Great Festivals to Come in May 2019

May marks the end of Easter, end of school holidays, and the return to work. But don’t let that get you down. In Lyon, May also means long weekends due to bank holidays and lots to do.


The long weekends mean lots of festivals: from Lyon Improv Fest (4th-11th May) which is perfect for drama lovers, to the street art festival Peinture Fraiche (3rd-12th May), to the party that Nuits Sonores music festival brings (28th May-2nd June).

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Aside from festivals, there’s plenty of fun sport on offer. Don’t just head to the gym to exercise. Take part in the zombie course in the fort outside Lyon (3rd-4th May). Or run as part of the Courir Pour Elles (19th May) or Ultra Boucle de la Sarra (17th-18th May) races.

Check out the highlights in Lyon this May 2019

Nuits Sonores 2019-Six Days of Electronic Music in Lyon

Nuits Sonore’s 17th edition takes place from 28th May until 2nd June 2019, with lots of electronic music nights and daytime debates at the European Lab Camp.

Lyon’s Zombie Course 2019

Participate in Lyon’s Zomb’in the dark and choose to flee zombies, or join them.

10 Days of Celebrating Street Art in Lyon

The street art festival will take place from 3rd to 12th May 2019, with live art and workshops.

Gypsy Lyon Festival Celebrates its 10th Birthday

Listen to the traditional sounds of gypsy music at Lyon’s Gypsy festival, from 23rd May – 26th May 2019.

Courir Pour Elles: Lyon’s Race for Women’s Health

Courir Pour Elles is an annual race in Lyon, taking place in May. This year’s race is set for 19th May 2019.

Discover Improvised Theatre in Lyon

Lyon’s Improv Fest makes its return this year from 4th-11th May 2019, with the opening and closing nights taking place at Lyon’s Comédie Odéon. Improv shows are all in English!

One Week of Samba Party in Lyon

Lyon’s samba festival brings together individual dances with partner dances.

The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra – A Long Distance Running Event

After the success of Lyon’s urban trail, Lyon Ultra Run have organised a 6th edition of The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra, a long distance running event.

France’s Biggest Fashion Flea Market Takes Place in Lyon

At Violette Sauvage, Lyon’s fashion flea market, you can sell pre-loved clothings, or just go buy other people’s.

Discover a Taste of South Korea in the Croix-Rousse

Buy South Korean goodies, eat South Korean food, and watch South Korean shows at this year’s Korean Days convention.

Lyon Hosts ATP Tennis Tournament

ATP tennis is returning to Lyon for its third edition from 18th to 25th May 2019.

Discover African Art at the Confluence Museum

Learn about some of Africa’s traditions and cultures by exploring its art at the Confluences museum.

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