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Other events 2017

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

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  • 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.
  • Boulevard du graff (graffiti and street art), from March to May: Demonstration and exhibition, on Chasles Boulevard, and aunctions. Information: +33 (0)2 37 18 47 61.
  • Open Days of the Stained-glassmakers workshops, from March 31st to April 2nd: Artists and craftsmen of art, painters and sculptors, glassblowers, present their creations and knowhow. Information: +33 (0)2 37 99 93 31.
  • 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” (Chartres Light show), 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.
  • "Festival des Clavecins de Chartres" (Harpsichord Event), from May 12th to 21st: Harpsichord concerts. Tel: +33 (0)1 30 59 25 65.
  • "La nuit des cathédrales" (the night of the cathedral), May 13th: Concerts, shows in the cathedral. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 21 59 08.
  • "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 Berchéroise”, on June 18th: Walk from the Berchères-les-Pierres quarry to the Cathedral, along the “Chemin des Carriers”. Information: +33 (0)6 13 04 63 96.
  • "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. Organization: ChartrEstivales - Information: 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 4:15pm in the Cathedral. Free entrance.
  • Saint-Fiacre” (medieval event), September 9th: Porte Guillaume. Medieval activities and jobs demonstrations. Information : +33 (0)2 37 31 46 64.
  • Hot air balloon festival, from 8th to 10th September: Thirty hot air balloons took a colorful spectacle. Information: +33 (0)2 37 91 37 77.
  • 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.
  • "Le Légendaire" (Festival of Legends), October 6th to November 24th: 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.
  • "Top in Humour" festival, from November 10th to 30th: 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.

Exhibitions

  • "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
  • Le geste artisan”: photography exhibition by the association “Chartres Objectif”, from August 2nd to 31st. Tourist Office of Chartres Urban Area. +33 (0)2 37 18 26 26.
  • Lumières du monde: regards d’artistes contemporains sur les couleurs du vitrail”: until December 31st 2017. International Stained-glass Center. Tel. +33 (0)2 21 65 72
  • La fin des paysans ?”, until March 4th 2018. COMPA, Agriculture Museum. Tel : +33 (0)2 37 84 15 00

Fairs and shows

  • Tractor festival, June 24th and 25th: at the Agriculture Museum. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 84 15 00
  • Chartres flea market, March: Antique merchants at Chartexpo (Paris road). Tel: +33 (0)6 09 04 93 57
  • Artisanales de Chartres” (National show of handicraft), from October 6th to 9th: Demonstration of the handicraft by professionnals and 1000 apprentices in Chartrexpo. 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: activities and musical shows, town center. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 18 47 60
  • Flea Market: year-round, on the fourth Sunday of each month. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 23 40 00

Sports

  • Horse racing, from March to December, at the Chartres racecourse 
    Tel. +33 (0)2 37 34 93 73
  • French Championship of swimming, July 1st and 2nd: information and tickets: Aquatic Complex-ice skating rink “l’Odyssée” - 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.