The third Thursday in November is the annual release date for Beaujolais Nouveau and a Beaujolais Festival – 16 November 2017
To celebrate the Beaujolais wine region hosts a Festival Les Sarmentelles which is held in Beaujeu (69 Rhône, ARA) in November. see Beaujolais Nouveau
Over 5 days (and nights) there is music and dancing in the streets, a market and plenty of opportunity to taste the new wine and local food delicacies.
Whilst there is less enthusiasm and hype for Beaujolais runs etc in the UK, Beaujolais remains well suited as a fresh young red wine which is fun to drink and is widely available in France.
Les Sarmentelles takes place in Beaujeu where festivities run over five-days including tastings, an artisans market, music and a torchlit procession illuminated by burning vine shoots (sarments).
The Beaujolais region (between Macon and Lyon roughly) is an attractive part of southern Burgundy to visit, and the wine is gernerally more affordable than in Burgundy itself.
For more info on the Beaujolais Festival see www.sarmentelles.com