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Spring festivals and sporting events in the Vendée

Posted the 20 March 2024
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Enjoy a host of spring festivals, exhibitions, and major sporting events with our selection for 2024. It's the perfect way to prepare for the warm weather… there’s something for everyone! Looking for a little fresh air in the spring sunshine? Here is our selection for 2024.

Major sporting and French cultural events in the Vendée this spring 2024

With family, friends or on your own, here are the major cultural events that you can enjoy in the Vendée!

The 2nd April – The Start of the Pays de la Loire Cycling Tour

The start of the second edition of the Pays de la Loire Cycling Tour will take place in Fontenay le Comte on 2nd April 2024. For the first stage, the professional riders will head for Saint-Jean-de-Monts.

From 25th March to 1st April - Mondial de Montaigu tournament

The famous junior football tournament is back! This football tournament in the Vendée is world-renowned with a host of international football stars taking to the field in the north Vendée! These include Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Kylian Mbappé and, more recently, young Brazilian Endrick. A sporting event not to be missed.

From 19th to 21st April - Le Printemps du livre – Montaigu

Le Printemps du livre de Montaigu is back for its 34th edition, taking place between the 19th to 21st April 2024. This not-to-be-missed event will feature lectures and performances. It’s perfect for literature lovers!

From 8th to 11th May - Vendée Va'a - Les Sables d'Olonne

As in previous years, why not come to Les Sables d'Olonne to discover Polynesian culture and the spirit of the Va'a? This pirogue race (dugout canoe) brings together more than 250 rowers. Well worth seeing!

The 19th May - 31st edition of the Les Sables d'Olonne Half Marathon

Starting on the seafront (Le Remblai) in Les Sables d'Olonne and then following the coast road opposite La Pironnière, three running events will take place (successive starts): 5km, 10km and the International Half-Marathon - Les Sables d'Olonne. 21.100 km along the seafront.

From 17th to 26th May - Les Floralies Internationales France an important French event

For the first time since its creation in 1956, the Floralies Internationales will be taking place in the Vendée departement in 2024! From 17th to 26th May 2024, this major floral and plant event will amaze visitors from all over the world, hosted by the Logis de la Chabotterie in Montréverd,

From 18th to 21st May – the Randonnée 4 jours in Chantonnay

For 4 days, the town of Chantonnay welcomes walkers from all over the world! Whether you're a seasoned walker or a first-timer, come and take up the challenge!

Expected to arrive around 8th June – The Arrival of the New York-Vendée skippers

Les Sables d'Olonne will host the conclusion of the transatlantic single-handed sailing race, which acts as a qualifying event for the Vendée Globe, known as the New York Vendée Les Sables. The first skippers are expected to arrive around 8th June.

All the music festivals taking place this spring in the Vendée 2024

If you're looking for music and dancing all night long, here are the spring festivals organised in the Vendée. 

From 29th to 31st March - Festival on n'a plus 20 ans - Fontenay le Comte

Head to Fontenay-le-Comte for Tagada Jones and other big names in the same style. Fans of punk-hardcore are in for a treat. 

From 19th to 21st April - Les Arts Florissants Spring Festival - Sud-Vendée

Come and (re)discover the heritage of the churches of the Sud-Vendée region, where baroque music echoes in the spring festival of Les Arts Florissants.

Les 10 et 11 MAI – Festival 7ème Vague - Brétignolles sur Mer

A crazy line-up with the iconic French rap duo Bigflo and Oli coming to Brétignolles sur Mer! 

From 9th to 11th May - La Déferlante de Printemps - La Barre de Monts - Fromentine - Saint Jean de Monts - Notre Dame de Monts 

La Déferlante de Printemps is back again on the Vendean coast ! Over 30 shows, all 100% free.

18th & 19th May - Festival Les Arts s'en Mêlent - Les Landes Genusson 

Just some of the big-name artists taking part in this festival! For this anniversary edition, the Les Arts s'en mêlent festival has pulled out all the stops with 2 days of festivities! See you at La Godelinière in Les Landes Genusson.

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