in our departments. Ten ideas for family outings to liven up your weekend of March 25 and 26

Classy! This is the 15th Lyon hiker’s show

Photo illustration Progress/Rémy PERRIN

Hiking is freedom. That of walking in breathtaking landscapes, of breathing, of finding yourself in front of yourself or with friends. Need ideas for your next explorations? Head to the Cité internationale de Lyon for the 15e edition of the Hiker’s Fair.

Until March 26, 450 exhibitors are gathered in three thematic areas (regional, merchant and equipment) to give local, national and international leads.

Added to this are meetings and free tests. To find out more, do not hesitate to consult, before going there, the official website of the event ( It is a tool full of advice and information.

March 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Congress Center, Citée Internationale, 50 quai Charles-de-Gaulle, Lyon 6th. Admission: €5. Free for accompanied children under 12.

Photo Progress/Maxime Jegat

The caves of La Balme reopen their doors to the public this weekend

It is a marvel of concretions buried in the depths of the Earth. And, this weekend, in Nord-Isère, the caves of La Balme reopen its universe from another world to the public.

To mark the occasion, two guided tours with a flashlight will be organised. Another way to discover the underground lake or the fresco of François Iis painted by Théodore Levigne, in the 19th century.

Guided tours, March 25 and 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Open caves of 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (last entrance at 5 p.m.). Rue des Grottes, La Balme-les-Grottes.

A whole weekend to enjoy the Ciné-court festival with the family (Roanne, Loire)

Spoon is part of the 2023 festival selection. Photo provided by Ciné-court

These are cartoons in short format. Concentrates of aesthetics and creativity that can be savored without moderation.

And until Sunday, they occupy the top of the bill in Roanne, as part of the Ciné-court festival.

dozens of movies short, from about forty countries, will be screened at the Espace Renoir and at the Grand Palais in Roanne. En 3D, 2D, modeling clay, sand, drawing… many techniques will be represented. As well as themes and styles. Something to delight your children. But something to enjoy too!

Until Sunday March 26. Espace Renoir and Grand Palais. Prices: €4.50 per session. Pass 3 sessions: €12, 5 sessions: €15. Information :

The Jurafaune raptor park located in the town of Granges-sur-Baume welcomes visitors in scorching temperatures.  The birds suffer from its high heat.  It is made available for birds of prey, water tanks serving as a swimming pool to cool off.  A black kite in the sky of Granges-sur-Baume.  Photo Progress/Philippe TRIAS

Meet the black kites with the LPO (Bas-en-Basset, Haute-Loire)

It’s spring ! Back from Africa, colonies of black kites have laid down their wings near the ponds, in Bas-en-Basset. This Saturday, the Haute-Loire Bird Protection League offers to go to the site to observe the first breeders and other animal species.

What to learn much, much more about these magnificent creatures. Attention, take care to equip yourself with clothes adapted to the weather forecast, walking shoes, binoculars and/or long-views.

Saturday March 25, 4-7 p.m. Meet at the La Garenne campsite car park, camping road, Bas-en-Basset. Free entry. information and
reservation at:

This is the 12th Nantua Book Fair! (Ain)

Comedian Laurent Gerra is one of the guests of honor at the event. Photo archives 2022Progrès/Norbert GRISAY

The 12th Nantua Book Fair invites itself this weekend to Espace Malraux. Seventy-five authors, storytellers, designers, poets are expected.

Among them, comedian Laurent Gerra and cartoonist Dubouillon. Meeting, dedications will be there for pretty reading pages.

March 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Espace Malraux, acoming from Dr. Grezel, Nantua.

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Mario Kart at the heart of a tournament (Chilly-le-Vignoble, Jura)

In Chilly-le-Vignoble, in the Jura, the small associative café, the La Tocade bar, is hosting a Mario Kart tournament this Sunday, open to young people aged 8 to 18.

Video game fans can compete for an individual tournament without having to bring their game console. A great meeting place for lovers of the most famous mustache in the world.

March 26, from 2 p.m., Bar La Tocade, Chilly-le-Vignoble. Registration:

For responsible tourism, focus on the 6th Committed Travel Fair (Lyon)

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Discovering elsewhere has become much, much more affordable. Unfortunately, this mass tourism does not only have positive effects on the environment or the countries visited.

Until Sunday, the 6e edition of the Festival du Voyage, organized in Villeurbanne, offers another vision, more eco-responsible, on travel by highlighting alternatives to planes, cars or ocean liners.

The event offers screenings and exhibitions, but also conferences and round tables on various themes. Something to open your eyes to new horizons.

Festival of committed travel, until March 26, at the Maison de l’Environnement de la Métropole de Lyon, 14 avenue Tony-Garnier, Lyon 7e.

Valexpo is hosting the wine and gastronomy fair this weekend.  Photo Progress archives 2022/Antoine DELSART

Oyonnax full of taste buds: three days dedicated to gastronomy and wine at Valexpo

Want to restock your cellar? To taste good products? See you until Sunday at Valexpo, Oyonnax, for the 15th Salon full of taste buds.

An event that brings together 75 exhibitors and 125 wine and gastronomic appellations.

The icing on the cake, chefs will lead demonstrations. You can also participate in food-wine pairing workshops or oenological discoveries.

March 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; March 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Valexpo, 88 Cours de Verdun, Oyonnax. Admission: €2. Such. : or [email protected]

Brazil invites itself to the carnival of Champagnole (Jura)

Photo archives Progress 2019

Extension of Mardi-gras, this Saturday, with the great carnival of Champagnole and his region, this March 25.

An event placed under the sign of Brazil, with floats and music for fun and dancing. Top departure at 2:30 p.m., from L’Oppidum.

I’m sorryround of the parade, a battle between the participating groups will be organized. Just a spectator? Do not hesitate to come in disguise.

From 2:30 p.m., from the Oppidum, rue de l’Egalité, Champagnole.

 Photo Progress archives 2019/Dominique Berthéas

Place your bets in Saint-Étienne!

Party games? A event that invites families to play classic and/or original games: Thego, Meccano, archery, crazy pong, Traxxas, jeux of dames, train electric,billiards…
This year, the profits will be donated to Cheval Bienveillant, an association that offers leisure activities and well-being around the horse, at destination of children and adults suffering from difficultyphysical or psychological tees.
The 25 mars, 1120 h, et the March 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. multi-sport gymnasium, Plain Achille, Saint-Etienne. Price: €5, reduced €3, free for children under 10 accompanied. Such. :

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