Jasmine Festival in Grasse

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Jasmine Festival in Grasse

Every year on the first weekend of August, the annual Jasmine Festival – Fête du Jasmin – takes place in the beautiful medieval town of Grasse. Here are dances, music, concerts, exhibitions, processions and fireworks. All in honor of the city’s gold – the perfume.

Jasmine festival in Grasse
Beautiful jasmine costumes among the many colorful decorations which characterize the festival – ©cityxee.com

Jasmine Festival in Grasse

The annual Jasmine Festival – Fête du Jasmin – is one of two flower festivals in Grasse. The other is Expo Rose, which takes place in May. See more about this here.

Tradition for more than 70 years

The festival was first held in 1946, where it consisted of dances, concerts, exhibitions and fireworks. The tradition is the same today. One celebrates the flower Jasmine, growers and perfume creators.

3 days of celebration, colors and perfumery

The festival spans three days and is still filled with celebration, dancing, concerts and fireworks.

The big parade is Saturday night. It is an amazing procession of many dancers and flower carts, from which thousands of flowers are thrown out to the audience. There is a fight along the parade to bring home as many as possible of the beautiful flowers.

Local firefighters “extinguish” the festival spectators with jasmine water and you don’t have to put on any additional perfume that night.

Jasmine festival parade in Grasse
Thousands of flowers are thrown to the spectators from the parade’s flower decorated carts – cityxee.com

Jasmine festival is a folk festival with room for everyone

It’s an incredible experience of a folk festival. Great atmosphere with room for everyone – small and large, young and old.

If you’re in the area this weekend in August, it’s a highly recommended “city-must-xee” experience.

Access and parking to the Jasmine Festival

Admission is free and the parade takes place on the main street of Grasse, around Place de la Foux, along Route Napoléon and Boulevard du Jeu de Ballon.

Exact program can be found here at the official Grasse website.  Parking is plenty in the various parking garages (eg.  Honoré Cresp, located just off Fragonard and close to it all). Just drive towards the center and there is good signage for the parking garages with indication of available parking spaces.

CityXee recommends: Come in good time before the part of the event you would like to experience, and if you are by car, then you have plenty of time to find parking and then enjoy the truly fantastic atmosphere that this event offers.

By Mette F. W. – 2023

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