Lyon in May. For All The Top Things to Do & Events to Take Part In!

Lyon in May. For All The Top Things to Do & Events to Take Part In!

I have keep wanting to do it for a long time. I really wanted to be up to date with everything what’s happening in Lyon and share it with you. Lyon in May PostThere are many Lyonnais great websites and blogs which do it in French so I know all the events for each weekend which is great (I have written about them in my previous post). I realize I am too slow  (what’s a lie if anyone knows me…I’m usually too quick) to prepare it for each week and on top of that those Lyonnais websites are doing it brilliantly. So there is no point for me to duplicate the work but what I was looking for is a nice overview of events happening in Lyon each month and in English. So we can all get organised, prepared and plan well the visit, stay, things to do in Lyon each month. How do you like the idea? I should prepare it at least one week before new month with top events in Lyon. I would love if you could suggest more or different ones by commenting below or contacting me to be included in the article. In this way we can all take advantage of Lyon, share our passion for things to do in Lyon with others. So let’s get started with May in Lyon for all the things to do and events to take part in!

Nuit Européenne des Musées –  3th edition of the European Night of Museums. Most of the museums and galleries in Lyon open their doors free of charge but…during the night.  Great opportunity to enjoy spectacular and unusual animations but…might be crowded. More info here. Where: many museums in Lyon; When: 20 May; How much: Free

Nuits Sonores  – 15th edition of the music festival in Lyon; 9 days and nights with main: Wednesday 24, friday 26 and saturday 27 may. All information here, Where: depending of the concert, different venues here; When: 24-28th May; How Much: from 26 Euro a day. 38 Euro per night

Foodtruck Lyon Festival – 15 food trucks will follow each other for 3 days around Lyon; Sounds yummy? Find out more here: Where: 1, place Henri Barbusse 69123 Lyon; When: 12 May from 5pm-; 13th May at 10am – midnight and 10am-6pm at 14 May; How much: Free

Jazz days dans le musée des Confluences – Because 30th of April has been called the “International Day of Jazz” by UNESCO everyone is getting excited as well as the Museum Confluence which is organizing the 3rd edition of Jazz Days. More info here; Where: 86 quai Perrache 69002 Lyon 2ème; Tél. : 04 28 38 11 90, When: from Sunday 30 April – 6th May 2017, closed on Mondays! How much: 20 € (reduced tariff: 15€)

Match of this semi-final Europa League at OL Parc – match OL-AJAX AMSTERDAM, Where: Parc OL at 21:05, When: on May 11th; How much: from 18 Euro…Not my thing really but a real thing for many so enjoy!

Pérouges Plant Fair the fair of rare and ancient plants, a festive event in a natural and medieval setting to buy and discover plants. More info here Where: Cité médiévale de Pérouges – 01800 Pérouges – France; Tél 0686748881; When: May 7, 2017; How much: Free

Ultra Boucle de La Sarra – Run more in Lyon & take part in the exceptional race on the heights of Lyon. More info here; Where: 69005 – Lyon; When: 19-20 May; How much: from 30 Euros

Musee Paul Dini – new collection of local artists who are presenting the Rhone Alpes has just launched at the Museum Paul Dini; What a gem in order to discover Lyon and around. More info here. Where: place Faubert 69400 Villefranche-sur-Saône, Tel: ., When: Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 pm to 6 pm; How Much: 4 to 6 €

Los Angeles,une fiction – new exhibition in the modern art museum which shows the work of 34 artists from Los Angeles and 84 authors, together with the FRIGO GENERATION 78/90 expo which presents 10 years of the vision of the FRIGO culture groups whose main center was actually Lyon. Where: When:until July 9,  Wednesday – Sunday, from 11am to 6pm. How much: 8 Euro

Visite Découverte de la Basilique de Fourvière – offers the opportunity to explore the fabulous story of the Basilica, from its construction in the 19th century until now. More info here. Where: La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière; 8 Place de Fourvière;69005 Lyon;When: until November, Monday-Saturday, Sunday only afternoons, 9-12.30 and 2pm-6pm How much: pay as you wish; when groups : adultes : 3 € / younger than 16 : 1,50 €

Fête de la nature – for a weekend, professionals and volunteers from the nature conservation networks can discover free or unknown areas in the heart of nature. The public is invited to discover unknown species, to take part in the  walks, in familiar places as in corners inaccessible on a daily basis; More info here. Where: few locations and dates here. When: 17-21 May; How much: Free

Gypsy Lyon Festival Concerts, film screenings and comic book exhibits  to discovery of Gypsy culture, from the Balkans to Spain via Lyon. This year it will push curiosity to Asia! More info here. Where: Place Bertone and the Park of the Cerisaie; When: 18-21st May; How much: Free

Venenum  – is the exhibition which explores the theme of poison in an interdisciplinary way and describes the different roles played by poison in history and culture, science and beliefs, medicine and crime. More info here. Where: Confluences Museum; 86 quai Perrache; 69002 Lyon 2nd Phone: 04 28 38 11 90; When: How much: 5-9 Euro

Color Me Rad: Color Me Rad is a 5km race not timed. Every kilometer, participants are sprayed with colored powder. They leave with a tee-shirt white as snow and finish the race repainted with the colors of the rainbow. On arrival, there is a music festival; More info here; Where: Le Grand Parc Miribel-Jonage; When: 6 May; How much: 22 – 30 Euro

Galerie Sylvie Platin Sculpture Exposition of Yannis Lagresle, More info here;  When: 11am – 7pm; 29th April- 13 May; Where: Galerie d’Art Sylvie Platini – Lyon Célestins; 7 place des Célestins; Lyon 2e Arrondissement; How much: Free

Lyon this Month PostSo I tried to find the biggest but also the unusual events happenining in Lyon. I hope you like it. Now please & please give me your feedback on how I can improve this feature. What to change, what to add, what to delete. Lets make it better and more useful for all of us. Thank you!

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6 thoughts on “Lyon in May. For All The Top Things to Do & Events to Take Part In!

  1. Très bonnes suggestions !
    En mai, il y a aussi les 24H de l’Insa, un Pop Up Market, la prochaine expo du Musée des beaux-arts… Bref, il y a largement de quoi occuper agréablement ses journées 🙂

    1. Merci! Thank you for adding more events for May. Lets keep on sharing and enjoying our time in Lyon in May. I do love …un Pop Up Market sounds great, do you have a link to the event? Have a great day!

  2. Very helpful article and I will be checking out some of your recommendations when I’m there! Thank you for sharing!

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