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Summer calendar of festivals and events in the Vendée

Posted the 29 June 2021
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Are you looking for information on the calendar of festivals and events in the Vendée? Discover our selection of not-to-be-missed festivals in the region this summer. It's an opportunity to enjoy the rhythm of the events in the Vendée, to be at the heart of the must-see events and to celebrate the summer in the way it should be! The "Vendée Gliss Event", "La Déferlante" and "Dans les Jardins de William Christie" will all take place, to the delight of young and old. So what to do this summer in the Vendée? Here is our selection of the season's must-sees.

Festivals and events in July in Vendée:

La Guinguette ensablée - Saint Hilaire de Riez

From 30 June to 25 July 2021, the Espace Liberté clearing, located behind Dino's Park, will be transformed into an ephemeral guinguette every evening. A 100% cultural and artistic programme awaits you from 6pm to 11pm: concerts, shows, conferences... Free entry.

La Déferlante Festival

From 8 July to 27 August 2021, have a good time at the music and street arts festival "La Déferlante"! All summer long, with your feet in the water, come and discover talented street artists, shows, circus, theatre, dance... To be discovered in Noirmoutier en île, Barbâtre, Notre Dame de Monts, Saint Jean de Monts, Saint Hilaire de Riez, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, Brétignolles sur Mer, Les Sables d'Olonne and La Tranche sur Mer. (Free of charge)

Read more about La Déferlante festival

Fireworks in the Vendée

In the four corners of the Vendée, attend breathtaking fireworks shows for the 14th of July! Local festivals and fireworks displays will set the pace for your summer holidays. Find all the dates of the fireworks so you don't miss a thing!

Contact Tourist Office of the Vendée

The Coria Nights - Les Herbiers

From 15 July to 19 August 2021, concerts, magic, circus, the summer shows at the Mont des Alouettes move to the Coria garden, in the centre of Les Herbiers.


We propose two aperitif-concerts for this summer. This is an opportunity to spend an evening with friends or to meet up with family in the open air while enjoying the music.

15 July: With the group French Quarter at 7pm - Moulins des Bois in Saint Martin des Noyers. 10€/person (includes entrance, a drink, a savoury and a sweet tasting plate)

22 July: With the group les 4zelles at 7pm - Domaine de la Prée, Puybelliard. 10€/person (includes entrance, a drink, a savoury and a sweet tasting plate)

The Poupet Festival - St Malo du Bois

From the 1st to the 17th of July 2021, the Festival de Poupet is back with a new edition according to the sanitary conditions. On the programme? A series of seated or standing concerts with Boulevard des Airs, Tryo, Black M, Leonie... the French scene will be highlighted. There are still a few places left before the opening, so don't hesitate to book for the concert of your choice.

To find out more about the programme

Les musicales du Pays de Saint Gilles

From 12 to 30 July, enjoy free concerts, without reservation in the Pays de Saint Gilles Croix de Vie. The program :

- Captain Parade - 12 July at 9pm, Quai Garcie Ferrande in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie

- Tankus the Henge - July 12th at 10pm, Quai Garcie Ferrande in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie

- Sangria Grat'8 - 15th July at 9pm, Espace verts de la Mairie in Notre Dame de Riez

- Gabriel Saglio - 19th July at 9pm Commequiers

- Celtic Sailors - 21 July at 9pm, Parc Philippe Perrocheau in Coëx

- Sidi Wacho - 23 July at 9pm, Base de loisirs, Saint Maixent sur Vie

- Chanson d'Occasion - 28 July at 9pm, Parking de la salle du Val des Cygnes in Landevieille

- The Fat Gang Band - 30th July at 9pm, Parc des Genêts, Brem sur Mer

More about the Musicales du Pays de Saint Gilles

The Jaunay'Scapades - Pays des Achards

Every Wednesday from 7 July to 25 August, go to the Jaunay'Scapades! An appointment not to be missed to discover and get closer to nature in a playful and educational way in the quiet of the Lac du Jaunay. Get ready to become one with nature!

Find out more about the Jaunay'Scapades

The Jaunay'Stivales - Pays des Achards

Every Thursday from 22 July to 19 August, the Pays des Achards invites you to the Jaunay'Stivales! An open-air festival with a programme of free cultural evenings. Eclectic events for all audiences that will make your summer.

More about the Jaunay'Stivales

The Estiv'Arts - Pays des Achards

From 8 July to 27 August, come and test and reveal your creativity alongside local craftsmen. From the drawing, sculpture and jewellery workshops to the sewing workshop, your thirst for creation and your curiosity will be satisfied!

Find out more about the Estiv'Arts

The Fontenautes - Fontenay le Comte

The Fontenay le Comte region is invaded by legendary characters throughout the summer. (Re)discover the history of the South Vendée through a digital soap opera, an escape-game in the heart of the City of Vouvant and a geolocated sound trail in Fontenay le Comte on the history of the South Vendée.

Find out more about the Fontenautes

Festivals and events in August in Vendée:

European Motocross Competition - Rookie's Cup 3AS Racing - Les Sables d'Olonne

From 7 to 8 August 2021, motocross competition on the Coudriou motocross course.

Les Régates du Bois de la Chaise - Noirmoutier en île

From 10 to 12 August 2021, it is the maritime event in the heart of summer, the Régates du Bois de la Chaise has become one of the most important gatherings of traditional sailing boats on the Atlantic coast. During 3 days, on classic boats, wooden boats, replicas of old boats, small and large boats, the crews offer a marvellous show of nautical jousting.

More about the Bois de la Chaise Regatta

Opera Summer Extravaganza - OSE - Les Sables d'Olonne

On Saturday 28 August, attend the Opera Summer Extravaganza concert. On the programme? Bizet, Verdi, Offenbach and Puccini will be present for a lyrical odyssey given in the open air and carried by 3 international soloists and the symphony orchestra of Les Sables d'Olonne. Reservations in the Tourist Offices. 02 51 96 85 85

More about the Summer Extravaganza Opera

"In the Gardens of William Christie" Festival - Thiré

From 21 to 28 August 2021, the Département de la Vendée and Les Arts Florissants invite you to a unique experience, combining the discovery of gardens and baroque music. Several musical encounters are presented in the idyllic setting of William Christie's gardens in Thiré. In parallel, workshops and musical walks are offered to the public.

More about the Festival

Brunch, dinner or aperitif at the Maison de la Rivière - Saint Georges de Montaigu

Would you like to have a brunch in the trees? Every Sunday morning at 11am, at the Maison de la Rivière in Saint Georges de Montaigu. After an introduction to climbing, sit down in a net stretched between the trees to enjoy a brunch.
The perched dinners will take place on Saturday evenings in the Henri Joyau Park in Montaigu.
Another way of discovering the Maison de la Rivière site is the "Apéros Embarqués": on the water, choose your favourite spot and drink a toast. In your basket, you will find local and seasonal products.

Find out more about the Maison de la Rivière

Throughout the summer in the cultural sites of the Vendée department

Great equestrian show at the Haras de la Vendée

From 1 July to 31 August 2021, the Vendée Department is offering a major equestrian show entitled "A cheval sur le temps" (Horse and Time), which tells the story of the links between man and horse through time. High school figures, pirouettes and jumps, equestrian acrobatics and humorous acts will make the public appreciate the extraordinary complicity between horses and riders.

Prices: adults 7€ / young people (18-25 years) 5€ / Free for under 18s.

For more information on the show

Historical shows at Maillezais Abbey

From 15 July to 30 August 2021, from Sunday to Thursday, two shows are given twice a day: "Rabelais, the extraordinary" at 11.45am and 4.15pm, which evokes the many facets of this character during the Renaissance at Maillezais Abbey, and "The Marais sailor" at 2.15pm and 6.15pm, to discover the fascinating story of the formation of the Marais Poitevin.

Prices: adults 6€, young people (18-25 years) 4€, free for under 18s

For more information on the show

Tiffauges' night-time events

Actors and extras take you on an epic journey through the incredible destiny of Gilles de Rais, an enigmatic figure in French history.

Prices: 8€ adult / 6€ young people from 6 to 25 years old / 24€ family package / Day + Night Pass: only on Wednesday nights: 14€ adult; 10€ young people; 42€ family

Information and booking: www.sitesculturels.vendee 02 51 67 60 00

21 July, 22h15, Château de Tiffauges

28 July, 22h15, Château de Tiffauges

04 August, 21h45, Château de Tiffauges

11 August, 21h45, Château de Tiffauges

18 August, 21h45, Château de Tiffauges

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