Is it just me or does anyone else feel a slight lull after Festival February that saw some major events here on the French Riviera – Nice Carnival, Fête du Citron, Fête du Mimosa etc?? Personally, I enjoy that each month there is always so much to see and do from food and wine fairs to cultural festivals to family-friendly events.
While February certainly set the bar high in terms of events, there’s still plenty of things to do for the remainder of March:
1. Saturday 19 March in Mougins from 10am-5pm: A free family day ‘Fête du Jeu’ at Complexe sportif Roger Duhalde with video games, giant wooden games, sports, pedal cars, face painting, bouncy castles and dedicated play areas for babies through to 6 years of age. There is a free shuttle from parking at the Cabrières school.
2. Sunday 19 March in Eze Village at 10.30am: Easter Egg Hunt from Parc de la Revère.
3. Saturday 19 March in Antibes from 8.30pm: The Antibes Sharks basketball team play Strasbourg at AzurArena.
4. Saturday 19 March in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat from 8.30pm: One for the adults (if you manage to get a babysitter), you can experience ‘Fête Bavaroise’ at the Espace Neptune at the port where German-themed entertainment will have you Oompahing all evening. Reservations in advance via the Comité des Fêtes (in French) on phone 06 37 06 74 35. Tickets are €25 which includes choucroute (sauerkraut), dessert and a beer or glass of wine.
5. Sunday 20 March in Cagnes-sur-Mer from 10am-2.30pm: Very popular, the ‘Dimanche Malin’ family days take place on the seafront road and are free of charge. The road is blocked from 9am-3.30pm but you can park anywhere near the Hippodrome or take the train to Cros-de-Cagnes and it is merely a 5-minute walk to the seafront.
The days feature lots of fun activities such as pony rides, bouncy castles, baby gym, face painting, trampolines, mini golf. They also have quad bikes though last year the queues for the quad bikes were extremely busy, and if you have under 4 year old kids they unfortunately had to queue with the older kids so bear in mind patience may be necessary!
The next editions are on 24 April and 22 May so diarise those if you can’t make the 20 March date.
For the map and programme, please download here: http://www.cagnes-tourisme.com/upload/wysiwyg/plan%20des%20animation%20dimanches%20malins%202016_1.pdf
6. Sunday 20 March in La Colle-sur-Loup from 10am-6pm: Easter festival with an Easter Egg hunt, animal petting farm, Easter crafts workshops, chocolate stalls and free chocolate fountain.
All animations are free except the kids workshops are €3 a session, or €5 including one session and the Egg hunt.
For further information, visit the La Colle tourism site: http://www.lacollesurloup.fr/fr/actualites/gourmandises-de-p%C3%A2ques
7. Until 21 March in Nice: Head to the Musée des Arts Asiatiques for the last remaining week of the ‘Du No à Mata Hari’ exhibition which showcases around 300 objects from theatre in Asia including kimonos, masks, puppets, paintings, and tapestries. The exhibition includes work from famous artist Itchiku Kubota and costumes from the Beijing Opera.
It is a beautiful and unique exhibition with pieces that have survived the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Kids may find it too in-depth (though the masks and puppets are interesting), though entry is free to the Mata Hari displays and then you can visit the adjoining Parc Phoenix too for just €3.
8. Wednesday 30 March in Cannes from 8pm: There is a concert ‘Les Quatres saisons de Vivaldi’ at the Église Notre-Dame des Pins with 10 Cannois Conservatoire students and 5 other students from music Conservatoires in Nice, Toulon and Marseille.
The concert is organised by the Lions Club of Cannes and the Cannes Appassionata Association who fund international travel for exceptional students who finish their studies at the Conservatoire de Cannes.
It is a great opportunity to support promising young musicians. Tickets can be purchased 1.5 hours before the concert on the night – Adults are €10 each, €5 for children and under 10 years are free when accompanied by parents.
For more information about the Conservatoire events, you can see here: http://www.cannes.com/fr/culture/conservatoire-de-musique-et-theatre.html
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