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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!

Summer outings and activities in Orléans

All the programme

Whether it’s fun, sport, culture, theatre, music or heritage, summer in Orléans is a great excuse to make discoveries of all kinds, and to share all kinds of adventures!

Have a drink in one of the guinguettes, take a boat trip, enjoy a festival, the 14 July festivities or take an unusual tour of the town… Make the most of summer in Orléans!

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

Cultural Orleans

Exhibitions in Orleans

“Archaeological riches” exhibition, until September 30

The Hôtel Cabu – Musée d’Histoire et d’archéologie in Orléans is exceptionally exhibiting part of its archaeological collections.

“Le Trait et l’Ombre” exhibition, until 30 September

The Museum of Fine-Art is showing French drawings from the Renaissance to the 20th century in its graphic arts cabinets, with works by Michel I Corneille, Hubert Robert, Léon Cogniet and others.

“Invisibles” exhibition, until 31 August

The Orlans Museum for Biodiversity and the Environment (MOBE) and the Jardin des Plantes take you on a journey to discover the secrets of the inhabitants of our gardens.

“A planetarium” exhibition, from 19 July to 12 August

The MOBE – Orléans Museum for Biodiversity and the Environment presents the Cosmorium, a travelling planetarium! This unusual auditorium offers the chance to marvel at the wonders of the sky under a “full vault” projection.

“Photo-choreography” exhibition, until 3 September

The Collégiale Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier is presenting a photographic exhibition featuring 3 artists: Anne-Flore Labrunie, Corinne Mercadier and Gabriela Morawetz.

Fête des Duits, from 11 to 16 August 2022

The Fête des Duits, artistic refreshments, will be held from 10 to 15 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.

Festival des Duits à Orléans

Sound and light show on the cathedral

All summer

Come and see the sound and light show on Orléans Sainte-Croix cathedral until 2 September!

Two brand new, free shows (Hommage aux fêtes de Jeanne d’Arc and Orléans aux couleurs du monde) are projected for 1 hour of sound and light!

Discover the Parc Floral de La Source

Shows and evening events

Join 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!

Hauteurs de la cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans

Discovering Orleans

Guided tours of the city

Discover or rediscover Orléans in summer! Take part in the guided tours offered by the Orleans Métropole Tourist Office!

Descend into the crypts and subterranean treasures of Orléans, get a bird’s eye view of the towers of Sainte-Croix cathedral or enjoy a guided bike ride through the old town centre… A rich and intense programme of guided tours is on offer throughout the summer season!

See all our guided tours!

National Day

13th July

The lantern-lit retreat

Let yourself be carried away by the festive music during the traditional lantern-lit retreat along the Loire. Leaving from Quai du Châtelet at 9.40pm.

The pyromusical show

Come and admire the superb National Day fireworks display set against one of the most beautiful backdrops of all, the Loire.

The Ball

Dance the night away with pop rock group Smart Music. Meet at the north end of the Pont de l’Europe at 11.30pm.

14 July

Commemorative ceremony

Enjoy shows and entertainment in Orléans city centre for young and old. Starting at 11am on the central esplanade of the Parc Pasteur.

Guinguette le Ponton

To continue the festive spirit of 14 July, come and get moving at the concert by Opsa Heheli, a Latin roots Balkan group. From 8.30pm to 10pm on the Quai du Châtelet.


Orleans set to music

Grand PianO Festival from 28 June to 2 July 2023

To mark the start of summer, the Grand PianO Festival, a new cultural, popular and intergenerational event, will showcase the piano in all its diversity. On the programme: classical, rap, jazz, pop and electro…

O’Tempo Festival from 25 to 27 August 2023

Sophisticated guinguette atmosphere and garden party for the third edition of O’Tempo in Boigny-sur-Bionne. On the programme: Mosimann, Matmatah, Trois Cafés Gourmands…

Hop Pop Hop, 15 and 16 September 2023

Bands from different horizons, 4 stages spread across Orléans city centre, Hop Pop Hop is a moment of musical discovery in the form of a journey through several venues for a festive and intense event.

Loire Festival

20th to 24th September 2023

The Festival de Loire is back for its 20th anniversary from 20 to 24 September, transforming the quays of the Loire into a mythical port of yesteryear, full of encounters, discoveries and pleasures.

More than 700 bargemen and 200 boats are expected, as well as 500 artists and more than a hundred exhibitors on 2km of quays between the George V Bridge and the Quai du Roi, not forgetting the South Bank.
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