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!

Discover the full programme.

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.

Le Ponton, the guinguette on the quays of the Loire, guarantees you a great time. The recipe: the public, the atmosphere, a musical programme, a drinks and snacks menu that puts local players in the spotlight! 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

L’Îlot 4 is the brand new guinguette in the Parc de Loire. In addition to the refreshment and catering facilities, there are games for young and old, an open-air cinema, concerts and a Sunday brunch, all on the waterfront! Parc de Loire

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. 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’Épinoche and Le Bièvre in Orleans, or in Combleux with Escapades ligériennes.
You can also sail on the Orleans canal by hiring electric boats without a licence!

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

Cultural Orleans

Exhibitions in Orleans

Photographic exhibition “The Loire by bike” from 1 July

The Hôtel Cabu – Musée d’Histoire et d’Archéologie d’Orléans presents “La Loire à vélo” by Jean-Claude Martinez, a humanist photographer who reveals the encounters that take place between the Loire, cyclists and the region.

Markus Lüpertz, le faiseur de dieux” exhibition throughout the summer until 4 September

Discover the works (monumental sculptures, paintings and drawings) of the German neo-expressionist artist in the centre of Orleans, at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Hôtel Cabu and the Parc Pasteur.

Exhibition “CO² en cours de chargement” all summer long, until September

The MOBE – Orleans Museum for Biodiversity and the Environment immerses you in an experimental and immersive exhibition to understand the Earth’s climate and the role of CO².

Shows and Nocturnes in the Floral Park

Come and see us all summer long in the alleys of the Parc Floral de La Source for a programme of shows and concerts full of encounters and discoveries!

Fête des Duits, from 11 to 16 August 2022

The Fête des Duits, artistic refreshments, will be held from 11 to 16 August, and will create, 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

Été essentiel from 6 to 10 July 2022

Été essentiel is a 5-day festival of 100% Culture, bringing together the cultural players of Orleans around concerts, DJ sets, dance, theatre, shows, activities for young people and performances.

O’Tempo Festival from 26 to 28 August 2022

Sophisticated guinguette atmosphere and garden party for the first edition of O’Tempo in Boigny-sur-Bionne. On the programme: TRYO, Joyce Jonathan, Hatik, and many others…

Hop Pop Hop, 16 and 17 September 2022

Bands from different horizons, 4 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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