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Other events 2018

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 24th and 25th: "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), in March: Demonstration and exhibition, on Chasles Boulevard, and aunctions. Information: +33 (0)2 37 18 47 61.
  • Open Days of the Stained-glassmakers workshops, April 7th and 8th: 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 8th: 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 14th to October 13rd: Every evening from April 14th to October 13rd, 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 13rd to 22th: This harpsichord festival, with its four types of concerts, is a unique opportunity to discover national or even international artists, but also young performers trained in Chartres and the rest of the department by instructors specializing in ancient music. Tel: +33 (0)1 30 59 25 65.
  • "La nuit des cathédrales" (the night of the cathedral), May 12nd: Concerts, shows in the cathedral. Tel: +33 (0)2 37 21 59 08.
  • Bandstand: from May to September. On the third Thursday of each month, the city’s bandstand welcomes groups of dancers onto its stage.
  • Chartres Solar Cup: late June. Chartres holds a nationwide event that is unique in France, the Chartres Solar Cup. This race between solar-powered prototypes brings some 30 or so teams together annually to take up the challenge of renewable energy.
  • Outdoor Cinema: late June. During the summer season, the cinema moves to different spots around town.
  • "Les Soirées Autrement" from June 15th 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 8th: Porte Guillaume. Medieval activities and jobs demonstrations. Information : +33 (0)2 37 31 46 64.
  • Fête de la lumière (Festival of Lights), September 15th: 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 29th and 30th: 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 to 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.
  • "Top in Humour" festival, from November 8th to 18th: An annual event for music lovers interested in discovering fresh new talent, future virtuosos in the world of classical music. This year, the festival will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. 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
  • Lumières du monde: regards d’artistes contemporains sur les couleurs du vitrail”: until September 30th 2018. International Stained-glass Center. Tel. +33 (0)2 21 65 72
  • La fin des paysans ?”, until May 13rd 2018. COMPA, Agriculture Museum. Tel : +33 (0)2 37 84 15 00

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 show of handicraft), from October 12nd to 15th: 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 25th: 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

 

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.