Saumur Loire Festival

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September 13, 14 & 15 2024

Launched in 2022 to celebrate the destination's emblematic river, the Saumur Loire Festival returns for its second edition! A gentle madness takes over the banks of the Loire for a weekend, bringing together lovers of the Loire around festive activities.

The Loire in the spotlight

The Saumur Loire Festival is back in full swing!

The Association of Ligerian Floating Markets and the Saumur Val de Loire Tourist Office are delighted to announce the return of their flagship event: The SAUMUR LOIRE FESTIVAL, which will take over the quays of Saumur from 13 15 September 2024 in Die.

The Loire Saumuroise will be transformed into a true paradise for boat lovers and all those who wish to discover the magic of the Loire inland navigation.

After the resounding success of the first edition, the Saumur Loire Festival promises an even richer and more immersive experience this year.

Saumur Loire Festival

Celebration of River Traditions

The Saumur Loire Festival is an ode to the Loire richness of the region. This event highlights the history of traditional Loire boats, true floating jewels which have marked the waterways of France. An impressive fleet of 50 boats is planned for total immersion in the world of navigation on the Loire. Visitors will have the opportunity to sail aboard these boats steeped in history, thus discovering the Loire and the City of Saumur from a new angle.

Loire Marine Village

The Loire Marine Village will be the beating heart of the event highlighting local craftsmanship, traditional know-how and trades linked to river navigation.

Huge tavern on the banks of the Loire

To add to the festive atmosphere, a Loire tavern will be set up on the quays of Saumur (below the Town Hall) offering festival-goers a friendly space to savor local specialties, dance to the sound of live music and enjoy the warm atmosphere on the banks of the Loire.

Daytime and nighttime entertainment

The festival will be punctuated by a multitude of activities transforming the quays and the Loire into a vibrant place of activity. Walks on the Loire, fishing demonstrations, games, exhibitions, Songs of Mariners, Batucada...as well asa night parade of traditional boats (Friday & Saturday) creating a magical spectacle on the Loire!

The quays of Saumur will vibrate to the rhythm of fiery concerts, with the exceptional performance of the Saumur group the Ruda, Saturday evening. A musical experience combining the energy of ska with the magic of the banks of the Loire.

On the musical program:

- Friday: the concert of Happy Brothel

- Saturday: the concert of Love Boat and the Ruda

The Saumur Loire Festival is much more than an event, it is a celebration of our river heritage mixing traditions, festivity & conviviality.

Full program to come.

Free access and on-site catering.

Notice to boatmen

Want to join the party?

Simply contact Nadège Pavec and Jeff Wagner of EVT - Evènements Voiles Traditions.

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