Every year since 1952, on Pentecost weekend, Nimes holds a week-long feria. The Pentecost Feria involves bullfights between the best toreros and bulls, but is also a big popular festival which even young children can take part in. Local traditions are celebrated, and the festival is attended by herdsmen and bulls from the Camargue. They can be seen in the streets during the encierros and abrivados (bull runs and parades), and also in the portable arenas which are set up in the city.
Brass bands and peñas (folk groups) wander the streets and boulevards to entertain the crowds. Exhibitions are held in the various museums, including the Museum of Taurine Cultures. There is also a big free concert on the forecourt of the arenas. Horses are also celebrated with a show presented in the opulent Fountain Gardens and the Camargue Village (Espace Camargue).