Things to Do in March in and around Nice

Final day of Carnaval – Saturday, March 3, 2018.  Catch the last Bataille de Fleurs at 2:30pm, or the final nighttime Corso Parade at 9pm, culminating with the incineration of the king.

Old Nice Spring Sidewalk Sale – first week of March. Over 300 boutiques pull their wares out on the streets of the Old Town, for a week-long bargain-fest.

Paris Nice Bike raceParis-Nice Bike Race  March 9, 10, 11, 2018 – Free.  Missed the Tour de France?  Catch the Paris-Nice!  Covering over 1000 kilometers over 7 punishing days, the Paris-Nice bike race roars into Vence, then Nice for its spectacular final days and dramatic finish.

Mars aux Musees  March 13-20, 2018.  All Museums in Nice are free for those under 26, with lots of special activities, conferences, soirees and tours.

Saint Patrick’s Day in Old Nice, Saturday March 17, 2018   A plethora of Irish Pubs await you…

International Equestrian Jumping Competition, March 27-April 1, 2018 – 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.

Good Friday – March 30, 2018.  The Chemin de la Croix Candlelight Procession from Place Rossetti in the Old Town – 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.

And now for something really different: The Nice International Tattoo Festival, March 31 – April 2, 2018 – 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 bus #11 or #12, stop Grinda, or by train, stop Nice Augustin, or, of course, Uber.

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 credit: Bike race by Josh Hallett licenced under creative commons.

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