The Catalan culture of Southern France remains very popular in the town of Collioure and this is evident in the numerous spring and fall Catalan folklore festivals that take place on the weekends of April and May, and again in September. This is when you can the locals dressed in traditional clothing. It is a time of music, food and good festivities.
The city also has a very sacred past and this includes a large festival for the Easter weekend, which begins on Good Friday with a Sanch Procession past the Notre Dame des Anges Church and through the village streets. This also includes chorals on Saturday and Sunday.
In June is the Festival of St. John, with includes an evening procession through the village by torchlight along with the lighting of the St. John’s fires on the beach. This is also a celebration of the local culture with Sardane dances, fireworks and traditional food.
Bastille Day is celebrated each July 14 and this includes parades, dances and more food. This French national holiday does mean that some museums and other attractions might be closed however.
The Festival of St. Vincent is held in the middle of August, and it days back to the year 1701 when relics of the patron saint of Collioure were returned. This includes games, competitions, even more food, and a variety of concerts around the village and plenty of food. There is even a bullfight in the town along with fireworks. August is also the time of the Collioure’s Theatre Festival, which includes numerous live performances across several venues.The Christmas holiday season begins with La Cour de Noel, which takes place around the second weekend of December. This is held in the Chateau Royal and includes a Christmas marketplace with vendors and attractions.