Public holidays include:
- New Year's Day (January 1)
- Easter Monday (March/April)
- Labor Day (1 May)
- 1945 Victory Day (May 8)
- Ascension Day (a Thursday in May)
- Pentecost (a Monday in May or June)
- Bastille Day (July 14)
- Assumption Day (August 15)
- New Caledonia Day (September 24)
- All Saints' Day (November 1)
- Armistice Day (November 11)
- Christmas Day (December 25)
The school holidays run from December 15 until the end of February.
- The Festival of the Yam is observed in Kanak villages in mid-March.
- Bastille Day (July 14) features a military parade and aerial show at Anse Vata in Nouméa.
- Lots of free performances are staged during the August jazz festival in Nouméa.
- The Agricultural Fair at Bourail in late August features rodeos and other colorful activities.
- The parade on New Caledonia Day (September 24) recalls the day in 1853 when Admiral Despointes took possession of New Caledonia for France.
There's a triathlon the third Sunday in May, the Dumbéa open golf tournament in July, an international marathon the third Sunday in July, and a bicycle race around Grande Terre in August or September.