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Events in Rouen in 2024

2023 finally gives way to a new year full of promises and events for young and old.
Here are the main cultural, gastronomic, sporting and festive events taking place in Rouen in 2024!

In January, hunt for unique objects

From Friday January 12 to Sunday January 14, the Puces Rouennaises return to the Parc des Expositions in Rouen, to the delight of all second-hand enthusias ts. During these 3 days, stroll through the aisles to discover antique, retro chic, vintage or unusual collections, objects and furniture. For Antiques and Brocante professionals, Thursday January 12 is specially reserved for you.

Let’s not lose sight of the crucial importance of preserving our heritage. In this respect, the fundraising campaign for Saint-Ouen, in collaboration with the Fondation du Patrimoine, continues apace! Your contribution is essential to the restoration of the rose in the south transept of the Abbatiale Saint-Ouen. By investing in the preservation of these treasures, we are helping to safeguard our common heritage.
> Make your donation onRestaurons-SaintOuen.frand benefit from a tax reduction. Together, we can ensure the longevity and beauty of our heritage.

Put on your ice skates in February

On Friday February 2 and Saturday February 3, the French Cup returns for its 29th edition. At this international synchronized skating competition, you’ll be dazzled by the artistic performances of numerous teams determined to qualify for the world championships.

On Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, the Normannia medieval fantasy fair is back, and has some great surprises in store for you: a gigantic medieval, fairy-tale and craft market with tons of entertainment!

In March and April, celebrate Normandy

From Wednesday March 13 to Sunday April 21, the Spring Festival, the first international festival of contemporary circus on a regional scale, invites you for five weeks to encounter today’s circus: dance, music, theater, visual arts

From March 22, for 6 months, we’ll be celebrating 150 years of Impressionism with 150 events organized by the renowned Normandie Impressionnistefestival, in honor of this Normandy heritage, recognized in France and around the world!
The program includes a host of exhibitions, including the ground-breaking James Abbott McNeill Whistler and David Hockney exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen! Among the many events, Robert Wilson, American artist-director and visual artist, will add another dimension to Cathédrale de Lumière, a free projection on France’s tallest cathedral!

From March 1 to October 15, Normandy celebrates the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. There will be numerous highlights across the region: international commemorations attended by heads of state, giant fireworks displays, concerts, parachute drops, balls

From April 13 to 21, take part in one of the most eagerly-awaited sporting events of the year in Rouen: theCapfinances Openwomen’s tennis world cup!

In May, combine historical and natural heritage

This year, Rouen Tourisme is organizing a brand-new event as part of the Normandie Impressionniste festival. Reserve your Sunday, May 05: a country picnic in the gardens of the Château d’Hautot-sur-Seine, along the loops of the Seine, awaits you! Musicians, period games, lunch on the grass, local cuisine, horseback riding… All in a country atmosphere of the 20’s. (info to come)

In Rouen, his memory permeates the walls. An outstanding figure in French history, Jeanne has become a myth of international interest. Feel the pulse of La Pucelle’s last hours in the capital of Normandy.

From Thursday May 09 to Saturday May 11, the “Fêtes Jeanne d’ Arc” return for a third edition. Parades, medieval market, shows… take a leap back in time to the era of the troubadours.

And if you’re looking for a weekend of flowers and color, on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, Graines de Jardin will once again be taking over Rouen’s Jardin des Plantes, with a theme of strange plants!

The same weekend, take part in the Viva Cité festival, one of the 3 biggest street arts events in France and Europe! More than 200 free and accessible shows for the whole family to enjoy.

This year’s Terres de Paroles festival takes place on May 24, 25 and 26. Welcome to the world of literature, presented in all its forms: authors, actors, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers and multiple artists.

From Friday, May 24, the return of the Cathedral of Light, which American artist, director and visual artist Robert Wilson will bring to life through his work as part of the Normandie Impressionniste festival .

In June, shop, dance, wander

For one weekend in June (dates to be announced), antique dealers, second-hand dealers and galleries take over the streets of Rouen for the RAR Weekend. It’s the annual rendezvous for bargain hunters and treasure seekers!

Come and celebrate freedom as part of the anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy, from Saturday June 1 to Sunday June 16, with the D-Day festival. Parachute drops, parades, concerts, historical re-enactments, fireworks, exhibitions, projections… will take place all along the D-Day and Battle of Normandy coastline, from Pegasus Bridge to Sainte-Mère-Eglise.

From June 29, discover the works of art at the Forêt Monumentale in Canteleu en forêt de Roumare. An unusual stroll where art and vegetation intermingle to leave room for our imagination, questioning the relationship between man and nature.

The musical event that opens the summer season is back, so get ready to vibrate, dance and dream at the cultural and family festival: Rush. Upcoming dates

Liven up your summer evenings

Every Thursday in July, Rouen hosts Les Terrasses du Jeudi, a series of free concerts in a variety of musical styles right in the heart of the city.

The Fête du Fleuve, which marks the start of the summer vacations, is back for its 3rd edition this year, from July 05 to 07! Join in the festivities to celebrate the Seine and promote ecological transition, and discover captivating events designed for young and old alike.

The summer event Rouen sur Mer will be back on the banks of the Seine, on the Quais Rive Gauche, to the delight of Rouennais and tourists looking for deckchairs and beach activities!(dates to come)

To keep you entertained all summer long, the Jours de Fête festival returns with some twenty free shows across the Rouen Normandy metropolitan area. (dates to come)

Throughout the summer, Les Musicales de Normandie present new concerts in some of the region’s outstanding heritage sites. Listen to classical music, world music and recitals (dates to come).

Once again this year, Rouen and the surrounding area welcome the Cavaillé-Coll Organ Festival, with concerts, exhibitions, tours and masterclasses to discover the beauty of the organs on the soil of the Rouen Metropolis (dates to come).

The Olympic Torch Relay will visit Rouen andJumièges Abbey on July 05. The 20 torchbearers will be accompanied by a procession of 300 people, including torchbearers, torchbearers, police, partners…

A lively back-to-school season

The Oha music and art festival returns to the Jumièges leisure park for a second edition, from August 30 to September 1!

The start of the new school year is also marked by trade and craft fairs, including the unmissable Braderie de Rouen. But also fun events in the neighborhoods and markets, shows, games, dances and a photo contest! (dates to come)

On Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, the Journées du Patrimoine return with a new theme. This weekend invites you to discover or rediscover the establishments, monuments and sites of our rich heritage, often exceptional and closed the rest of the year.

For all you architecture fans out there, the Zig Zag festival will take you on a tour of some twenty living spaces, from Yvelines to Le Havre, via Rouen (dates to come).

A not-to-be-missed gustatory event, the Fête du ventre et de la Gastronomie (Belly and Gastronomy Festival ) once again celebrates French and especially Norman gastronomy, on Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20. Take a stroll through Rouen’s historic city center, and sample some of the finest produce on offer. Watch out, gourmets!

From Friday, October 18 to Sunday, November 17, the Foire Saint-Romain lights up to the delight of Rouennais, young and old alike. Phantom trains, laughter palaces, ice-cream parlors, thrill rides, croustillons… a colorful event.

Before the holidays

The This is England festival has been a fixture in the lives of Rouen residents for several years now, and will be back for another edition at the Omnia République and Kinepolis Saint-Sever cinemas!

The metropolitan museums will be taking you on a new journey around the theme of Reconstruction, for the end of the year! (Le Temps des Collections: info and dates to come)

The children’s book festival will delight your children with this new edition. (dates to come)

To the delight of your children, the Opéra de Rouen will be transformed into a musical adventure for a festive, family-friendly weekend, with the Big Bang Festival! (dates to come)

As the festive season approaches, the heart of Rouen comes alive with Rouen Givrée. Christmas and designer markets, a frosty refuge, entertainment, illuminations and new features… a great 15th edition in prospect!

A year 2024 rich in events and festivities awaits you!