It is simply Europe's leading inland boating event.
A biennial festival, covering two kilometres of the Loire's quaysides in Orléans, that welcomes over
700 mariners, 200 boats, 500 artists and a hundred exhibitors.
Impassioned mariners and visitors flock from across France and Europe to celebrate, together,
Europe's last wild river and to honour the Loire's culture, its boating, its gastronomy and its traditions.
Entertainment, 'guinguette' open-air balls, shows, concerts, exhibitions, pyrotechnic shows, stands,
autograph sessions, etc. over a five-day festive programme for the pleasure of all, that brings back to
life, for a fleeting moment, what was once one of the grandest ports along the 'royal river'
what's in store for the 2018 edition
Invited country and French region
Spain and the Ebro, its largest river, are the 2018 edition's guests of honour. Ten boats will be heading for the Orléans dockside and offering the perfect opportunity to rediscover Spain's culture and gastronomy.
The Pertuis Charentais area will also be honoured via its traditional boats, specialities and tourist
attractions. Note the presence of the Hermione traditional rowing boat and the Corderie Royale maritime centre stand in the Charente village exhibition area.
The Loire fair, the nautical professions village, the fraternities hub and the Loire village all invite you to discover the culture and the skills of the Loiret people and their fine country fare. For young visitors, two areas have been specially devised to offer educational and recreational activities on the subject of biodiversity and the Loire's inland navigation.
Events and shows
By day, some 200 different events await you and, by night, some magical moments in the form of
illuminations, music and spectacles on the banks of the Loire! Unless you prefer to sit back and enjoy
the show from the comfort of one of the Festival' 10 'guinguettes'?
- Friday 22nd September: son et lumière (sound and light) show dedicated to the Loire, its mariners
and its traditional 'gabarre' boats.
-Saturday 23rd September: fireworks and music show – marvel at this poetic and magical moment.
-Sunday 24th September: Morning Duck Race (for charity) and grand boat parade, decked with flags,
to close the Festival.
A free, open to all and convivial moment awaits you at the Loire Festival, on the south and north
docks in Orléans.
Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st from 10 am to midnight.
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd from 10 am to 1 am the following day.
Sunday 25th from 10 am to 7 pm.
For further information:
Orléans Loire Valley Tourist Office: 02 38 24 05 05