Each year more events are added to the calendar, so this section highlights the most popular. Keep your eyes open for posters or ask the local tourist office for more information.
The fêtes are the highlight of the village social scene and usually all the villagers and their families become involved in the celebrations and welcome visitors to participate and tour their village. There is nearly always an artisan market, with stalls scattered along the narrow streets that provide ideal opportunities to find an unusual gift or trinket to take back home. It is also an excellent opportunity to get a taste of local village hospitality, as there will always be refreshment stalls and places where you can sample some of the local specialities produced in the traditional manner.
There is a publication, the 'guide des manifestations culturelles' which gives listings of all the events but this is sadly invariably produced at the last minute, which often means certain events have passed before it becomes available. It is difficult to get global information of the events planned for the whole year, so look out for posters and ask at the local tourist offices. The majority of Corsican festivals take place in the summer months when the concerts can be held in the open air.
Here are some local events and festivals.
Cultural & Religious Events:
Lumières de Toscane - Porto Vecchio
Lyrical concerts, parades, theatrical representations, art exhibitions, arts and crafts, cinematography and workshops for school children. This event is held in three places: cultural centre, bastion de France and the narrow streets of the town.
Journées Médiévales - Bonifacio
A variety of medieval entertainment and exhibitions.
Fête de la Musique - 21st June
Numerous free live music events are held each year across the island on 21st June.
Fête de Saint Jean le Baptiste - Porto Vecchio 24th June
Celebration of the Saint Patron of Porto Vecchio to mark the end of the harvest season.
Bastille Day - 14th July
A nationwide celebration to commemorate the French Revolution and the end of the 'Ancien Régime' with various parades, night time animations and firework displays.
Festi Lumi - Bonifacio 8th to 10th July 2016
A festival of lights across the streets of Bonifacio with concerts and a light show taking place at the weekend.
Festa di Luddarreddu - Porto Vecchio 31st July 2016
‘U Luddarreddu’, a historical figure made of straw and cork will be paraded through the streets of Porto Vecchio and set alight on the Place de la République to celebrate the end of the hot and difficult conditions in which local artisans and farmers have to work in July.
Notre Dame des Neiges - Bavella
Pilgrimage of Notre Dame des Neiges takes place in a magnificent pine forest at the foot of the famous ‘Aiguilles de Bavella’, 10 km from the village of Zonza.
Les Médiévales de Levie – 3rd & 4th September 2016
A medieval fair that will transport you back to the ancient times. On the programme: medieval tournaments, street parades, equestrian displays, music, craft, etc...
Mosaïcales du Rire de Porto Vecchio
A new event for Porto Vecchio. The Tourist Office and Philippe Delmas Productions, the organisers, wanted to create a major event welcoming both famous French comedians and up-and-coming artists as well as celebrities to entertain - All under the theme of laughter.
Fête de la Nativité de la Vierge - Bonifacio
Stuffed aubergines ‘à la Bonifacienne’ are prepared and distributed amongst the people attending the ceremony of this religious feast.
Festival du Tango - Bonifacio - 3rd to 11th September
A week-long event attracting some of the finest tango dancers and guitarists, with street performances as well as shows in bars, restaurants and in the old citadel.
Foire de Porto Vecchio
Traditional artisan fair.
Défi Inter-Isles - Bonifacio
Supporting the Corsican windsurf championships, this competition will see some hundred windsurfers from all corners of the world participating.