The Feria is the high point of festive life in Nîmes. The bull is king for several days. But people don't come to Nîmes just for the bullfights. The Féria often starts with the Pégoulade, a carnival procession on the first evening. Then there is an abrivado or an encierro. The bands called peñas walk around the boulevards, there is flamenco in the bodegas, the famous cellars or garages where Costières de Nîmes wine, sangria and Champagne flow generously. You can visit the Camargue and Sevillian 'villages' around the town, watch water jousting on the Canal de la Fontaine and enjoy concerts and dancing in the street. Finally, mass is held in Provencal in the cathedral.
Coming to the Féria is above all for the festive atmosphere, friends and music. And then staying is for the liveliness of the streets, the general madness and the bodegas. Returning is for the atmosphere and for the people you meet.
Feria des Vendanges (Wine Harvest Feria)
This has been held on the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday of September since 1978. It is reputed to be a more spontaneous and family event than its big Whitsun sister.