Fête-ing It Up

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Fête-ing It Up

Spring. Spot your favorite star at the Cannes Film Festival in May (www.festival-cannes.fr). The French Open kicks off the last week of May in Paris (www.rolandgarros.com).

Love grand cru? Head to Bordeaux for the wine festival in late June (www.bordeaux-fete-le-vin.com).

Summer. Avignon sparkles in July during the monthlong theater and arts festival (www.festival-avignon.com). French cities and towns celebrate le 14 juillet (July 14, Bastille Day), marking the start of the French Revolution (www.14-juillet.cityvox.com).

The popular Paris Plage transforms the Seine's banks into a "beach" in mid-July with palm trees, sand, and lounge chairs (www.paris.fr).

Fall. Tour France's most beautiful buildings on the Journée du Patrimoine (Patrimony Day), usually the third Sunday in September (www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr).

Paris has cultural events throughout September for la rentrée (the return) from summer vacation (www.paris.fr).

Winter. The Carnaval de Nice rocks Lent for three weeks in February (www.nicecarnaval.com). Strasbourg's famous Marchés de Noël (Christmas Markets) runs from late November to early January (www.noel-strasbourg.com).

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