This is Lyon’s Summer Top Picks

With temperatures set to soar, lots of outdoor activities are open to you here in Lyon this summer. For example, Acordanse is an outdoor dance festival taking place from 3rd-4th July in Lyon’s 8th arrondissement.

In July, the city of Lyon’s ‘Fêtons l’été’ (celebrate summer)  programme will be in full swing, bringing with it lots of exciting events. ‘Fêtons l’été’ encourages tourists and expats to explore parts of Lyon that are a bit off the beaten track.

outdoor cinema in Lyon summer 2019

Catch some of the biggest films outdoors this summer. ©Tout l’Monde Dehors

Our selection of summer festivals

Here’s a short selection of festivals going on this July in places you may not have yet visited and many other things to do.

First up is the Fêtes Escales festival in Vénissieux (in Lyon’s suburbs, at the end of metro line D), which will take place from July 12th-14th. The festival is a multicultural and intergenerational celebration, with many activities on offer including dance, street art and music concerts.

Theatre on the Saone river

If you’re more into theatre, catch Les Dimanches de l’Île Barbe every Sunday from 7th July until 21st July in Lyon 9.

Situated on the island in the middle of the Saône river, Les Dimanches de l’Île Barbe promise theatrical performances during the day along with music in the evenings.

If you’re in the mood for exploring afar, aside from the ‘Fêtons l’été’ programme, head over to the Atol beach at the Grand Parc Miribel Jonage on 5th and 6th July for the Evasion music festival.


Summer picks

Bastille Day in France: Fireworks in Lyon

Celebrate Bastille Day in Lyon This July 2019

Bastille Day is nearly here again – here’s how to celebrate it!

tout l monde dehors open air cinema in lyon summer 2017

Catch Films Outside in Lyon This Summer

Catch films outdoors in Lyon this summer, many of which will be screened in English.

Celebrate the Crozes-Hermitage Wine Festival in Lyon

From 17th to 19th July 2019, head to the Crozes-Hermitage Wine Festival for three days of wine tasting.

outdoor theater at the dimanches de l'ile barbe in Lyon in 2017

Catch Theatrical Performances in Lyon 9 with Les Dimanches de l’Île Barbe

Head down to the Ile Barbe for a picnic on this beautiful and historical island, then stick around for the music and theatrical performances.

Discover local wine tasting in English with an expert sommelier

Caroline’s tastings are unique, exploring a broad range of wines


Superspectives Launches 4 Weekends of Music

Dance to jazz and rock, or sway along to piano concerts on the weekends of 20th June to 14th July 2019 with Superspectives festival.

Acordanse Festival: Lyon’s Outdoor Dance Festival

On 3rd and 4th July 2019, the outdoor festival, Acordanse, returns to Lyon 8.

Lyon, World cup womens museum

Check out Lyon’s Museum Dedicated to France’s Women’s Team

Coinciding with the women’s World Cup taking place in France, the exhibition celebrates the history of France’s women’s team.

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Party on a White Sand Beach with Evasion Festival

Listen to electronic music on a white sand beach at Evasion festival this July 5th and 6th.


Lyon’s Confluences Museum’s New Exhibition: Headdresses from Around the World

Antoine de Galbert’s collection of headdresses will be displayed at the Confluences museum from 6th June 2019 until 15th March 2020.

Party with Your Family at Guillotière’s Street Party

Head down to Lyon’s coolest district for a family-friendly festival, taking place three times across June and July 2019.

Vénissieux’s Fêtes Escales Festival Celebrates its 21st Birthday

Head down to Vénissieux’s free festival from 12th-14th July 2019, in the area surrounding the town hall.


Take Part in Sports Initiations in Lyon This Summer

Learn sports you may not be familiar with this summer, including Korean Sabre, Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

Learn New Dances This Summer in Lyon

Take part in dance initiations this summer free of charge. Choose from a wide array of genres.  

Bibi Prod Festival Returns With Five Saturdays of Music This July and August

Bibi Prod brings together a variety of musical genres across 5 Saturdays in summer.

Explore the Oddities of Space This Summer in Lyon

Star Night 2019 will be celebrated in both Vaulx-en-Velin and Lyon 9 this Summer 2019, with free access to telescopes and conferences.

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