French Riviera Spring Events – St. Tropez Dates To Remember For 2019

Posted by on February 21, 2019

When it comes to unmissable spring events, St. Tropez has it all. You never need an excuse to holiday here, the town’s gorgeous golden beaches, sunny climate and glamorous attractions being more than enough to draw in luxury holidaymakers. However, this March brings even more reason to visit, with an array of festivals, regattas and exhibitions lined up in this jewel of the French Riviera. Discover the 2019 dates you need to put in your diary and get ready for some serious travel inspiration.

Exciting Spring Events – St. Tropez

1. The Armen Festival – a celebration of sailing, skiing & art

When: 8-17th March

This extraordinary festival blends together three activities, sailing, skiing and art, for over-a-week of fun and indulgence. Created in 1978 by René Perrier, the then-president of the sailing club Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the Armen Festival is a reflection of his three favourite hobbies.

This year’s festival will be no less thrilling than previous years, packing in a sailing regatta – weather permitting – on the first weekend (9-10th March), an art exhibition that runs through the entire event, a ski contest on Friday 15th March and a second weekend regatta (16-17th March) in the Gulf of Saint Tropez. For those who love a good blend of culture and adrenaline-fuelled fun, the Armen festival is the one for you. Hire out a St Tropez villa for the duration, and have a ball.

2. Salon du Vin – Wine Festival

When: 6-7th April

It’s no secret that the French Riviera produces some of the best wines in the world. However, this wine festival, held in the Place de Lices, showcases not just wines and champagnes from the Var valley, but also from Bouches-du-Rhône, Bordeaux and other popular regions.

Organised by Olivier Fuchs in partnership with the City of Saint Tropez, this festival offers the opportunity to try wines that you wouldn’t normally, in a relaxed atmosphere where you can learn more about how France’s favourite drink is produced. With entry priced at just €3, this is one of the best value spring events St. Tropez has to offer – who could say no?

3. Bella Strada – Vintage Car Exhibition

When: April 12-14th

Held over one fabulous weekend in the St Tropez peninsula, this festival celebrates vintage cars and their owners. Join the Mayor of Saint-Tropez – plus a selection of like-minded enthusiasts – on a car appreciation journey, with drinks and gastronomy along the way. The first day offers a chance to meet these vintage vehicles, followed by an aperitif at the Sube and dinner at the Hotel de La Ponche. Day two sees a range of activities, from a morning hike and a car show to a bowling tournament later in the day. On the last day, there is the opportunity to attend a stunning harbourside car exhibition and take a road trip to Château Léoube wine estate of Bormes les Mimosas for lunch, followed by a parade in central Saint Tropez.

4. Dames de Saint Tropez – Female Sailing Race

When: 3-5th May

This is one of our favourite spring events St Tropez hosts, organised by the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and the city of Saint-Tropez. Female sailors are invited to participate in this exhilarating racing event, which pits some of the most Mediterranean’s most beautiful sailing yachts against each other. In the past, boats have included Moonbeam III, Moonbeam IV, Lelantina, The Firebird, Mariska Amadour Skylark of 1937, Savannah, Manitou, Palynodie II Nagaina, Havsoernen, Maria Giovanna and Djinn, making for some truly stunning viewing.

With a mostly female race committee and featuring yachts where 70% or more of the crew are women, this is an occasion to be celebrated. And how better than with a welcoming cocktail reception, a crew party and an incredible awards ceremony to finish?

5. Les Bravades de Saint Tropez – Military Parade

When: 16th May

Arguably St-Tropez’s most culturally-important event, Les Bravades has been celebrating the Patron Saint of Saint Tropez and the town’s military history for many years now, much to the enthusiasm of the locals. The event culminates in a joyful parade across St Tropez, where drummers march in front of sailors, officers and proud townsfolk. The purpose is to remind themselves of the bravery of past inhabitants, who were always ready to defend themselves against anyone who threatened their home. Dressed in white and red for the occasion, St Tropez looks at its most charming during Les Bravades, making it one of the best times to visit.

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