Things to Do in April in and around Nice

April Fool’s Day Nicois-style!  What to expect on April Fool’s Day in Nice…

Easter in Nice – Easter Sunday is April 17, 2022, but the most impressive is Good Friday, which falls on April 15 this year. On Good Friday, come into the Old Town to experience the Chemin de la Croix Candlelight Procession – Free

The solemn procession starts at Place Rossetti in front of the Cathedral Sainte-Reparate at 8:30pm, and progresses from one ‘station’ to another in the streets of Vieux Nice, each with dramatic artwork representing the various stages of Christ’s walk to his crucifixion.  As darkness falls, the candles are lit, and the procession ends in an eerily surreal scene at the top of rue Rossetti.

By the way, there are two very interesting churches in Nice to visit, especially around Easter time: At the top of Cours Saleya, the Saint Suaire Chapel once held the famous Shroud of Turin (Saint Suaire in French), the burial cloth which may or may not bear the imprint of the resurrected body of Jesus Christ.  And the Monastery on Cimiez has a little Franciscan Friar Museum (free) with a very detailed display on the shroud, showing a replica of the actual imprints on the cloth, life size.

Nice International Tattoo Festival, early April – entry 12€/10€ for students. Held at the historic Victorine Studios (which is worth it to see just on it’s own), you can get there by tramway (Parc Phoenix stop, then a 10 minute walk up the hill), or by train, stop Nice Augustin, or, of course, Uber.

During Nice Astronomy Week in mid-April, take advantage of special programs happening at the Nice Observatory including the new underground Universarium.

International Equestrian Jumping Competition, early April, and  – free!  This competition is dramatic and full of suspense, great for a family day, and if you’ve never been to the Hippodrome, the seaside horse racing track in nearby Cagnes-sur-Mer, here’s your chance, and for free!  Get there by car,  Bus #200, stop Hippodrome, or by train, stop Cagnes-sur-Mer.

photo: www.sporttours.com

photo: www.sporttours.com

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament, mid-April.  Ticket prices are surprisingly affordable: as low as 20€ for the high seats for the qualifying matches, so you can watch world class tennis for practically the price of 2 movies.  Even the finals are not bad at only 47 to 101€ .

Easy to access by train, the SNCF opens up the normally shuttered Monte Carlo Tennis Club train station, so the train will let you off right at the entry.  By the way, the Monte-Carlo Tennis Club is not only not in Monte-Carlo, it’s not even in Monaco, it’s actually located just across the border, in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

World-class tennis, affordable tickets, gorgeous weather, sea-view tennis courts, and door-to-door service to boot… what’s not to ‘love’?

Les Visiteurs du Soir (The Visitors in the Night) – 2 nights of surprising art in unexpected places, mid-April or May tbd – FREE.  Les Visiteurs du Soir is a kind of sprawling, ephemeral, almost ‘underground’, yearly contemporary art festival. During two days, the public is invited to a free nighttime self-guided tour to discover approximately sixty locations in Nice: artists’ studios, private apartments, cultural or offbeat locations… even a fabulous abandoned mansion, the Villa Cameline. The purpose of this event is to have contemporary art leave its walls and make it more accessible through a surprising itinerary that shows today’s creation where it is not expected.  Check with the Tourist Office for dates and map.

See Related Pages:

  • What to do on Sundays in Nice – free afternoon orchestra concerts, free museum days, special family-friendly concert matinees at the Opera House, and of course numerous Catholic masses to choose from…
  • Nice by Nite – concerts, jazz clubs, salsa and tango venues, pub quiz nights, English-language theater and movie venues…

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