Things to Do in February in and around Nice

Carnaval2015_Affiche_40x60_001.inddNice Carnival –  February 10 to 26, 2017, Free         Follow Best of Nice’s Insider Carnival Tips to make the most of your Carnival experience… plus a page on the Bataille de Fleurs, the Nice Flower Parade

Carnaval Populaire, Nice’s ‘Other’ Carnival – Free  Cancelled for 2017 but will be back in 2018

Queernaval – The first Gay Carnival in France!  Totally free, even the seats.  Cancelled for 2017 but will be back in 2018!

Carnival Fun Run  A fun and festive costumed run along the seaside – Cancelled for 2017 but will be back in 2018!

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Attention Bargain Hunters!  The first weeks of February are the last weeks of the Soldes, the massive Annual French Winter Sales, and this is the time for the deepest discounts!   The 2017 Soldes ends February 21.


chocolatPain, Amour, Chocolat Festival in Antibes Old Town, Valentine’s Day Weekend, Friday to Sunday from 9am-7pm – Free

It’s the perfect idea for Valentine’s weekend: a festival devoted to love, pain and chocolate.   By the way, the ‘pain‘ in the title refers to bread, not the pain of love… although maybe the latter would be more apropos.  The festival offers tastings, presentations, and workshops by chocolatiers and bakers from France and Italy.  Located at the picturesque Old Port of Antibes, admission is free.  If you loved the movie ‘Chocolat’, this expo is for you!

L'atelier au mimosa, Pierre Bonnard, 1935

L’atelier au mimosa, Pierre Bonnard, 1935


Peak weeks to view the Mimosa Forest – Free

Just 24 km from Cannes lies The Tanneron, a Mimosa forest that suddenly turns bright yellow every February. It’s the largest mimosa forest in Europe, and it is  an amazing site to see in full bloom.  



See Related Pages:

  • What to do on Sundays in Nice – free afternoon concerts, free museum days, Catholic masses, special family Opera matinees, plus a Sunday night open-air drag show in the Old Town…
  • Nice by Nite – concerts, jazz clubs, salsa and tango venues, pub quiz nights, English-language theater and movie venues…

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