Music in Arles

Les Suds

This wonderfully imaginative and multifaceted world music festival makes use of Arles venues as diverse as the Roman theatre and the abandoned industrial complex Parc des Ateliers. While the main festival occurs ove…
Cultural in Arles

Fêtes d'Arles

Races, parades, costumes, theatre and music come to Arles over several weeks from mid-June. Highlights include La Course de Satin – a bareback race on purebred Camargue horses dating from 1529 – and the Pegoulado – …
Cultural in Arles

Fête des Gardians

Mounted gardians (Camarguais cowboys) parade and hold games in central Arles during this festival, which affords a fascinating insight into the region's traditions. The show, put on by the Brotherhood of the Gardian…
Art in Arles

Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie

This internationally renowned photography festival, with a pedigree stretching to 1969, makes great use of a number of heritage sites around Arles for its many exhibits, debates, performances and workshops.
Religious in Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Pèlerinage des Gitans

'Gypsies' (Romanies, Manouches, Tziganes and Gitans) pour into town for three days from 24 May and again on the Sunday closest to 22 October to celebrate their patron saint, Sara, who according to legend helped brin…
Cultural in Arles

L’Abrivado des Bernacles

Camargue gardians ('cowboys') shepherd bulls for 15km from Mas des Bernacles to Les Arènes for the season’s most prestigious course Camarguaise, the Cocarde d’Or. Hundreds of aficionados follow the gardians on bike,…