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Main Events in Cannes

Discover the main Cannes events in the year

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There are loads of events in Cannes organised year round. From quirky local celebrations to large scale sporting spectacles, there is always something worth attending. In this section, we bring you information about the major annual events in this corner of the French Riviera.

Popular Events in Cannes
January Break the Floor, Cannes Urban Trail
February Cannes Half Marathon, Festival International des Jeux
March Napoleon's Landed (Vallauris Golfe-Juan)
April Canneseries, MIPTV, Cannes International Triathlon
May Les Bravades de Frejus (Frejus), Cannes Film Festival
June Cannes Jumping InternationalCannes Lions International Festival of CreativityFête de la Musique
July Bastille Day, Joutes Provençales, Nuits Musicales du Suquet
August Jazz à DomergueInternational Fireworks Festival, Les Plages Electroniques
September Cannes Yachting Festival, Régates Royales, European Heritage Days
October MIPCOM
November Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes, NRJ Music Awards
December Cannes Dance Festival, Noël (Christmas), Reveillon du Nouvel An (New Year's Eve)

This is only a snapshot of what happens in Cannes throughout the year. There are many other small festivals and one-off celebrations that take place each year; we will endeavour to add these to our Events Calendar when we spot them.

NB. Times and dates may vary each year. Indeed, some years, the festivals may not run at all or be cancelled close to the dates of the event.

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January Events in Cannes

Break the Floor, Cannes
Kicking off the year in style, Break the Floor is an event that will not only surprise, amaze and entertain but it might even inspire you to keep up a few of those New Year's resolutions. If you love those 'cheesier than most' dance movies that have the main character throwing moves that you didn't even know were possible, then this is an event you will love. Hailed as one of the world's biggest hip-hop dance events, it guarantees an electric atmosphere and some insane talent from around the globe. Dates & details.

Cannes Urban Trail
Three races through the streets of Cannes and its surroundings along some of the city's most iconic monuments and buildings. Choose between the 25km, 15km or 9km race and explore Cannes while you run. Dates & details.

February Events in Cannes

Cannes Half Marathon, Cannes
Started in 1969 by a former professional French athlete, the Cannes Athletic Club takes part and hosts numerous sporting events throughout the year. One of the most noteworthy is the half marathon or 'Semi de Cannes' that takes place in late February. Even if you haven't got the energy to take part, there is a great atmosphere from the crowds as they cheer on in support. Dates & details.

Festival International des Jeux, Cannes
This gaming festival, hosted in Cannes each February, brings together people from all over the globe to sample new games, enjoy traditional games and play together under one roof. A great family event that everyone can enjoy, from chess to video games, hardcore gamers to first time players, there will be something for everyone. Dates & details.

March Events in Cannes

Napoleon's Landed, Vallauris Golfe-Juan
Fans of Napoleonic history won't want to miss this reenactment of the landing of Emperor Napoleon after his exile in Elba. On March 1st 1815, Napoleon arrived with his army to the shores of the Cote d'Azur, a scene that is played out again each year on the beach in Vallauris Golfe-Juan. There are also talks and music concerts. Dates & details.

April Events in Cannes

Cannes Canneseries
A month before the illustrious Festival de Cannes, the city celebrates cinema's little sister, television. Canneseries is dedicated to international TV shows and some of the most anticipated series of the season will premiere here. There are free screenings open to all. Dates & details.

MIPTV
Only a few weeks later, the Palais des Festivals hosts the biggest television festival in the world. MIPTV is not only about series but features all sorts of formats, from contests to kid's shows and dramas. Dates & details.

Cannes International Triathlon
A challenging triathlon with rewarding views over the Bay of Cannes and the mountains surrounding it. This sports competition includes a 2km swim around the bay, a 107km cycle ride up the Alpes Maritimes and a 16km run along the legendary Boulevard de la Croisette and Port Pierre Canto. Dates & details.

May Events in Cannes

Les Bravades de Frejus
The 'bravade' is a feast day celebrated on the third weekend after Easter, in honour of Saint Francis de Paul. The festivities last for three days and include parades accompanied by flutes and drums with locals dressed in traditional costumes in the town of Frejus, just to the south-west of Cannes. Dates & details.

Cannes Film Festival
The world-famous Cannes Film Festival needs little introduction. Film stars, directors, producers, models and a whole host of people associated with the film industry descend on Cannes in May to attend this glitzy festival. Dates & details.

June Events in Cannes

Cannes Jumping International
Cannes Jumping is a large equestrian event that attracts a high calibre of professional riders from around the globe. The three-day event takes place in the Hesperides stadium in central Cannes and has been running for over 20 years. This is a must for anyone who likes to watch show jumping at a high level. Dates & details.

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
Possibly one of the most talked-about events in the calendar, Cannes Lions has the power to celebrate, influence and change business through creativity, rewarding the best work and the brightest thinking. This global event for the communications and advertising industries is also a chance for people to come together – peers, collaborators and some 40 or so inspirational speakers, who in the past have included Pharrell Williams, Al Gore and Jamie Oliver. Dates & details.

Fête de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is a celebration that takes place every summer solstice on June 21st in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, club DJs and traditional folk bands. Dates & details.

July Events in Cannes

Bastille Day
A national holiday with various activities being held across the city on July 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Look out for those fireworks! Dates & details.

Joutes Provençales
For some tradition and culture – and a hefty dose of jousting fun – don't miss the Joutes Provençales, traditional nautical combats in the old fishing port of Cannes. Here you'll find two opponents standing on rowing boats and trying to topple one another into the water. Dates & details.

Nuits Musicales du Suquet
The Nuits Musicales du Suquet is one of the most magical events in the Cannes' calendar and a must for classical music lovers. Hosted in the Old Town of Cannes, on an outdoor stage, listen to some of the best classical musicians by moonlight. Dates & details.

August Events in Cannes

Jazz à Domergue
Every year, in the hot summer month of August, the magnificent villa of local painter Jean-Gabriel Domergue, famous for his portraits of Parisian women, hosts various jazz performances in its gardens. Dates & details.

International Fireworks Festival - Festival d'Art Pyrotechnique
Cannes hosts the International Firework Festival every summer. Throughout various dates in July and August, over 200,000 people attend each display. Specialists from all around the world create the most amazing colours and effects lighting up the sky and the water. Dates & details.

Les Plages Electroniques
This is a unique chance to dance to electronic music on the beach in one of the most exclusive resorts on the Mediterranean. The beach at the Palais des Festivals turns into a giant open-air club that will make you feel like you are in Ibiza. Dates & details.

September Events in Cannes

Cannes Yachting Festival
The annual Yachting Festival at Cannes is one of the largest in Europe. Nearly 600 boats are on display in the water and on land in two of the town's most exclusive marinas: Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto. The Cannes show brings together the key players in pleasure boating and international luxury yachting, whether they be exhibitors, yacht owners or future buyers. Dates & details.

Régates Royales
This annual yachting regatta takes place over one week in September. With competitions, family activities and numerous parties and celebrations, this is an event not to be missed by boating enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. Dates & details.

European Heritage Days
Exceptional locations around France, including Cannes, will be open to visitors on the 'Journées du Patrimoine', a European-wide event. The European Heritage Days (EHD) are an annual event in which members of the public are encouraged to immerse themselves in local history and culture. Museums, churches, and galleries all open their doors to the public for a weekend in September. Dates & details.

October Events in Cannes

MIPCOM
MIPCOM is the world's leading entertainment content market, bringing together TV and digital content executives for four days of meetings, screenings and conferences. Dates & details.

November Events in Cannes

Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes
Those of you who don't hibernate over the winter period might want to think about flexing those well-toned, post-summer muscles in the fantastic Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes. One of the largest races in France, second only to the Paris Marathon, this run takes you from the start line in Nice along the beautiful coastal road, through Antibes and onto the finish line in Cannes. Attracting about 13,000 participants annually, you certainly won't find yourself alone during the quieter winter months. Dates & details.

NRJ Music Awards
French radio station NRJ celebrate their annual awards in November at the Palais des Festivals. Top national and international artists will perform their latest pop, hip-hop, electronic music and rock hits. Dates & details.

December Events in Cannes

Cannes Dance Festival
This prestigious dance festival takes place every two years (odd years) at the Palais des Festivals. Under the direction of Brigitte Lefévre, director of the Opera Ballet in Paris until 2014, the festival showcases mainly contemporary dancing with performances, masterclasses, seminars, workshops, conferences and outreach events. Dates & details.

Noël​ (Christmas)
In France, the biggest celebration of the festive holidays takes place on Christmas Eve, which is when families gather together and share a banquet that usually includes oysters, foie gras, caviar and turkey or goose.

Reveillon du Nouvel An (New Year's Eve)
Celebrated all over the South of France with plenty of spectacular firework displays, for New Year's Eve some villages also have live music and dancing. Most of the bars and restaurants will host special parties and serve gourmet menus to commemorate the start of the new year.