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What's on in Cannes August 2019

A month of music, beach parties, culture and flowers

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Cannes Editor | Published

We're halfway through the summer and the holiday season is fully underway, which means that plenty of events are organised in and around Cannes.

Here’s our comprehensive insider's guide to some of the best events in Cannes throughout August.

Jazz a Domergue - Cannes

Jazz a Domergue

The month kicks off with the wonderful Jazz a Domergue Festival set in the Mediterranean gardens of Villa Domergue. Built by painter Jean-Gabriel Domergue in 1929 in a style highly influenced by the Italian Renaissance, it was originally named Villa Fiesole. The Jazz Festival at Domergue has become the go-to event for an increasing number of music devotees who want to enjoy great quality jazz in a wonderful setting.

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Les Plages Electroniques - Cannes

Les Plages Electroniques

The spirit of Ibiza comes to Cannes from August 9th to 11th when the beach and terrace in front of the Palais des Festivals turn into a giant beach party for Les Plages Electroniques. The lineup this year features DJs from all around the world, including top names like Solomun, Orelsan, Dj Snake and Mmaceo Plex. A 40,000m2 dancefloor, four stages, more than 40 artists and legendary after-parties make this the clubbing event of the summer in the French Riviera.

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Les Squares Dansants - Cannes

Les Squares Dansants

Les Squares Dansants is a real Cannes institution. An outdoor dance event hosted on four dates over the summer – in August be sure not to miss the 14th and the 28th, Accompanied by a band in the style of ballroom dancing (rock, tango, pasodoble, waltz, chacha, etc.), you can join the dancing fun for the small sum of €10. 'Taxis Boys' are also present for the occasion to offer you a dance partner should you need one.

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Parade Fleurie - La Bocca

Parade Fleurie Cannes

Tradition comes in the form of flowers as August brings the Parade Fleurie through the streets of Cannes La Bocca. Taking place on the evening of August 18th from 21:00, this night parade is filled with colourful floats and tonnes of flowers making it quite a sight to behold.

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Joutes Provencales - Cannes

Joutes Provencales

Another piece of Cannes tradition can be found in the Joutes Provencales, a sort of jousting on water event that takes place in the fishing port of Cannes. Imagine 'It's a Knockout' and add a touch of traditional flare and you are in for a medieval treat on the Quai Saint-Pierre.

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Fireworks Festival - Cannes Bay

Festival d'Art Pyrotechnique de Cannes

Summer on the French Riviera is not complete without a fireworks festival and, in Cannes, you will be able to enjoy one of the best shows in the whole Cote d'Azur. Pyrotechnicians from all around the world come to the city to display their fiery skills filling up the bay with light and colours. August will see teams from Sweden, the United Stated and France display their unique talents on the Bay of Cannes.

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Franz Ferdinand Live - Cannes

Franz Ferdinand

Indie rock stars Franz Ferdinand are playing at the iconic Palais des Festivals on August 22nd. The British band are coming to the Cote d'Azur as part of their European tour to present their new album, 'Always Ascending'. The setlist will probably include many of their UK top 20 hits such as 'Take Me Out' or 'Do You Want To'.

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Festival de' lArt Russe - Cannes

Festival de l'Art Russe

For a bit of culture, the month ends with a festival celebrating all things Russian, the Festival de l'Art Russe. There are dances, traditional music, films, arts and crafts, fashion and typical Russian food in and around the Palais des Festivals. 

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Cannes is the perfect choice for a holiday in August, not only because there's plenty going on but also because the warm weather makes it the ideal time to enjoy all the outdoor activities on offer.

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