Here is a list of all the events which take place in the Gers, listed by month and season. The Gers is a land of fairs and pleasure! Either at the gastronomy level, the celebration of traditions, or highlighting nature... in the Gers they know how to party! Music is celebrated all year round with festivals and concerts organised in prestigious heritage locations or simply in the heart of a village or in a field. Culture and arts are also important: exhibitions, comic strips, paintings, drawings... and food (wine, poultry products, conserves, specialities...) which titilate the taste buds at friendly fairs and shows. Take your pick; we have grouped the events taking place each year. Whatever your holiday dates, in the Gers, you will always find something to do to have fun and meet people.
To note: Guide du Gers has taken special care not to forgot anybody, but if you spot an event not mentioned, do not hesitate to contact us! We will be happy to add it.
Here are the top 10 events selected by the Guide du Gers’ team, which are not to be missed!
1-) The most famous: Jazz in Marciac lasts for 3 weeks in the summer. Enjoy the music which sounds incredible. Witness performances by the best international jazz players!
2-) The one to wonder at: The “Festival d'Astronomie de Fleurance” (astronomy festival, beginning of August.) there are super conferences, a programme for all ages and knowledge passed on with passion...
3-) The one to excite you: Circa, a circus festival in Auch. Here you will see the most talented circus artists. Watch the exploits of these circus artistes.
4-) The most "musketeer" one: The d'Artagnan chez d'Artagnan Festival, in Lupiac, at the end of August. Follow in the footsteps of this brave musketeer. There is so much to learn about this phenomena, this charismatic character!
5-) In the heart of the vines and close to winemakers: La Flamme de l'Armagnac, in November in Montréal-du-Gers. There are hearty meals to eat, some hikes to participate in and a chance to see how the locals live.
6-) The most fast-paced and closest to the heart of Gascony: the Bandas Festival in Condom takes place mid-May. There are concerts, bodegas, a great atmosphere and big celebrations happening over many days!
7-) The most visual: “L'été Photographique” (summer photography), in the whole town of Lectoure, during summer. There are photos everywhere, exhibitions, conferences, and classes... Click!
8-) The most Roman: The Galop Romain Festival in Eauze, at the end of July is a huge celebration with parades, shows, dances, chariot races and, of course, costumes to brighten it all up.
9-) The most spread out: The “Chemin des épouvantails” (The scarecrow path), it is not a fair, but a display of more than 60 scarecrows spread across many towns around Saint-Clar. It takes place in mid-July.
10-) La plus gonflée: Running up a steep incline during a semi-marathon is difficult, but with 7 refuelling stations on foie-gras farms, it is really mad! And very cool!! The foie-gras race takes place in October in Mauvezin.
Lupiac: “Saint Mont Vignoble en Fête” (gastronomy and tasting event), mid-March
L'Isle-Jourdain: Gascony Carnival of lsla De Baish, mid-March
Auch: Pirouette Circaouette (shows for young people), end of March/beginning of April
Mirande: Salon du livre jeunesse (book show), beginning of April
Fourcès: Marché aux fleurs (flower market), end of April
Seissan: Welcome to Tziganie (festival of Tzigane music), end of April
Montaut-les-Créneaux: Les créneaux fleuris (flower and plant market), 1st May
Plaisance-du-Gers: Salon des métiers d'arts (arts jobs fair), mid-May
Condom: Bandas Festival in Condom (concerts), mid-May
Auch: “Claviers en pays d'Auch”, (festival about ancient instruments), mid-May
Pavie: Trad'Envie Festival, end of May
Eauze: Salon des Antiquaires (antique show), end of May
Marciac: Le Salon de la caricature et du dessin de presse (caricature and design) beginning of June
Auch: Festival Eclats de Voix (music festival), mid-June
La Romieu: “L'art au mieux”, (art festival), mid-June
Montréal-du-Gers: Brocante et vide-grenier (car boot sale), mid-June in the entire town
Castelnau-Barbarens: Lo rondèu de Castelnau (traditional music and dance festival) every 2 years, last week-end of June
Lectoure: Rencontres en Lectures (reading event with enthusiasts and professionals), end of June
In Lectoure, events take place all year
Preignan: Rock'n'stock (music festival), beginning of July
Simorre: Festi'drole (fun festival for children), beginning of July
Montréal-du-Gers: Foire médiévale nocturne (medieval night-time fair), mid-July / beginning of August (several evenings!)
Marciac: Jazz in Marciac, 3 week ends in July, mid-August
Vic-Fezensac: Festival Tempo Latino, end of July
La Romieu: Festival Musique en Chemin (music festival), end of July
Samatan: Théâtre d'été de Samatan (summer theatre of Samatan), end of July
L'Isle-Jourdain: Festival Escota é Minja (Gascon festival), end of July
Flaran Abbey and others in Armagnac: Nuits Musicales (musical nights) in Armagnac, end of July, beginning of August
Lupiac: Festival d'Artagnan chez d'Artagnan (d’Artagnan festival) mid-August
Montesquiou: Montesquiou on the Rock's (Rock festival), mid-August
Aignan: Bedat Festival (music festival), mid-August
Lavardens: Foire aux vins et eaux de vie (wine and brandy fair), mid-August
Plaisance du Gers: Festival du jeu RPGers (game festival), mid-August
D'Artagnan awaits you in Auch
Pavie: Festival Plein les Feuilles (multidisciplinary festival for children) beginning of September
beginning of September
Terraube: Le Salon du Bon Goût et de l’Elégance (antique fair), beginning of September
Siarrouy: Fête du village (village fair) end of September
Nogaro: Fêtes de Manciet (town fair)
Vic-en-Bigorre: Salon du Livre (book fair), end of September
Castéra-Verduzan: Festival N'amasse pas mousse (street arts), mid-September
Valence-sur-Baïse: Les automnales, (amateur theatre festival), end of September
Eauze: Dirty Sunday (grass, track, moto race), end of September
Several towns, dates are different each year: La Route de la Transhumance, mid September
Gimont: Rencontres Musicales et Taurines (concerts and bull show), end of September
When partying, we eat well in the Gers!
Auch: Festival Indépendances et Création (cinema festival), beginning of October
Ordan-Larroque: La Journée des Plantes Rares (rare plants day)
Labastide d'Armagnac: “L'Armagnac en fête” (Armagnac fair), last weekend in October
Mauvezin: “La Ronde des Foies-gras” (racecourse), October
Nogaro: Le Nogaro Classic Festival, beginning of October
"Dire et lire à l'Air": an itinerant festival in many towns of the Gers, with free open air shows! Towards the end of September/beginning October each year.
Auch: Circa, le Festival du Cirque Actuel (circus festival) takes places towards the end October.
Montréal-du-Gers: La Flamme de l'Armagnac (gastronomy and culture event) mid-November
Plaisance-du-Gers: Salon de l'arme ancienne, de collection, de tir et de chasse (old weapons show), mid-November
Lectoure: Foire de la Saint-Martin (town fair), mid-November
Lavardens: at the castle, exhibition-sale on "l'Art du santon", every year from end of October to the beginning of January
Lectoure: The “Fête de la Lumière” (architectural and heritage event), from mid-December to the beginning of January with Santa Claus.
Miradoux: La Ronde des Crèches (Nativity scenes event), from December to January
Montréal-du-Gers: “Randonnée de la Saint-Vincent” (hiking event), at the beginning of January
Eauze: La fête de la Saint Vincent des Vignerons (wine makers fair), end of January
Saint-Clar: Le Trails des 3 Soleils (running event), in February