Starting July 8th, the summer events in & around Mazamet move into top gear.
On Monday July 8th, the fantastic Marché des Producteurs commences in Mazamet. This wonderful event is a showcase for local food & drinks with around 15 stalls selling their wares, a table to seat 200 and, what the French call, ‘conviviality’ (coming together to enjoy a good time).
With live music, great food, wine & atmosphere; this is THE place to spend a Monday evening when in Mazamet.
The Marché runs from 5pm-10pm in the car park adjacent to the Grand Balcon restaurant and takes place each Monday evening until September 5th. If you are not staying with us at La Villa over a Monday night, there’s a chance to catch the marché every Tuesday evening in nearby Castres and on select dates (July 12th & 16th, August 9th & 23rd and September 6th) just down the valley in St. Amans Soult.
Every Thursday evening, live music will also take place in the centre of town, each week in a different venue adjacent to one of the town’s bars & cafés
On July 11th & 12th – the streets of Mazamet will come alive with the 2019 Fanfare Sans Frontières – marching bands and live musicians parades through the centre of town. Representing Holland, Spain, Belgium, Scotland & Italy this is a great spectacle to watch (if you are with us on the 10th, the event will also take place in a small village down the valley called Lacabarade).
The highlight of the event takes place on the evening of the 12th with the grand parade at 7.30pm – the parade pauses for the dancers & musicians to perform before culminating on a stage the the town hall (we have full details of the parade route for those staying with us).
… if you are lucky enough to be with us over this weekend; the following evening, July 13th, Mazamet and its neighbouring communities celebrate Bastille Day with a spectacular firework display which takes places at the Lac des Montagnes. With a free shuttle bus up and back – why not make an evening of it by taking a picnic or reserving dinner at the Chalet du Lac restaurant?
One of the highlights of our annual event calendar is the Rallye du Montagne Noire – this year celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over 150 rally cars will roar into town on July 26th and base themselves in the Jardin des Promenades (just 200 metres from La Villa) where the races commence & end. The races themselves take place on roads (closed off for the event) in the Montagne Noire with a night race taking place on the Friday evening.
So, for those petrol heads amongst you, make your way to Mazamet on the weekend of July 25th-27th.