Cannes Calendar of Festivals and Events
The whole population in Cannes rises dramatically every May as Hollywood comes to town in the form of the Cannes Film Festival. The world-famous and truly iconic Cannes Film Festival is the city's biggest and brightest event of the year, attracting thousands of spectators, film crews and, of course, large numbers of celebrities and movie stars.
For the rest of the year, there are always things to do in Cannes, with the famous Palais des Festivals playing host to many top trade fairs and festivals. Cannes' Mediterranean location also makes it a popular venue for sailing competitions, regattas and similar events.
Cannes Shopping Festival – mid-January, five days of spring fashion shows are held in the Palais des Festivals, along with themed dinners, young designers workshops and awards, and other fashion-related events
Games Festival - every year, participants come to play a variety of games in the Palais des Festivals. Whether it's bridge, cards, crosswords, Scrabble or backgammon, there's sure to be something of interest for the whole family
MIPIM – mid-March, held in the Palais des Festivals, this top property market conference and trade show attracts over 25,000 visitors and the leading industry professionals
Printemps des Musées - every April or May, visitors can look forward to free entry to museums all around Cannes
Cannes Film Festival - First staged back in 1946, this is the biggest and most famous film festival in the world. Held in the Palais des Festivals, most of the events are by invitation only. However, there are a number of screenings that the public can attend. And of course, anyone can walk La Croisette in search of a star or starlet
Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Fortnight) - this is an annual alternative to the more famous Film Festival
Cannes International Advertising Festival – mid-June, this is where thousands of the world's advertising, creative, direct marketing, interactive, media and marketing communities get together once a year. During the festival, commercials, ads, websites, media solutions and direct marketing entries compete to be the best
Firework Festival - during the summer, Cannes stages six spectacular firework displays, including a special Bastille Day celebration. Some 200,000 spectators come to watch
Nuits Musicales du Suquet - classical musicians play in a series of evening concerts outside the Eglise Notre Dame de l'Esperance
Pantiero Festival – mid-August, an outdoor electronic music festival held on the terrace of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes
Journees du Patrimoines - free entry to many museums and places of interest in Cannes on the weekend closest to September 15th
Salon de l'Automobile - held in the open air by the Vieux Port in Cannes, this event features a vast display of cars from all over the world as well as many other attractions for the whole family
Regates Royales - late-September, this sailing competition is a spectacular sight, featuring both the Royal class, including vintage sailing ships, as well as the Dragon class.
MIP-COM conference - producers, distributors, buyers, investors, broadcasters and webcasters from the world of film are brought together in Cannes' Palais des Festivals (4-8 October 2010)
TFWA World Exhibition - a leading event in the duty free and travel retail industry, buyers, airport authorities, agents and leading luxury brands meet in Cannes in order to network.
Cannes Dance Festival - this biennial event is held in the Palais des Festivals and features an impressive line-up of international dancers
International Luxury Travel Market – mid-December, it seems only right that this luxury travel event should be staged in the upmarket resort of Cannes.
For further information about events go to the Cannes tourist office website: Cannes tourist offices (Office de Tourisme)