Un Été au Havre

Un Été Au Havre was created in 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the city and its port.

This unique anniversary was celebrated through an extensive festive summer programme designed and directed by artistic director Jean Blaise.

Each summer, new temporary and permanent art installations are unveiled in public spaces. They constitute the DNA of Un Été Au Havre, an event deeply rooted in boldness and modernity..

In 2017, 2 million visitors attended Un Été Au Havre. This tremendous success encouraged the organisers to repeat the event each summer until 2026.

Since then, Un Été Au Havre has taken over the city each summer with new monumental artworks and exhibitions.

Festival Exhibit !

A summer to discover digital art and culture !

Designed by Le Tétris – the main contemporary music venue in Le Havre, Exhibit ! encourages visitors to explore digital art and culture through an exhibition of digital artworks, conferences with digital artists, and through a temporary FabLab.

Festival Exhibit!



Ouest Park Festival

For over fifteen years, Ouest Park Festival has set up its marquees in the Fort de Tourneville – next to Le Tétris, and taken over this cultural venue with its unique, colourful, and warm atmosphere.

 This bold autumn festival and its programme covering all contemporary music genres is definitely a festive and friendly event not to be missed !

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LH Forum

This historic positive economy forum has become the meeting place for representatives of positive cities and territories from all over the world.

 Its ambition is to highlight experiences carried out in cities around the world and bring together all stakeholders committed towards a positive and sustainable transition of these territories.

For three days, Le Havre becomes a genuine territorial positive economy laboratory, bringing together mayors and representatives of urban communities, departments, and regions from all over the world, business leaders, political leaders, leaders of NGOs and associations, entrepreneurs, artists, economists, scientists, but also the youth and the general public !

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Festival Week-end Béton

Created in 2019 out of the imagination of two associations from Le Havre and Paris, Béton is a powerful combination of music, architecture, design, and ecological values, held over three days in several iconic venues spread across the city.

Musicians, local producers, and other short food supply chain stakeholders, rearrange and sometimes even create venues so that they come alive and immerse visitors into their urban atmosphere.

 This colourful, summery, good-natured, varied, and cross-generational event is a surprising mix of cultural boldness, guided tours, and party designed to help visitors discover Le Havre in a different way.

Unlike other events mentioned, Le Havre Seine Métropole is a partner of the event but not a funder. For further information, please visit



Hello Birds Festival

Designed as a summer break on one of the most beautiful beaches in Normandy, the Hello Birds Festival programme offers numerous entertaining activities : free pop music concerts, sporting activities, discovery tours of the area, children's workshops, and local produce tastings.

A whole party weekend dedicated to the discovery of the Côte d’Albâtre !

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Festival ZigZag

Visiting, rambling, exploring space, perspectives, dimensions, and scales, to set reality apart from illusion... The architecture of the Seine estuary is definitely put forward over the course of ZigZag Festival.

Supported by Le Forum – Maison de l'Architecture de Normandie, the festival encourages visitors to discover architecture in an original way with a programme combining guided tours, discovery walks, and interactive and immersive installations.

This annual event encourages visitors to question themselves and offers a resolutely sensitive approach to architectural spaces.

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Normandie Impressionniste

This multidisciplinary festival celebrates impressionism and artistic creation in all its forms through various events : impressionist art, contemporary art, and photography exhibitions, live performances, conferences, etc.

Normandie Impressionniste undoubtedly revisits this art movement by no longer limiting it to the idyllic representation of landscapes but by considering it as a “witness of its time”, indivisible from the societal upheavals of the times.

 Founded in 2010, Normandie Impressionniste is one of the major artistic events in France.

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La Fête de la Mer

Each September, the traditional Fête de la Mer celebrates all seamen and their unique know-how.

Throughout the weekend, visitors will enjoy the party atmosphere of La Fête de la Mer through various concerts and animations !

  • Saint-François district



The Associations Fair

Each September, a major event is held to highlight the local clubs and associations, and the activities that are offered all year long.

All fields are represented to provide many opportunities to meet, compare associations, and eventually get involved in the community !

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European Heritage Days

Each September, the major historic and cultural sites of the Le Havre Seine Métropole area are open to the public for free.

Several guided tours and events are organised to help you discover the local heritage and visit sites which are not normally accessible to the public.



Vélo Tour

Discover Le Havre as you have never seen it before !

The 6th edition of Vélotour invites you to discover the port by riding along a route punctuated by a series of events (DJ set, marching bands, graffiti workshops, tasting, etc.). Vélotour is designed to allow everyone to (re)discover the local heritage from a different perspective. Cycling is indeed compulsory but everyone is free to come disguised !



Voiles étudiantes

Each year, Les Voiles Etudiantes welcome crews from universities and higher education institutions from France and abroad for a whole weekend of yacht racing and party. A friendly, fun, and sporting event !




Du Grain à Démoudre International Film Festival

Each November, Du Grain à Démoudre International Film Festival offers a week of cinema for all !

The festival programme includes short movie and feature film competitions, filmmaking workshops, live movie concerts, meetings with professionals, etc.

  • Espace Culturel de la Pointe de Caux / Gonfreville l’Orcher – Le Havre – Montivilliers
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Salon Réinventif

Each November, Le Havre Seine Métropole organises Le Salon Réinventif, an event dedicated to reuse and recycling in the urban community.

Sales of vintage and second-hand objects, DIY and artistic workshops, and exhibitions of local artists' works are on the programme. Le Salon Réinventif provides an opportunity to learn tips and tricks on how to reuse objects effectively.



The Higher Education Forum

Each January, visitors of the forum can discover all the higher education programmes available in the Le Havre area.

Representatives from higher education institutions, training agencies, and educational counselling and information centres, as well as professionals from the Le Havre region, are there to guide you with your career choices and provide information on career opportunities and on the jobs of tomorrow.

Open to everyone

For further information, please visit lehavreseinemé



Festival Le Goût des Autres

Held each January, Le Goût des Autres is the major literature and literary creation festival in Normandy.

The artistic proposal of the festival is to address a different issue each year from a literary and artistic perspective. Le Goût des Autres brings together writers, actors, musicians, illustrators, dancers, visual artists, screenwriters, etc.

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Une saison graphique

Une Saison Graphique is an annual event dedicated to contemporary graphic arts, with several events held each June in several cultural venues across the city.

Une Saison Graphique is a genuine invitation to explore graphic arts, through an urban route punctuated by exhibitions, meetings, workshops, conferences, concerts, and other entertaining events.



La Fête du Cirque

La Fête du Cirque is a festival dedicated to circus arts and street performances held each June, with over fifty performances taking place over the weekend and a grand ball on the Saturday evening !

  • Free open-air performances and entertainment
  • Student rate for performances held under the marquee : 6 €
  • June 2021

  • Saint-Romain-de-Colbosc 

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Course de l'Amazone

This 6-km breast cancer awareness charity run open only to women takes place each first Sunday of June. Part of the registration fee goes to local and national breast cancer awareness associations.



MoZ’aïque Festival

The 10th edition of MoZ’aïque Festival will take place in July in the beautiful Jardins Suspendus, with a series of open-air concerts of all genres of world music : jazz, blues, soul, rock, reggae, latin music, etc.

This sophisticated programme cultivates the fun and friendly atmosphere of this unique festival.



Un été en forme

In July and August, the City of Le Havre becomes a huge playground offering sporting and wellbeing activities for everyone, under the supervision of qualified sports instructors.

More than 70 free activities are available for you to try, either on your own or with your friends and family ! Get moving in your neighbourhood, on the beach, on the Bassin du Commerce, at Montgeon Forest Park, or at Le Polygone, thanks to the rich and diverse range of activities on offer.

  • July – August 2021, in Le Havre
  • Le Havre
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Week-end de la glisse

For over 10 years now, Le Week-end de la Glisse has taken place in Le Havre each August, as part of the FISE Xperience Tour. An opportunity for fans to celebrate urban sports (freestyle BMX, scootering, rollerblading, and skateboarding) over three days.

An event for thrillseekers only ! Ride on !

  • August 2021
  • Skatepark – Esplanade de la Plage