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The Great Events

Arcachon is a lively city all year round with the cultural season of the Théâtre Olympia,
the hosting of great events (Cadences, La Plage aux Ecrivains,
the Jumpings des Sables…) but also Carnival, Halloween…



Carnival brings excitement to the whole city. The Arc Baladin association, conductor of the event, stages floats, ambulatory troops and costumes. Each year, the parade rivals in originality. So to make the party even more beautiful, come in disguise!

MarchArcachon Day

March 25, the day of the Annunciation, is also the day of the city’s patron saint’s day. Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Arcachon, procession to the Sea Cross, prayer for the victims of the sea, blessing of the Sea, throwing a crown, follow one another for a moment full of emotion.

AprilBoat show

A major event of the spring’s first days , it is the meeting place for amateurs and enthusiasts of nautical things. Four days of celebration to discover the new products of the sector, traditional know-how, sea trades, to meet some of the great names in sailing at conferences and to participate in the many activities.

MayLa Plage aux Ecrivains (Authors Beach)

This pre-season literary event welcomes some thirty authors from among those who make the literary news, for a moment of pure pleasure. The program : the beach, the Basin, meetings, readings on the sand, a giant oyster tasting…

May or June (depending on the tides)Jumping des Sables (Sands Jumping)

Every year, Arcachon sets foot on the stirrup with its famous Jumping des Sables, which brings together the best riders in France around its flagship event: the very spectacular Derby, which takes place on Pereire beach at low tide.

JuneIdées de Jardin (Ideas of Garden)

Landscape designers, horticulturists, nursery gardeners invite you to meet in the enchanting setting of the Mauresque Park to discover flowers, plants and many decorative ideas. All day long, enjoy workshops and advice from professionals, an exhibition and a gourmet corner.

July / AugustArcachon en Scène

Pop, rock, electro, humour… Every summer, the Festival Arcachon en Scène transforms the Velodrome into an impressive outdoor stage. The greatest names have already set this essential place of Arcachon’s summer evenings on fire: Manu Chao, Jacques Dutronc Imany, David Guetta Sting, M…

AugustFêtes de la Mer (Sea Celebrations)

For two days, lovers of the Bay gather to celebrate the sea between activities, traditions and religious celebrations. You can participate with family or friends in the giant picnic on the Sea Front, enjoy the fireworks display on August 15, attend the water parade. Don’t forget your yellow scarf!

SeptemberFestival Cadences

Known for the plurality of its programming, the Festival Cadences is dedicated to all dances, with no hierarchy of style, no barriers. The Festival welcomes companies of international, national or regional renown but also emerging artists who perform at the Olympia Theatre, at the “Théâtre de la Mer”, with the Bay as a background.

SeptemberJournées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days)

The European Heritage Days are among the events of the new school year that we meet every year with the same pleasure. They are an opportunity to meet these enthusiasts, volunteers or professionals, who work for the recognition and enhancement of heritage.


A perfume of supernatural awaits the children every day before All Saints’ Day in Arcachon. Visit the Mauresque Park and the city centre for many activities: games, workshops, decorated pumpkin contests and the traditional candy harvest at the shops.

DecemberArcachon fête Noël (Arcachon celebrate Christmas time)

For the end of the year celebrations, Arcachon wears its best clothes. Outdoor skating rink and gourmet chalets, Santa Claus’ arrival by boat with his elves, entertainment on the Christmas village and in the neighbourhoods… Let yourself be seduced by the magic of Christmas

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