About Main Events in Monaco
There are loads of events in Monaco organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth visiting. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Monaco events in resort and don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.
This is only a snapshot of what happens on Monaco throughout the year. There are many other small festivals and one-off concerts that take place and we will endeavour to add these on our events calendar when we spot them.
The organising bodies may not release event information until very close to the event itself, so please search our Events Calendar to find out the latest information we have.
NB. Times and dates may vary each year. Indeed, some years, the festivals may not run at all (normally due to lack of funds), or be cancelled close to the dates of the event.
Cars, and especially fast cars, are synonymous with Monaco and so why not start the year with a car rally! The Monte-Carlo Rally is one of the most popular rally events of the year and in this fantastic setting it is a spectacle to behold.
Monte Carlo International Circus Festival
Something for everyone with this amazing family event, featuring some of the world's finest acrobats and performers. Created in 1974 by Prince Rainier III the International Circus Festival has become one of the largest and most prestigious circus events in the world.
Festivités de la Sainte Dévote
Monaco celebrates it's Patron Saint Day on 26th January each year.
Fete du Citron, Menton
Perhaps one of the best known events on the south coast of France is the Lemon Festival of Menton. Floats made from lemons and other citrus fruits are paraded down the streets of Menton, accompanied by dancers in fancy dress, music and drums.
Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo
For 4 weeks across March & April this Spring Festival showcases some of the best in musical and visual arts across the Principality with exhibitions, concerts and operatic performances, film, theatre, fine arts & dance.
The third weekend in April sees Monaco hold the annual ATP Masters 1000 tournament where all the top names in men's tennis gather to play on the clay courts.
Tourrette-Levens Fete Medievale
Annual medieval festival, celebrations & re-enactments each April. Musicians, magicians, storytellers, knights, ladies and artisans. Dive back into the medieval village and enjoy Tourrette in the Middle Ages. Perfect for all the family.
Top Marques Monaco
Another petrol fuelled event that shows off the glamour, luxury and excitement of the world of automobiles. Top Marques Monaco is the greatest supercar show on earth!
La Fete des Roses et des Plantes
A beautiful festival to start the month of May, La Fete des Roses et des Plantes is hosted at the very beautiful Villa of Ephrussi de Rothschild. Rose growers & enthusiasts come together for these few days, whether a novice or more experienced gardener, the different exhibitors have something for everyone.
Monaco Grand Prix - Formula 1
THE biggest event of the year for Monaco. The infamous track runs straight through the heart of the principality as the F1 drivers race for pole position and a place in the history books.
Monte Carlo Jumping International
Another sporting event that sees some of the worlds best known competitors. At Monte-Carlo Jumping International, top international riders and horses will descend on the Principality to face challenging technical courses in one of the smallest arenas on the Tour.
Arabian Horse Show
If you have any interest in horses then this is the weekend for you to visit Menton! The spectacular Arabian Horse Show in the Stade Rondelli on the waterfront makes for a wonderful day out.
Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival
Since 1974, the Sporting Monte-Carlo has been organising dinner galas with shows featuring some of the most famous international music and performance stars. Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, Santana and ZZ Top have been amongst those to perform.
Monte-Carlo Polo Cup
Horses and sporting competitions feature heavily in the Monaco events calendar and the Monte-Carlo Polo Cup is no exception. Polo matches, fancy cocktails and prestigious receptions...
International Musical Fireworks Competition
Introduced in 1966, the International Pyromelodic Fireworks Competition showcases firework manufacturers from all over Europe. Shows feature rhythm and melody hand in hand with fireworks. Shows take place in July and August.
Menton Festival de Musique
Classical music in a wonderful baroque setting. Since 1950 this festival has been entertaining audiences and drawing some of the biggest names in music to grace the stage.
Monaco International Organ Festival
In-keeping with tradition and music, Monaco hosts the International Organ Festival. Internationally-renowned organ players coming from France, USA, Switzerland, Hungary or England gather for a prestigious festival.
The Monaco Yacht Show
As the summer season draws to a close the yachting community gather in Monaco for an International festival of yachting prowess - the Monaco Yacht Show. Certainly an event not to missed if you are at all interested in life at sea, or if you just want to enjoy a cocktail in the luxury of a yacht!
Monaco Classic Week - La Belle Classe
A chance to see some of the most beautifully crafted yachts. First held in 1994, Monaco Classic Week took shape from an idea of the Yacht Club de Monaco to mark the first motor-boat meetings of 1904 to celebrate ten years at the helm of Club President Prince Albert II. The event takes place every two years on the odd numbered years.
Art enthusiasts and those lusting after luxury are invited to satiate their palettes at one of the most opulent global art shows to grace the French Riviera.
Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival
Bring the year to an end on a high note...or a Jazz note at least! The Monte-carlo Jazz Festival features some of the worlds greatest jazz artists and musicians in a two week celebration. Dress code is smart, jacket obligatory.
Christmas & New Year Celebrations
This small principality is aglow with outdoor celebrations, parades, concerts and activities for children during the festive period. Monaco's hotels and restaurants offer special packages. On New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight, revelers convene in the magnificent Casino Square to ring in the New Year.