Pentecost Fair 2024 in Nîmes: the 5 essentials

From May 16 to 20, Nîmes switches to Spanish time with the Feria de Pentecost. Discover the new and unmissable events.

1 – Street music in the spotlight

No less than four styles of street music are represented for this Feria de Nîmes with an expected return of the bands. The traditional peñas and brass bands are still there, while the costumed street companies are the new addition to the program. This year, it’s impossible to miss the music in town with around ten groups wandering around every day and 343 musicians present in the city of Antonins throughout the Feria.

2 – La Placette at the heart of the party

The City is reinvesting the Placette and setting up a real festive village there for four days, from Friday to Monday. This new activity invites you to immerse yourself in the gypsy spirit specific to the neighborhood. Real caravans will be set up for the occasion and dancers, musicians and other singers will take turns on stage from 11 a.m. On Friday at 7 p.m., Rosa Negra, a dancer from Nîmes, will liven up the place; she is accompanied by Tino Flamenco and Mario et les Gispy for the rest of the evening. The next day at 4 p.m., no less than 20 guitarists wander around before giving way to the group Gipsy Héritages at 9 p.m., a group created by the son of Chico of Gipsy King. On Sunday, Mamzelle Flamenka takes over from 5 p.m., with a flamenco show for little ones. The star flamenco singer Rancapino comes specially from Spain to close this beautiful weekend under the sign of gypsy culture.

3 – A pegoulade with Camargue accents

It is the entertainment that opens the festivities of the Feria de Pentecost, an unmissable, family and offbeat moment. The procession departs on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Boulevard Amiral-Courbet, the nine floats and 400 participants (dancers, associations, performers) will then pass through Boulevards Gambetta, Alphonse-Daudet and Victor-Hugo for a magnificent arrival at the Museum of Romanity. The theme of this edition is “the Camargue”, a good way to affirm the Camargue roots of Nîmes and its close link with bullfighting cultures.

4 – The Andalusian Patio thinks big

This space with Spanish accents, located on Place Montcalm, was a real success last year. The City of Nîmes therefore wanted to renew the experience by further expanding the entertainment program at the Andalusian Patio in 2024. The youngest will find what they are looking for with musical theater at 10:30 a.m., from Saturday to Monday. In the afternoon, it’s time for Sevillian dance from 3 p.m. and free classes open to all at 6 p.m. An encierro with inflatable structures will take place in the heart of the space on Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and Monday at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday evening from 7:30 p.m., concerts and shows with musical groups like Jessy or Compas.

5 – Second edition of the “French Paella Championship”

For the second time, the Feria de Nîmes serves as the setting for the national paella competition. An entertainment that is both delicious and original which was a great success in 2023 and which is being reinforced this year. On Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., it takes place on Avenue Feuchères. During this competition, the 10 finalists will cook their own paella while respecting traditions and within a given time. They will then be judged by a jury, notably composed of Éric Gil, 2022 paella world champion, on several criteria: visual, smell, texture of the rice and taste. The second and third will receive a trophy. The overall winner of the competition will be symbolically crowned French paella champion and will be given a voucher worth €1,000 from a travel agency. The opportunity to cross the Pyrenees and challenge the Spanish on their land?

By Yann Benoit

Find the full program of festivities here
The complete program in the Arenas here



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