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What's On in Monaco August 2017

A month filled with wonderful music from around the world

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Pam Williamson | Monaco Editor | Published: 27th July 2017

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 are our top picks for August.

The month of August is filled with music from various countries and in a variety of settings. Since 1974 Sporting Monte-Carlo has been organising a summer festival of dinner galas and concerts with some of the biggest names in the International music scene. 2017 will be no different with a whole host of stars taking to the stage in August. Andrea Bocelli, Kool & The Gang, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp and Michael Bolton to name but a few...

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Classical music takes over with two concerts as part of the Summer Concerts at the Palais Princier - a series of classical music concerts held in the beautiful Cour d'Honneur at the Prince's Palace. An essential event in the Monaco diary since 1959 this is one for classical music fans not to miss. 

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The International Musical Fireworks Competition is one of the hotly contested pyrotechnic events of the year. A marvellous spectacular that is not to be missed, these displays will together some of the masters of the pyrotechnic world. A super powerful sound system is installed across the whole of the Port Hercule area, allowing spectators to fully enjoy these exceptional shows from “Avenue d’Ostende” to “Quai Albert 1er”.  ​

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The infamous Note Bleue Jazz Festival on the waterfront at Monte-Carlo is another, not-to-be-missed event. Sit back and enjoy the smooth sounds with a few nibbles and a glass of something delicious at this beach side 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.

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Whilst you are in Monaco it would be a shame to miss out on experiencing Europe's largest outdoor cinema. The Monaco Open-air Cinema is open each night throughout the month of August with a different film every night. A varied programme that includes some new releases as well as some classics, most of the films will be in VO (Version Original) so in English with English subtitles.

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For fans of culture, the summer exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum will bring you face to face with the Forbidden City of China. In 2001, Grimaldi Forum Monaco honoured the "China of the First Emperor" with an absolutely unforgettable exhibition. In the summer of 2017 the focus will be on the last imperial Chinese dynasty (1644–1911), with a celebration of its pomp and circumstance, its tastes and its grandeur. The exhibition will be open daily until the 10th September 2017.

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Les Musicales Monaco will bring more live music to the squares of the principality with some open-air live music concerts. Taking place at the Square Gastaud on Wednesdays and the Port of Monaco on Saturdays, all types and genres of music will be represented. All you have to do is sit back and listen and enjoy the summer evenings in Monaco.

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Plenty going on and with the warmer weather and outdoor activities to enjoy, Monaco is a great choice for a holiday in August - check our Events Calendar for a full run down and find some accommodation for your stay in our Hotels.

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