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What's on in Monaco August 2019

Live music, fireworks, art, films and sailing

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Monaco Editor | Published

We're halfway through the summer and the holiday season is fully underway, which means that plenty of events are organised across in and around Monaco.

Here’s our comprehensive insider's guide to some of the best events in Monaco throughout August.

Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival

Monte Carlo Sporting Summer Festival

The month of August is filled with music from various countries and in a variety of settings. Since 1974, the Sporting Monte-Carlo has been organising a summer festival of glamorous dinner galas and elegant concerts with some of the biggest names in the international music scene. 2019 will be no different with a whole host of stars taking to the stage in August including Sting, The Jacksons, Enrique Iglesias and the Cirque du Soleil to name but a few.

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Palais Princier Summer Concerts

Palais Princier de Monaco

Classical music takes over with two concerts as part of the Summer Concerts at the Palais Princier on August 4th and 8th. This is part of a series of classical music events held in the beautiful Cour d'Honneur at the Prince's Palace, sometimes presided over by Moncao's Princely couple themselves. An essential occasion in the Monaco diary since 1959, this is one for classical music fans not to miss. 

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Monaco Art en Ciel

Monaco Art en Ciel

The Monaco Art en Ciel International Fireworks Competition is one of the hotly contested pyrotechnic events of the year. A marvellous spectacle, these displays will bring together some of the masters of the pyrotechnic world who will create stunning visual displays to the sound of music, thanks to a super-powerful sound system that is installed across the whole of the Port Hercule area. To fully enjoy these exceptional shows, head to Avenue d’Ostende or Quai Albert 1er.

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Note Bleue Jazz Festival

La Note Bleue

The famous Note Bleue Jazz Festival, on Monte-Carlo's waterfront, is another not-to-be-missed event. Sit back and enjoy the smooth sounds with a few nibbles and a glass of something refreshing at this beachside bar. La Note Bleue has regular live jazz concerts all summer on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with local and international musicians coming along to join in the fun. This will be the last edition of the festival in its current format, so it's a chance not to be missed!

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Monaco open-Air Cinema

Monaco Open air Cinema

While you are in Monaco, it would be a shame to miss out on experiencing Europe's largest outdoor cinema. The Monaco Open-Air Cinema welcomes guests each evening throughout the month of August with a different film every night. A varied programme that includes new releases as well as some classics, most of the films will be in VO (Version Original), so in English with French subtitles. This month, choose between 'Yesterday', 'The Lion King', 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' or 'Fast & Furious'.

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Dali: A History of Painting

Dali at the Grimaldi Forum

For fans of culture, the summer exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum will bring you face to face with the surrealist genius Dalí. Around 100 paintings, drawings and photographs by the Spanish master will be on show in the heart of Monaco to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his death. 'Dalí: A History of Painting' will be open daily until September 8th 2019 and has already seen a few superstars come through its doors, including Bono, Noel Gallagher, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Lars Ulrich, Sacha Baron Cohen and Bill Gates.

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Squar'Anime Kids Entertainment

What's on in Monaco August 2019

Squar'Anime is a summer-long festival that offers family-friendly entertainment in the squares of the principality. In August, there will be a children's dance on August 14th from 18:00 to 20:00 at the Square Gastaud.

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Palermo to Monte-Carlo Regatta

Palermo - Montecarlo

Described as "The 500 most beautiful miles of the Mediterranean" this regatta takes yachts from Sicily to Monte-Carlo via Sardinia. One of the most renowned offshore races in the Mediterranean Sea, participants usually include Olympic champions and America's Cup winners. 2019 will see a record number of teams taking part so come and welcome them at the Port of Monte-Carlo on August 26th.

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Monaco is the perfect choice for a holiday in August, not only because there's plenty going on but also because the warm weather makes it the ideal time to enjoy all the outdoor activities on offer.

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