Annual Events in Lyon

Lyon is a lively city and, as you'd expect, hosts a number of festivals, cultural and sporting events, and fairs throughout the year.

1. Fourvière Nights
When: June
Where: Fourvière Amphitheatres
Cost: Tickets €15-€49

Les Nuits de Fourvière features an eclectic programme of rock music and theatre in the Roman Fourvière Amphitheatres overlooking Lyon. Chart-topping bands headline while the high-culture section of the programme features classical music and Shakespeare.
The event has exploded since its inception, now taking place over two months rather than its initial five days. REM and Blondie have both played in the past.

2. Y Salsa Festival
When: June
Where: l'Ile Barbe

During a long weekend, Lyon's bucolic Ile Barbe vibrates with the sound of salsa. The Y Salsa Festival combines a series of Cuban and South American concerts with dance lessons and demos. Major salsa names perform yearly.

3. Bastille Day
When: July
Where: Lyon
Cost: Free
Opening Hours: Firework show begins at 10.30pm

France's 14 juillet holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille at the start of the French Revolution. Lyon celebrates with spectacular fireworks, set off from Fourvière hill and by the Rhône. Join locals dancing in the city's squares after dark.

4. Everyone Outside Festival
When: June - September
Where: Lyon
Cost: Free
Opening Hours: Various

Lyon's three-month, sun-soaked festival Tout l'Monde Dehors encompasses over 200 free al fresco events. Wherever you go, you're never far from music, comedy, films and fêtes, all performed in the city's streets and squares.

5. Tupiniers Pottery Fair
When: September
Where: St Jean Cathedral Square
Cost: Free
Opening Hours: Daily 9am-7pm

Browse ceramics from all over Europe at Lyon's Tupiniers Pottery Fair, held in St Jean Cathedral Square. The market originated in the 14th century and, after almost dying out, was reborn in 1986. Some 50,000 shoppers now attend annually.
This fascinating event draws on the rich history of 14th-century Lyon and a certain letter written on 14 July 1492. In the historic document, King Charles VIII demanded that an enquiry be launched to find out if the potters (tupiniers, derived from 10th-century French) should retain their tax-dodging privileges. The outcome was a happy one: the king recognised the privileges of the craftsmen and the commercial fairs continued.