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Lyon is a lively city and, as you’d expect, hosts a number of festivals, cultural and sporting events, and fairs throughout the year.
Look out for local magazines and guides, which regularly publish an up-to-date listing of forthcoming events in Lyon.
The city’s tourist office is also a good source of information on things to do.
Many of the larger international shows and trade fairs take place in Lyon’s exhibition centre, Eurexpo.
Lyon Pride – annual gay and lesbian Pride march, departing from place Jules Ferry, with party to follow
Biennial Theatre Festival for Young Audiences – this major event on the European theatre calendar was created in 1977. It encourages the search for new talent and innovation in theatre and is open not just to young people but to all generations of theatre-goers
Art on the Square – held on the Place Bellecour, this biennial contemporary arts festival is reputed to be one of the best in France.
Bastille Day – held on 14th July, Lyon’s celebrations include street parties and fireworks on Fourvière hill.
Nuits de Fourvière Festival – dance, music and theatre in the dramatic setting of Lyon’s Roman amphitheatres on Fourvière hill.
Tupiniers Pottery Festival – held on place St. Jean, in the shadow of the cathedral, this modern revival of an ancient ceramics fair attracts some 50,000 visitors
Tendances Maison Fair – held at Eurexpo, this fair attracts large crowds to its stands dedicated to the home and garden
International New Generation Film Festival – end-September, held at L’Embarcadère.
This festival is uniquely dedicated to digital film media.