunday Festival

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

The festival is celebrated each year in the town of Martres-Tolosane some 60 km southwest of Toulouse. The festival dedicated to Saint Vidian, the patron saint of the town, features a high mass and the re-enactment of the battle between the Franc army led by Vidian and the Saracens (9th century AD).
Date: June 11th 2017

Web Site:
Address:Martres-Tolosane, Haute-Garonne
Phone:

Comminges Festival

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

Each year Saint Bertrand de Comminges - at around 100km South West of Toulouse - hosts between the middle of July and end of August the internationally renowned classical music festival: "Festival du Comminges". The concerts of chamber, sacred, baroque and contemporary music are held in three historic buildings that are among the most prestigious of the central Pyrenees including the Cathedral of Saint Bertrand de Comminges.

Web Site:www.festival-du-comminges.com
Address:Saint Bertrand de Comminges
Phone:

Revel's Auto Hill Climb Event

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

The auto hill climb event of Revel - 61km or ~37mi south east of Toulouse - has become a must for car enthusiasts.
This event is the oldest of its kind in Midi Pyrenees. It brings together more then a hundred competitors.
It is an intense car sprint on a short distance: 1.650 km (~1mi). It takes place on the road Revel-Saint-Ferréol Vaudreuille towards the Montagne Noire.
It takes place every year on the thirs weekend of July (Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday).

Web Site:www.mairie-revel.fr
Address:Revel
Phone:

Sorèze Medieval Festival

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

Animations include a torchlight parade, a medieval market, equestrian acrobatics and medieval combats.
Date: July 1st 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.ville-soreze.fr/agenda-fetes-expositions-concerts_80.php
Address:Sorèze, Haute-Garonne Department (some 66km or 41mi south east of Toulouse)
Phone:

Festival of Flowers - Luchon

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

Luchon is situated in the southern Pyrenees mountains part of the department of Haute-Garonne some 150km south west of Toulouse.
It hosts the Flowers' Festival each year since 1899.
Animations include: street music and dances, parades, fireworks etc.
The festival ends with a flower fight.
Many animations are free.
Dates: August 24th - 27th 2017.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.luchon.com
Address:Luchon, Haute-Garonne
Phone:

Cassoulet Festival

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

The "Cassoulet Festival" is held every year at Castelnaudary (60km south east of Toulouse) - the world capital of the dish! - at the end of August. Lots of animations - including a Cathar procession - around the history and traditions of the cassoulet.
Dates: August 23th to 27th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.fete-du-cassoulet.com
Address:Castelnaudary
Phone:

Piano aux Jacobins

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

Piano aux Jacobins is a classical music festival held each year in September at the Convent of Jacobins in Toulouse. Needless to say that the music and the decorum of the old convent - a UNESCO World Heritage monument - or the other places where the concerts are held create a magical ambiance.
For artists, schedule and prices check the web site.

Web Site:www.pianojacobins.com
Address:Convent of Jacobins, Toulouse
Phone:

Toques d'Oc - The great chefs cook for you

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

ourmet meals cooked by renowned and starred chefs. Price €36.
Date: Sunday, September 17 2017 from 11 AM to 4 PM

Web Site:www.toquedoc.fr
Address:Parc de La Dépêche du Midi, Toulouse
Phone:05 62 11 37 50

Toulouse à table

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

"Toulouse à table" 2016 is the fourth edition of the gastronomic festival of Toulouse.
The event includes dedicated menus in participating resturants, nightly market in Victor Hugo place, giant picnic on the Garonne's banks, food tasting etc.
Dates: September 21st to 25th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.toulouseatable.com
Address:Toulouse
Phone:

"Your Guest Is Our Guest"

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

Each year all over France (Toulouse included) during the last - full - week of September takes place the gastronomic event "Your guest is our guest" - "Votre invité est notre invité".
Participating restaurants - including Michelin starred ones - offer for the buying of a special menu a special menu.
1 menu "Your guest is our guest" purchased = 1 menu "Your guest is our guest" offered.
Reservations at participating restaurants only on the below website (under "Events" tab).

Web Site:www.tousaurestaurant.com
Address:Toulouse
Phone:

Francazal Air Show

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

This event that takes place at Francazal airport near Toulouse. The show is organized by the association "Des Étoiles et des Ailes"
Date: September 25 2016

Web Site:www.desetoilesetdesailes.com
Address:Toulouse Francazal Airport, Avenue du Général Bares, 31270 Cugnaux
Phone:

Saint-Felix-Lauragais Pottery Market

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

Saint Felix Lauragais is situated some 40km east of Toulouse.
Each year in September during the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of the month it holds the traditional pottery market.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.couleur-lauragais.fr
Address:Saint-Felix-Lauragais
Phone:05 62 18 96 99

Medieval Festival of the Fig Tree in Verfeil

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

Verfeil is a little town 23km (14mi) west of Toulouse.
Each year it celebrates its history and its traditional ...fig cake and its medieval history.
Dates: October 8th 2017.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.mairie-verfeil31.fr/
Address:Verfeil, Haute-Garonne
Phone:

The restaurant of the the "Hospitality School" of Toulouse.

Category:Food and Wine Activity month:

Its a hidden gem of Toulouse. A place were you can enjoy a "Haute Cuisine" menu prepared by the students (under the supervision of their teachers) for less then 25 euros! By reservations only.

Web Site:pedagogie.ac-toulouse.fr/lyc-hotellerie-tourisme-toulouse/hotelrestaurant/index_hr.htm
Address:15, Avenue Raymond Badiou B.P. 3131 31 026 TOULOUSE Cedex 3
Phone:05 34 50 10 50

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