News & Events 2020
In Toulouse, vibrant city of science, festivals are held throughout the year. Cosmopolitan and Latin American, its cultural life gives free rein to creativity and emerging new trends in arts, music and gastronomy. Major art exhibitions, world-famous cycling events and out of this world moments come together in 2020!
La Cité de l'espace opens it's children area
Located in Toulouse, Europe’s space capital, the Cité de l’espace is a unique and lively theme park dedicated to space adventure. From February 2020, set off for adventure in the new recreational area for children from age 4.
Explore with the family the world of astronauts and rockets, through immersive interactive activities.
Aeroscopia aviation museum expands
After Concorde 50th birthday celebrated in 2019, Aeroscopia museum will expand and open the North Tarmac in 2020.
This new outdoor zone will double the exhibition surface and will welcome 5 new aircraft, including the very first A320, a Beluga and an ATR42.
Next to the lake, the A380 will be opened to visits, on both decks, with an innovative layout enabling visitors to discover the world of aircraft manufacturing (innovation, assembly, cabin furnishing, environment...).
Opening of the MEETT - Toulouse Exhibition & Convention Centre
MEETT - Toulouse Exhibition & Convention Centre will be the 3rd largest facility in France, outside Paris and will officially open its doors in june 2020. This functional and emblematic building located just a few kilometres north east of Toulouse and in the immediate vicinity of the airport meets the needs of professionals and the requirements of the event industry, with facilities that combine technology and flexibility. The original aspect of this new facility lays in fact that it brings together, under one roof, a Convention Centre AND Exhibition Halls.
Toulouse a table food festival
Toulouse à Table festival is the unmissable foodie event in Toulouse, with punctual events throughout the year and a main festival from September 2 to 14.
For two weeks, encounter the local producers and taste the best quality products of the South-West.
Don't forget the banket held on Place du Capitole, that sets the stage for a beautiful and delicious dinner around the Toulouse cassoulet (vegetarian or gluten-free cassoulet option available).
We are rugby #2023
The Rugby World Cup 2023 will take place from 8th September to 21st October 2023. In addition to matches held at the municipal stadium of Toulouse (33,150 seats), this also promises to be one big party lasting 45 days that will bring different nations together around one amazing event.
Toulouse has moved to the rhythm of rugby for over a century. The Stade Toulousain rugby club, for its part, was born out of the merging of two student clubs, and adopted the colours red and black in honour of the Capitouls - responsible for administration in the city at the time of the Counts of Toulouse (from 1190) dressed with long red and black robes-. The club owns its own stadium, in the Sept-Deniers quarter. It bears the name of Ernest Wallon, professor of law and director of the club who invested 10,000 francs in order to purchase the 7ha plot that was the site of the first stadium.
Reopenings and renovation work in Toulouse
After months of renovation work, the Musée des Augustins (fine arts museum) will be accessible from November 2020.
The Bemberg foundation, offering the public the opportunity to admire the collection of paintings and works or art gathered by philanthropist Georges Bemberg in a magnificent Renaissance building is accessible till the end of August, followed by one year renovation work.
The Cartoucherie neighbourhood, a former industrial area converted into a "Third place" in an eco-neighbourhood, will offer a wide range of activities, based on a model that already exists in several European cities: Les Halles de la Cartoucherie. In March-April 2021, the entrance area will house a food hall with 26 catering stalls (local products and world cuisine, a craft brewery, and more), a cinema, a library...
February 2020 – Fête de la violette
Every year in February, during the flowering season of this highly-perfumed little flower, the Festival de la Violette is organised by Les Amis de la Violette.
The violet is the emblematic flower of Toulouse, and has been cultivated by the market gardeners in the north of the city since the 19th century. Nowadays, “La Violette de Toulouse” is a registered trademark, to be found on a wide variety of products (sweets, perfume, liqueur, etc.) and offers an excellent reason to celebrate as well as to explore Toulouse - the City of Violets!
May 2020 - MAP (Photo Festival)
MAP Toulouse is the photography festival for the Ville Rose, a meeting point for young talent and major names in photography.
Over several weeks, the entire city transforms into an immense gallery of images, accessible and free for all members of the public.
June 2020 – FestOval (Rugby event)
Toulouse’s love of rugby will be celebrated when the city’s main square, the Capitole, will be turned into a rugby pitch for the final of the French Championships Top 14 rugby union match. Tournaments and training sessions - to introduce the sport to the youngest fans and for adults to learn more about the sport - will be organised across the weekend, ending with a friendly match for kids and former rugby professionals.
18-21th June 2020 – Rio Loco (Music Festival)
3 days of festivals on the banks of the Garonne to explore the music and cultures of the world.
28th-28th June – Siestes Électroniques (Electro music Festival)
Siestes Électroniques is a festival in Toulouse devoted to emerging cultures, a niche event with great heart that, since its creation in the Ville Rose, has been taken to Paris and other major cities across Europe. The concept?
Musical discoveries in a relaxed ambiance, stretching out across the lawns of the Compans Caffarelli public gardens.
26th June – 5th July 2020 – Tangopostale (Tango Festival)
A nod to Aéropostale, which connected Toulouse and Argentina, and a chance to celebrate singer Carlos Gardel, born in Toulouse, the « Tangopostale » international tango festival is set to make the city pulse once again! More than 80 events, concerts, shows, balls, conferences, exhibitions and films will bring dancers and spectators together in this enchanting world.
July - August – "Open-air Cinema" at Cinémathèque de Toulouse
To experience cinema “differently”, every summer the courtyard of the Cinémathèque de Toulouse transforms into an open-air movie theatre. The Open-air Cinema festival has become one of the highlights of the season at the Cinémathèque and on the Toulouse cultural calendar. Over seven weeks, around forty great films from the history of cinema will grace the big screen on the façade of the building.
July - August – Toulouse d’été (Music Festival)
The Toulouse Summer Festival turned into the unavoidable Toulouse summer musical meeting place. Combining heritage and creation, it displays a music wandering through the most typical places of interest of the city, but also through its most unusual sites, where some confirmed and ready to become famous artists are sharing the show. From classical to jazz music, with worldwide music in between, rock music or songs, over fifty special events are shown to invent or re-invent the various music.
September 2020 – Piano aux Jacobins (Piano concerts)
Piano aux Jacobins is the most important festival dedicated to the piano in France.
During the softly lit hours of the concert, Piano aux Jacobins offers a unique alchemy: the Jacobin Monastery, a place full of spirituality and history where the attention of the heart is combined with warm acoustics.
October 2020 – Festival Toulouse les Orgues
Toulouse is the organ capital of Europe and there are plenty of good reasons for this. It is not by chance that this event has been brought to life by the people - and the organs - of Toulouse.
The city has a rich and varied organ heritage, including many different styles of instruments from all periods of history. The exceptional number of organs in the city (30, 9 of which are classified historical monuments) and the surrounding region (370) mean that all kinds of music can be played.