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February

Regional Agricultural Fair, Barcelone-sur-Gers

The fair lasts for three days and includes everything from major machinery, to livestock, fairground, brocante and craft and produce stalls.

February

Exposition des Oiseaux,  Auch

Two days for the regional bird show - everything from exotic birds to local breeds.

March to September

Hippodromes at Auch, Castéra-Verduzan and Vic-Fezensac

Opening of the horse race and trotting season in the area; meetings take place in March, August and September and are very enjoyable for enthusiasts and amateur race goers alike.  Every racecourse offers lunch.

April

Festival National de Film d'animation, Auch

5 day film festival.

April Marché aux Fleurs in the picturesque village of Fourcès . A weekend at the end of April at this lovely flower festival in the picturesque village of Fourcès . Lots of geraniums but many serious producers of rarer plants.

May to  September

Exhibitions at Château de Lavardens - 

Each year finds different exhibitions in the marvellous surroundings of the Château.  Recent ones include the sculptures of Camille Claudel,  the superb sculptures of Daphne du Barry and the works of Salvador Dali .... and all in the marvellous surroundings of this romantic château.  The 2007 exhibition was of magnificent tapestries designed by contemporary artists and made in the famous Aubusson workshops.

May to October

Motor Racing at Nogaro and Pau

F3000, motor bike and 4x4 racing at Nogaro throughout the season and Touring Car Championship and Classic Cars in Pau (end May).
May Festival de Bandas, Condom 3 day festival of music 11 –13 May, with bands from around the country.

June

Festival de Musique , Auch, 'Eclats de Voix

A ten day festival of the voice in venues around the town from baroque to the Beatles. 

July

Country Music Festival at Mirande. 2nd weekend July www.country-musique.com/mirande

Country music in the Gers with performers from around the globe.  The 2007 festival celebritieswere 4 members of the original Dallas cast!. Line dancing, 4+4 rally, hot air ballooning and many other attractions - a great Festival.

July

Tempo Latino at Vic-Fezensac
www.tempo-latino.com

An electric three day festival of Salsa, Afro-cuban and Latin music.  Some top performers from South America, Paris etc. Restaurants, bars and music in the street at all hours. 24th–28th July 2008.

May to September

Novillada at Vic-Fezensac and elsewhere

The opening of the bullfighting season in the area takes place over the Pentecost weekend in May.  A 'passion' for many Gascons, tickets are difficult but not impossible to obtain.  There are arenas in 21 Gersoise villages and events throughout the summer showing both the traditional bullfighting and 'course landaise', the latter more light-hearted where the bulls are not killed.

July -  September

Festival l'été photographique de Lectoure

The festival takes the form of workshops, conferences and an exhibition of photography

July

Fête Médiévale at Larressingle

Held in this gem of a fortified medieval village, the festival recreates life in the middle ages, complete with working siege machines - 4th weekend in July

July

Danse à Flaran, Valance-sur-Baïse

A three day festival of dance which takes place at the magnificent 12th century Cistercian Abbaye de Flaran, like many of the monuments of the Gers, a stopping place for the pilgrims to Compostello.

August 

'JIM' - Jazz in Marciac

BOX OFFIC OPENS APRIL

2007 performers included Wynton Marsalis, Joe Cocker, Didier Lockwood Trio, Gilberto Gil and Ahmans Jamal.

1st 2 weeks in August

Taking place during the first two weeks of August, this is an internationally renowned festival of Jazz attracting such names as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nina Simone, George Coleman, Oscar Peterson and the 'godfather' of the festival, Wynton Marsalis to whom there is now a statue in the town square.  Ticketed concerts every day in the big top and arena and 'free' jazz and master classes all day in the town square. Just being there is a great experience! For further information, see  www.jazzinmarciac.com

August

Marionnette Festival at Mirepoix

A favorite with the children.

August  

Festival International du Ciel et de l'Espace at Fleurance

Now in its 16th year, this festival is a week of conferences, workshops and hands-on astronomy.  It takes place at the Centre of Astronomy for the region at Fleurance which is linked to the  Observatory and Astronomy Centre at Pic-du-Midi in the Pyrénées, opened to the public in 2000.  Includes sessions at the Hameau d'etoiles, an isolated village where you can star-watch with the sky unpolluted by town lights.

September

EXPO Gascogne, Auch

Regional agricultural and trade fair

September

Horse race meeting, Auch

The biggest race meeting of the season at the Auch Hippodrome, including the climax of the 'trotting' races

October

Indépendance et Création, Auch

Four day film festival with over 30 films and round-table discussions.

October/ November

CIRCA - Festival du cirque actuel

10 day festival of circus with performers from around the world, including students of the many circus schools and 'pop circus' which is available to all school children.