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Cannes in October 2019 - 5 things to see & do

Fall for autumn in the South of France

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Cannes Editor | Published
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The summer is well and truly over. The days are getting shorter and there is a nip in the air during the evening that means that those nights that we can enjoy dining outside are numbered.

However, for some, autumn is the most charming time of year and can certainly be in the running for the most beautiful season. The red leaves on the trees, the golden glow of the brush and those sunsets that turn the world the pink and purple, this might just be Cannes at its best.

There is still a lot going on in this Riviera hub in October, here are just some of the events taking place this month.

Exhibitions & conferences

Cannes is possibly one of the most famous destinations for exhibitions and conferences. The fantastic Palais des Festivals plays host to lots of prestigious events throughout the year including the Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM (International Music Market) and Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. October is the month for MIPCOM, the world's leading entertainment content market conference, and the Duty Free & Travel Retail Global Summit.

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Roc d'Azur Mountain Biking Event

Things get a bit sporty during the second week of the month as the Roc d'Azur mountain biking event brings together all things two-wheeled in the spirit of celebrating the sport of mountain biking in Frejus. With over 20,000 participants, 300 exhibitors and an expected 150,000 visitors over the five days, this is a sporting event to suit everyone. With everything from family entertainment to professional racing, it should not be missed.

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Throughout the month, there are plenty of markets and second-hand 'brocantes' to be enjoyed. Cannes is well known for its traditional, Provencal-style markets in La Bocca and Forville, which are open throughout the year, so don't forget to grab some hot, tasty socca and plenty of bread, cheese and wine for those autumn picnics.

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International Air Festival

The wind takes centre stage on October 26th and 27th with the International Air Festival in Frejus. This is the third-largest kite festival in France and includes single line kits and stunts kits as well as other aerial treats. The village area will include workshops and some especially for kids where they can learn to build and decorate kites.

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SwimRun Series

The SwimRun is different from all other races. The route hops from land to sea with amphibian ease so its participants must master transitions to come out on top. The final race of the ÖTILLÖ SwimRun World Series 2019 will take place in Cannes on October 19th and 20th. Participants will get the chance to run and swim around Ile Sainte-Marguerite, Le Suquet and La Croisette among other local landmarks.

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More inspiration...

You may prefer just to sit in a cafe or bar on the Croisette and watch the world go by, or even to visit one of the many art galleries and museums. Whatever you feel like doing, don't forget to check out our hotel and restaurant listings for the best deals, and fall for autumn in Cannes.

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