Rennes is at its best in the first week of July, when the Festival des Tombées de la Nuit takes over the whole city to celebrate Breton culture with music, theatre, film, mime and poetry. A pocket version of the same festival is also held in the week between Christmas and New Year.

A busy calendar of rock festivals includes La Route du Rock in mid-February; Youank, in early November, which is geared towards young up-and-coming bands; and the Transmusicales in the first week of December.

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