What to Do in November in and around Nice – 2023

Poster for C'est Pas Classique music festivalC’est Pas Classique music festival – FREE – November 3-19, 2023  One of November’s highlights is usually the super fun and free C’est Pas Classique weekend music festival, but since its home turf is currently being demolished, the city is taking the opportunity to expand the festival from 3 days to 3 weeks, and at venues all over the region.  It is still totally free (and freewheeling!) but now many concerts require free tickets, so take note: the reservations open (via the site) on October 13.

Update: Many concerts are now marked ‘complete’, but now there is a waitlist, so jump on the site and get on that list!  

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Free Vintage Fashion Show – Free – 6pm Saturday, November 4, 2023 – The Puces de Nice, the iconic covered antique mall on the Nice Port is puttin’ on the ritz with a big collaborative fashion show, with music, aperos, and 33 stands to browse.

More vintage deals can be found at the Neighborhood Flea Market/Vide Grenier on the Nice Port –  Sunday November 12, and again on Sunday November 26. One person’s trash is another one’s treasure, and believe me, treasures abound at these local ‘vide greniers‘ which means empty your attic, with all kinds of oddball stuff trading hands at bargain basement prices.   Tram stop Port

Free Parc Phoenix Weekend for local residents – Saturday/Sunday November 4/5.  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

The Picasso Museum in Antibes offers a free week for everybody every November, and it’s November 5-10, 2024.

Nice-Cannes Marathon Sunday November 5, 2023 – Just possibly the most picturesque marathon course in the world!

Promenade du Paillon as seen from the airFree Candlelight Concert in the Park – Friday November 17, 2023  To mark the 10 years since the opening of the Promenade du Paillon gardens, the city is celebrating with a free candlelight symphonic homage to Queen concert, under the stars and right in the park, in the section just off Place Massena.  Seating is limited and it’s by reservation only so sign up here now!  But even if you’re too late for the tickets, just hang out at Place Massena where the concert will certainly fill the air.

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The uncorking of the Beaujolais Nouveau – third Thursday in November!  Click the link to find out what it’s all about…

Stand up Comedy in English – November 26, 2023 – The new Bobar Comedy Club in Old Nice does 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.

The MANCA Creative Music Festival happens at several different venues around Nice mid-November.

Poster showing Cours SaleyaLe Village Latino Cours Saleya SalsaFest – Sunday, November 26, 2023 4pm-1am.  Get the program and plan your evening according to your level and style; tickets/programs available the day-of at Akathor, 3 Diables, Obsession, and El Sueno on Cours Saleya in Old Nice, and your 10€ bracelet serves as your:

  • Concert ticket (Alexis El Mura y Su Tradicion Cubana at Akathor)
  • Salsa class entries (8 courses for all styles and levels)
  • Cover charges for 5 spicy DJ dance spots on Cours Saleya
  • and even includes a refreshing beverage to cool yourself down

Doorway to hidden barAfterwork Jazz Concert at ‘secret bar’ Cave Bianchi – November 22 and 23, 2023, 7-8pm,  Part of the Nice Opera’s Afterwork series, this short 1-hour homage to Josephine Baker is held in a historic ‘secret bar’ that is rarely open to the public.  The 20€ ticket covers your first drink, but honestly this surprising venue is so cool you won’t want to miss it.  7 rue Raoul Bosio, tram stop Opera or Massena.

Seating at the Nice OperaIn fact, the Nice Opera has all kinds of events going on all month long: 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€! 

Free 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.

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.

Black Friday Sales –  France has jumped on the Black Friday bandwagon, even if they don’t really have any idea what it is or why… but who cares?  Hit the Black Friday Sales the entire last half of November, cha-ching!

Get in the winter spirit with a little 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.

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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