Things to Do in June in and around Nice – Updated 2021
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… (Still happening in 2021, but barely recognizable with major restrictions and an 11pm curfew.)
Fete du Port (Cancelled for 2021, back in 2022) – 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 2021. 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 (Cancelled for June 2021… fingers crossed for maybe September) Last weekend in June – 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 cancelled for 2021 but will be back June 2022. The foodie’s favorite, it features a bevy of cooking classes by local star chefs, tastings galore, and the most awesome food trucks.
Nice Ironman Free to watch!
Normally held mid-June, exceptionally this year it is postponed to September 12, 2021
An ultra-endurance race of insane proportions for mega-jocks, but we mere mortals can still watch!
The Cagnes-sur-mer Trigames triathlon is still happening on Sunday June 6th, with 1000 competitors doing an open-water swim, biking through the hills, and finishing with a semi-marathon!
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. Sunday June 13, 2021 welcome the sheep in the mountain town of Saint-Etienne-de-Tinee. Saturday June 26, 2021 for Guillaumes. They’ll bring ’em back down in October…
European Archaeology Days – June 18-20, 2021 If your French is up to it, there is a lot to discover in this archaeologically rich area.
Festi’Vence – June 25, 26, 27 – 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.
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