What to Do in March in and around Nice – 2024

Paris-Nice Bike Race  March 10, 2024 – Free.  Missed the Tour de France?  Catch the finish of the Paris-Nice!  Covering over 1000 kilometers over 7 punishing days, the Paris-Nice bike race roars into Nice for its spectacular final day and dramatic finish.  There is a free village off Place Massena from March 8-10 with food, fun, expos, demos, and more.

Mars aux Musees   All Museums in Nice are free March 9-23, 2024 for students and those under 26, with lots of special activities, conferences, soirees and tours.

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

Stand up Comedy in English – Sunday, March 10, and Sunday March 24 – The new Bobar Comedy Club in Old Nice does twice-monthly stand-up comedy shows in English  ‘Spill the Tea’, at 5:30pm and cover charge is just 8€ or 5€ students.  27 rue Benoit Bunico, tram stop Cathedrale.

Blind Date?  Here’s an out-of-the-box idea, a Blind Dinner March 6, or March 20, 2024. Blindfolded before being lead to your table, you’ll experience your meal in a way you will never forget!  Tickets for the 3-course blind dinner are 60€, and you select your surprise 3-course menu based on meat, fish or vegetarian.  Starts at 8:30pm at Ornato Restaurant 54 blvd Jean Jaures, tram stop Massena.

Depiction of Adam and Eve beating each other with gourdsGourd Festival – Free – March 24, 2024 in the Cimiez Gardens.  Nice has a long history with gourds, and at its origin this festival used to include gourd battles where squabbling couples were invited to have it out once and for all (as depicted on this 500-year-old fresque found in Old Nice).  Now days its more folkloric, and a fun way to spend an afternoon.

 

Check out the Nice International Tattoo Festival!  March 30 – April 1 2024 at the Hippodrome in the next town down from Nice, Cagnes-sur-mer. Get there by car,  Bus #620 stop Hippodrome, or by train, stop Cagnes-sur-Mer.  Entry 10€/8€ for students.   To get you in the mood, here are some trippy photos of people that have scenes of Nice tattooed on their body!

Paris Drag Show Cabaret – March 29, 2024 – tickets 20€  All the way from Place Pigale in Paris, the Troupe de Madame Arthur alights in Nice at Stockfish.  Tram stop Vaubaun.

Draft beer pull in an Old Town pub

 

Saint Patrick’s Day in Old Nice, Sunday, March 17, 2024   A plethora of Irish Pubs await you in the old town, for the wildest pub crawl night of the year!   See if you can hit them all!

 

Poster for Old Nice vide grenierOld Nice Flea Market!  Sunday March 24, 2024 with 100 stands in front of the Palais de Justice from 8am to 6pm.  It’s called a Vide Grenier which means ‘Empty your Attic’ and is kind of a cross between a group garage sale/car boot sale/swap meet.  Tram stop Opera

 

Spring Movie Madness!  From March 24-26 all seats at all cinemas are just 5€!  It’s called Printemps du Cinema (Springtime at the Movies) and is a France-wide cinema celebration.  Here is a list of local cinemas featuring movies in English.

 

Don’t miss this one-night Cabaret Concert in the hidden bar at Cave Bianchi, Friday March 29, 2024 at 8pm. The cabaret musicians are some of my favs, especially Johanna Piraino on accordion.  Entry 15€ plus whatever you drink.  Rue Raoul Bosio, just down from the Opera tram stop, through the tiny door across from Cave Bianchi.

 

Here’s another surprising event: a multi-artist exhibition in an extraordinary abandoned villa!  I can’t decide which is more captivating, the art or the elegantly decaying ruins of the once stately Villa Cameline.  It’s not a squat: the owner gives a free hand to chosen artists every spring, and this year’s opening runs from March 16-April 13, 2024.  Open Wednesdays and Saturdays only from 3pm-6:30pm.  Free!  43 ave Monplaisir, tram stop Borriglione, then from the tram stop a 6 minute walk along Ave Romain Rolland that curves into ave Monplaisir up the hill.   Worth the effort!

Easter in Nice – Easter Sunday is March 31, 2024, but the most impressive is Good Friday, which falls on March 29 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.

FYI Easter Monday is a bank holiday and many businesses and museums are closed.

Sunday Orchestra Concerts – FREE – Every Sunday at 3:30pm the Nice Orchestra d’Harmonie gives a free concert in the either the Church in the Port (tram stop Port) or the Basilica Notre Dame (tram stop Jean Medecin).  Click here for this week’s concert program.

Classical Concerts in Nice – There is a whole slate of at least 10 classical concerts every month by different Baroque and Classical ensembles performing in Nice’s fabulous Baroque Churches.

The Nice Opera has all kinds of events going on every week: Here is this month’s schedule

  • Insider Tip: The Nice Opera ticket office has a last-minute ticket line, where one hour before the performance, unsold tickets drop to half-price …and for students and under-30s tickets are just 5€! 

Jazz/Blues/Rock Concerts in Nice  Besides nightly concerts at local jazz clubs and rock bars, there is also a robust monthly concert schedule with Nice Music Live;  the concerts at Theatre de Verdure, Black Box, and Stockfish, all have easy tramway access.

Ski liftGo to the Snow:  Take the bargain snow-bus for just 14€  round trip and in just 90-minutes, you can be up in the mountains for an easy day-trip with the feel of a mini-vacation. Here is a recent ranking of the best ski resorts and why, but know that Valberg is worth the day trip even if you don’t ski: you can still play in the snow, warm up with raclette for lunch,  soak up the alpine ambiance, hike or snowshoe the Planetary Trail in the afternoon (a multimedia GPS guide is available at the tourist office), and sip hot spiced wine in a warm chalet before napping on the bus ride back.

How to get there on the Ski Buses:  Besides the Valberg ski bus, there are three other Ski Express Buses to three different ski resorts, Isola 2000, La Colmiane and Auron… so really you can shuss in a different ski resort every weekend of the month and your transpo costs are only 7€ each way!

Ice Skating:  Nice has a full-sized indoor ice skating rink with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the rooftops, and it’s just 7€ including skate rental.  Easy access: the Patinoire Jean Bouin is right across from the Palais des Expositions tram stop.  And since Nice will be hosting the ice skating events for the 2030 Winter Olympics, this might be just the time to go ice skating in Nice!

Free Parc Phoenix Weekend March 2&3 for local residents – Free – The first full weekend of each month Parc Phoenix nature park/arboretum is free to local residents (but you need to bring proof: a recent phone or electric bill, or tax notice).  Right after lunch is the busiest time with a line to get in so mornings or late afternoons are best.  Tram stop Parc Phoenix

See Related Pages:

  • Nice by Nite – concerts, jazz clubs, salsa and tango venues, pub quiz nights, English-language theater and movie venues…

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