Things to Do in June in and around Nice – Updated 2022
June is the month for fab and funky festivals in Nice…
Fete de la Musique June 21 – FREE A France-wide outdoor musical free-for-all, where there is literally dancing in the streets. It’s held every year on the night of the summer solstice…
Fete du Port (Cancelled for 2022, back in 2023) – FREE – One of my favorite local festivals with great food, a chef’s village, music, dancing, visuals and fireworks.
Mon Ete a Nice From mid-June. All summer long outdoor concerts and events including opera and dance, concerts, theater, and even movie screenings under the stars… Just click the link, scroll down, click on a date, and voila!
Nice Music Live presents Jazz and world music concerts (not free) all month long and various venues around town.
Sunday Orchestra Concerts in the Park – FREE – Every Sunday at 3:30pm the Nice Orchestra d’Harmonie gives a free concert in the gazebo in the Albert 1st gardens.
To find it, just walk to the end of the Promenade du Paillon, where the gardens meet the seaside, and it is in the far right corner. Click here for this week’s concert program.
Theater in the Park: Les Contes de l’Apero – FREE – Every night at 7pm at the far end of the Promenade du Paillon gardens. These nightly open-air mini-theater performances range from live theater, dance, music, and comedy. They’re in French, but the music, dance, and physical humour is universal.
Fete du Chateau Weekend Last weekend in June (but in 2022 is pushed to Fri/Sat July 1/2 – FREE This is the only weekend of the year when you can go up to the Nice Chateau at night, for a fun music festival put on by… the Communist Party!
But besides music, here are some of my other favorite June events:
The second weekend of June, enjoy a winemaker’s open house in the nearby, award-winning vineyards of Bellet, just outside of Nice. All weekend long the winemakers throw open their doors, invite you in, show you around, and do tastings! Get maps and directions to participating wineries from the info booth in the town square, Place de l’Eglise de Saint-Roman-de-Bellet.
The Mougins Chef’s Festival, Les Etoiles de Mougins, is back June 17-18 2022. The foodie’s favorite, it features a bevy of cooking classes by local star chefs, tastings galore, and the most awesome food trucks.
For sporty types:
The Cagnes-sur-mer Trigames triathlon is Sunday June 5th 2022, with 1000 competitors doing an open-water swim, biking through the hills, and finishing with a semi-marathon! Get there by car, Bus #200, stop Hippodrome, or by train, stop Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Nice Ironman Free to watch! June 26, 2022
An ultra-endurance race of insane proportions for mega-jocks, but we mere mortals can still watch!
The Running of the Sheep (Transhumance) – Free – It’s quite a site to see the shepherds guide hundreds of sheep on their yearly multi-day trek from their winter lowlands, to the highlands where they will graze for the summer. There are activities, music, demonstrations, and workshops for kids all day long until they welcome the arriving sheep late afternoon. Saturday June 11, 2022 welcome the sheep in the mountain town of Saint-Etienne-de-Tinee; or do the same the last Sunday in June for the herd that summers in the picturesque village of Guillaumes. They’ll bring ’em back down in October…
European Archaeology Days – June 17-19, 2022 If your French is up to it, there is a lot to discover in this archaeologically rich area.
Festi’Vence – last weekend in June – Free – a slate of back-to-back classical music concerts spread out over 3 days in the town square of the charming town of Vence. It’s easy to get there by bus, even coming back late.
And for fashionistas:
Attention Bargain Hunters! The massive Annual French Summer Sales kick off on June 22 and go through July 19, 2022!
See Related Pages:
- Weekly Open-Air Food and Antique Markets – don’t miss the famous Monday Antique Market at Cours Saleya
- 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…
- Summer in Nice: 5 Ways to Beat the Heat
Photo credits: Street musician licenced under Creative Commons, Nice Ironman by Patrice Lapoirie courtesy of the Nice-Matin