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Nice Carnival

Undoubtedly the biggest event in the calendar, Nice’s carnival galvanises the city for two weeks every year. The more enthusiastic members of the community will spend weeks making giant floats to parade around the city.

Date: 17 February 2018 - 03 March 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: All over the city.

Race to the Sun

Nice is the finishing point for the annual cycling competition called Race to the Sun. Competitors start in Paris and battle it out in a gruelling race to be the first to cross the line on the Promenade des Anglais.

Date: 04 March 2018 - 11 March 2018
Venue: Promenade des Anglais.

Fete des Mai

Held every Sunday throughout May this festival celebrates the coming of the summer and the revival of nature after the winter. The event dates back hundreds of years but the consumption of regional specialities and locally produced wines is still central to the modern-day celebrations.

Date: 01 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Venue: 184 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez.

Many events are free.


One of the most popular cultural events of the year, Musicalia is a celebration of the diverse music and cultures alive in Nice today. There is a strong Mediterranean flavour to the performances, which are complemented with dance.

Date: 01 July 2018 - 31 July 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Theatre de Verdure.

Nice Jazz Festival

Nice has long had a love affair with jazz and this annual celebration of the music dates back to 1948, when it began as “the first jazz festival of international significance.” Held at the Place Messena and Jardin Albert, this enduringly popular festival attracts a strong line up of musicians.

Date: 17 July 2018 - 21 July 2018
Venue: Greenery Theatre

French Riviera Marathon

The 42 km (26 miles) course hugs the coast from Nice to Cannes, taking participants on a scenic—albeit exhausting—journey along this beautiful slice of the French Riviera. The course starts at the Promenade des Anglais and ends along Cannes’ most famous street, La Croisette. Little wonder it has been dubbed the ‘five star marathon.’

Date: 04 November 2018 - 04 November 2018

Free to spectate.

Christmas Village

The sunshine and shimmering waters of the Mediterranean are hardly synonymous with Christmas. However, that doesn’t stop the local authorities making an effort to bring a bit of festive spirit to the city with Nice’s Christmas Village. There are a host of attractions including an arts and crafts market, ice rink, Ferris Wheel, and food stalls.

Date: 01 December 2018 - 31 January 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Place Massena.

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