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January

New Year

New Year on the French Riviera is generally celebrated with plenty of good food and drink in restaurants and bars. Some towns, such as Cannes and Monaco put on festive firework displays to welcome in the New Year.

Prom Classic

This annual 10km run along the scenic Promenade des Anglaisis the perfect way to kick start the year and stick to those New Year’s resolutions.

February

Carnaval de Nice

Nice’s famous carnival attracts visitors from far and wide. It takes place over three weeks, with the festivities starting in mid-February each year. Processions of dancing, music and more, parade through the streets of the city and delight tourists and locals alike. Be prepared for flowers, confetti and silly string aplenty.

March

Fete des Citrons

Visitors to Nice’s carnival, often make a stop in Menton for the annual Fete des Citrons as the two festivals often coincide. Menton is famous for its citrus fruit, which thrives in the city’s balmy microclimate. During the Fete des Citrons, impressive sculptures of oranges and lemons are on display throughout the city and visitors line the streets to enjoy the festive atmosphere at the parades.

April

Monte Carlo Open

See some of the world’s elite tennis players on the clay courts of the Monte-Carlo country club. Nadal, Djokovich and Federer are among the regulars at this high profile tournament.

May

Cannes Film Festival

One of the world’s most celebrated film festivals, Cannes rolls out the red carpet for two weeks in May for international filmmakers and celebrities. Cannes is a hive of activity during the festival with TV programmes and news channels also based on the Croisette to catch all of the action.

Monaco Grand Prix

The biggest event in Monaco’s highly charged social calendar. Formula 1 stars and aficionados hit the streets of Monte Carlo for this legendary stop on the Grand Prix series.

June

Ironman

Held annually on the last weekend of June, the Ironman event attracts a big crowd to cheer on the athletes in their grueling challenge to complete a 2.4 mile swim 112 mile bike ride followed by a marathon under the sun on the Promenade des Anglais.

July

Bastille Day

The 14th July is France’s Fête National and a public holiday. After a relaxing day off work, join the locals for a fireworks display in most towns and villages. Nice and Cannes put on a particularly good show.

Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique

Fireworks are celebrated annually in Cannes with the Pyrotechnical festival taking place over several weeks. Each week brings a new display from competing countries.

Nice Jazz Festival

Held in Nice each July since 1948 and often featuring an array of international artists. The festival now takes place in the open-air theatre in the heart of central Nice, the Théâtre de Verdure.

Jazz à Juan

Iconic jazz festival that really put Juan-les-Pins on the map, Jazz à Juan is a major highlight of the French Riviera’s musical calendar. Set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, it’s a magical way to spend an evening.

August

Prom Party

The Promenade is closed off and becomes the site of a summer street party. Live music and big crowds make the most of the warm summer evenings and lively atmosphere.

September

Fête du Port

An event that gets bigger each year! Live music, food stands featuring some of Nice’s finest chefs and a fireworks display to round off the evening. Not to be missed!

October

Halloween

Not traditionally celebrated in France, however more and more restaurants and bars are joining in the celebrations, with fancy dress, themed parties and more.

November

Nice-Cannes Marathon

The region’s principal marathon takes place annually in November. Setting off on the famous Promenade des Anglais, the runners follow the coastline, crossing the finish line on the Croisette in Cannes.

C’est pas Classique

Classical music concerts with a twist. A great opportunity to watch live bands and original performances for free.

December

Noel à Nice

The Christmas festivities begin early December in Nice with the turning on of the Christmas lights and the opening of the Christmas market. Enjoy the atmosphere with some roasted chestnuts and mulled wine or have a go at ice skating on Place Massena. The big wheel is another popular attraction at this time of year, offering superb views of the city, coast and mountains. The activities and decorations spread across town including Place Garibaldi or the beautiful crèche in Place Rossetti.

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