The must-see festivals on the Côte d'Azur this summer 2023

The must-see festivals on the Côte d'Azur this summer 2023

The Côte d'Azur, the jewel in the crown of southern France, has long been a popular destination for lovers of culture, sun and entertainment. Every summer, the region hosts a plethora of festivals that attract thousands of visitors from all over the world. In 2023, the cultural scene on the Côte d'Azur, and in Nice in particular, is set to be particularly vibrant, with a varied and exciting programme. Discover the must-see summer festivals on the Côte d'Azur in 2023 during your stay at the Best Western Plus Hotel Masséna Nice.


When staying with friends or as a couple in the south of France, take advantage of comfortable accommodation in a great location to enjoy the biggest events on the Côte d'Azur. The Best Western Hotel Masséna Nice is an excellent choice for festival-goers, located right in the heart of Nice, close to the main festival venues and transport links such as Place Masséna and Nice-Ville train station.

Your 4-star hotel offers comfort and rest, but also an ideal base from which you can explore the region's vibrant cultural scene. After a busy evening enjoying the events, you can relax and unwind in a friendly setting close to the beaches and must-see attractions in Nice.


The Nice Jazz Festival - 18 to 21 July 2023

The Nice Jazz Festival, one of the oldest jazz festivals in the world, is held every year in July, just a 3-minute walk from your 4-star hotel. It brings together the biggest names in jazz as well as emerging artists, offering an exceptional musical experience. Make the most of the sunshine in Nice by attending the various open-air concerts in picturesque locations such as the Albert I Garden (Jardin Albert 1er) and Place Masséna, while letting yourself be carried away by the spellbinding jazz melodies.


Menton Music Festival - 25 July to 5 August 2023

The Menton Music Festival is a renowned classical music event held in the town of Menton. This prestigious festival features symphony orchestras, world-renowned soloists and exceptional chamber ensembles. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy masterful interpretations of great musical works in an enchanting setting in Parvis Saint-Michel, with the Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop.      

Menton Music Festival - Credit : Festival de Musique de Menton (Facebook)

Cannes Fireworks Festival - 14 July to 24 August 2023

The Cannes Fireworks Festival is a spectacular event that lights up the skies over the famous city of Cannes every summer. Watch as magnificent fireworks are launched from the Bay of Cannes, creating a symphony of light and colour that dazzles spectators. The world's top designers and pyrotechnicians compete to create breathtaking firework displays packed with music, special effects and creativity. The festival attracts thousands of visitors who gather on the beaches and promenades to admire this breathtaking spectacle. It's a feast for the eyes and an unforgettable experience for all fireworks fans.


Les Nuits Carrées - Antibes - 22 to 24 June 2023

An alternative music festival, Les Nuits Carrées takes place every summer in Antibes. This not-to-be-missed, popular and affordable festival showcases emerging artists and new talent on the music scene. Enjoy open-air concerts in an intimate and friendly setting, and discover promising new sounds and voices.


Les Plages Électroniques - Cannes - 4 to 6 August 2023

A hot, electric summer awaits you in Cannes! Les Plages Électroniques is a renowned electro festival held on the beaches of Cannes in August. This event attracts world-famous DJs and electronic music fans, offering unforgettable evenings with your feet in the sand. The sandy beaches are transformed into giant dance floors, offering an electrifying atmosphere and memorable festive fun. This year's line-up includes DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, Tale of Us, Lomepal, Hamza and Lujipeka...

Les Plages Electroniques Cannes - Credit : Les Plages Electroniques (Facebook)

Jazz à Juan-les-Pins Festival - 10 to 21 July 2023

A feast for the ears as well as the eyes... This iconic jazz festival in Juan-les-Pins features world-renowned jazz musicians in a stunning seaside setting. Relax on the beach while listening to the spellbinding notes of jazz in a unique convivial and musical atmosphere. Juan-les-Pins is easily reached by train from Nice-Ville station, just a 10-minute walk from the Best Western Plus Hotel Masséna Nice.


Les Musicales dans les Vignes - Provence - June to September 2023

Celebrate the noblesse of wine and music at Les Musicales dans les Vignes! As the name suggests, this classical music festival takes place every summer in the vineyards of the Provence region. Spectators can taste delicious wines while listening to exceptional musical performances. The festival offers a unique sensory experience, marrying the beauty of the wine-growing landscape with the spellbinding harmonies of classical music. For the 2023 season, 74 evening concerts are scheduled in the vineyards, so there's sure to be something to suit all tastes during your stay on the Côte d'Azur.

Dates in Nice:

  • 9 June, 7 and 23 July, 4 and 16 August, 14 September at Cremat Castle 
  • 16 July and 12 August at Château de Bellet

Les Musicales dans les Vignes Château de Crémat - Credit : Summer Hotels

The Côte d'Azur in 2023 is a must-see destination for fans of summer festivals and the SUN! From the spellbinding jazz of the Nice Jazz Festival to the magic of the fireworks in Cannes, not to mention the musical variety of Les Nuits Carrées, the electro evenings on the beaches of Cannes and the classical concerts in the vineyards of Provence, the region offers a variety of cultural and entertainment events to suit all tastes and interests.

Whether you're a fan of music, dance, jazz or classical music, the summer festivals on the Côte d'Azur in 2023 are set to make for an unforgettable summer full of magical moments and cultural discoveries.