Guinguette La Sardine sur les quais de Loire à Orléans Guinguette La Sardine sur les quais de Loire à Orléans
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One fine summer in Orleans

Where to go out in Orleans in summer ? Guinguettes, cultural, sporting and festive events, the quays of the Loire… A whole programme awaits you every year!

One fine summer in Orleans

A packed programme

Entertainment, sport, art, theatre, music, history… the Loire offers so much to see, do and experience!

Sip a cold drink at one of the city’s riverside bars, go for a run along the banks, explore the cool and unusual side of the city

A whole host of things to see and do awaits you this summer in Orleans!

Guinguette culturelle La Paillote à Orléans

The banks of the Loire in Orléans


If you don’t know what a guinguette is, you soon will in Orleans this summer! The Loire makes the perfect spot to while away lazy summer days.

La Sardine has hit on the magic formula that draws in the crowds every summer to share carefree moments on the banks of the Loire. Loyal patrons, great ambience and fantastic food and drink highlighting local suppliers, what more could you ask for? Quai du Châtelet

Le Boui-Boui is a relaxed hangout popular with locals where you can also enjoy beautiful views of the Loire. A top music selection, reasonable prices, a food menu and excellent service, there’s more than one reason to visit Le Boui-Boui! Quai du Fort Alleaume

La Paillote offers one of the most stunning vistas of Orleans and the islands in the Loire. An open-air cultural centre, La Paillote houses an eatery, games and comfy seating area plus puts on a fantastic programme of music and other events. Quai du Prague

Sound and light show on the cathedral

All summer

Come and see the sound and light show on the Sainte-Croix Orleans cathedral!

Two new and free shows are projected for 1 hour of sound and light!

Son et lumière sur la cathédrale d'Orléans
Hauteurs de la cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans

Discovering Orleans

Guided tours of the city

Discover or rediscover Orleans this summer! Sign up for one of the guided tours organised by Orleans Tourist Information Office during your stay in the city this season!

Go down into the crypts and explore the treasures that lie beneath the streets of Orleans, go up the towers of Sainte-Croix Cathedral to get a bird’s eye view of the city or watch the city drift by on a river cruise on the Loire. A diverse, fascinating programme of guided tours is available throughout the summer season!

Check out all our guided tours for summer!

Boat trips on the Loire

On the royal river

Take a traditional boat trip on the Loire!
Embark on L’Insoumis, on L’Épinoche and Le Bièvre in Orleans, or in Combleux with Escapades ligériennes.
You can also sail on the Orléans canal by hiring electric boats without a licence!

Balade en bateau sur la Loire à Orléans
Festival des Duits à Orléans

Cultural Orleans

Velázquez exhibition, until 14 November 2021

The Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans is presenting a fascinating and surprising exhibition called “In the dust of Seville… in the footsteps of Velázquez’s Saint Thomas“, until 14 November. An essential exhibition !

Fête des Duits, 12-16 August 2021

The Fête des Duits, artistic refreshments, was held from 12 to 16 August, and created, in the middle of nature, in the middle of the Loire, on the duits, an original cultural space entirely devoted to modern and contemporary creation.

Orleans set to music

Fusion Estivale, 20 and 21 August 2021

The Fusion Estivale is a two-day house techno and disco festival in the Jardin de l’Évêché.

O’Tempo Festival, 27, 28 and 29 August 2021

Sophisticated guinguette atmosphere and garden party for the first edition of O’Tempo in Boigny-sur-Bionne. On the programme : Hoshi, Ayo, Gaël Faye, Madame Monsieur, Fake Idea and many others…

Hop Pop Hop, 17 and 18 September 2021

27 bands from different horizons, 3 stages spread out in the city centre of Orleans, Hop Pop Hop is a moment of musical discoveries in the form of a journey through several places for a festive and intense event. 

Concert au jardin de l'Évêché à Orléans
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