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    Follow our cityguide throughout the year.
    Exhibitions, sports events, highlights…


    • “Vive la Magie” international magic festival

    29 and 30 January
    At the Lyon labour exchange, an unbelievable show of extraordinary magic.

    • SIRHA

    From 19 to 23 January
    At the Eurexpo centre, the most prestigious trade convention for the food and beverage sector, hospitality, and food production.


    • Primevère exhibition

    From 17 to 19 February
    Exhibition supporting the environment, sustainable development, and nature.

    • Wintower Festival

    From 24 to 26 February
    At the Halle Tony Garnier, two days for 35 artists to represent urban culture. Guests include Polo & Pan, Alonzo, Mr Oizo, The Avener, Feder, Pechko, and more

    • Valentine’s day

    14 February
    Enjoy a cosy night out in the capital of gastronomy.


    • Foire de Lyon

    From 31 March to 10 April
    Since 1916, this fair has been an unmissable event for business, encounters, and festivity. Browse the latest innovations and trends for home decor, shopping or eating out. Special times for all ages: Innnova’Lyon, KidExpo, baby exhibition.

    • Tutankhamun exhibition – Discovering the forgotten Pharaoh

    Until 24 April
    At the Sucrière centre, this exhibition retraces one of the largest archaeological explorations in history.


    • Quais du Polar festival

    From 31 March to 2 April
    Since 2005, this has been the must for lovers of detective novels. Meet and greet with authors from around the world, conferences and more. Each year, Quai du Polar takes you around Lyon on an urban detective chase.


    • Lyon Open Parc

    From 18 to 25 May
    Meet at the Parc de la Tête d’Or for one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the South of France. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or David Goffin will battle it out on clay courts.

    • Les Nuits Sonores

    From 18 to 25 May
    Five days of music from over 200 artists of all genres.


    • Les Nuits de Fourvière

    June and July
    Since 1946, at the ancient Fourvière theatre, this festival is devoted to performing arts: theatre, music, dance, circus, and more. With over 150 shows and artists such as Michel Polnareff, Benjamin Biolay or Zazie.


    • Artistic discoveries

    From 15 to 23/10 : The Lumiere Festival or Grand Lyon Film Festival
    Is a celebration of cinema organised by the Institut Lumière. The programme includes film screenings and activities. Like all film festivals, various awards are handed out at the Lumière Festival. In 2022, the film-maker Tim Burton will receive the 14th Prix Lumière.

    • Sports events

    02/10 : Run in Lyon
    A running event not to be missed in the city. 10 km, Semi-Marathon, Marathon and Relay races. Four races in the heart of Lyon.

    • Festivals diary

    From 01/10 to 13/11 : The Vogue des Marrons
    Is a traditional funfair that has been held in Lyon for 150 years. It offers a chance to discover the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood. More than 70 fairground attractions gather here, including merry-go-rounds, candyfloss and toffee apples stalls, hook-a-duck games, bumper cars and more. A fun experience for the whole family.


    • Artistic discoveries

    From 11 to 13/11 : The Salon du Chocolat
    Discover the finest chocolate-makers of the Rhône-Alpes region and France. A chocolate dress fashion show, cookery workshop for kids and tastings: prepare yourself for a treat.

    • Sports events

    19/11 : The International Marathon of Beaujolais
    Is the biggest fun race in France held to celebrate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. The route takes runners through vineyards and chateaus, passing through more than 12 villages and offering 15 opportunities for tasting, including 9 pit stops providing refreshments, all in a super fun atmosphere.

    • Festivals diary

    From 26/11 : The Christmas Market
    Will be held on the square of Place Carnot in Lyon’s 2nd district, for a month. More than 90 stallholders will set up shop in the wooden chalets, offering arts and crafts, jewellery, decorative items, woodwork, games and toys, Christmas gifts, gourmet food and more. The perfect place to do your Christmas shopping.


    • Artistic discoveries

    From 8 to 11/12 : La Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights)
    Over the four days of the Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights), Lyon’s iconic monuments and buildings are beautifully illuminated, with breath-taking light installations and projects. Traditionally, on the 8th of December, the people of Lyon place lumignons (small lanterns) on their windowsills and balconies when night falls.

    • Sports event

    03/12 : SaintéLyon
    SaintéLyon is a hugely popular night-time ultramarathon. All of the races are held at night, adding to the challenge of the course! It is a mixed trail-and-road race, which takes runners through hilly terrain between Saint-Étienne and Lyon.

    • Festivals diary

    Until 31/12: Lyon’s Contemporary Art Biennale
    Lyon’s Contemporary Art Biennale explores the art trends of today. It is one of the most eagerly awaited events in Lyon, offering a hand-picked selection of artworks, which are displayed in the unique setting of the Fagor Factories for nearly four months.