Events

Top Choice Music in Aix-en-Provence

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Established in the spirit of rebirth following WWII, this world-renowned festival brings opera, orchestral works, chamber music and even buskers to Aix throughout July. The wonderfully atmospheric Théâtre de l’Arche…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Avignon

Festival d'Avignon

The three-week annual Festival d’Avignon is one of the world’s great performing-arts festivals. Over 40 international works of dance and drama play to 100,000-plus spectators at venues around town. Tickets don't go …
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 Arles

Les Suds

This wonderfully imaginative and multifaceted world music festival makes use of Arles venues as diverse as the Roman theatre and the abandoned industrial complex Parc des Ateliers. While the main festival occurs ove…
Carnival in Menton

Fête du Citron

Menton’s quirky two-week Fête du Citron sees sculptures and decorative floats made from tonnes of lemons weave along the seafront. Afterwards, the monumental lemon creations are dismantled and the fruit sold off at …
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…
Food & Drink in Carry-le-Rouet

Les Oursinades

Every February since 1960, Carry-le-Rouet has come alive to Les Oursinades, a multiple-week celebration of the spiny oursin (sea urchin), of which only the lurid-orange gonad is eaten. Oursin-lovers from France and …
Cultural in Arles

Fêtes d'Arles

Races, parades, costumes, theatre and music come to Arles over several weeks from mid-June. Highlights include La Course de Satin – a bareback race on purebred Camargue horses dating from 1529 – and the Pegoulado – …
Food & Drink in Aups

Journée de la Truffe Noire

For 25 years now Aups, the epicentre of the Haut-Var's prized black truffle, has turned its largest public space into a day-long celebration of the knobbly delicacy. There are tastings of truffle pâtés and all sorts…
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…