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Main Events in Antibes

Discover the main Antibes events in the year

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There are loads of events in Antibes organised year round. From quirky local celebrations to large scale sporting spectacles, there is always something worth attending. In this section, we bring you information about the major annual events in this corner of the French Riviera.

Popular Events in Antibes
January Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque (PACA)
February Pain, Amour & Chocolat Festival (Antibes)
March Napoleon's Landed (Vallauris Golfe-Juan)
April Antibes Art Fair - Antiques & Modern Art (Antibes)
May Floralies d'Antibes (Antibes & Juan les Pins), Festival des Heures Musicales (Biot), Antibes Rally (Antibes)
June Les Voiles d'Antibes (Antibes), Festival Nuits Carrées (Antibes), Fête de la Musique
July Bastille DayJazz a Juan (Juan les Pins), Nuits du Sud Festival (Vence), Fete de la Saint Pierre (Antibes & Juan les Pins)
August Musical Fireworks Festival (Antibes & Juan les Pins)
September Festival d'Art Sacré (Antibes), Grande Braderie (Juan les Pins), Festi'PAL (Antibes), European Heritage Days
October Jammin' Juan (Juan les Pins), Salon du Vin et de la Gastronomie (Antibes)
November Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes, Salon du Sucre et du Chocolat (Antibes)
December Noël (Christmas), Reveillon du Nouvel An (New Year's Eve)

This is only a snapshot of what happens in Antibes throughout the year. There are many other small festivals and one-off celebrations that take place each year; we will endeavour to add these to our Events Calendar when we spot them.

NB. Times and dates may vary each year. Indeed, some years, the festivals may not run at all or be cancelled close to the dates of the event.

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January Events in Antibes

Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque

Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque, PACA
The PACA region (Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur) celebrates the circus arts in January and into the month of February every two years. Acrobats, jugglers, clowns, cabaret performances, live music, horse shows and magic are just some of the arts that will be on show. In Antibes, performances take place at the Théâtre d'Antibes. Dates & details.

February Events in Antibes

Chocolate

Pain, Amour & Chocolat Festival, Antibes
Love is in the air in Antibes during February. Not only is it the perfect romantic destination but Antibes also host their very own 'Pain, Amour & Chocolat Festival' – or 'Bread, Love & Chocolate'. This event takes place during Valentine's week and brings the very best Italian, French and foreign producers of bread, pastries, chocolates and sweets to Antibes. Dates & details.

March Events in Antibes

Napoleon's Landed

Napoleon's Landed, Vallauris Golfe-Juan
Fans of Napoleonic history won't want to miss this reenactment of the landing of Emperor Napoleon after his exile in Elba. On March 1st 1815, Napoleon arrived with his army to the shores of the Cote d'Azur, a scene that is played out again each year on the beach in Vallauris Golfe-Juan. There are also talks and music concerts. Dates & details.

April Events in Antibes

 Antibes Art Fair

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 6,000m2. Antiques' collectors, sellers, buyers and enthusiasts come from all over Europe for this annual fair. Dates & details.

May Events in Antibes

Antibes Rally

Floralies d'Antibes, Antibes & Juan les Pins
To celebrate the arrival of spring, Antibes and Juan les Pins host a huge gardening festival that fills up the towns with over 50,000 flowers. Markets, activities for children, guided tours, exhibitions and workshops complete the programme. Dates & details.

Festival des Heures Musicales, Biot
Music and tradition go hand in hand for the Festival des Heures Musicales de Biot. This music festival has been happening annually for over 35 years, bringing some of the best international classical music performers to the church of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Biot. Dates & details.

Antibes Rally
The ever-popular Rallye Antibes Cote d'Azur takes place in some of the most dramatic cols and roads around the Riviera town, with France's best rally drivers behind the wheel. Expect classic car shows, exhibitions, as well as the rallying stages themselves. Dates & details.

June Events in Antibes

Voiles d'Antibes

Les Voiles d'Antibes
Les Voiles d'Antibes is the first major yachting event of the year and includes several competitions for all sorts of sailing vessels. The Bay of Antibes fills up with a wide variety of breathtakingly elegant vintage and classic yachts during the regattas, some of which were built in as early as the 19th century. Along with the sailing action, there are exhibitions, cocktail evenings and music concerts. Dates & details.

Festival Nuits Carrées, Antibes
Taking place at the Amphithéâtre Carrée, located right in front of the sea, this festival offers interesting international acts and an eco-responsible attitude with lots of different music genres on offer, from pop and rock to hip-hop and electronic music. Dates & details.

Fête de la Musique
The Fête de la Musique is a celebration that takes place every summer solstice on June 21st in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the 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 DJs to traditional folk bands. Dates & details.

July Events in Antibes

Antibes Jazz Festival - Jazz à Juan

Bastille Day
A national holiday with various activities being held across the city on July 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Look out for those fireworks! Dates & details.

Jazz a Juan, Juan les Pins
Hosted annually, Jazz a Juan is one of the biggest music festivals in the French Riviera. Born as a jazz festival in the beautiful Pinède Gould, a pine grove by the sea, it now attracts international pop, rock and electronic music artists. Dates & details.

Nuits du Sud Festival, Vence
World music takes centre stage at this festival but there is more to it than that: talent contests, workshops and children's entertainment all form part of the programme, and there are also exhibitions and film screenings. Dates & details.

Fete de la Saint Pierre, Antibes & Juan les Pins
Antibes and Juan les Pins celebrate their patron saint, Saint Peter, with three days of celebrations. As Saint Pierre is the patron saint of fishermen as well, many of the events take place in and around the sea with a nautical procession being the highlight. Dates & details.

August Events in Antibes

Fireworks Antibes

Musical Fireworks Festival, Antibes & Juan les Pins
The Festival Pyromélodique starts in mid-July and takes place throughout August. Exceptional fireworks shows will light up the Bay of Juan les Pins in carefully devised choreographies to the sound of music. Dates & details.

September Events in Antibes

Festi'PAL

Festival International d'Art Sacré, Antibes
Sacred music in sacred places at one of the oldest music festivals in the Cote d'Azur. For several weeks in September, some of the most beautiful religious buildings in Antibes, including the cathedral and the Saint-Bernardin chapel, will host ensembles and orchestras from all over the world who will perform chamber music, sacred voice recitals and more. Dates & details.

Grande Braderie, Juan les Pins
To mark the end of the summer season, the shops in Juan-les-Pins bring all their reduced items out on the streets. These end of summer sales are the perfect place to grab yourself a bargain or two. Dates & details.

Festi'PAL, Antibes
Beach sports are celebrated at this festival where you can try kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and other watersports for free. Live music and entertainment are also part of this event celebrated at Port Vauban and the Plage de la Garette. Dates & details.

European Heritage Days
Exceptional locations around France, including Antibes, will be open to visitors on the Journées du Patrimoine, a European-wide event. The European Heritage Days (EHD) are an annual event in which members of the public are encouraged to immerse themselves in local history and culture. Museums, churches, and galleries all open their doors to the public for a weekend in September. Dates & details.

October Events in Antibes

Jammin'Juan

Jammin'Juan, Juan les Pins
Jazz a Juan's off festival takes place in October every year and brings up and coming jazz artists to the Pinède Gould. Live concerts, jam sessions and other events take place at this festival which showcases the best new talents in the jazz scene. Dates & details.

Salon du Vin et de la Gastronomie, Antibes
Food and wine are at the centre of this event that brings together wine producers and caterers from all around France. A great way to taste specialties from the different French regions and learn more about the country's gastronomy. Dates & details.

November Events in Antibes

Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes

Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes
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. Dates & details.

Salon du Sucre et du Chocolat, Antibes
In need of some carb-loading after the gruelling marathon? Then this paradise for the sweet-toothed is for you. Celebrated at the end of November, the Salon du Sucre et du Chocolat gathers patissiers and chocolatiers from all around the Alpes Maritimes for a weekend of cookery shows and lessons, contests and, of course, tastings. Dates & details.

December Events in Antibes

Christmas

Noël​ (Christmas)
In France, the biggest celebration of the festive holidays takes place on Christmas Eve, which is when families gather together and share a banquet that usually includes oysters, foie gras, caviar and turkey or goose.

Reveillon du Nouvel An (New Year's Eve)
Celebrated all over the South of France with plenty of spectacular firework displays, for New Year's Eve some villages also have live music and dancing. Most of the bars and restaurants will host special parties and serve gourmet menus to commemorate the start of the new year.

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