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What's On in summer in Nice?

Having your property in Nice means that you can make the most of the wonderful events the city has to offer!

 

April

Tennis fans will be happy to know that the ATP Masters Series is held in Monaco this month; this is a popular stop on the Masters tour for many of the top world-class players in preparation for the French Open. At the Monte Carlo country club, lucky spectators can watch top players battle it out so be sure to book your tickets in advance!

If sailing is your thing, then pop along to the Régates de la Baie des Anges in Nice, a weekend of sailing races in the bay which is organized by local sailing clubs.

The International Nice Half Marathon is also held mid-April on the Promenade des Anglais, with four different courses ranging in difficulty.

 

May

May is a busy month on the French Riviera as it is jam-packed full of exciting activities. One of the highlights of the year is the Cannes Film Festival, a glitzy and glamorous event which is attracts celebrities from the world over and takes centre stage in Cannes in the middle of the month.

In Monaco, another annual highlight comes to town, the Monaco Grand Prix. This event sees sport enthusiasts flock to the Principality for this prestigious motor race, which is widely considered to be one of the most important races in the world.

If you’re looking for something a little less showy, the Fêtes de Mai are held every Sunday throughout May in Nice. Relax and enjoy music, picnics and festivities in the gardens and amphitheatre of Cimiez.

A great little event called Italie à Table also comes to Nice this month; here, Italian food producers and wine growers exhibit their wares on the Promenade des Anglais and in the Jardins Albert 1e for a few days.

Also in May is La Nuit Européenne des Musées which sees a vast array of participating museums across Europe open their doors for one day mid-month completely free of charge. You will also find that May is full of bank holidays in France so make the most of them!

 

June

The beautiful subtropical gardens of Menton are opened to the public this month. The microclimate in Menton makes its gardens unique and especially popular with visitors.

If you’re here mid-month then you’ll experience the annual Fête de la Musique, a one day event that takes place in cities across France. Created in the 1980s by the Ministry of Culture, the aim of this festival is to broaden music’s reach and so there are plenty of free concerts in streets and bars throughout France; in Nice these take place particularly in the Old Town.

The Ironman competition comes to Nice towards the end of June, attracting masses of spectators and competitors alike. A key event in Europe and worldwide, the Ironman France is the biggest annual triathlon on the French Riviera and features a grueling 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a marathon, all under the hot Niçois sun.

Nice’s annual Book festival takes place in June too. You can expect many debates, talks, readings and other book-related events as authors and readers descend on the city. There are also two annual music festivals this month, though they vary vastly in terms of music style!! The Fête du Château takes place in the Château gardens and features lively modern music such as funk, jazz, hiphop, rock and Latin for a two-night spectacular. The Festival de Musique Sacrée takes place in various churches across Nice and features choral and instrumental religious masterpieces performed by international artists.

 

July

July sees music lovers flock to the Cote d’Azur to enjoy two of the musical highlights of the year. The hugely popular Nice Jazz Festival takes place mid-month in the Jardins Albert 1er and a little further along the coast, in Juan les Pins, is Jazz à Juan, where audiences can enjoy concerts in a stunning setting by the sea. Both of these musical events feature performances from world renowned acts.

If you’re here for the 14th July then you’re in for a treat. This national bank holiday, known as Bastille Day, triggers many celebrations throughout France so head down to the beach for a spectacular firework display; each town will have its own.

Shopaholics will also want to take advantage of the summer sales throughout France; these usually start mid-July and finish around the middle of August.

 

August

This is the month of fêtes and festivals! In Haut-de-Cagnes, the medieval festival (La Fête Médiévale de Cagnes) celebrates the town’s history with two days of jousting tournaments, a market, authentic costumes, concerts and many stalls and exhibitions. A little further inland, the Fête de la Sainte Claire take place in Saint-Paul-de-Vence and celebrates one of the town’s patron saints. According to tradition, the event starts at the Chapelle Sainte-Claire before unfurling throughout the village for two days and three nights and climaxing in a magnificent firework display.

Back in Nice, the Concerts du Cloître feature a large programme of chamber music concerts and make a relaxing end to a hot summers day; well worth the trip up to Cimiez! Nice also hosts La Castellada in August, which is a festival comprising a series of musical concerts and theatrical pieces set in the grounds of the Château. The 15th August is a national bank holiday in France so head down to the port to see another magnificent firework display!

 

September

The port is the focal point in Nice this month with the annual Fête du Port. This truly wonderful fête enables you to indulge in some of the finest food and drink that the city has to offer at unbeatable prices. Lots of entertainment is provided, from live bands to thrilling acrobatics, and the whole evening cumulates with a spectacular firework display.

For those who enjoy sport, the International Nice Triathlon takes place in September too.

The annual Weekend du Patrimoine is held across France in the middle of September. This event sees all of the museums, observatories and lots of government building open for free, with plenty of free guided tours and things to do.September also features a series of coordinated photography exhibitions in Nice called Septembre de la Photo.