Nice is blessed with an utterly eventful calendar, and expats are encouraged to join in the fun. Festivals and events are a great way for newcomers to the city to meet people and make friends, and the city's wide variety of events cater to every taste so that everyone is sure to find their own idea of fun.

Below we list a few of our favourite Nice events.

Annual events in Nice

Nice Carnival (February)

The biggest event on Nice’s calendar, expats will love the Nice Carnival and it’s a good time for newcomers to meet people and make friends. The entire city is enveloped by an electric party atmosphere, and the highlight is when hundreds of extravagant floats parade along Nice’s streets. 

Race to the Sun (March)

This gruelling cycle race starts in Paris and finishes on Nice’s iconic Promenade des Anglais where thousands of spectators welcome the exhausted riders and a big party ensues.

Fête des Mai (May)

Another festival that expats should make a point of attending. Dating back hundreds of years, this festival celebrates the coming of the summer and the recovery of nature after winter. Held on every Sunday in May, the city comes alive as it indulges in the area’s wonderful locally-produced wines and regional speciality dishes.

Nice Jazz Festival (July)

Nice has always had a mild obsession with the art of Jazz, and this annual festival attracts the best of the best. Hosted at the Place Messena and the Jardin Albert 1er, this celebration of Jazz, which dates back to 1948, should definitely not be missed out on.

French Riviera Marathon (November)

One of the most scenic marathons in the world, the French Riviera Marathon, also known as the ‘Five-star Marathon’, starts on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, meanders along the spectacular coastline for 26 miles (42km) and finishes on the famous La Croisette Street in Cannes. Expats are encouraged to join spectators as they cheer on runners and enjoy the festivities. 

Christmas Village (December)

Expats can get into the Christmas spirit properly at this annual holiday festival in Nice. Visitors can expect plenty of food stalls, an arts and crafts market, a ferris wheel and even an ice rink.