Discover our guide to the best events on the French Riviera this week or weekend. Do not miss any major events such as the Cannes film Festival, Nice and Menton Carnival, Monaco Grand Prix or the Monaco and Cannes Yacht Shows.
Check our guide often as possible, you will be updated with the best things to do on the French Riviera (exhibitions, shows, races, concerts and more...).
Until Sunday 3 October 2021, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco at the Villa Paloma, 56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique, has an exhibition by Shimabuku called "The 165-Meter Mermaid and Other Stories". More details by calling +377 98 98 48 60 or by going to the website www.nmnm.mc
Antibes is known as “the rose capital of France” and the town has an amazing rose garden which is open to the public at Villa Eilenroc on the Cap d’Antibes. The rose garden, which features hundreds of varieties, is just a part of the extensive gardens overlooking the sea at the villa. Guided tours are available. For more information, you can call 04 93 67 74 33.
There are many museums to discover in Antibes. There's the famous Picasso Museum through to the Archeology and Cartoon museums and the historic site of Fort Carré, and there's the Promenade des Arts amongst other attractions. For more details see the website https://www.antibes-juanlespins.com/culture/musees
The Villa Arson in Nice is one of the foremost contemporary art venues in France, bringing together an art center, an art school, an artists' residence and a specialized library. It is also one of the jewels of 1970s architecture in France. There are three exhibitions this summer, running from June 12 to September 19. You can find more details on their website https://www.villa-arson.org
Sunnybank Association at The Grange in Mouans Sartoux is open every Thursday from 1000 until 1500 and is now accepting donations of clothes and bric-a-brac, in good condition please! Our third Saturday opening has also recommenced, but lunches on offer remain light. We hope to return to our normal service in the autumn. We look forward to seeing you there, but don't forget you will need proof of your vaccination or negative test result! You can find more information and directions on the website http://sunny-bank.org/
The Estivales 2021 are underway at Cap3000 shopping centre in Saint Laurent du Var until 19 August. The big news for 2021 is the outdoor cinema. Every Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight the terrace of CAP3000 becomes an open-air cinema. There are movies for the whole family. And every Thursday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. the terraces of the restaurants on the seafront will see a succession of groups of musicians with a wide range of musical styles. And not forgetting the 300 wonderful shops and restaurants at Cap3000 to be enjoyed this summer. You can find more details at www.cap3000.com
The City of Nice is organizing many events and workshops as part of its Bike Plan, intended to make cycling a daily mode of travel available to everyone. There are courses for adults and children to learn how to ride a bike and to help those whose cycling skills are rusty to get back on a bike. Cycle self-repair workshops are also planned to maintain your bike and repair small breakdowns. There's a full calendar of evens throughout the summer and autumn, going on until the end of the year. You can get details at http://www.nice.fr/fr/actualites/journees-d-animation-autour-du-velo?type=articles
The Monaco Open Air Cinema is back for another season of movies under the stars on the Rock of Monaco. Films are in English and are shown on a giant screen. For the programme and further details see the website www.cinemas2monaco.com
Registration is open for the Alpes-Maritimes Nice to Cannes Marathon. It takes place on Sunday, November 28. There are four different distances. You can find all the details on http://www.marathon06.com/2021/
The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco has an exhibition this summer entitled “Giacometti. A retrospective. Marvellous Reality”. It's one of the largest retrospectives ever devoted to this major artist of the 20th century, with 230 works presented over 2,500 m2, numerous masterpieces and some works that rarely or never travel. The traditional audioguide has been replaced by a free digital device of 15 works with commentary in English, French and Italian by the exhibition curator. The exhibition is on until August 29. Also, children aged 7 to 11 will be able to follow in Giacometti's footsteps with youth workshops from July 12 to 23 which feature model drawing, portraits, modeling, wire sculpture and still life. (Reservations 99 99 30 00). You can find more details about the exhibition and about the workshops at www.grimaldiforum.com
The Musee Matisse in Nice has an exhibition this summer called "Pierre Matisse, An Art dealer in New York". The Musée Matisse revisits the exceptional career of Henri Matisse’s youngest son, a New York art dealer and a key figure of the 20th century art world. The exhibition includes major loans from various private collections along with 15 masterpieces, kept in the French National Museum's modern art collection, which have been loaned to the Musée Matisse, paving the way for a multiyear partnership agreement signed by the City of Nice and the Georges Pompidou Centre. The exhibition is on until 30 September and you can find more information in English on the museum's website www.musee-matisse-nice.org/en/
There's lots happening at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco over the summer. Uncover the secrets of coral in the coral thematic progamme, dive into the Great Barrier Reef with the digital and interactive "IMMERSION" exhibition, solve the puzzles of the Escape Game and much more. And there's a special offer - until August 29, you can benefit from a 20% reduction on entry tickets purchased on the museum's website for entry before 11:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. More details at oceano.org
If you'd like to get more active there are lots of activities taking place in Antibes this summer. As part of the 2nd Summer Pop'Arts programme, until August 28 you can take part in cardio, petanque, aquagym, active walking, stretching and many other sessions offered by the municiplaity of Antibes with the support of local sports associations. You can get more information and register either by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 04 92 90 53 40
The second edition of the Saint-Paul de Vence International Biennale is taking place this summer. This second edition has works by 18 artists of all nationalities, selected by a jury made up of professionals from the art world. It's an exceptional program of contemporary art and that takes over the public spaces of the village. If you'd like to go along, it's taking place in Saint-Paul de Vence until October 2.
One of the biggest events in our region's summer calendar, the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival is on until August 14. It's an Abba tribute show on the 24th of July and Italian legend Zucchero will be performing on Sunday 25th, Enrique Iglesias on 7 August and The Gipsy Kings on 13 August, as well as many other artists. You can get more details at www.montecalosbm.com
There are lots of interesting events taking place in the village of Ramatuelle in the Var throughout the summer, including the Festival de Ramatuelle which includes classical music and other performances under the stars in the open air theatre. There are open air markets, tours of a local windmill and lots of other events. You can get more information in English on the tourist office website https://www.ramatuelle-tourisme.com/
Summer is the time for fireworks on the Riviera and the Cannes Fireworks Festival is already underway. The next display is on 29 July, with others on 7, 15 and 24 of August. If you can't make it to Cannes on those evenings, you can watch live online. You can get more details on www.festival-pyrotechnique-cannes.com
There's an exhibition taking place in Nice featuring paintings of the city and the surrounding region from the 19th century to the early 20th Century. Artists such as Trachel, Costa, Comba and Defer give their vision of the Nice landscape and its inhabitants which create the identity of the city. The works are from a private collection. It's taking place at the Bibliothèque Louis Nucéra in the centre of Nice until 21 September.
MAMAC, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, is hosting an exhibition called The Amazons of POP. The exhibition tells the story of a generation of European and North American women who contributed with boldness and flamboyance to a less famous side of international Pop Art. Guided tours of the exhibition in English are available. It's on until until August 29 and you can get more information on the website https://www.mamac-nice.org/en/
If you're looking for a museum with a difference to vist, this could fit the bill. The Escoffier Culinary Art Museum, housed in the birthplace of Chef Auguste Escoffier in the heart of the village of Villeneuve-Loubet, has reopened its doors after major works. As part of his distinguished career as a chef, Auguste Escoffier is famous for creating the peach melba for Australian singer Nellie Melba. And visitors will be able to enjoy a Peach Melba offered to them in the outdoor courtyard, on presentation of their entry ticket until the end of September. It's the only Museum of Culinary Art in France and you can find it at 3, rue Auguste Escoffier in Villeneuve-Loubet. More information is available in English on their website https://en.musee-escoffier.com/
An exhibition entitled "Belarus:History Through Art" is currently taking place at in Monaco. The exhibition shows the past and present of Belarus, while also exploring culture and architecture. A variety of paintings, photography and sculptures are presented by over 25 exhibitors including an award-winning photojournalist and artists. The event is free of charge and is on until 9th August at ESPACE 22 which you can find at 24 boulevard d'Italie in Monaco.
The Menton Music Festival gets underway on 31 of July and runs until 13 August. It's one of the oldest and most prestigious classical music festivals in Europe and has been taking place in Menton since 1950. You can find the full programme and buy tickets online at https://www.festival-musique-menton.fr/?lang=en Tickets can also be bought at the Tourist Office in Menton.
The Opio jazz festival, called JAZZ UP SOUS LES OLIVIERS is happening on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August at the amphitheatre in Opio. There's an interesting international programme including an electro swing, funk, hip hop and jazz band, Cuban guitar music and a multi instrumental saxophonist. The entry fee is 10€ , there is also a VIP area close to the stage for 20 €; reservations and other information can be found on www.jazzup06.org .
There's an evening of fireworks on Port Hercule, the main port of Monaco, on Saturday evening, August 7. Three defined areas around the port reserved for the public will be set up. Access to those areas is free of charge but subject to strict sanitary conditions. Everyone from 16 years old must present a Health Pass and an identity document. Wearing a mask is mandatory for everyone over 5 years old. The fireworks start at at 9:30 pm on Saturday and if you need more information you can call +377 93 10 12 10.
Over the summer you can enjoy a fun and educational visit in English with your family while escaping the summer heat in the air-conditioned galleries of the Musee d'art Classique de Mougins. On Wednesday 11th August you can find out about the Egypt of the Pharaohs and on Wednesday 25th August it's Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. The duration of the tour is about one hour and is for children from 6 years-old. The cost is 5€ per child and 10€ per accompanying adult. Places are limited so you need to book now at www.mouginsmusee.com or by calling Benedicte on 06 33 60 53 17.
The International Market of Professional Real Estate is a trade fair that takes place in Cannes on the 7th and 8th of September 2021. They celebrate and reward architectural and real estate projects and offer the possibility for networking.
All details are subject to change and the organizers of each event should be consulted for the latest information: https://www.mipim.com
The Cannes Yachting Festival is taking place from the 7th to the 12th of September 2021 and welcomes 3 to 43 meters boats every year, including many previews spread between the two ports in Cannes; the Vieux Port and Port Canto.
All details are subject to change and the organizers of each event should be consulted for the latest information: https://www.cannesyachtingfestival.com/fr-fr.html
Exceptional sailboats and most of them over 100-years-old will gather in Cannes from the 19th September to the 25th September 2021.
The Royal Regattas will be exhibited on the Quai Laubeuf and spectators will be able to attend the departure of the sailboats every day from 11 am to 12 am.
All details are subject to change and the organizers of each event should be consulted for the latest information: https://www.regatesroyales.com/fr/
The 30th anniversary of the Monaco Yacht Show will be organised from the 22 to the 25th of September 2021.
Every year, the Monaco Yacht Show exhibits more than 125 super-yachts built by the world’s most well-known shipyards and brought more than 590 leaders from the yachting sector.
The ticket office will open in spring.
All details are subject to change and the organizers of each event should be consulted for the latest information: https://www.monacoyachtshow.com/fr/
The « Voiles de St Tropez » will be divided into 2 parts: The first week will be from the 25th of September to the 2nd of October 2021, focusing on smaller classic boats, with awards being presented on the last day. The second week, from the 3rd to the 9th of October, will be for larger modern boats with a specified course. Rewards will be presented on the 9th of October. Over 250 boats will participate during the first week and 30 ‘super series’ in the second week.
All details are subject to change and the organizers of each event should be consulted for the latest information: http://www.lesvoilesdesaint-tropez.fr/les_voiles_de_saint_tropez/
The Monaco’s National Day will be celebrated on the 19th of November 2021. During the day, many festivals and celebrations will take place, including the distribution of parcels to sick and elderly people.
All details are subject to change and the organizers of each event should be consulted for the latest information: https://www.visitmonaco.com/en/22091/l-automne