2017 major events

Discover Chartres Major events

Chartres enjoys a particularly rich calendar of cultural and festive events: music and dance festivals, water and Light Festivals, exhibitions and fairs showcasing local know-how… All these activities combine to make visitors want to extend their stay.

Festivals and celebrations

  • Henri IV Week-end, February 25th and 26th
    "Poule au Pot" menus in the restaurants; bouillon and wine tastings; "Chartres during the rule of Henry IV" theme tour; activities celebrating the memory of Henry IV, King of Navarre, the only king to have been crowned in Chartres, in 1594.
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26
  • "Festival des Clavecins de Chartres" (Harpsichord Event), from May 12th to 21st
    Harpsichord concerts.
    Tel: +33 (0)1 30 59 25 65
  • The market of Loire Wines "Paulée", Sunday, April 2nd
    This event, which is a showcase for the wines produced around the Loire, provides an opportunity to highlight young winemakers in particular and to taste the wines from the previous grape harvest. Place des Halles 10am to 5pm.
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 15 15
  • Chartres en lumières (Lights of Chartres), from April 8th to October 7th
    Every evening from April 8th to October 7th, the heritage of Chartres comes under the spotlight: The cathedral, the bishop's palace gardens, the Hotel Montescot, Place Marceau and Place du Cygne, Saint André Collegiate Church, the Écuyers street appear in shimmering colours and take on new dimensions. Large closing event on September 16th (Festival of Lights).
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26
  • "Les Soirées Autrement" from June 1st to August 31st
    Numerous events in the Cathedral: “Bible en continu” (bible reading) on Tuesdays; “Vitraux grand format” (stained-glass projection) on Fridays; “Moment Musical” (concert) on Sundays. Free entrance. Open until 10pm.
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 21 59 08
  • "La nuit des Cathédrales" (the night of the cathedral) : May 13th
    Concerts, shows in the cathedral.
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 21 59 08
  • "Soirées Estivales de Chartres" (Chartres Summer Evening Festival), from July 1st to August 26th
    Street and musical entertainment (at 9pm) ; organ concerts in the Cathedral... 50 free shows and concerts.
    Organisation: ChartrEstivales. - Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26
  • Organ and sacred music Festival, July and August
    Festival showcasing "Europe's talented organists". Free concerts by renowned musicians, Europe's elite organists, Sundays at 4:30pm in the Cathedral. Free entrance.
  • Fête de la Lumière (Festival of Lights), September 16th
    Large, popular festival with a special illuminated route through the town and numerous events.
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26
  • Fête des Vendanges (Grape Harvest Festival), September 23th and 24th
    Chartres invites you to discover popular traditions and agricultural practices from the beginning of 20th century to the present day.
    Information: +33 (0)2 37 25 69 06



  • "Festival du légendaire" (Festival of Legends), October – November
    Festival of tales: shows, free events, tours with a storyteller in remarkable places of Chartres and Eure-et-Loir region.
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 23 01 99 or +33 (0)6 09 72 93 91
  • "Top in Humour" festival, November
    Comic shows in the city as well as in the countryside, a mix of confirmed humorists and future stars of laugh.
    Tel : + 33 (0)2 37 35 08 94
  • "Chemin des Arts" (art exhibitions and artist's studio), from March to December
    Come and meet artists and discover their work... Three exhibition spaces and a workshop constitue the "Chemin des Arts" : Galery of Contemporary mosaics (Saint-Eman Chapel), Saint-André Collegiate Church, Contemporary expressions (Prieuré Saint-Vincent), Contemporary art workshop...
    Tel : + 33 (0)2 37 23 41 43


Fairs and shows

  • Chartres flea market, March
    Antique merchants at Chartexpo (Paris road).
    Tel: +33 (0)6 09 04 93 57

  • Artisanales de Chartres (National Craft Fair), October 6th - 9th
    Eight centuries ago, it was craftsmen who built Chartres Cathedral. It's only natural that the "Artisanales de Chartres" should be held in the capital of the Eure-et-Loir. This nationally-famous fair has established itself as the country's most important meeting for craftsmen.
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 91 57 00

  • "Foire de la Saint-André" (Saint André's Fair), November 26th
    Town centre. This fair goes back to the Middle Ages.
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 23 40 00

  • Christmas activities : 2 weeks in December
    Musical entertainment in the town centre
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 47 60

  • Flea Market throughout the year
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 23 40 00



  • Horse racing, from March to December, at the Chartres racecourse 
    Tel. +33 (0)2 37 34 93 73

  • Aquatic Complex - ice skating rink "L’Odyssée"
    The largest aquatic complex-ice skating rink in France with more than 4000sq. m of water, a skating rink measuring 1300sq. m, a diving pool 20m deep, a fitness suite and catering facilities, a children’s space, activities during the year (thematic evenings, DJ…).
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 25 33 33

  • Swimming competition, July 1st and 2nd
    Tel: +33 (0)2 37 25 33 33


And throughout the year

Numerous events make Chartres a lively city to visit: quality theatrical and musical performances, rich and varied exhibitions. Information available in Chartres Tourist office.

Available information at the Tourist Office of Chartres Urban Area.