Here are some free family-friendly options for entertainment this week on the French Riviera:
SATURDAY 08 SEPTEMBER
Antibes: Fête de la jeunesse et des sports – The seventh year of a free sports day with over 90 sports and cultural demonstrations. Inflatable castles, pony rides, climbing wall, sumo suits. 10am-6pm at Fort Carré.
Antibes: Fête des vendanges (Grape harvest festival) – Held in the small commune of Safranier, grape pressing and wine tasting. 6pm-8pm, Place de Safranier.
Grasse: Bio Grasse – Eco-festival held on both days of this weekend showcasing market stalls, conferences, renewable energy, bio food and lifestyle products. Lunch kiosks onsite, or option for starred chef to cook lunch (at additional cost). 9am-6pm, Cours Honoré-Cresp and Palais des Congrès.
Juan les Pins: Fireworks over Baie de Juan, 10pm. Best location to watch from is ‘Bijou Blage’ restaurant (reservations accepted).
Mougins: Fête de la rentrée country – ‘Far West’ carnival with pony rides, cowboys, indians, mini-farm, archery, lasso demonstrations and a concert and country dance in the evening. From 10am-late, Place des Arcades, Mougins-le-haut.
Nice: Lou Festin du Pouort – festival at Nice port including street theatre, music, food stalls, fireworks. From 5pm. Note: Major roads in and around the port will be closed to traffic from 5pm. Free shuttle buses will travel between Palais de la Méditerranée and Palais des Expositions and the port from 6pm-8.30pm and 11pm-1am.
Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne: Fête de la Saint-Ferréol – From Friday 07 Sep-Sunday 09 Sep, boules competition, fireworks 9.45pm on Saturday evening followed by a ball. Sunday has more boules, cart parade and Provençal costumes. See fête programme here http://www.saintcezairesursiagne.fr/?q=content/fete-de-la-saint-ferreol
Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey: Le Grand C – Theatre, humour, human pyramids, circus and acrobatic display. Recommended for children 7 years and older as start time is 9pm. Held at the Grand Pré.
Villefranche-sur-Mer: Vertige des Fleurs – Theatre and music from 5pm at Jardin de la roseraie, la Citadelle.
SUNDAY 09 SEPTEMBER
Grasse: see above
Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne: see above
Tourettes-sur-Loup: Potters market – Display from over 30 ceramicists and potters of art of the region. 9am-7pm, Place de la Libération.