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At least one event every month… Discover the highlights and the events not to be missed. In all seasons and for all ages, there will be something for everyone!



Sports event

At the end of January, Alès becomes the French capital of extreme enduro. The only extreme enduro event in France, 24 MX Alès Trêm confirms its international level and brings together more than 400 “pro” and amateur riders, including the world’s best specialists in the discipline. Numerous show zones will allow you to discover this intense and spectacular sport.


Étoile de Bessèges

Sports event

The Étoile de Bessèges is a cycling stage race created in 1971. It is held around Bessèges, and usually ends in Alès, with a time trial at the Hermitage. Run in early February, it traditionally opens the French professional cycling season of stage races.


Festival Itinérances

Cultural event

In March, come and attend the Itinerances Film Festival, one of the main film events in France. Each spring, this festival brings together more than 43,000 film lovers and prestigious guests for ten days of screenings. More than 200 films, including 20 to 30 new films or previews, are shown each year. Short film competitions, young audience programming, tributes, concerts and thematic nights punctuate this festival which, for nearly thirty years, has been firmly established in the regional cultural landscape.


Arts and crafts

Cultural event

Every spring, the European Crafts Days are an opportunity to discover craftsmen. Between exceptional open doors of workshops and various exhibitions, they highlight local know-how and talents.


Feria of the Ascension

Southern traditions event

It is the most popular event of the year, attracting nearly 300,000 people downtown for the Ascension weekend. Four to five days of festivities around the Camargue traditions of southern France, to be experienced with family or friends. On the program: parade of the “pégoulade”, abrivado contest, release of bulls in the streets of the city, horse race and festive evenings in the streets of the city where the bodégas offer paëllas and sangria.


Hiking Festival

Sports event

The FIRA – Festival de la Randonnée en Cévennes (Hiking Festival in the Cevennes) offers you twice a year (in spring during the Ascension weekend and in autumn during the All Saints’ weekend) more than forty hikes with varied themes. Classified in 3 levels of difficulty, these hikes of one or two days, take you in a vast preserved space of the Cévennes piedmont to the Lozère mount.


Festival of the transhumance

Southern traditions event

In mid-June, the Transhumance Festival in L’Espérou celebrates the passage of the sheep that join the grazing areas of the high plateaus until mid-October. A 2-day program to discover the traditions around the Transhumance and the sheep.


Crater Surfaces

Cultural event

Every first week of July, the Cratère Surface festival takes over the city center of Alès and the surrounding towns, transforming them into public theater. This street arts festival welcomes several theatrical companies that intervene impromptu on street corners with shows as crazy as they are original.Impertinent, audacious, this street arts festival – one of the only ones to have been created by a National Stage – now enjoys an excellent reputation in France and abroad.

Guided tours

Summer program

July-August your tourist office Cévennes Tourism, offers many guided tours in our main cities.

You will be amazed at all that Alès has to show… So come with us! Comments, anecdotes and illustrations in the hidden streets of the city, reveal to you the history of Protestantism, coal and silk in the Cevennes.

We did not suspect what hides Anduze and its small streets. Trace the history of this charming town by discovering its most symbolic monuments.

Vézénobres, labeled “Village de Caractère”, is one of the most beautiful villages in the Gard! From narrow streets to admirable viewpoints, you will discover in the medieval heart of this perched city a remarkable heritage.

Flowerful and welcoming, the village of Génolhac, coiled at the foot of Mont-Lozère, does not lack charm. Walking through the narrow streets of the medieval center, one takes the measure of its particularly rich history, marked by the wars of religion.

Wandering through the alleys of the historic heart of St Jean du Gard, one discovers the built heritage, witness of a tumultuous religious past and a strong economy.


Heritage Days

Cultural event

Organized every year in France on the third weekend of September, the European Heritage Days are a privileged moment to discover the local heritage whether it is historical, industrial, artisanal or religious.


Cévennes Week

Southern traditions event

A festive weekend in October takes place the Cévenole Week in Alès. On the program: costumed parades, military encampments, knightly equipment, equestrian shows, not forgetting the discovery of old trades and animations of all kinds, punctuated these two days. The climax of this trip to the Middle Ages is the burning of the City Hall and Fort Vauban.


Days of Figs

Local event

In Vézénobres, autumn is also synonymous with festivities! Every year the village organizes its biggest event: The Day of the Fig. An autumnal festival, in memory of the great fairs of Saint-André where dried figs were sold in the past. An important cultural component is proposed, on the theme of the fig and on that of the Regordane path: exhibitions, conferences, concerts, plays, street animations…


Chestnut festival

Local event

In autumn, some Cevennes towns like Saint Paul Lacoste, Anduze, organize chestnut festivals. You will find farmers’ markets, local food and entertainment around the chestnut… Mushrooms, which are harvested in the same season, are also honored.


Salon MIAM

Local event

Miam is THE big gastronomic event of the region. During four days, the exhibition center of Alès becomes the temple of gastronomy. More than a hundred exhibitors offer tasty products for tasting. Many animations and demonstrations are organized.


Burning Coal

Cultural event

Charbon Ardent, which takes place during the first week of December, is the event that celebrates Saint Barbara, patron saint of miners. On the program: exhibitions, balls, shows, musical animations or concerts… This event recalls the mining past of La Grand’Combe and pays tribute to the “black faces”.

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