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
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
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 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/
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.
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.
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/
The Musee de Vence is open again and they have some wonderful works of art on display. They have an Henri Matisse exhibition taking place until 10 October and a Georges Rousse exhibition until 12 December. You can find more information on the Facebook page museedevence06
There's an exhibition of photographs of Cuba taking place in Menton. It's at the Saint Johns English Library at St Johns Church on Avenue Carnot and features photographs by Sveva Costa Sanseverino. It starts this Friday, the 13 August with a vernissage at 6pm and runs until October 11. More details, including opening hours, can be found on the Facebook page Menton Saint Johns English Library.
There's a new virtual reality experience in Nice that allows you to discover some of the world's greatest nature reserves in 360 degree video. "Wild Immersion" is taking place at Parc Phoenix on the Promenade des Anglais until 24 November. Films between 10 and 15 minutes long are played via virtual reality headsets to transport you to see wildlife in Asia, the Far North or the African savannah. For more details and entry prices see the website https://www.parc-phoenix.org/
The “Saturdays in the Gardens” event is taking place in Nice every Saturday in September to help you discover the city's public gardens. There are workshops, shows, games and a multitude of outdoor activities such as treasure hunts and mime and puppet shows. The events are all between 2 pm and 6 pm on September 11 in the Jardins des Arènes de Cimiez, on September 18 at the Parc de l'Eco Vallée - Chemin des Baraques (opposite the equestrian center) and on September 25 at the Parc du Ray.
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/
There are two concerts featuring instruments rarely heard at concerts on the Riviera - the harpsichord and the lute. Musician Dimitri Goldobine will be presenting "200 Years of English Music" and performing works by Handel, Purcell, Gibbons and others at St Paul's Anglican Church in Monaco on Thursday 23 September at 8.30pm and then at St Michael's Anglican Church in Bealieu-sur-Mer on Friday 24 September also at 8.30pm. Tickets are 20 euros and are available on the door after 8pm.
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/
Mimosa, who raise funds to fight cancer, are hosting a Charity Bike Ride " Le Tour de Mimosa" on Saturday 2nd October. It departs from Pre du Lac at 9am. You can choose to take part in a 50km or 100km route. The joining fee is €50 per rider. This includes access to a private Strava group with routes for training and the actual routes, advice if required during your training, a technician during "Le Tour" day if required and optional extra refreshments. Road bike rental is also available. For more details see their website www.mimosamatters.org
There's a concert by guitarist Fabienne Magnant taking place in Vence on 2 October at 8.30pm. Classical, flamenco and traditional Brazilian pieces will be featured. Tickets are € 12 for adults, € 10 for under 16s. It's taking place at the Salle des Meules, 3 Descente des Moulins in Vence and places are limited so you need to reserve your place as soon as possible. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com You can pay on site in cash or by check to the order of "association les clefs du rêve", which you can also send to 201 Bd Reine Jeanne 06140, Vence.
The Professional Womens Network, PWN Nice Cote d'Azur, are holding their Business Expo' 2021 on Thursday 7 October from 5.30pm to 8pm. It's taking place virtually on Zoom due to Covid constraints. It's their key annual business event, aimed at increasing gender-balanced leadership and providing a highly valuable meeting place for people of diverse professional backgrounds. The event is focused on how to re-invent business models in a post-pandemic world and features powerful keynote speakers and dynamic panel discussions. It's in English and is free of charge. You can find out more details on their website https://pwnnice.net/events/4026-pwn-nice-cote-d-azur-business-expo-2021.html
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
If you love watching murder documentaries and movies on tv, here is a chance to prove your investigative skills and catch a killer in real life. I’m talking about a murder-mystery game which plays out with real actors on the streets of Nice called ‘The Nice Ripper’. The game is on the last weekend in November, fully in English, lasts about 3 hours and entry for a team of six works out about €7 each. The game is run by a company from the UK called Clued Up Games who run these events with huge success in over 50 countries worldwide. Find out more and book your tickets at cluedupp.com