About Main Events in Saint-Tropez
Saint Tropez has a dazzling array of events held throughout the year. From quirky traditional events to large scale sporting spectacles, there is always something going on that's worth visiting. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Saint-Tropez events and remember to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
There will be 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.
Mimosas in full bloom
Bringing some colour into the area the mimosa blooms are a great prelude to Spring. The near-by town of Bormes les Mimosas hosts perhaps one of the most famous festivals that celebrates this soft yellow flower, the Corso Fleuri. But a drive along the Route du Mimosa at any point in February is a real treat!
Flower Parades can also be seen in Cavalaire and Sainte Maxime during February.
Grimaud hosts a Truffle Fair in February.
A Grand Carnival is held in Cogolin in March and Rayol Canadel holds a Spring Fair.
Les Bravades de Frejus
The 'Bravade' is a feast day celebrated on the third weekend after Easter, in honour of Saint Francis de Paul. The festivities last for three days and includes parades accompanied by flutes and drums, with locals dressed in traditional costumes in the town of Frejus just to the north-east of St Tropez. (Dates vary each year).
Closer to Saint Tropez, you will find Olive Fairs in Plan de la Tour and Rayol Canadel.
Granfondo Gassin is a Grand Trophy Cycling Event and takes place in the first half of April.
Les Medievales de Cogolin is a wonderful event held in the middle of April. As you may guess, it features everything Medieval, from Templars, knight fights, parades, Medieval design workshops and various performances bound to delight your family. It's free entry throughout the weekend.
Les Bravades de Saint Tropez
Les Bravades is a very long standing traditional festival which happens annually in May to celebrate the Patron Saint of Saint Tropez. Saint Tropez is dressed in white and red, the colours of the Pirate City, to applaud its military parades. They remind everyone that the inhabitants of the city were always ready to take up the arms to defend themselves against Barbarians and those who threatened the peace and prosperity of their city. Every year, fifes and drums precede the sailors and other musketeers in a peaceful parade. Cogolin, La Garde Freinet and Sainte Maxime also hold their own versions of Les Bravades in June.
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 Saint-Tropez 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.
Harley Davidson Festival
The roar of Harley Davidson's is not normally something I would relish...but! The Harley Davidson Euro Festival is possibly one of the most exciting, exhilarating and down right entertaining events in the Saint Tropez calendar. An insight into the these incredible looking machines and the people who are passionate about them is fantastic, from the fashion and music to the wheeling and dealing of the traders. A great four day long festival in the streets of Grimaud and around Saint Tropez, this is an enjoyable family experience.
Other events to look out for in May include the Wool & Windmill Fair in Grimaud, Wine Fairs in Ramatuelle and La Croix Valmer, and the Fest'Italia (Italian Market) in Sainte Maxime.
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 Cannes 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.
Giraglia Rolex Cup
As a port town, Saint Tropez is of course well known for yachting and sailing, and the Giraglia Rolex Cup is one of the most renowned offshore races in the Mediterranean. Organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Societe Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the Cup consists of three days inshore racing in the bay of Saint-Tropez followed by a 243 nautical mile offshore race.
Bravades des Espagnols
History parades through town on the 15th June with the Bravade des Espagnols. This annual event commemorates Saint Tropez' victory against a fleet of 21 Spanish ships on the 15th June 1637. Expect to see plenty of uniforms and muskets as the locals dress up to celebrate this day.
June is also the month that the Polo Tournaments begin in Gassin - they continue on through the summer until September. There is also the Athina Onassis Horse Show in Ramatuelle and a Reeds Fair in La Croix Valmer for something a bit more low key.
The castle in Grimaud hosts Les Grimaldines, a month long festival starting in the middle of July featuring all sorts of international arts and performances, from dance to concerts and displays. A truly atmospheric summer festival!
Les Nocturnes Croisinenes
La Croix Valmer hosts summer concerts and festivities throughout July & August in it's amphitheatre every Wednesday night. The events are free and co-incide with night markets and parties on the beach.
Festival Terre Mer
Cogolin has it's own summer festival Festival Terre Mer held throughout July and August which features shows, performances, music concerts - all free of charge.
Classic Tennis Tour
Mid July sees Saint Tropez swing into a little more sporting action with tennis. The two day Saint Tropez Classic Tennis Tour event will celebrate all things tennis and bring some of the legends of the game to the shores of our town.
Les Soirees de la Citadelle
Les Soirees de la Citadelle brings some of the biggest names in music to the town of Saint Tropez. On nine dates throughout the month Live nation will bring you artists such as Tom Jones, Marina Kaye and 2manydjs. NOT to be missed!
A National holiday with various activities being held across the city on the 14th July, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Look out for those fireworks on the evening of the 13th!
Les Nuits Classiques
The Amphitheatre de Verdure in Ramatuelle hosts the popular Classical Music Festival in July. The biggest names from the most prestigious classical and contemporary European ballet companies meet in Ramatuelle for an exceptional show.
Some of the local villages in the area hold summer fetes, so if you would like to try something more traditional, have a look at Fete de la Sainte Magdeleine in La Mole.
Further music concerts are held throughout July & August in Domaine du Rayol, Cavalaire, Sainte Maxime and Plan de la Tour. Check our Events Calendar for dates and information.
Les Nuits du Chateau de la Moutte
For the past 13 years, Jean Philippe Audoli, director of the festival organises great classical and jazz concerts in the courtyard of the 19th century castle. Several dance performances and plays also feature during the event. Keep an eye on the website for the future programmes.
Ramatuelle Jazz Festival
Created in 1986, Ramatuelle Jazz Festival focuses on swing Jazz featuring many American and French jazz musicians oscillating between new discoveries and established musicians. In addition to an exclusive program, Jazz à Ramatuelle tirelessly promotes local musicians and delights an audience of new-music lovers with free concerts every night.
Don't forget that many of the music festivals that start in July run into August too. Check the Events Calendar for information!
Les Voiles de Saint Tropez
The month of September brings with it the winds and one of the most famous and exciting events in the Saint Tropez calendar, Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. This classic regatta ends the Mediterranean sailing season. With 300 yachts, both traditional and modern, this regatta creates a magnificent sight both spectators and competitors and brings an autumn week full of maritime effervescence.
European Heritage Day
Exceptional locations around France, including Saint-Tropez, 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.
Caval'Air Jazz Festival
Cavalaire sur Mer holds it's small annual Jazz Festival at the beginning of September.
September also sees the start of the harvest, so many of the surrounding villages holds traditional fairs to celebrate this. There is a Wine Fair in Plan de la Tour and Sainte Maxime, and the Fete du Coq in Cogolin and Fete de la St Michel in Grimaud.
Fete de la Chataigne
The last three Sundays of October see the Fete de la Chataigne (French for chestnut) which sees the town come alive with stalls selling plenty of chestnut related items, from food items to handicrafts. Artisans also feature their works. This is a traditional country fair where locals mingle with visitors and share a glass of something warming, and of course, some roasted chestnuts.
La Grande Braderie de Saint Tropez
It is a famous sale which lasts for 4 days in October, where local stores and famous French and foreign designer brands, such as Chanel, Gucci and Prada, sell their goods for a fraction of their original price. In addition to all the great bargains, there is a friendly and festival style atmosphere in the streets of Saint Tropez.