About Main Events in Antibes
There are loads of events in Antibes organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth visiting. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Antibes events in resort and don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
This is only a snapshot of what happens on Antibes throughout the year. There are many other small festivals and one-off concerts that take place and we will endeavour to add these on our events calendar when we spot them.
The organising bodies may not release event information until very close to the event itself, so please search our Events Calendar to find out the latest information we have.
NB. Times and dates may vary each year. Indeed, some years, the festivals may not run at all (normally due to lack of funds), or be cancelled close to the dates of the event.
Pain, Amour & Chocolat Festival
As with most towns during February you will find that love is in the air in Antibes. Not only is it the perfect romantic destination with plenty of boutique hotels, charming B&B's and delightful restaurants to enjoy...but Antibes also host their very own Pain, Amour & Chocolat Festival. Yep, that's bread, love and chocolate! This event brings together the very best Italian, French and foreign producers of breads, pastries, chocolates and sweets. Yum yum...
Fans of Napoleonic history won't want to miss this re-enactment of the landing of the Emperor Napoleon after his exile in Elba. On March 1, 1815, Napoleon arrived with his army, and the scene is played out again each year on the beach in Vallauris Golfe-Juan. Many events are organised, including the battle - with calvary - Napoleon's ship and music concerts.
Colombe d'Or Magic Show
In this prestigious competition, only 8 contestants are selected in stage magic and 8 in close-up magic. To participate, each contestant must have been awarded the first or second prize in a national or international competition. Held annually in March.
Antibes Art Fair, Antiques & Modern Art
Just before the start of the summer season, France's largest antiques fair takes place in Antibes. Held in Pre aux Pecheurs, the event takes place in an area covering 6,000 metres squared. Antiques collectors, sellers, buyers and enthusiasts come from all over Europe for this annual fair.
A week into May and we come up smelling of roses! The Expo Rose in Grasse celebrates all things floral and showcases the importance of this flower in the area. For a full floral experience you can't get much better than this.
Festival des Heures Musicales de Biot
Music and tradition go hand in hand for the Festival des Heures Musicales de Biot. This music festival in Biot has been happening annually for over 25 years and takes place in the Eglise Sainte Marie-Madeleine in the village centre. Organised by the music association "Les Heures Musicales de Biot" and the local commune, this festival has become an occasion not to be missed in the cultural calendar of the Alpes-Maritimes.
Long Night of Museums
The Long Night of Museums is an annual event each May where museums across Europe remain open late into the night, and Antibes is no exception. The European museum night was created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. On this occasion, the closing time of the museums is postponed to approximately one in the morning, which allows the public to visit the participating museums by night, for free.
Next up the ever popular Rallye Antibes Cote d'Azur. This rally takes in some of the most dramatic cols and the roads around Antibes, with France's best rally drivers behind the wheel. Expect classic car shows, exhibitions, as well as the rallying stages themselves.
Les Voiles d'Antibes
Celebrates sailing by hosting the first of the major yachting event of the year - Les Voiles d'Antibes. The main event is the Trophee Panerai but there are a range of events for all sorts of yachts - Vintage yachts, Classic yachts, Metric Classes, and the Twelves. Along with the sailing action are the usual exhibitions, cocktail evenings and music concerts.
Fete de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Antibes Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.
Festival Nuits Carrees
The month is rounded off with the Festive Nuits Carrées. Taking place at the Amphithéâtre Carrée, located right in front of the sea, this festival offers interesting international acts and an eco-responsible attitude. Lots of different music genres on offer, from pop-rock to hip-hop and electronic music. 2016 is the 10th anniversary of this popular festival.
A National holiday with various activities being held across the city on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Look out for those fireworks!
Jazz a Juan
Amongst the music festivals is Jazz a Juan. Hosted annually this festival offers a rich programme of traditional and modern jazz with names likes Ray Charles, Jamie Cullum, Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana taking to the stage.
Le Tour de France
Every summer France is gripped by the biggest and best cycle race in Europe - Le Tour de France. Even if the race doesn't pass near to where you are this summer you can guarantee that it will still be avidly watched in bars and cafés around the country with everyone joining in to cheer on the famous yellow jersey!
Les Nuits du Sud
After running for 14 years, the Vence 'Southern Nights' festival has become a major event on the Riviera. World music takes centre stage, but there is more to the festival than that; talent contests, workshops and children's entertainment all form part of the programme, and there are exhibitions and film screenings.
European Heritage Days
Exceptional locations around France, including Antibes, will be open to visit on the Journées du Patrimoine - a European wide event inspired by by France’s Journées Portes Ouvertes which started in 1984. European Heritage Days (EHD) are an annual event in France where members of the public are encouraged to immerse themselves in their local history and culture. Museums, churches, and galleries all open their doors to the public for a weekend in September.
Marathon des Alpes-Maritime
For those of you who don't hibernate over the winter period then you might want to think about flexing those well toned post-summer muscles in the fantastic Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes. One of the largest races in France, second only to the Paris marathon, this run takes you from the start line in Nice, along the beautiful coastal road, through Antibes and onto the finish line in Cannes. Attracting about 13,000 participants annually, you certainly won't find yourself alone during the quieter winter months.
Location: Antibes Region