About Main Events in Cannes
There are loads of events in Cannes organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth visiting. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Cannes events in resort and don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
This is only a snapshot of what happens on Cannes throughout the year. There are many other small festivals and one-off concerts that take place and we will endeavour to add these on our events calendar when we spot them.
The organising bodies may not release event information until very close to the event itself, so please search our Events Calendar to find out the latest information we have.
NB. Times and dates may vary each year. Indeed, some years, the festivals may not run at all (normally due to lack of funds), or be cancelled close to the dates of the event.
Break the Floor
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're like me and 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.
The Cannes Half Marathon and 10K
Started in 1969 by a former professional French athlete, the Cannes Athletic Club takes part and hosts numerous sporting events throughout the year in Cannes. One of the most noteworthy events is the half marathon (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.
Festival International des Jeux
Gaming Festival hosted in Cannes each February that 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, hard core gamers to first time players, there will be something for everyone!
Fans of Napoleonic history won't want to miss this re-enactment of the landing of the Emperor Napoleon after his exile in Elba. On March 1, 1815, Napoleon arrived with his army, and the scene is played out again each year on the beach in Vallauris Golfe-Juan. Many events are organised, including the battle - with calvary - Napoleon's ship and music concerts.
Cannes Shopping Festival
For the past eight years, Cannes has been hosting an annual shopping festival for the fashion lovers around the globe. Lasting for four days, the festival is centred around shopping and lifestyle including food and nightlife exhibits plus numerous catwalks with fashion parades. See here for dates.
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 includes 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 vary each year)
Long Night of Museums
The Long Night of Museums is an annual event each May where museums across Europe remain open late into the night, and Cannes is no exception. The European museum night was created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. On this occasion, the closing time of the museums is postponed to approximately one in the morning, which allows the public to visit the participating museums by night, for free.
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.
Cannes Jumping International
Cannes Jumping is a large equestrian event that attracts a high calibre of professional riders from around the globe. The four day event takes place in the Hesperides stadium in central Cannes. The competition has been running for over 20 years and is a must for anyone who likes to watch show jumping at a high level. Normally taking place in mid June.
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. It 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.
Fete de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Cannes 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, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.
A National holiday with various activities being held across the city on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Look out for those fireworks!
For some tradition and culture...and a hefty dose of jousting fun then don't miss the Joutes Provencales; traditional nautical combat 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. What could be more fun?
Le Tour de France
Every summer France is gripped by the biggest and best cycle race in Europe - Le Tour de France. Even if the race doesn't pass near to where you are this summer you can guarantee that it will still be avidly watched in bars and cafés around the country with everyone joining in to cheer on the famous yellow jersey!
Les Nuits du Suquet
Les Nuits du Suquet is one of the most magical events in the Cannes festivals calender...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.
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. In 2014 we saw acts such as Ms Dynamite & MC Stamina, Bassturbation Community, Laurent Garnier and Dubfire. Dates are throughout July and August and events for 2015 are yet to be confirmed, check here for future dates.
Jazz A Domergue
Every year in the hot summer month of August, local French painter Jean-Gabriel Domergue, famous for his portraits of Parisian women, allows various Jazz performances in the garden of his magnificent villa. Check out our listings here.
Festival dedicated to emerging contemporary music and representing, pop, rock, hip hop and electronic music. A diverse line up of acts over a 3 day festival with some top names performing in previous years, including Bonobo, Young fathers, Motorama, Isaac Delusion and Blackmail.Normally in the middle weekend of August.
Festival of Fireworks
Cannes hosts the International Firework Festival. Throughout various dates in July and August, over 200,000 people come and attend each display and to appreciate the amazing colours and effects that light up the sky and the water.
Yachting Festival Cannes
The Annual International Yacht Show at Cannes is now one of the largest in Europe. Nearly 600 boats are on display in the water and on land in two of Cannes 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. See here for details of this years show.
Regates Royales - Trophee Panerai
Annual Yachting Regatta taking place over one week in September. With competition, family activities and numerous parties and celebrations this is an event not to be missed by boating enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike!
European Heritage Days
Exceptional locations around France, including Cannes, will be open to visit on the Journées du Patrimoine - a European wide event inspired by by France’s Journées Portes Ouvertes which started in 1984. European Heritage Days (EHD) are an annual event in France where members of the public are encouraged to immerse themselves in their local history and culture. Museums, churches, and galleries all open their doors to the public for a weekend in September.
Marathon des Alpes-Maritime
For those of you who don't hibernate over the winter period then you 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.