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Nice is home to many annual concert series, including the world-renowned Nice Jazz Festival in July and the International Festival of Military Music in October. If you’ll be in town toward the end of the summer and don’t feel like shilling out Euros to see a star-studded line-up (or if French military fanfare isn’t your thing), you’re in luck: Nice also offers a free month-long festival of world music and outdoor parties in August.
Every summer, Nice heats things up with a program of international music and parties known as Les Nuits Musicalia. This year marks the festival’s tenth anniversary, with celebrations set to run from August 8th through 29th.
Musicalia features a wide variety of music, from Brazilian percussion to Portuguese Fado to French blues. Each evening has a different musical theme, and on the off nights “Prom’parties” treat visitors to dance beats on the city’s famous thoroughfare, the Promenade des Anglais.
Events are spread among various locations, including the Avenue des Phocéens and in front of the posh Hotel Negresco. We recommend checking out an act at the festival’s main venue, the popular open-air Théâtre de Verdure. The Nice Tourism website releases more details as Musicalia gets closer, but it’s early enough to pencil the first-annual “Cinema Evening” (Wednesday, August 12th) into your schedule.
Cheapos in Nice can enjoy these French Riviera festivities for from 9 pm to 11:30 pm on Saturdays and Wednesdays in August. Check the Musicalia website for more details.