Travel to the rhythm of events in Nice Côte d’Azur. Every year, more than 3000 events are organised throughout the region. So why not choose your holiday dates accordingly?
First of all, it’s time for sport!
Whether you are an amateur or a high-level sportsman, come and enjoy participating in or attending outdoor competitions. In summer and winter, climb to the top of the mountains for the Trophée Andros d’Isola or the Ultra-Trail Côte d’Azur Mercantour. Then head back down to the coastal area. The seaside is a sublime open-air playground, so take advantage of it! Head to Nice’s Promenade des Anglais to push your limits in some of the biggest races. These include the Prom Classic, the Nice Half Marathon, the IronMan and the Marathon International des Alpes Maritimes. Nice Côte d’Azur has also hosted major world events such as the EURO or the start of the Tour de France.
Cultivate yourself, whether it be through literature, theatre, cinema…
In addition to the hundreds of annual exhibitions in the area, come and discover new art forms through unique events. Head for MANCA, for contemporary music, the C’est Trop Court Festival for short films, or OVNi (Objectif Vidéo Nice), which brings together some twenty galleries, museums and, above all, hotels around video art every year. Lovers of literature, what if you met the greatest French and international writers? To do so, head for the Nice Book Festival or the one dedicated to thrillers in Saint-Laurent du Var. And if you like to see them adapted on the big screen, don’t forget to book your tickets for the new CinéRoman Festival.
Finally, have you ever been to the Nice Carnival?
This traditional event delights young and old alike. Find your childlike soul and put on a fun costume to attend the Carnival Corso (day or night) with its parade of huge floats and impressive big heads. You can also experience the magic of a fairytale display with the Flower Parade and its unique procession led by the Carnival Queen throwing bouquets to the public.
Music festivals resonate in Nice Côte d’Azur
The biggest stars of the music world come to Nice Côte d’Azur. Come and applaud the greatest French and international artists on the stages of the Palais Nikaia and the Allianz Riviera stadium. Madonna, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Maroon 5, all have already made the trip and offered unforgettable concerts to the people of Nice.
But the area is best known for its summer open-air music festivals. Let yourself be overwhelmed by the sounds of the greatest artists under a starry sky. You have the choice, there is something for every style: jazz, electro, rock, classical … The most famous? The Nice Jazz Festival which, for more than 70 years, has seen exceptional artists conquer the hearts of the audience. Among them, Louis Amstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis or more recently Ben Harper, Gipsy King, Mrs Lauryn Hill, Kool and the Gang, Massive Attack and the Black Eyed Peas.
If you prefer more intimate events, you can also attend the Nuits du Sud in Vence, the Saint Jazz Cap Ferrat or the Nuits Guitare in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Finally, dance the night away to the sound of the best international DJs at the Crossover festival and its alternative events which take place throughout the year.