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As with most months in Cannes and along the Cote d'Azur, July hosts some of the best festivals, wonderful markets and a good smattering of classical music events.
The Port of Cannes kicks off the month in fine style with their annual harbour festival. Le Port de Cannes en Fete this year celebrates with a circus themed party with entertainment for both adults and children going on late into the night on Saturday 1st July.
The night markets begin in Cannes in July, the perfect setting for arts, crafts and local produce. Every Tuesday night throughout July and August from 17:30 to midnight you will find the Quai Saint-Pierre filled with stalls and a lively atmosphere. Then on a Wednesday from 19:00 to midnight the streets of Cannes La Bocca will spring to life with the wonderful Les Nocturnes Boccassiennes.
If you fancy a trip out of the city then Mougins should certainly be on your list of places to visit, especially during Les Nocturnes de Mougins. With free concerts, cultural events and art exhibitions on several evenings throughout the month this small but incredibly pretty town will be buzzing.
Pantiero Festival brings an eclectic mix of indie rock, punk, hip hop and pop rock from both new and established bands. Taking over the old port area of the town this festival offers you the chance to enjoy a summer music festival right in the heart of the city with all the convenience of a comfy hotel bed at the end of the night.
Les Squares Dansant are a real Cannes institution. An outdoor dance event hosted on four dates over the summer - in July, be sure not to miss the 6th and the 20th! Accompanied by a band in the style of ballroom dancing (rock, tango, paso doble, waltz, chacha, etc.), you can join the dancing fun for the small sum of 10 euros. 'Taxis Boys' are also present for the occasion to offer you a dance partner should you need one.
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 and compete for coveted 'Vestale d'Argent' prize. Each display has a different theme and musical accompaniment from around the world and the 2017 line up has artists from as far afield as Canada, Austria, the Philippines and Italy.
Ensuring that all musical genres are covered Les Plages Electroniques brings some of the best in electronic music to the beaches of Cannes. 2017 will see acts like Fakear, Flume and Paul Kalkbrenner taking to the decks. The event closes just after midnight but the local clubs will be putting on a host of after parties.
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 calender...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.
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?
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 and check out our Hotels.