Festivals in and around Beaune
For the last 30 year this hot air balloon festival is held during the Pentecost weekend (a week after Easter) south of Beaune in the city of Chalon sur Saône. See: http://www.montgolfiades71.com/
Vin et Musique
Chamber music concerts held at the end of June in the historic Clos de Vougeot castle and Meursault castle. For a great introduction to this festival read Beethoven and Burgundy by Sophie Menin in Opera News.
Festival official website - in french only: http://www.musiqueetvin-closvougeot.com/
The Clos Vougeot castle is the home of the famous wine brotherhood known as Les Chevaliers du Tastevin. Here is the trailer for the movie on the history of the brotherhood you can see when you visit the castle.
Beaune - International Festival of Baroque Opera
Notable for revivals of many baroque operas and performances on period instruments, this festival is held over four weekends in July - weather permitting in the courtyard of the Hospices de Beaune, if not in the Collégiale Notre-Dame de Beaune Romanesque Basilica.
Festival official website - in french only: http://www.festivalbeaune.com/
Foire Internationale et Gastronomique
Dijon plays host to the International Gastronomy Fair the first two weeks in November. Each year a different country is invited to show off its produce and cuisine.
Official website - in french only: http://www.foirededijon.com/
Les Trois Glorieuses
Beaune holds its famous wine festival on the third weekend in November. It starts with a public tasting on Saturday, continues with an auction on Sunday, and closes with a tipsy lunch for the wine elite at Château de Meursault on Monday.
Beaune Blues Boogies
Piano Blues and Boogie Woogie festival with a wine attitude. From the Beaune theater to a wine cellar in Vosne-Romanée, via restaurants: rythm, food and wine au menu to kick off December.
Official website - in french only: http://www.bbb2016.fr/