From September 2 to 3, 2023


Every year, when summer comes to an end, at the time of Saint-Fiacre, patron saint of gardeners, the Marais de Bourges comes alive with a festive and warm atmosphere on the occasion of the traditional Fête des Marais. From Saturday September 2 to Sunday September 3, 2023, this 41st edition promises to be exceptional with a new format and a multitude of activities for all ages. Immerse yourself in the heart of this unique celebration which highlights the history, nature and conviviality of the Marais de Bourges.

A weekend rich in entertainment and diversity

The first day of the festival begins in style with the fishing competition on the banks of the Yèvre. You can then meet at the Port aux Echalotes for boat trips as well as for an aperitif evening with a "Seventies acoustic music" atmosphere with the group Sputnik & los Covidos in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.
Nature lovers can enjoy pony rides, an ideal opportunity for young and old to discover the marshes in a different and fun way.

The second day is dedicated, among other things, to the local farmers' market. Let yourself be seduced by the variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers and honey from the marshes, from the talents of market gardeners. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a guided walking tour, immersing yourself in the history and evolution of the marshes, as well as a thematic tour led by Frédéric Thélinge, focusing on the plants used in local basketry and a visit marsh free “basketry workshop of the four seasons”.
Activities will not be lacking and there will be something for everyone: boat rides with the possibility of being filmed in a drone for a unique perspective, hip-hop performances by the Eighteen Crew, and stilt walks with Juju on stilts , will bring an artistic and whimsical touch to the event.
The youngest are not left out, with the pirate island and its inflatable structure which promise hours of entertainment and adventure.
Gastronomy will also be in the spotlight, with local-themed food and drink options at L'Échalote.

Contest and raffle

For lovers of creativity, the "funny" contest offers to stage scarecrows and decorated wheelbarrows, adding a playful and colorful touch to the party. And to top it off, a super raffle will give you the chance to win exceptional prizes, such as a flight over Bourges and the Marais by plane or even a meal at the restaurant.

Balade barque dans les Marais de Bourges

How to come to the party?

The Marais de Bourges are a 15-minute walk from the city center. If you choose to arrive by car, several car parks are available in the immediate vicinity. If necessary, do not hesitate to visit us at the Tourist Office to obtain a detailed plan of the city and the Marais.