Top Choice Carnival in Nice

Carnaval de Nice

Held over a two-week period in late February and early March since 1294. Highlights include the batailles de fleurs (battles of flowers) and the ceremonial burning of the carnival king on Promenade des Anglais, foll…
Music in Nice

Nice Jazz Festival

France’s original jazz festival has taken on a life of its own, with a jam-packed six-night calendar of performances on two stages in Jardin Albert 1er, and fringe concerts popping up all around town, from Vieux Nic…
Cultural in Nice

Noël à Nice

Nice's municipal government sponsors a host of Christmas events each year, including the family-friendly Village de Noël in Jardin Albert 1er, complete with giant Ferris wheel, carousels, bouncy castles, ice skating…
Music in Vieux Nice

Fête du Château

For two nights in late June or early July, the Colline du Château is open after hours for this 70-year-old free music festival (hosted by the Communist party, but open to all).
Music in Nice

Les Soirées Estivales

The government of Alpes-Maritimes hosts this fabulous series of concerts in villages throughout the département, many of them within easy travelling distance of Nice.
Cultural in Nice

Nuit Européenne des Musées

Eleven Nice museums, including the Musée Matisse and Musée Chagall, stay open late with free admission and special events as part of this Europe-wide museum festival.
Cultural in Cimiez, Libération & Vernier

Festin des Cougourdons

Held in the park adjacent to the Musée Matisse, this long-standing traditional festival includes dance, music, food stalls and vendors selling hundreds of decorated cougourdons (gourds).
Cultural in Cimiez, Libération & Vernier

Lu Festin de Nissa

Locals celebrate springtime with singing, dancing, theatre and food on 1 May and then every Sunday in May, up in the Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez.
Cycling in Nice

Paris-Nice Bike Race

This annual weeklong bike race culminates with two exciting days of riding in and around Nice.
Sports in Nice

Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes

This annual marathon along the seafront goes from Nice to Cannes by way of Antibes.