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Summer at the château

Come spend summer at the chateau and enjoy the rich programm !

American Art School Festival

July 1st to July 27th

Every summer since 1921, the château has welcomed teachers and students from the American Schools of Art in Fontainebleau, a storied institution from across the Atlantic that perpetuates French-style teaching excellence in music and architecture. In 2018, strengthened by this shared history and driven by a common desire, the Château de Fontainebleau and the American Art Schools Foundation have decided to strengthen their partnership by creating a Music Festival.

Consisting of the famous “American Conservatory”, doubled with a School of Fine Arts (Architecture), the Academy of Art Schools brings together a team of prestigious artists and contributors. As part of their partnership, the Château de Fontainebleau and the EAAF, under the artistic direction of cellist Diana Ligeti and architect Anthony Béchu, have turned this summer academy into a festival dedicated to excellence, working to professionalize young people, promote collaboration between music and architecture, and encourage creation and encounters with all publics. Festival events will take place in the château’s Chapelle de la Trinité, Salle de Bal and Salle des Colonnes, as well as in the courtyards and gardens.

“D’Artagnan” family tour 

D’Artagnan watches over King Louis XIV and recruits his future musketeers from among the young cadets. Plunge into history at the time of King Louis XIV, foil the plots at his Court and the machinations of Fouquet, and roam the castle to the sound of the most famous Musketeer’s boots. Join the Cadets de la Garde, follow the courtier and the Mousquetaire through the rooms, and learn about life at court : the salute in arms, the curtsy… Thwart the plot and witness the sword duel to stop the spy in Fouquet’s pay.

With Compagnie Estocade 

From July 10 to August 24 inclusive, Wednesday to Sunday (they will not be present on Mondays and Tuesdays) 

At 10:30 am, 12 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:45 pm 

Running time : 1 hour

All audiences, children aged 6 and over accompanied by an adult

Price: from €14, in addition to château admission ticket 

Evening visit : “A summer night at court” - in French only

Become the privileged guests of the French court ! Discover the gardens at nightfall, then wander through the château’s emblematic rooms and secret areas, and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

Every Thursday and Saturday, from July 11 to September 7 inclusive.

From July 11 to August 15 inclusive, from 9pm to 11pm.

August 17 to August 24, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

August 29 to September 07 inclusive, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 

European Heritage Days

Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22

For its 41st edition, the European Heritage Days will be held on Saturday September 21 and Sunday September 22, 2024, with the themes “the heritage of routes, networks and connections, and maritime heritage”.

Le printemps 2024 au château de Fontainebleau

Nature tour cycle – in French only  

In 2024, the château is pursuing its commitment to preserving the biodiversity of its natural areas, and is offering a cycle of nature visits on its estate.

Discovering the biodiversity of meadows and woodlands

Saturday, September 21st

As part of the European Heritage Days

Discover the rich and diverse biodiversity associated with an exemplary approach to managing the château’s green and natural spaces. Seasonal program featuring crickets, bird calls, wild plants…

Schedule: 2:30 pm

Duration: 2h30

Price: Free 

Meet on avenue des cascades, at the gate near the Synagogue

In partnership with the Vallée du Loing naturalists’ association

Residency with Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and Choir


Roland de Lassus, one of the great figures of the Renaissance, links French, German and Italian styles in this program. His works, written in all three languages, are presented alongside those of Antoine de Boësset, Johann Hermann Schein and Claudio Monteverdi, in order to fully highlight these three different styles. The program is divided into three parts, each beginning with an improvisation – in the appropriate style of the country. 

A truly European journey !

Program :

France : Roland de Lassus (1532 – 1594), Antoine de Boësset (1587 – 1643)

Germany : Roland de Lassus (1532 – 1594), Johann H. Schein (1586 – 1630)

Italy : Roland de Lassus (1532 – 1594), Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)


Friday, September 27, Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 29 at 3pm

Salle de Bal

Running time : 70 minutes, no intermission

ESCALIER_FER_A_CHEVAL (c) RMN - Grand Palais _ Adrien Didierjean

“Discover the Chateau” guided tour

A guided tour of the Grands Appartements to discover the history of the château, from its origins to the Second Empire.

Saturday, July 6 to Saturday, August 31 

Wednesday to Saturday 

At 2:15 p.m.

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Tickets and prices

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Opening hours

The chateau

The chateau is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

From October to March: 9.30 am to 5 pm (last access at 4.15 pm).

From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

The park and gardens are open, under the usual conditions, free of charge.

The restaurant is open every day for lunch.

Coming to the chateau

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