Top Choice Street Carnival in Le Puy-en-Velay

Fête du Roi de l'Oiseau

This Renaissance-themed street party dates back to a competition first recorded in 1524. Le Puy's most skilled archer, the first to shoot a straw bird from a high tower, was rewarded with year-long tax exemption, di…
Theatre in Auvergne

Festival d'Aurillac

Enlivening the streets of Aurillac since 1986, this renowned street theatre festival brings a carnivalesque atmosphere and outdoor events to the town over four summer days. Expect dancing, puppet shows, burlesque, w…
Film in Clermont-Ferrand

Festival International du Court Métrage

With showings priced from €3.50, Clermont-Ferrand's short film festival is an inexpensive way to dip into the city's creative scene. Short films roll at venues across town, including movie theatres and the Maison de…
Music in Le Puy-en-Velay


Traditional dance, handicrafts and folk songs from across the globe are showcased at this week-long summer festival, which began in 1964.
Music in La Chaise-Dieu

Sacred Music Festival

The extraordinary acoustics of La Chaise-Dieu's church transform classical and choral music into a sublime force at this 10-day festival in mid-August. Buy tickets for concerts and discover the full programme on the…
Cultural in Salers


Immerse yourself in Auvergnat mountain culture at the annual Transhumance festivities. This one-day event kicks off at 8am in tiny St-Paul-de-Salers, 3km east of Salers, with farmers driving hundreds of bell-jinglin…
Cultural in Besse-et-St-Anastaise

Transhumance de la Vierge Noire

Every year on 2 July, a Vierge noire (black Madonna) icon is carried amid great fanfare from Besse-et-St-Anastaise up to the little village of Vassivière, 7km southeast. Special masses and religious celebrations unf…