Big events in MetzMany cultural and sports events take place in Metz. Music, creations, performances, cinema, literature, festivals… come and party with the Messins!
European Artistic Crafts DaysA major event for the promotion and development of the artistic crafts in France and Europe: workshops, training centres and schools open to the public, events, participation of many heritage and creative sites, themed tours and more… Come and discover the high quality of our local craftsmanship.
- In April
"Le Livre à Metz", Literature and Journalism Festival
This gathering takes place over three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in a marquee with over 1500 m2 of space (signings, conferences, activities, meetings with authors, exhibitions...). Metz welcomes leading authors and invests in the promotion of reading through events, themes and activities which are constantly updated and reinvented. All these events are sponsored by big names such Hélène Carrère d'Encausse, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Pierre Lescure, Marek Halter...
- In April, place de la République
Passages FestivalOpening up pathways and new directions, to discover the world as seen by artists from the East and further afield: theatre, music, opera, cinema, exhibitions, meetings…
- In May, place de la République
Les rendez-vous de l'EtéCelebrating on a street corner, at the water's edge, in a garden, on a public square...a pleasure shared by the inhabitants of Metz and its tourist clientele, who in July and August are invited to follow the programme of Metz en Fête. A summer event to enjoy the warm atmosphere that spreads throughout the city, with concerts, shows, performances and lots of entertainment put on for the occasion.
Free admission, outdoor events, diversity and high-quality cultural activities are the central themes of this event organised by the city council. A host of shows which combines all forms of live street theatre, to the sound of all kinds of music, not to mention circus, dance, film and a photo competition...
The city sets up a real sandy beach by the Plan d'Eau lake to celebrate summer. There's a holiday vibe with parasols, deckchairs, pools, sports activities...
Building on the success of previous years (over 207,000 visitors in 2012, 172,000 in 2011, 107,000 people in 2010), a site of nearly 20,000 m² will be given over to the joys of the seaside, for adults and children alike, for a whole month.
It will have a picnic area, bowls courts, trampoline, a dedicated reading area, open-air games library, paddling pool, water sports, concerts and a music cafe, a theatre barge, a youth information point... Every year, the event has a lot of surprises in store when it comes to activities and free entertainment.
And as always: water pools for children, beach soccer and volleyball courts, adventure trails, water sprayer... Various sports activities are offered free of charge by the City of Metz.
- Late July-late August, by the lake
Mirabelle Plum Festival
The Mirabelle Plum Festival has attracted thousands of visitors to the capital of the Lorraine region every year since 1947, and rounds off Metz en Fête's programme of summer events. These celebrations usually take place after August 15 and come in the form of street entertainment, concerts, balls, a mirabelle plum market, crafts market, pyrotechnic display, parade and the election of Miss Mirabelle.
- Late August
Over the years, the Montgolfiades de Metz has become one of the most popular aerostat events.
This big gathering of aerostats, an unmissable event in late summer, is attended by over 10 000 enthusiasts every year.
The Metz balloon (launched on 21 August 2001) floats around the sky all over Europe and promotes the colours of the city of Metz, which was the birthplace of Pilâtre de Rozier, the world's first aerostat pilot.
- Late August to early September, by the lake
European Heritage DaysThis Europe-wide event shows the commitment of the public to the preservation and enhancement of its architectural, urban and natural environments. Metz participates fully in this event by opening the doors of its civil and religious buildings, parks and gardens to the public.
Metz MarathonSince October 2010, the cultural city of Metz has become Sporty Metz. The City is reviving a mythical event: the Marathon. Sportspeople, amateurs, young and old push their courage to the limit to complete the race. This event is a chance for everyone to rediscover the city of Metz, by running past highlights of its cultural heritage such as the Centre Pompidou-Metz.
Christmas market and Saint Nicholas
While the holiday season is approaching and the Christmas Market is in full swing at various sites and neighbourhoods of the city, it is traditional for the good Saint Nicholas to pay a visit in early December and reward good children with sweets and candies, while the Bogeyman figure of Père Fouettard takes care of the less well-behaved...
Shops and businesses are generally open on the three Sundays before Christmas, so you can enjoy city breaks in the spice-scented air until the last few days before Christmas Day.
A Ferris wheel, ice skating and other winter games offer a variety of entertainment for all ages.
- From late November to late December
Flea marketDid you know, the second biggest regular flea market in France after Saint-Ouen takes place in Metz once or twice a month? With some fifteen markets taking place in a space of 15 000 to 20 000 m², the flea markets in Metz draw over 150 000 visitors each year. This market is now the biggest second-hand market in East France and is unmissable for fans of vintage items.
- All year round, Metz-Expo