Things to Do in July in and around Nice

Villefranche-sur-mer’s American 4th of July Festival.  A favorite US serviceman’s hang-out during WWII, Villefranche celebrates independence day with a 1940’s flair.  Easy to get to from Nice by bus or train.

Nice Bastille Day Attack Memorial, July 14th.  The saddest day in Nice’s recent history will be commemorated with a day of moving ceremonies starting at the Villa Massena at 10am in front of the memorial. Later that afternoon at 4pm, the French President Emmanuel Macron will speak.  At 6pm at Place Massena a ceremony honoring the police, fire fighters, The Red Cross, and other civil servants that intervened that fateful night.  Later in the evening at 9:30pm in Promenade du Paillon gardens, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice and the choir of the Nice Opera will present a concert in memory of the 86 victims.  Then at 10:55pm the families of the victims will gather at the the beach where they will release 86 glowing balloons into the night sky with a backdrop of 86 skylights soaring to the heavens.

Summer Jazz Festivals  The Cote d’Azur hosts some of the best jazz festivals in Europe in July, including…

The massive Nice Jazz Festival July 17-21, 2017, 6 concerts/night over 5 nights

The purist’s favorite Jazz à Juan July 14-23, 2017 on the Riviera’s best sea-view stage

The super-fun Nuits de Sud completely invades the Vence town square each weekend in July

and the Beaulieu Guitare Festival July 21-23, 2017

Plus, each jazz festival has an entire “Off” section of free concerts… think of it like “Off Broadway” – but completely free!

Other local concerts (not free) both before and after the Nice Jazz Festival are presented with Nice Music Live by Nice Jazz Festival, including Les Insus, Jain, Camille, and The Avener & Synapson.

SAgrandir l'image, .JPG 1.1Mo (fenêtre modale)ummer Night Concert Series – Free

The Soirees Estivales/Summer Nights concert series is an all-summer-long string of high-quality concerts of all musical genres, in all the little villages both close and far from Nice, and all free!


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Attention Bargain Hunters!  The massive 2017 Annual French Summer Sales kick off on July 12th and go until August 22!



Fireworks wiki by Billy HicksInternational Fireworks Competitions 2017 – Free


ironmanNice Ironman  July 23, 2017 – Free to watch!

An ultra-endurance race of insane proportions for mega-jocks, but we mere mortals can still watch!



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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Photo credits:Nice Ironman by Patrice Lapoirie courtesy of the Nice-Matin,  Prom Party by, Fireworks by Billy Hicks, licensed by Creative Commons.  Nice Jazz Festival 2017 by Alain Morana.

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