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What's on in Cannes July 2018

A heady mix of music, dancing and fireworks in Cannes

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Ana Hernández | Cannes Editor | Published: 28 Jun 2018

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What's on in Cannes July 2018

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

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The night markets begin in Cannes in July, the perfect setting for 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.

Also see: Markets in Cannes, France

Sting & Shaggy in concert

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The famous Palais des Festivals is Cannes main events centre, hosting big names in the international pop, rock and classical music scene. And it really can't get much bigger than Sting. The legendary British musician has teamed up with Jamaican dancehall star Shaggy for an album. This unusual duo will play their new Caribbean-inspired songs live at the Palais des Festivals on July 10th.

Also see: Events Calendar for Cannes, France

Dancing in the street

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Unfortunately, we can't bring David Bowie back from the dead to dance with Mick Jagger in the streets of Cannes. We are 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 the 18th and the 25th in July. 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 euros.

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International Fireworks Festival

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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 2018 line up has artists from as far afield as Argentina, the Philippines, Finland and Poland. 

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Joutes Provencales

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For some tradition and culture, and 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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Contemporary art

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For the weekend of the 27th-29th July, the Palais des Festivals will turn into a giant art gallery showcasing the latest contemporary art. The art3f Salon International d'Art Contemporain is Cannes' biggest commercial art event of the year. Browse among dozens of galleries exhibiting artworks and enjoy live music while you have a glass of wine from the VIP bar. Kids also have a place here as there is a happening space especially designed so that they can showcase their inner Picasso.

Also see: Museums & Galleries in Cannes, France

Classical Music

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Classical music takes over at the end of the month with the Nuits du Suquet in the Old Town of Cannes. One of the most magical events in the Cannes festivals 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. 

Also see: Music Scene in Cannes, France

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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Also see: Events Calendar for Cannes, France

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