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Culture and leisure

Lyon overflows with free-time activities and events. Below, you'll find a few resources to help you locate the activities best suited to your interests:

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The sports page of the official website of the City of Lyon
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The athletic associations of Lyon
Consult the directory of Lyon’s athletic associations, to find all the sports clubs located near your home.
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Running in Lyon
The runners of the website Wanarun offer you diverse downloadable routes for running in and around Lyon.
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Hikes and walks in the Lyon area
The Lyon Evasion website offers hiking and walking itineraries in and around Lyon, to explore the region alone, with friends or as a family.
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Swimming in Lyon
A list of swimming pools in Lyon.
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Lyon’s municipal library
France’s largest public library. Check out books, CDs and DVDs. Specialized section dedicated to learning French. Exhibitions, training courses, etc.
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Lyon Culture
Cultural website for the City of Lyon. All of Lyon’s current and upcoming cultural activities.
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Le Petit Bulletin
Le Petit Bulletin is your free weekly calendar of cultural events and leisure activities. Cinema, theatre, music, exhibitions, conferences, evening receptions, etc. It’s all there!

Le Petit Bulletin is distributed throughout Lyon and Saint-Etienne (shops, museums, libraries, bars, restaurants, etc.). You can also consult the programme online.

The museums of Lyon
Discover the various museums of Lyon.
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Going out

On Va Sortir - Lyon
This website provides you the opportunity to meet numerous persons sharing the same centres of interest, with activities of all kinds organized. You can also suggest your own activities via the site, to share your passions with others.
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Lyon International
Lyon International is an association that allows foreign visitors the opportunity to share a meal with families in Lyon. The association also organizes many other activities to facilitate the integration of foreigners staying in Lyon.
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Accueil Villes Françaises - Lyon
Accueil des Villes Françaises Lyon-Rhône is a hosting association seeking to facilitate your move to Lyon, notably by organizing activities for newly arrived foreigners.
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Events with ONLYLYON ambassadors
Do you love Lyon? Then you should join the network of ONLYLYON ambassadors, who help to improve Lyon’s international influence. Special events are regularly organized for ONLYLYON ambassadors, allowing you to make new acquaintances and extend your own network. What’s more, registration is free!
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Espace Ulys events
The Espace Ulys regularly organizes special events dedicated to foreign scientists and their families. Don’t hesitate to consult our events calendar, to keep up-to-date regarding our upcoming activities.
Consult the events calendar