Events in the Cote d'Azur and Villa Rentals for Cannes Film Festival
Dates back to 1294, and takes place over two weeks in February, prior to Lent. Festivities include colourful flower parades, lively carnival processions, prestigious soirées, rock and techno concerts, and firework displays.
International Film Festival
The most prestigious annual film festival in the world runs for ten days each spring in the city of Cannes. It is a gathering place for industry elite, star-gazing spectators and droves of obligatory paparazzi.
Grand Prix Formula 1
Of all the Grand Prix Formula 1 venues, Monte Carlo is considered the most glamorous. The Monaco Formula Grand Prix in late May has been one of the most popular sports events since its inception in 1929, with its racecourse of hairpin turns and steep hills, and non-stop partying.
The International Jazz Festival
Jazz á Juan at Juan-les-Pins has been welcoming international artists such as Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie since 1960. Each year, virtuosos around the world descend on Juan-les-Pins for ten days in mid July, for this great European jazz celebration.
International Christmas STAR Regatta
The annual International Christmas STAR Regatta takes place in December. Organised by the Water Club of Nice, it is considered the most prestigious sailing regatta in France, with up to 40 European and American teams competing in the city's Baie des Anges.
Marché Provençal (covered market)
Sept-May: Tue-Sun mornings; June-Aug: all mornings
At the Cours Massena, in front of the Mairie
Fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and flowers, along with other regional products
Arts & Crafts - Marché Provençal (covered market)
Foire (clothing market)
Rue Fontvieille, behind the post office
Brocante (Flea market)
Thursday, Saturday; 8h-19h
Place Jacques Audiberti, between the Porte Marine and the Place Massena
A Marché Brocante is held every Saturday, "Sur Les Allées", opposite the old port, beneath the trees. This becomes a two-day market with the first Sunday of the month.
The main daily market is at Forville, two blocks north (inland) from the Hotel de Ville on Rue Félix Faure. This is a big, active covered market A flower market is at the west end of the covered area. On Mondays, Forville becomes a Marché Brocante (flea market).
This is a smaller, but still sizable, daily market in the covered area in the center of the square. Place Gambetta is a block north of the Rue d'Antibes and a couple of blocks east of the train station.
The most famous market of Nice is the flower market and main market on the Cours Saleya in the old town (see above). On Mondays, the Cours Saleya has a large flea market, the Marché a la Brocante et Antiquités.
A very large, authentic market can be found most mornings along the Ave. Malaussena (continuation of Ave. Jean Médecin beyond the train station overpass).
The covered market on Rue Flaminius Raibereti, just off the Place Général de Gaulle at the top of Ave. Malaussena, has produce in the street-side stalls, and mostly butchers and dairy-product stands inside.