Family-friendly activites this weekend on the French Riviera

If you are looking for inspiration for family-friendly activities this weekend, there is so much happening on the French Riviera that you will not be disappointed.

Here are a few of the fun (and mostly free!) activities to enjoy as a family:


The Antibes Lifeboat is hosting an open weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at Port Vauban with rescue displays and lots of animations to keep kids entertained etc.

antibes lifeboat

Antibes Lifeboat Open Weekend 13 and 14 May 2017 at Port Vauban in Antibes

There is also the Antibes Rally this weekend with the team photos and autograph sessions today at 6.30pm at Salis beach.  For the race programme, visit

On tomorrow from 3pm, there is a Bataille des Fleurs at Esplanade du Pré-aux-Pêcheurs across from Antibes port (Free entry of course).


On Sunday from 2pm-7pm, the Maison des Associations is hosting ‘Natsu Matsuri’ a Japanese culture day (paired with the sister city of Shizuoka). Free entry with Japanese food, origami and calligraphy workshops, kids games etc

Natsu Matsuri in Cannes


From Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May, Grasse will host the 47th edition of Expo Rose (the Rose Festival).  The floral favourite will comprise of 8500 bouquets, 13000 rose bushes and over 25000 roses placed on statues, fountains and public squares throughout Grasse.  Lots of animations, music, dances and parades.


All day Sunday is the 11th edition of the Rose Festival ‘Autour de la Rose’ with parades, workshops for creative arts and culinary design themed on roses as well as gardening stands selling roses.  Don’t miss the 11am and 3pm shows at Place de Gaulle with floral creations and models.  Note:  Workshops have a fee.

Free event all weekend, Éclairage Public, at the old abattoirs with theatre, dance, music.  This will be really eclectic if you’re looking for something a bit different!

On Sunday, another day of entertainment will be hosted at the Jardins des Arènes de Cimiez for the Fête des Mai series.  Click here for the Fête des Mai programme.


An exhibition about astronomy and science at the Espace Cultural from 2pm-6pm, free entry.  Find out more about Tourrette-Levens programme for discovering the universe here:


All day Sunday is Fête de la fleur d’oranger with parade, music, kids games


All weekend is the free entry Children’s book festival (Festival du Livre Jeunesse) at the Pole Auguste Escoffier, you can read the programme here:

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