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What's On in Nice August 2019

A month of music, markets and general merriment

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We're halfway through the summer and the holiday season is fully underway, which means that plenty of events are organised across in and around Nice.

Here’s our comprehensive insider's guide to some of the best events in Nice throughout August.

Renaissance Festival - Villeneuve Loubet

The month kicks off with the wonderful annual Soirees Renaissance in the nearby village of Villeneuve Loubet. A fantastic historical reenactment that spills over from the castle into the streets of the village. Expect authentic costumes, music, dancing and, of course, a solid display of armoury and battle techniques. The event depicts the arrival of François I in 1538 and offers royal processions, a big stage show and a Renaissance market. Great family entertainment!

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Nice Classic Live Festival - Nice

Sticking with history and adding a splash of music, the Nice Classic Live Festival is hosted at the Monastere de Cimiez, in the north of Nice. Each summer, the cloister provides a beautiful seeing for over 20 concerts including recitals, chamber music and orchestral enjoyment. This August, you'll be able to enjoy pieces by Schubert, Brahms, Prokofiev, Chopin, Debussy, Falla, Beethoven, Strauss and even some jazz.

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Live music at the Theatre de Verdure - Nice

Built in 1945 in front of the sea and surrounded by the lush gardens of the Jardin Albert 1er, the Theatre de Verdure is Nice's most iconic open-air venue. This August, it's hosting several concerts and live music events, including rock icon Patti Smith on the 20th. Also at the Theatre de Verdure, from August 14th to 18th, La Farandole International Folklore Festival will take place featuring performances from Colombia, Armenia, Oman and Tanzania. Finally, from the 23rd to the 24th, the Crossover Festival will bring some of the best names in the electronic music scene to Nice.

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Jazz au Chateau - Cagnes sur Mer

Imagine enjoying a long summer night listening to the chilled sounds of jazz music in a beautiful chateau setting. If this sounds like your kind of thing then don't miss Jazz au Chateau in Cagnes sur Mer. Gather at the Place du Chateau every Friday to enjoy a wonderful evening of live music in an unforgettable venue. Various concerts ranging from jazz trios to vocalists and jazz bands will be lighting up the night.

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Saint Jazz Cap Ferrat - St Jean Cap Ferrat

More jazz, but this time in the form of Saint Jazz Cap Ferrat, right in the heart of the town of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Four days of live jazz music in the beautiful surroundings of the Jardin de La Paix. This intimate event has become a favourite on the Cote d'Azur and offers a wonderful atmosphere for spectators and performers alike.

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Promenade en Fete - Cagnes sur Mer

The seafront of Cagnes sur Mer comes alive for one night only in August when the town celebrates the annual Promenade en Fete. The whole of the seafront boulevard is pedestrianised for an evening and the town hosts a party with live music, DJs, free entertainment, market stalls and a fireworks display. The party starts at 20:30 with fireworks at 22:30. There will be various stages set up along the promenade for music.

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Night markets

The French Riviera's balmy nights are just perfect for some shopping. There are a few arts & crafts markets celebrated around Nice once the sun has gone down. In the pretty town of La Colle sur Loup, well-known for its art galleries and antiques shops, stalls are set up from 18:00 on August 8th and 22nd while the So Jazz Festival is on. On the coastline between Antibes and Nice, in Villeneuve Loubet, there is a night market by the sea every Tuesday and Saturday from 20:00 to midnight.

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Asia Dreams of Yves saint Laurent - Nice

The Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques, in Parc Phoenix and near the airport, hosts an exhibition in honour of fashion master Yves Saint Laurent. "Asia Dreams of Yves Saint Laurent" showcases 35 designs by the genius French designer inspired by India, China and Japan. Colourful dresses, beautiful patterns and intricate jewellery will be on display until October 6th.

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Nice is the perfect choice for a holiday in August, not only because there's plenty going on but also because the warm weather makes it the ideal time to enjoy all the outdoor activities on offer.

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