The 26 Best Music Festivals in France Worth The Trip [2020]

If you’re going to take a trip to France this summer, why not do it in style? The French know music festivals, packing in a full summer schedule that makes other country calendars look scarce. From mega-festival camping in the French countryside to intimate events in the heart of Paris, you can spend the whole summer here at a festival. Below are some of our recommendations and you can see more in our French music festival calendar.

Hellfest 2020

June 19-21, 2020

Clisson, France


The postcard-perfect French village of Clisson, known for its historic ruins and picturesque river, transforms one weekend each June into the heavy metal mecca known as Hellfest. More than 160 bands show up to perform on six stages with subgenres that include pagan metal, stoner, punk, thrash, grind, and black metal. The 150,000+ extreme music typcially spend the weekend camping and exploring the the wide-ranging Hellfest experience. Act quick. Hellfest sells out every year.


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Lollapalooza Paris 2020

July 18-19, 2020

Paris, France


Since its inception in 1991, Lollapalooza has continued to grow from its U.S. based festival circuit to additional cities in countries across the globe. In 2016, Lollapalooza was introduced to Paris and continues to host a myriad of different international and local acts spanning all genres.


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We Love Green 2020

June 6-7, 2020

Paris, France


We Love Green makes it clear from its name that this festival is committed to the environment. Held in a beautiful park located in the heart of Paris, the two-day festival welcomes a curated lineup of indie rock gold. The Think Thank, located at the center of the festival, strives to promote environmental innovation and encourage the exchange of ideas with scientists, activists, and artists.


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Marvellous Island Festival 2020

May 30-31, 2020

Paris, France


Head to the east side of Paris and spend a day (or two) at the beach listening to world-class electronic music, From the organic beats of the Beach Stage to the incredible production of the 360° Digital Stage to the hedonistic gurus at the Hippie State, Marvellous Island is the perfect way to welcome in the summer.



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Garorock 2020

June 25-28, 2020

Marmande, France


Garorock is one of France's premier electronic and rock festival, taking place in the southwest of the country. Recently celebrating their 20th anniversary, the four day camping festival is well known for its hard-partying experience.


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Solidays 2020

June 19-21, 2020

Paris, France


The two-decade old Solidays celebrates another season of rock, pop, and hip-hop. This open-air Paris festival embraces over 200,000 attendees over three days. It's not just about the music at Solidays -- the French festival donates its proceeds to organizations fighting AIDS. Since its inception in 1999, Solidays has organized over 80 concerts and raised over 2 million euros.



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Rock En Seine 2020

August 29-September 1, 2020

Paris, France


Born in 2003, Rock en Seine has become one of France's top mega-festivals. Held just outside of Paris at the incredibly scenic Domaine National de Saint-Cloud (an 1100 acre historical park), this festival showcases the best of international and regional rock rock on five unique stages.


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Main Square Festival 2020

July 3-5, 2020

Arras, France


The first weekend of July is full of French festivals and one of those standouts is Main Square. Situated at the stunning Citadelle Vauban, this mainstream dose of rock/pop/electronic boasts an impressive alumni list like Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Placebo, Muse, and Metallica.


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Le Printemps de Bourges 2020

Cancelled

Bourges, France


One of Europe's longest running festivals, Le Printemps de Bourges has been offering up a wide-ranging lineup of diverse genres for over forty years. The venues, bars, clubs, and streets of Bourges all host the variety of talent that comes through this annual French fest.



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Festival de Nîmes 2020

June 21-July 9, 2020

Nimes, France


The Festival de Nîmes is a summer concert series in the south of France that brings in the biggest names in music history. The performances all take place in the epic Arena of Nîmes, a massive Roman amphitheater built in AD 70 and remodeled in 1863 into a bullring. It's one of the most incredible places to see a concert in Europe.


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Nuits Sonores 2020

July 22-26, 2020

Lyon, France


Nuits Sonores, a boutique electronic festival, is held in the in the historical city of Lyons. Spread out over five days, be prepared for unique performances, events, and workshops, taking place 40 different venues across the city. There's both a day and night program here so be prepared for delights throughout the event.



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Calvi on the Rocks 2020

July 3-8, 2020

Calvi, France


A week-long dance party under the sun and the stars in rugged Corsica, Calvi on the Rocks is on fire 24 hours a day. Multiple beach parties (including secret ones) kick off each day. At night, everyone gathers under the shadows of the ancient citadel for the headliners, and then it's off to dance until sunrise in the many clubs of Calvi.



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Papillons De Nuit 2020

May 29-31, 2020

Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves, France


The late-spring Papillons de Nuit is a pop music festival in Normandy. The tiny village of Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves is transformed when 60000 festival goers show up for three days of music and fun.


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Worldwide Festival Sète 2020

June 26-July 5, 2020

Sete, France


The Worldwide Festival may put on editions across the world, but the flagship fest in Sète is still the spot to experience this unique line-up of electronic artists. Located just south of Montpellier, Sète in sun drenched southern France is an ideal place to spend a week on the beach soaking up the sounds from DJs from around the globe.


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Les Eurockéennes 2020

July 2-5, 2020

Belfort, France


The independent Les Eurockeenes in Eastern France is also one of the largest multi-genre music festivals in the country. With a focus on solidarity and sharing, the non-profit fest remains committed to offering an affordable musical experience to everyone. Tucked away on the Malsaucy peninsula, the eco-friendly venue showcases amazing views and tranquil camping.


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Festival Beauregard 2020

July 2-5, 2020

Herouville St-Clair, France


Named after the amazing château where it's held, this is one of France's largest pop and rock festivals. Founded in 2009, Festival Beaugard has boasted lineups with Phoenix, Editors, ZZ Top, Motorhead, Hot Chip, Kaiser Chiefs, Sting, and Alt-J. The scenery is beautiful, the camping is amazing, and like John Beauregard himself -- this festival is legendary.


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Pitchfork Paris 2020

November 5-7, 2020

Paris, France


After a summertime bash in Chicago, the very cool and very hip Pitchfork Festival makes its way to Paris a weekend of eclectic music at the Grande Halle de La Villette. The Pitchfork Paris Festival is a mecca for indie music fans of all genres with surprisings twists and a lineup worthy of the brand.



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La Route Du Rock 2020

August 19-22, 2020

St Malo, France


This very hip, very cool, indie rock festival is one of the few in France that can boast a 25+ year history. The biannual event has featured Portishead, Disclosure, The XX, Blur, Pulp, Air, and Sonic Youth and has even spun off a winter edition.



Festival Musilac 2020

July 11-14, 2020

Aix-les-Bains, France


This pop and rock festival takes place in Aix-Les-Bains in the beautiful south of France. The festival itself is perched on the shores of Lac du Bourget, in the foothills of the French Alps. 75,000 attendees flood the shores to see artists from around the world alongside local talent from the region.



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Vieilles Charrues 2020

July 16-19, 2020

Carhaix, France


It's France biggest music festival of the summer! Translated to old plows, Les Vieilles Charrues is a 4-day indie rock and pop festival held in the northwest of France. What started as a 500 person party has exploded into the largest music fest in France with 280,000 revelers along with an incredible 5,500 volunteers in 2017.


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Cabaret Vert 2020

August 20-23, 2020

Charleville-Mézières, France


Le Cabaret Vert (aka The Green Cabaret), may be one of the largest festivals in France, but still remains close to the hearts of fans. Closing out the summer during the last weekend in August, Cabaret Vert brings a little bit of everything to eastern part of France. The campsite and festival are located around the edges of an abandoned factory.


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Check In Party 2020

August 20-22, 2020

Saint-Laurent, France


This DIY indie rock fest may be new to the scene, but its lineup is one of the more buzzworthy additions to the season. Taking place over three days in central France, Check In Party is an ideal way to close out the summer.



Les Déferlantes 2020

July 8-11, 2020

Argeles Sur Mer, France


If you're looking for the idyllic peace found in the south of France, Les Déferlantes will not be on your wishlist. The multi-day festival may feature hip-hop and electronic, but wears its love of rock firmly throughout the lineup. There's two campsite lifestyle at this festival -- sleepy for those that need quite and groovy for those that want to party all night with the French.



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Family Piknik 2020

August 1-2, 2020

Montpellier, France


Bring the kids and your open attitude to the Family Piknik in the south of France. Held annually in Montpellier, this electronic festival aims to include all ages into the world of underground electronic music. Admission is free for anyone under 14, over 55, and people with reduced mobility.



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