Below are La Ciotat’s major events that will happen throughout 2018 :
All year long
On every Tuesday in the city center from 8 am to 1 pm and on every Sunday on the old port from 8 am to 2 pm.
From December 20th, 2017 to February 2nd, 2018
Each year, the crib is elaborated with all the traditional characters of Provence. And as always, the decoration comes as a surprise, to be discovered on the opening day of this wonderful achievement. Note that the crib is free to visit.
> 3 pm to 6 pm – La Ciotat’s Museum
From December 22th, 2017 to February 2nd, 2018
La Ciotat’s parish crib can be visited every day during Christmas break, except during religious services.
> Our Lady of the Assumption Church
On January 6h, 2018
The arrival of the Magi
The artistic folk band Escolo de la Ribo will perform. the march of the Magi followed by a traditional show
> 3 pm – City Centre
From February 1st to February 18th, 2018
Les Musicales de Février
> Minimes Chapel – Our Lady of the Assumption Church – Salle Paul Eluard
On March 24th, 2018
La Ciotat’s Carnival
Magnificent parade about a new theme each year.
>3.30 pm – Old Port and City Centre
From March 31st to April 8th, 2018
Les Nauticales Boat Show
4th boat show in France and 1st boatshow in Spring in the Mediterranean area. It represents the opening of the nautical season. Thus, more than 200 exhibitions are spread over 4 hectares of exhibition to present their products and innovations both on the ground and on the sea.
> 10 am to 6 pm (7pm on Saturday) – Port de Plaisance (Marina)
From May 5th to September 29th, 2018
La Place aux peintres ( the painters square)
Every Saturday from May to September, about twenty amateur painters exhibit their talent!
> 9 am to 1 pm – Place Sadi Carnot
On May 8th, 2018
Flower and regional products market
Every year in Spring, about fifty exhibiters (horticulturists, nurserymen, landscape designers, florists) show the visitors their plants, shrubs and cut flowers.
> 8 am to 8 pm – Old Port
On June 10th, 2018
Fête des Sports et du Nautisme
This is the chance to discover various water activities : diving, sailing, kite-surfing, and so on. Golfe d’Amour Bay is crowded by all the sea lovers for a whole weekend that symbolizes the return of Spring!
> Base Nautique Municipale (municipal water sport center) – Plage des Capucins
June 21st, 2018
Fête de la Musique (Music Day)
Free concerts in every part of the city (rock, blues, jazz, electronic and so on)
City centre – Beach area – Old Port
Date to be announced
Every evening in Summer, about one hundred regional exhibitors and craft-workers show their products on the old port. This is the chance to wander, or bring souvenirs back home or enjoy a drink or an ice cream on the old port.
> 8 pm to 1 am – Old Port
From July 16thto July 27th, 2018
« Musique en Vacances » Festival
This two week-long festival welcomes a diverse line-up, from jazz and classical music to gospel and folkloric music.
> Our Lady of the Assumption Church – Minimes Chapel – Sainte-Anne Chapel – Salle Paul Eluard – Escalet Square
On July 13th, 2018
National Day’s fireworks on the 13th July, followed by many attractions.
> 10.30 pm – Old Port
From August 8th to August 11th, 2018
« Jazz en Août » Festival
Two jazz, funk and blues concerts each night!
> Eden Theater – Esplanade de la Capitainerie du Port Vieux
From August 15th to August 21st, 2018
Every year in August, many popular celebrations take place in the rhythm of the Provencal traditions : blessing of the boats, bals, shows, song contests…
> Old Port – Place de l’Escalet
On August 16th, 2018
This fireworks commemorates the liberation of La Ciotat. Concerts and other music shows are organized.
> 10 pm – Old Port
From September 8th to September 9h, 2018
Fossils and mineral show
About thirty exhibiters sell and trade small and big fossils, rough minerals, decoration items such as mineral shaped lamps, jewels, replicas of dinosaur bones.
> 10 am to 6 pm – Salle Paul Eluard
On September 8th, 2018
Forum des associations
All the societies in the city gather on the same day to introduce themselves to the local population and the visitors.
> 10 am to 6 pm – Old Port or Parc du Domaine de la Tour
Date to be announced
European Days of Local Heritage
One entire weekend to discover many historical buildings and places in several different areas in the city.
From October 19th to October 21st, 2018
Historical Festival “1720”
Each year, about 100.000 visitors share this beautiful adventure with the local, united all year to offer this magnificent and attractive trip back in time.
Fights on the ground and on the sea, historical reconstitutions of everyday life scenes, traditional jubilation, fire shows, big parades…
More than 1.000 dressed-up characters (noblemen, burghers, artisans, peasants, fishermen, corsairs, pirates, and beggars) go through the door of time, where the residents’ audacity and the women braveness protect the city from this terrible affliction: the plague.
Each year, many attractions are offered: shows, fights, workshops, craftwork…
> Old Port and City Centre
Date to be announced
Night of Sports
Annual event that rewards the best performances and valorizes the city’s sport societies involvement. Six awards are granted : the athlete of the year, the masculine and feminine team of the year, the sport event of the year, the society that has registered the most members and that honors the city, and the jury’s favorite.
> Salle Paul Eluard
Christmas in La Ciotat
All December-long, many Christmas events will take place in every part of the city.
The Tourist Office is not responsible for any changes or cancellations of one (or several) event(s) mentioned on the list above.