Big events in Metz

Festivals, shows, and cultural and sporting activities take place all year round in Metz Métropole. Calling all enthusiasts, the curious and collectors, come and celebrate!

Spring

Journées européennes des métiers d’art (European Crafts Days)

April, in the towns of Metz Métropole

In the heart of the Grand Est region, go and discover speciality trades, creators and craftspeople who will share their passion with you. Discover quality expertise through workshop openings, training centres and schools, themed tours and displays. 

“Le Livre à Metz, littérature et journalisme” (Books in Metz, Literature and Journalism) Festival

April, Place de la République in Metz

Every year Metz welcomes renowned authors for three days, and promotes reading through meetings, writing workshops, readings in hospitals and retirement homes... as well as many other new activities thanks to supporting sponsorships and many partners.

Passages Festival

May, Place de la République in Metz

Passages is the international performing arts festival which takes place in Metz. Over several days, committed artists come from all over the world to share their creations, cultures and art. Shows, music, opera, theatre, cinema, exhibitions and meetings shape this big event. 

Foire de Mai (May Fair)

May, at Metz Expo

Metz Métropole funfair comes to town for a whole month! Thrilling rides or children’s rides for the younger guests, skill games, candy floss, roasted peanuts... everything comes together to delight young and old alike, for an unmissable family event.

Metz est Wunderbar

May, at Metz Expo

Metz Métropole funfair comes to town for a whole month! Thrilling rides or children’s rides for the younger guests, skill games, candy floss, roasted peanuts... everything comes together to delight young and old alike, for an unmissable family event.

Summer

Metz Constellations Festival

June to September, in Metz (postponed from original dates of 23rd November to 3rd January 2020)

Constellations is Metz’s unmissable festival. Over the course of several weeks, more the 400 free artistic events take place and light up the city through concerts, courses, exhibitions and spectacular projections. The Constellations festival develops links with international digital artists, and attracts more and more people every year. 

Learn more about the Metz Constellations festival

Fontaines dansantes (Dancing fountains)

July-August, at Lac des Cygnes (Metz lake)

Every weekend, the water comes to life at Lac des Cygnes, offering a colourful musical show in a green setting that is popular with nature lovers. A poetic event for the whole family!

Metz Plage (Metz Beach)

July-August, at Metz lake

Every year, a real fine sand beach comes to Metz lake, to the great delight of its residents. Pools, deckchairs, parasols, ice cream, activities and events bring a holiday feel to the heart of Metz Métropole. 

Hop Hop Hop Festival

July, in Metz 

Hop Hop Hop is the street arts festival. Every year several companies come to Metz city centre and present their arts through different forms, to the great delight of tourists and residents alike. Music or street theatre, there’s something for everyone.

Grande braderie (The Big Street Market)

Mid-August, in Metz city centre

Grande Braderie is the place to go for good deals in Metz! Traders propose offers and sales over the course of one day. Discover the market while strolling through the streets of Metz city centre.

Mirabelle plum festival

End of August, in Metz

The Mirabelle plum festivals have been unmissable events in Metz since 1947, capital of the Lorraine region. Street activities, concerts, balls, Mirabelle and artisanal market, parade and election of the Mirabelle Queen are on the agenda, which marks the end of the summer events.

Autumn

Les Montgolfiades (Hot-Air Balloons)

Beginning of September, at Metz lake

Les Montgolfiades is an unmissable event which marks the end of summer by bringing together a large number of hot air balloon enthusiasts. The hot air balloons offer an unforgettable show, filling the whole sky, delighting the public. 

The Moselle Open

September, at Les Arènes in Metz (Metz arena)

The Moselle Open is the Metz event for tennis lover and is a highlight of international tennis. This week of high-level competition brings together the best players from the top 50 players in world tennis on the ATP calendar. 

Brocante Outre Seille (Bric-a-brac)

First Sunday in September, in the Outre-Seille district in Metz

The Outre-Seille district welcomes its annual large bric-a-brac market every first Sunday in September. Come and meet the many antique dealers and bric-a-brac traders to do some bargain-hunting for collector’s objects and get some good deals.

Journées Européenes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days)

Mid-September, in the towns of Metz Métropole

This event highlights the preservation and respect of architectural heritage on a European scale. It’s the opportunity to discover certain civil or religious buildings that are usually closed to the public over the course of two days. This includes the New Temple in Metz and even some parks and gardens in the city centre and Metz Métropole.

Foire Internationale de Metz (Metz International Fair)

End of September-beginning of October, at the Metz Métropole Parc des Expositions

Metz International Fair brings together hundreds of shops and more than 1,500 brands to share their products and expertise. This commercial event with an international reputation attracts a large number of visitors every year.

Marathon Metz Mirabelle

Mid-October in Metz

Like Metz la Sportive, the Metz marathon is a challenge that can be taken up alone, with family or friends. Whether an experienced or amateur runner, this is the opportunity for everyone to discover Metz heritage through this legendary route.


Winter

Christmas markets and Advent festivities

From the end of November, in Metz and the towns of Metz Métropole

Towards the end of November, Metz welcomes Christmas markets with beautifully illuminated cabins, many artisans and pretty decorations. All you need to spend lovely days and evenings finding Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

Learn more about the Christmas festivities in Metz Métropole

Saint Nicholas’ Day

Beginning of December, Metz


At the beginning of December, Father Christmas comes to Metz and gives sweets and confectionery to good children. But beware, Père Fouttard is never far behind, ready to deal with naughty children...

The illuminated walk

During the Christmas markets, in Metz

Go on a 10 km route around Metz for a night walk painted by the Christmas markets, illuminated streets and Metz architectural heritage. Come and discover a unique trail with family or friends every year.

All year round

Metz Grand Marché aux Puces (Big Flea Market)

All year round, at Metz Expo

Second largest regular market after Saint-Ouen, the Metz flea markets welcome more than 150,000 visitors per year. These markets represent the largest bric-a-brac selection in the east of France, and attract a large number of French and foreign antique enthusiasts.

Evènements et animations au Parc des Expositions de Metz Métropole

All year round, at Metz Expo 

All year round, the Parc des Expositions offers themed fairs: housing, furniture, agriculture, well-being, cultural or commercial events... There’s something for everyone!

The programme is available on www.metz-expo.com

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