What’s going on
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not traditionally celebrated in France, however more and more restaurants and bars are joining in the celebrations, with fancy dress, themed parties and more.
C’est pas Classique
Classical music concerts with a twist. A great opportunity to watch live bands and original performances for free.
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.