The biggest annual events in Nice, France

As the fifth largest city in France, there’s plenty to see and do in Nice, whether you’re a visitor or a resident. Restaurants, day trips, cultural activities and more means that those with holiday apartments in Nice are spoilt for choice. There are plenty of large-scale events that take place in the city each year too.

If you’re planning on looking at Nice apartments and vacation rentals this year, you may want to consider some of these top events when planning the timing of your visits. Here are our favourite annual events that take place in Nice, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

February/March – Carnaval de Nice (Nice Carnival)

Taking place over two weeks each year, expect extravagant parades of floats, dancers and musicians along the city’s Promenade des Anglais and Place Massena every day and evening. Top tip: if you attend in fancy dress, you’ll have access to a wider range of carnival areas.

March or April – Festin des Cougourdons

This unique event celebrates the cougourdon – locally grown gourds that were introduced to Nice in the 16th century. Expect animations, dance, music, and stands full of cougourdons that showcase how they can be used, from crafting kitchen utensils to turning them into musical instruments.

May – Fête des Mai

Every Sunday in May, in the Jardins de Cimiez, the Fête des Mai celebrates the arrival of spring. It’s one of the city’s oldest traditions and incorporates dancing, variety shows, local cuisine, fairground rides and more.

May – La Nuit des Musées

This is an event that takes place in cities across Europe – including Nice. For one night only, museums open their doors for free entry between 9pm and 1am.

June – Festival du Livre de Nice

Nice’s literary festival takes place in June each year, with readings, signings, discussions, debates and more from over 200 authors.

June – Fête de la Mer

Every year, fishermen celebrate the sea with a procession from the church to the shore, ending with the burning of a boat to honour their patron saint, Saint Peter.

June – Fête de la Musique

A free music festival, with performances by bands and artists of all genres.

July 14th – Bastille Day

It’s celebrated across France, and Nice is known for its fantastic firework displays.

July – Nice Jazz Festival

One of Europe’s largest international jazz festivals, attracting big names such as Rufus Wainwright and Morcheeba in the past.

September – Journées du Patrimoine

Many buildings and historical sites that are normally closed to the public open their doors for one weekend only.

December – Le Village de Noël

Nice’s Christmas village features family entertainment and an ice rink, alongside a giant nativity scene and plenty of Christmas-themed stalls.

If you want to be in Nice or the French Riviera for any of these events, get in touch today!