An abbreviation of Art, Mer (sea) and Neige (snow), the ARMEN Festival was created in 1978 by René Perrier, then President of the sailing club, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (SNST).

Every year around 70 sailing yachts take part in this event which involves three disciplines: a race from Saint-Tropez to Cavalaire with modern and classic boats lining up on the start; a ski event held in Isola 2000; and an art exhibition during the week of the festival in the Salle Jean.