What are the best things to do in November 2023 when living in the French Riviera? Listening to classic music, watching LGBT films, running a marathon on the Promenade des Anglais, going to a football match, the choice is yours!

There’s no shortage of things to see, things to do and experiences to enjoy on the Côte d’Azur!

Wondering what to do in November if you decided to move to the French Riviera? Here is the agenda for November 2023, with some of the must-see events on the Côte d’Azur that FRH has selected for you. Yes, those who live in the French Riviera are never bored here.

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C'est pas classique

C’est Pas Classique

From 3 to 19 November

The C’est Pas Classique festival, whose mission is to bring classical music to as many people as possible, is reinventing itself in 2023. It’s leaving its usual venue, the Palais Acropolis, to spread out across 13 towns in the Alpes-Maritimes. For 17 days, from 3 to 19 November, over 30 free concerts will be given by a host of talented artists. That’s living in Nice!

As a matter of fact, this 18th edition marks a turning point in the history of the festival. By offering an eclectic, high-quality programme, the objective remains unchanged: to make classical music accessible to all. The opening of this decentralised festival bears witness to the Department’s desire to widen access to culture across the whole of France.

A date that Niçois can’t afford to miss

If you live in Nice, or in a city close to Nice, don’t miss the highlights of this 2023 edition. Attend Cerrone’s legendary performance, accompanied by the Orchestre National de Cannes conducted by Randy Kerber, at the Palais Nikaïa. Plunge into the world of cinema with “Eastwood Symphonic” by Kyle Eastwood and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. Romain Leleu, the famous trumpeter, will be paying tribute to the greatest film scores. And finally, let yourself be carried away to the Orient with André Manoukian and the Balkanes polyphonic ensemble, accompanied by Dafné Kritharas.

But the festival doesn’t stop there. Like every year, it will bring together a host of talented artists and will also offer a special programme for young audiences, to the delight of young and old alike, from 0 to 99!

For more info about this November event in Nice:

ze festival

Ze Festival

From 4 November to 3 December

An event that highligts the diversity of cultures and that people living in Nice and Marseille know very well!

ZeFestival, the LGBTQIA+ film festival presented by the association Polychromes, is celebrating the diversity and richness of our cultures for the 16th year running. The new programme features a committed and varied selection of 19 previously unseen feature films and a weekend of 13 creative short films.

Indeed, this edition focuses on resistance, with an emphasis on LGBTQIA+ struggles in the face of rising extremism, religious conservatism and nationalist or totalitarian parties. From Russia with Queendom to Poland with Nos peurs, nos espoirs, via Uganda with Out of Uganda, India with A place of your own, and South Africa with The radical, this festival highlighs the diversity of queer struggles for the simple freedom to be oneself.

Films for a changing world

Furthermore, Polychromes also want to highlight a changing world, where those who were once invisible are surviving violence and social marginalisation and beginning to write tomorrow’s history. We’ll be meeting intersex people in Les points sur les i, intrepid pioneers in Lesbiennes, quelle histoire? and the flamboyant Orlando, ma biographie politique, a fictional character turned real who invites us to rethink the world.

ZeFestival is a key event for celebrating diversity, combating discrimination and promoting a more inclusive and open-minded society.

For information and bookings:

Nice Cannes Marathon

5 November

Living on the French Riviera is also running a marathon along one of the most beautiful coasts in the world!

In fact, on 5 November, the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes will be celebrating its 15th edition! Come and enjoy a 5-star experience as you discover the sumptuous landscapes of the Alpes-Maritimes and sample the “French Riviera art de vivre”! From Nice to Cannes, run in blue and take part in this special theme by wearing a blue garment or accessory on the day!

60 different nationality

With more than 160,000 runners registered since its creation in 2008, and participants from 60 different nations over all the distances on offer, the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes has attracted competitors from all over the world thanks to the beauty of its landscapes and its mild, temperate climate. What’s more, did you know that the blue line painted on the ground during a marathon indicates the ideal trajectory for covering the 42.195 km in the shortest possible time? Don’t miss out on the surprises that await you at this exceptional event!

So, are you in?

Nice Japan Pop Show 2023

11 and 12 November

If you live on the French Riviera near Nice? If so, a not-to-be-missed autumn event in Nice is the Nice Japan Pop Show.

It promises a plunge into the land of the rising sun! A convention focusing on Japanese culture and pop culture. Where? At the Nice Exhibition Centre of Nice (Palais des Expositions) from 11 to 12 November 2023.

What’s on the programme?

The programme includes a host of events focusing on Manga, video games, Cosplay, tattoos, gastronomy, board games and much more.

Jyaa matane! 

beaujolais nouveau

Le Beaujolais nouveau 2023

16 November

How could you talk about the French art de vivre of living without talking about wine? On Thursday 16 November 2023, the famous 2023 vintage vin primeur will finally be unveiled.

Indeed, for over 35 years, Beaujolais Nouveau has been eagerly awaited every third Thursday in November. This annual event is much more than just a tradition, it has become a real commercial phenomenon. Restaurants and bars in Paris and elsewhere organise festivities around the release of this wine, which has conquered far beyond France’s borders. For wine lovers, it’s a not-to-be-missed event, an unchanging tradition of sharing a plate of charcuterie and cheese with family and friends, while discovering the new vintage.

Why is Beaujolais Nouveau unveiled every year on the third Thursday in November?

Since its inception in 1951, this wine tradition has seen its launch date vary from year to year. Originally, 15 November was designated as the official date, but this posed practical problems for winegrowers because of administrative constraints linked to weekends. So in 1985, the decision was taken to set the Beaujolais Nouveau evening definitively for the third Thursday in November.

France Gibraltar Allianz Riviera

France Gibraltar UEFA Euro 2024

18 November

Do you live in nice and you like football? Then this event, which will take place at the stadium Allianz Riviera, should be of interest to you.

Nice is increasingly becoming a leading sports destination. Indeed, the city of Nice is very proud of the French Football Federation’s decision: the France-Gibraltar match, part of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, will take place at Nice’s Allianz Riviera on 18 November 2023 at 8.45pm.

Junior Eurovision

Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Palais Nikaïa

26 November

Are you curious about the music stars of tomorrow?

Then, do not miss the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the Palais Nikaïa

The EBU and France Télévisions are pleased to announce that Nice will be the official host city for the 2023 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC).

After the victory of Lissandro, France’s representative at the last Junior Eurovision 2022 in Armenia, and after organising the contest in Paris, the France Télévisions teams are delighted to announce that Nice will be the location for the 2023 edition.

The 21st Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Sunday 26 November at the Palais Nikaïa.

So, you have decided to move to the French Riviera and you wonder what you could do here? Then, now you know there’s plenty to do on the French Riviera in November. And if you want to live the French Riviera life experience ⬇