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What's on in Cannes July 2019

A heady mix of music, dancing and fireworks in Cannes

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| Ana Hernández, Cannes Editor | Published

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What's on in Cannes July 2019

The French Riviera has warmed up nicely and the visitors are flocking to Cannes' beaches as the summer season reaches its peak. However, you'll find there’s much more to do than relaxing on a sun lounger all day here, as the events calendar is jam-packed in July.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the events we're particularly looking forward to throughout July in Cannes.

Night markets

The night markets begin in Cannes in July, the perfect place to buy souvenirs, including arts, crafts and local produce. Every Wednesday night throughout July and August from 19:00 to midnight the streets of Cannes La Bocca will spring to life with the wonderful ​La Bocca Night Market. Then, on Thursday nights, the Quai Saint-Pierre fills with stalls and a lively atmosphere.

Markets in Cannes

Ephemeral Museum of Cinema

The famous Palais des Festivals, where the Cannes Film Festival takes place in May, hosts a pop-up cinema museum every summer. This year, the exhibition is dedicated to Sergio Leone, the master of Spaghetti Western. Here you'll learn how films are made and even be able to participate in dedicated workshops for kids and adults. A good taster of what the Cannes Museum of Cinema, set to open in 2024, will be like.

Museums & Galleries in Cannes

Dancing in the street

Unfortunately, we can't bring David Bowie back from the dead to dance with Mick Jagger in the streets of Cannes – we're referring to Les Squares Dansants, a real Cannes institution. This outdoor dance event is hosted on four dates over the summer, be sure not to miss it on July 10th and 24th. Accompanied by a band in the style of ballroom dancing (rock, tango, pasodoble, waltz, cha cha cha, etc.), you can join the dancing fun for the small sum of €10.

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International Fireworks Festival

One of THE events of the summer, the International Fireworks Festival has been stunning audiences since 1967. Hosted on various dates throughout July and August, teams of pyrotechnical wizards light up the bay with amazing colour and sensational effects, competing for coveted 'Vestale d'Argent' prize. Each display has a different theme and musical accompaniment from around the world. The 2019 lineup has artists from as far afield as the United States, Sweden and Austria.

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Joutes Provencales

For some tradition and culture, as well as a hefty dose of jousting fun, then don't miss the Joutes Provencales, a 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?

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Open-air cinema

Every summer, large outdoor screens spring up in the neighbourhoods of Cannes for the Ciné Quartier. Recent releases like 'Bohemian Rhapsody' or 'Green Book' will be screened alongside classics such as 'A Fistful of Dollars' – coinciding with the exhibition in honour of Sergio Leone. Free and open to everyone.

Cinemas in Cannes

Classical Music

Classical music takes over at the end of the month with the Nuits Musicales du Suquet in the Old Town of Cannes. One of the most magical events in the city's festival calendar and a must for music lovers. For nearly a week, a public square in the heart of the old town is transformed into an open-air concert hall. From Mozart to Chopin, piano to strings, the performances vary each night and include orchestras, soloists and a number of talented young musicians.

Music Scene Cannes

More inspiration...

Although it may seem that July is the month of evening entertainment and music, you shouldn't forget that there are also plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy during the day. Cannes is a wonderful choice for a holiday in July - check our Events Calendar for a full run down. Find some accommodation for your stay on our Hotels page.

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Events Calendar for Cannes