The last Sunday of September sees traditions revived in Grimaud.

Local traditions…

Celebrating the patron Saint

The Fête de la Saint Michel dates from the Middle Ages..
Like the Foire de la Laine (wool fair), Les Feux de la Saint Jean and the Fête du Village, it is one of the cornerstones of Grimaud tradition. A highlight that hasn’t faded over the years…

This layman’s festival used to coincide with the expiry of rural tenancy leases and gave rise to the expression “à la Saint Michel tout le monde déménage” (everybody moves out on Saint Michel’s day).
The symbolism of this heritage festival is strong, with a car-boot sale and craft market taking place at Grimaud’s two squares.

Religious traditions are also maintained. A Provençal Mass still honours the town’s patron saint and is followed by a procession.

Various activities complete the festival picture (the Escandihado folklore troupe, musical walks, workshops from the past, a mini-farm and pony-rides).

Craft market and activities

Sunday, 29th September

From 9 am to 6 pm – Place Neuve : Craft market and activities

The Fête de Saint Michel has always taken place on the last Sunday in September.
This year, it will offer once again the opportunity to delight your tastebuds thanks to our taste artisans who place the spotlight on the local produce of Provence.
The celebrations wouldn’t be complete without the folklore group, Escandihado. Fifes, drums and traditional dance join the Provençal mass and the procession before the finale at the village’s Place Neuve.
This festive day, a blend of religious tradition and less-religious activities, promises many more surprises!

On the day’s wonderful programme…

From 9 am – Place Neuve : The craft market opens along with the mini-farm organised by the Ranch de la Mène
All day long, children aged 3 to 10 years can enjoy pony-rides (€2 per ride).
The ponies are harnessed and safety hats are provided for the children. During their ride, children remain under the responsibility of their parents.

10am : Saint Michel Procession : Rue des anciennes écoles, Bd des Aliziers, rue du Porche, rue de l’église, Place de l’Eglise
10.30am : Provençal mass at the 12th-century Saint Michel church, which is a listed historical monument.

11:40am, After mass, you can follow the procession through the little medieval streets of Grimaud accompanied by the Provençal drummers. An opportunity to pay tribute to the Patron Saint of the town of Grimaud (from St Michel Church > St Roch Chapel > Place de la Mairie > St Michel Church).

12.00pm – Place de l’Eglise and Place Neuve : Traditionelle Tänze mit Escandihado

12.30 Uhr – Place Neuve : Aperitif offers by Grimaud Animations

The festivities continue throughout the afternoon.

Car-boot sale

Sunday, 29th September

From 9 am to 6 pm – Place Vieille : Car-boot sales
Throughout the day, there’ll be a huge car-boot sale in the centre of Grimaud.
A chance to sell anything you don’t need. Clothes you don’t wear any more, pottery, small household appliances, CDs and various other items… A good way of earning some cash in a friendly atmosphere.

Prior reservation compulsory with Grimaud Tourist Office
Price : €2 per linear metre.

Info & contact

The Fête de la Saint Michel is organised by the Office Municipal de Tourisme et d’Animation Culturelle of Grimaud and the Grimaud Animation association.

Prior reservation compulsory with Grimaud Tourist Office
Price : €2 per linear metre.

Further details:
Tourist Office : + 33 (0)4 94 54 43 83

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