Street Carnival in Le Puy-en-Velay

Fête du Roi de l'Oiseau

This weeklong street party harks back to a 16th-century competition in which Le Puy's most skilled archer, the first to shoot a straw bird from a high tower, would be rewarded with year-long tax exemption, dining wi…
Cultural in Salers


Immerse yourself in Auvergnat mountain culture at the annual Transhumance on the last Sunday in May. This one-day event kicks off at 9am in tiny St-Paul-de-Salers, 3km east of Salers, with farmers driving herds of b…
Cultural in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise

Transhumance de la Vierge Noire

Every year on 2 July, a vierge noire (black virgin) icon is carried amid great fanfare from Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise up to the little village of Vassivière, 7km southeast. Special masses and religious celebrations u…
Music in La Chaise-Dieu

Sacred Music Festival

Delight your eardrums during this festival of classical and choral music, which unfolds annually for 10 days in mid-August. Buy tickets for concerts and discover the full programme on the website.
Film in Clermont-Ferrand

Festival International du Court Métrage

Short films roll at venues across Clermont-Ferrand during this annual festival; check the website for the full programme.
Music in Le Puy-en-Velay


Folklore from across the globe is exhibited at this week-long summer festival of dance, song and handicrafts.