Find out all the info and dates for your essential events in Lyon

Here’s a round-up of all the main events in Lyon and its metropolitan area. To your diaries!

Last updated date : 27/03/2023

Music festivals that set the rhythm in Lyon

Nuits Sonores: The French festival that is entirely devoted to electronic and indie music, as well as innovative, visual and digital culture, did not take place in 2020. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it will be possible this year. The provisional dates are from 17 to 21 May 2023.

Nuits de Fourvière: Held in the Roman theatres of Fourvière Hill, this festival brings a touch of magic to Lyon’s summer evenings each year. The dates for 2022 have just been announced. We look forward to seeing the artists on stage, in a programme combining drama, dance, circus arts and music, in  June and July 2023. The organisers are doing their utmost to welcome the general public in the best possible health conditions. The programme will be revealed soon.

L'ambiance des Nuits de Fourvière © Loll Willems

Woodstower Festival: This “eco-festival” is held at the end of summer on the edge of the lake at Grand Parc de Miribel-Jonage: 23 to 27 August 2023. We look forward to four days of partying to a superb selection of rap and electronic music. 

Jazz à Vienne: While this event is not held in Lyon, it is a major event on the local music scene. The 2020 edition was cancelled, so we are all the more excited at the prospect of heading to the Ancient Theatre of Vienne, from 28 June to 13 July 2023, to enjoy some special summer evening concerts once again. The Jazz à Vienne team is currently looking at ways to welcome audiences safely.

Food events in Lyon

Lyon Street Food Festival is returning for four days of fun and a world tour of flavours, from 15 to 18 June 2023, at the former Fagor-Brandt factory. This 7th edition is eagerly anticipated by the general public and the chefs, who will be keener than ever to take us on a culinary journey with their specialities.

Anne-Sophie Pic lors du Lyon Street Food Festival

Events for sports lovers

The women’s tennis tournament Open 6eme Sens is returning from 28 January to 5 February 2023 at the Palais des Sports in Gerland.

For those who like to take on a challenge, the Lyon Urban Trail will be held on 26 March 2023, the Lugdunum Roller Contest, for 2 days in May 2022, the Ultra boucle de la Sarra on 12 and 13 May 2023, and the women’s cancer awareness run Courir pour Elles on 14 May 2023 at Parc de Parilly.

Horse riding enthusiasts will be gathering at the next edition of Equita Lyon from 1 to 5 November 2023 at Eurexpo.

The dates for the running festival Run In Lyon and the urban walking event NordicWalkin'Lyon by Alptis have yet to be announced for 2023. This event will offer chances to (re)discover Lyon’s most beautiful sites. 
Run In Lyon is a running festival that brings together several thousand people each year.

Brace yourself for the Rugby World Cup this fall! The city will host five matches at the OL Stadium from 24 September to 6 October and will be the basecamp for the All Blacks. 

Other essential events in Lyon’s diary

The Marché de la Mode Vintage (Vintage Fashion Market) invites fashion addicts and bargain hunters on 11 and 12 March 2023 at La Sucrière.

Marché de la Mode Vintage

The eagerly awaited Foire de Lyon will be held from 31 March to 10 April 2023, at Eurexpo. This edition will keep the ingredients of a success story that is 106 years old: a wide, diverse offering based on three themes: home, shopping and leisure.

For all motor fans, the Lyon Auto Show will be held at Eurexpo from 28 September to 2 October 2023.

The international crime fiction festival Quais du Polar, will be taking place in Lyon from 31 March to 2 April 2023, which will be its 19th year. With meetings, signing sessions, activities, investigations, exhibitions on noir fiction and more, the city is set for another thrilling summer.

Comic book nerds will be flocking to the Lyon BD Festival from 9 to 11 June 2023 at various venues around the metropolitan area.

The upcoming and eagerly awaited Biennale de la Danse will be held from 11 to 30 September 2023, with the famous Défilé (Parade) on 10 September 2023.

The Lumière Festival will be putting the spotlight on Lyon, the cradle of cinema, for a whole week of classic films, in the presence of international stars of the silver screen, from 14 to 22 October 2023.

The Silk in Lyon festival will offer a chance to discover French-made fabrics and products, in November 2023 at the Palais de la Bourse in Lyon.

Last, but certainly not least, Lyon’s famous Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) will take place from 7 to 10 December 2023. 4 nights to see the city differently! 

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