Party animals and bookworms, concert-goers and bargain-hunters, runners and cyclists, rowers and even hockey players, will all find what they’re looking for in Saint Germain Boucles de Seine! Head for Île des Impressionnistes to experience some wild music festivals. Bring your children to the Château de Monte-Cristo to discover the very latest books. The town of Houilles will appeal to more energetic visitors who can participate in the famous “corrida” international running race! Browse all our region’s festive and sporting events.
Our festive events in Saint Germain Boucles de Seine
Saint Germain Boucles de Seine is a destination of variety, with an annual programme of strong contrasts, including nationally reputed bric-a-brac events, electro festivals, and a traditional fair that bargain-hunters and dancers will love, as will every child, young or old!
Chatou bric-a-brac and ham festival
The Chatou festival is the biggest and most ancient popular event in France. Well-known to Parisians, it is the ideal place for connoisseurs to spot precious items, be they vintage or modern. If you ‘re an experienced eye or a seasoned bargain-hunter, join the rush and find some great deals!
Fête des Loges
Thirst for adventure? For the ultimate in games and amusement, come to the Fête des Loges at Saint-Germain-en-Laye! This traditional funfair promises 2 months of festivities and numerous attractions, as well as restaurants and some highlight events such as the famous Saint Fiacre, the crowning of the Queen and much more!
Disko and Elektric Park of Chatou
Some disco and electro musical gems come to hide on Chatou’s Ile des Impressionnistes every September! Get your team together to come and discover them on a two-day adventure of sound with the Disko Park and Elektric Park Festival!
Modern music hunters? Purists in search of authenticity? Just like good music? L’Estival has existed for more than 30 years as a Francophone summer music festival, and it takes place every September in Saint-Germain-en-Laye!
Children’s book fair at Château de Monte Cristo
Stories, fun activities and shows… Your children are spoilt for choice! They are the focal point of this literary weekend. But there’s something for parents too. Author and autograph sessions, and new book presentations, where you can discuss, read and purchase the latest literary treasures.
What better venue for this event than in the former dwelling of the author himself: Alexandre Dumas. Enter the wonderful world of the Château de Monte-Cristo and let your imagination go to work.
Our sporting events in Saint Germain Boucles de Seine
L’Alphonsine celebrates its tenth year in 2018! The sporting spotlight is on the ladies for this running and hiking race! Chatou’s Parc des Impressionnistes is the lush green backdrop to a moment of fun, friendship and good humour.
This is one of the most prestigious races and, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful in the world’s 10 km road runs. The Houilles international “Corrida” running race combines a festive atmosphere with high-level sportsmanship.
The colours of Spring, from the Bois de Boulogne for some runners and from Rueil-Malmaison for others, to the terrace of the château of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, provide a combined urban and natural décor for this unique playground during the month of May. In 2018, take part in the 10th Paris Saint Germain La Course.
Come and experience a 10 km race in a setting steeped in history with la Foulée Royale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye! You will run the length of Le Nôtre’s terrace overlooking Paris and the River Seine, through national forest and parks in full bloom, to finish, after two laps, at the foot of the château where the kings of France once lived. There is a short version too, a 2 km children’s race!
Every year on 1 May, the Rowing Club of Port Marly (RCPM) organises a rowing race on the Seine over a 21 km loop starting at Port-Marly. La Course des Impressionnistes is a long-distance race organised by the FFSA (French motorsports federation).
The Challenge Verrier is an international field-hockey tournament held in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Reserved for the under 14s, this event attracts hockey teams from all over Europe.