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A large funfair  is held in Luna Park with rides and attractions for the delight of young and not so young spectators every year. (Palais des Expositions, esplanade de Lattre de Tassigny).


New Years Concert (Acropolis).


Concert Lyrique at the Opéra.


Salon du Lycéen et de l'Etudiant (Trade Fair for students) (Acropolis).


Salon Bionazur, (Trade fair of natural and organic produce)


Salon du Mariage (Acropolis).




The Nice Carnaval draws visitors from all over Europe and North America to this ancient spectacle. This "Mardi Gras of the Riviera" begins sometime in February, usually 12 days before Shrove Tuesday, celebrating the return of spring with parades, floats (corsi), masked balls (veglioni), confetti, and battles in which young women toss flowers.. Climaxing the event is a fireworks display on Shrove Tuesday, lighting up the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). King Carnival goes up in flames on his pyre but rises from the ashes the following spring.





Nice International Trade Fair. (Palais des Expositions, esplanade de Lattre de Tassigny - Port)


Finish of the Paris-Nice Cycle Race (Promenade des Anglais.)


Nice International Semi–marathon.

(Promenade des Anglais).


 Concerts (Acropolis).


Nice Boat Show.


Plant Festival (Parc Floral Phœnix).


Festin des Cougourdons. A traditional festival with local folklore and decorated "cougourdons" which takes place every spring. The interesting shapes of these gourds grown in the area, lend themselves to a wide variety of interpretations ...


Printemps des Poètes





Nice  Tennis Tournament .


Symphonic Concerts (Opéra).


Journée Chevalet (day of easels) (Jardin Albert 1er)


Nice International Dog Show.


Rallye de Tunisie.


Nice International Semi-Marathon


Egg-hunt (Parc Floral Phœnix).


Printemps des Musées




La Fête des Mai

With this festival, probably the oldest folk tradition in Nice, every Sunday in May; dancing, picnics, folk dancing brighten up the Cimiez gardens and amphitheatre.


Fête de la Cuisine

The cooking of Nice is highlighted in the city's restaurants.


Symphonic Concerts (Acropolis).


Art Jonction International, Contemporary Art Fair

(Jardin Albert 1er).






Sacred Music Festival (Churches in the old town).


Fête de la musique, free concerts throughout the city.


Salon du Livre (Book fair) (Jardin Albert 1er).


Fête de la Mer

Every year the fishermen of Nice celebrate Saint Peter's day. The festivities open with mass in the Gesù church, followed by a processsion all the way to Les Ponchettes beach (in front of old Nice) where a boat is burned in honour of their patron saint.


Fête de la St–Jean (dancing and bonfires) (Carras).


Pan Bagnat Festival .




Voucalia, Festival of Mediterranean Polyphony and Traditional Music .


Nice Festival du Jazz, occurs for a week in mid-July.A roster of  great jazz artists perform in the ancient Arène de Cimiez. For information and tickets, contact the Comité des Fêtes, Mairie (town hall) de Nice, 5 rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, 06000 Nice  04-97-13-20-00).

Inspired by the great American jazz performances, this international jazz festival is one of a kind. Every year it draws the most famous soloists and bands to the incomparable venue of the Cimiez gardens and Amphitheatre.


Nikaïa : International Athletics Meeting

With this meeting, the city of Nice has obtained a leading place in the world-class athletic events calendar. Every summer, 20 000 spectators crowd into the Charles Ehrmann Stadium to attend a program of competitions with the world's  champions


Bastille Day Celebration July 14:   Fireworks Promenade des Anglais.

Dancing.; Musical Entertainment (Théâtre de Verdure).





Ball for the Libération of Nice (Place Masséna).


International  Summer Chess Tournament.





International Festival of Military Music (every 2 years)


Fête du patrimoine (heritage days)

Nice International Triathlon

Swimming 4 km (Baie des Anges)

Cycling 120 km (Haut Pays Niçois)

Foot race 30 km (Promenade des Anglais).

Historic Automobile Tour de France.





Fête patronale de la Ville de Nice Sainte Réparate



Mushroom Exhibition (Parc Floral Phœnix).





Children's workshops (Parc Floral Phoenix).


Rock and Mineral Show (Parc Floral Phoenix).





Bain de Noël - Christmas dip, the first Sunday after Christmas.


Nice International  Chess Tournament .


Sailing : International Star Regatta.


Christmas Village (espace Masséna: jardin Albert 1er).



Arts and Entertainment




Arènes De Cimiez

av. Arènes de Cimiez, Nice    

Jazz and pop concerts are held during the summer.


Château de la Moutte

rte. des Salins, St-Tropez

Every July and August, Classical Music Concerts take place in the gardens

For ticket information, inquire at the St-Tropez tourist office

quai Jean-Jaurès, B.P. 183, St-Tropez,  04-94-97-45-21.



Classical music and ballet performances take place at Nice's convention center

the Palais des Congrès

Esplanade John F. Kennedy, Nice



Festival De Jazz D'antibes-Juan-Les-Pins


Every July the Festival is held under ancient pines. It's one of the oldest festivals in Europe and claims to have hosted the European debut performance of Miles Davis. More recent jazz greats gracing the tropical nights include Herbie Hancock, Kyle Eastwood, and Joshua Redman.


Festival De Musique De Chambre

In August, Menton's takes place on the stone-paved plaza outside the St-Michel Church.


Nice Jazz Festival


In July, the Jazz Festival draws international performers from around the world for outdoor concerts in the Parc de Cimiez north of the center, the Matisse museum, and the Roman arena.


Salle Garnier

pl. du Casino, Monte Carlo,  377/92-16-22-99

This is the main venue of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, both worthy of the magnificent hall.



Opéra De Nice

4 rue St-François-de-Paul, Nice,


The season  runs from September to June.



Théâtre Municipal Francis-Gag

4 rue St-Joseph, Nice


This venue offers independent theater productions of traditional and contemporary works.


Théâtre De Nice

promenade des Arts, Nice


headed by stage and screen star Jacques Weber, alternates productions imported from Paris with creative experiments of the Centre National Dramatique Nice Côte d'Azur.




Nice's seafront is home to at least seven different public beaches. None of them has sand; they are covered with gravel (often the size of golf balls). The rocks are smooth, but can still be difficult to navigate for  people with poor balance or sensitive feet. Tucked in between the public beaches are the private beaches of hotels. Most of the public beaches are divided into two sections: a free area and an area where you can avail yourself of the chaise longues, mattresses, parasols, changing cabanas, and freshwater showers for a fee. Nude sunbathing is prohibited, but toplessness is common. Take bus nos. 9, 10, 12, and 23 from the center of town to get to the beach.