Annual events

For centuries, the mere mention of Monaco has inspired images of luxury, glamour, excitement and leisure. Every year, thousands of visitors from around the world are drawn to Monaco's sublime Mediterranean climate, her luxurious beaches, lively casinos and world-renowned events.

Each year the Principality welcomes privileged guests who come to experience the unique hospitality that has made Monaco the premier destination for world-travelers. In between her towering cliffs and glorious harbors are luxurious hotels, world-class cuisine, scented gardens, fabulous cultural and artistic attractions and events from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Monaco offers an endless array of year-round amusements and amenities for both business and pleasure. If you are looking for a specific event, please check out our Calendar of Events.

 

Spring

Opera (March)
Rose Ball (March)
Monaco International Dog Show (March)
Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival (March)
Monte-Carlo Rolex Tennis Masters Series (April)
Monaco Historic Grand Prix (May - the event is hold every other year)
Monaco ePrix (May - the event is hold every other year)
Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix (May)

 

Summer

Feast of Saint John (June)
Monte-Carlo Television Festival (July)
Concerts at the Prince's Palace (July)
Monte-Carlo International Fireworks Festival (July/August)
Monte-Carlo Summer Festival at Le Sporting Club (July/August)
Monte-Carlo Red Cross Gala Ball (August)

 

Fall

Monaco Yacht Show (September)
Monaco Classic Week (September)
International Marathon in Monaco (November)
Monégasque National Holiday (November 19)

 

Winter

Monaco Dance Forum (December - the event is hold every other year)
Christmas and New Year's Festivities
Monte-Carlo Rally (January)
International Circus Festival (January/February)

 

The Monte-Carlo Opera

Monte-Carlo OperaSince 1892, the Monte-Carlo Opera has occupied the Salle Garnier Hall, named after the famous architect who also designed the Paris Opera House. It is a magnificent hall with a wonderful past. Many works debuted here, such as Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, in 1893, and Maurice Ravel's The Child and the Spells in 1925. In all, 45 lyrical works were first performed in Monte-Carlo by some of the world's greatest singers including Melba, Caruso, Chaliapin, Tito Schipa, Georges Thil and more recently Ruggero Raimondi, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Every year the Monte-Carlo Opera presents a season of quality works, many of which are new productions. Since the 2001 opening of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Monte-Carlo's state-of-the-art cultural center, the Monte-Carlo Opera also frequently performs in the Forum's Salle des Princes and Salle Prince Pierre auditoriums. The company tours the world when not performing in Monaco. The opera season runs from January through March. Tickets go on sale in November.

Date: March
Place: Salle Garnier Hall
Web site: www.opera.mc

 

Rose Ball (Bal de la Rose)

This is one of the Principality's major annual charity events. Created in 1954, it benefits the Princess Grace Foundation. Each year H.H.R. The Princess of Hanover selects a new theme. There are always ravishing bouquets more than 25,000 roses to decorate the Salle des Etoiles in the Sporting d'Eté complex. Top-name performers delight the audience, many of whom are bedecked in the latest haute couture gowns and suits.

 

Date: March
Place: Sporting d'Eté
Information: (800) 753-9696

 

Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival

Monte-Carlo Spring Arts FestivalOne of the year's most exciting cultural events, Monaco's annual Spring Arts Festival, gathers talented artists from around the globe to entertain guests with art, music, theater and dance at venues throughout the Principality. Also featured are performances by the world-renowned Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Each year the Spring Arts Festival organizers, in collaboration and with some of Monaco's largest cultural institutions, present an eclectic palette of works, events and activities by a fascinating array of artists and performers - and always with a focus on attracting and impressing a varied international and local audience.


Date: April
Place: various venues in Monaco
Information: (800) 753-9696
Web site: www.printemps-des-arts.mc

 

Monaco International Dog Show

Monaco International Dog ShowThe idea for the international week was born in 1920 on the initiative of Princess Charlotte, mother of T.S.H. Prince Rainier and Princess Antoinette. The week is an opportunity for the finest dogs to compete in the shortest time and in close venues in a region which is far from the major breeding kennels. When it was first introduced the show only featured 300 dogs but it is now considered one of the most prestigious in Europe by dog lovers.


Date: April
Place: Espace Fontvieille
Information: (800) 753-9696

 

Monte-Carlo Rolex Tennis Masters

Monte-Carlo Rolex Tennis MastersThe Monte-Carlo Open, which takes place in the iconic setting of the Monte-Carlo Country Club, has not only become a key fixture on the professional circuit, but now ranks as one of the nine "Super" tennis tournaments in the world.
Considered a men's "tune-up" for the succeeding month's French Open, the tournament bracket has been highlighted by such stars as Lleyton Hewitt, Pete Sampras, and fan-favorites Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.


Date: April
Place: Monte-Carlo Country Club
Information: (+33) 4 93 41 72 14 or (+33) 4 93 41 72 08
Web site: www.monte-carlorolexmasters.com 

 

Monte-Carlo Historic Grand Prix

Considered by fans and aficionados alike, as the "must-see" of all the world's historic races, the Monte-Carlo Historic Grand Prix is a retrospective of the golden age of car racing which is held every other year on the famous streets of Monaco using the roads of the Principality that haven´t changed since course the very first race took place on 14th April 1929.
Learn more about the Monte-Carlo Historic Grand Prix! Contact the Automobile Club de Monaco for information or tickets at (+377) 93 15 26 00 or via email at info@acm.mc.

 

Date: May (the event is hold every other year)
Place: Monte-Carlo
Information: (+377) 93 15 26 00
Web site: www.acm.mc

 

Monte-Carlo Historic Grand Prix

Once again the track uses a modified configuration of the iconic GP street circuit. At just under mi 1.25 (km 2) in length, the Formula E cars will use the same famous start/finish line before turning right and immediately towards the harbor.

Date: May (the event is hold every other year)
Place: Monte-Carlo
Information: (+377) 93 15 26 00
Web site: www.acm.mc

 

Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

Monte-Carlo Grand PrixEvery spring, sports car fans from around the globe descend on the Principality to witness the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, the only race in the world that is held on city streets. Spectators delight in the raucous noise of the roaring engines as they speed along the Boulevard Albert 1er up toward the Casino and challenge the hairpin turn in front of the Fairmont Monte Carlo. Organized by the Automobile Club of Monaco, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the world's most popular international sporting events and takes place each year during the last weekend in May.

 

Date: May
Place: Monte-Carlo, Monaco- Outdoor F1 racecourse
Information: (800) 753-9696
Web site: www.acm.mc

 

Feast of St. John

On June 24, St. John's Day, the Feast moves from Monaco-Ville to Monte-Carlo. A procession forms up on the Place des Moulins (Mill Square) where the olive presses operated in days gone by. The folk groups form a guard of honor around "Little Saint John" and his lamb. The procession, with sweet musical accompaniments, winds around the local streets until it reaches the Church of St. Charles in the parish of Monte-Carlo.


Date: June
Place: Monaco-Ville/Monte-Carlo
Information: (800) 753-9696

 

Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Monte-Carlo Television FestivalSince its launch 51 years ago, Monte-Carlo's Television Festival has drawn international stars as well as producers, directors and presenters of the best-known TV programs to Monaco: from Gérard Depardieu and Alain Delon to Steven Spielberg and Michael Douglas, not to mention Jane Seymour, Bo Derek, Catherine Deneuve, Tom Selleck, Ian MacShane, Claude Brasseur, Kristin Kreuk, Dominic Monaghan, Lilly Evangeline, Matthew Fox, Terry O’Quinn, Nicolette Sheridan, Marcia Cross, Eric Close, Eric Dane, Gary Dourdan and hosts of others.


Date: June
Place: Monaco-Ville/Monte-Carlo
Information: (800) 753-9696

 

 

Concerts at the Prince's Palace

Throughout the summer, the Courtyard of the Prince's Palace is the premier location for a series of outdoor performances by the legendary Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. An experience not to be missed, especially by music lovers. All concerts begin at 9:30PM.


Date: July
Place: Prince's Palace
Information: (+377) 92 16 23 17
Web site: www.opmc.mc

 

Monte-Carlo International Fireworks Festival

This free annual event attracts thousands of sightseers who watch in awe at some of the world's most beautiful and original fireworks. The competition has been held since 1966 and brings pyrotechnic specialists from around the globe to display their firework artistry and talent.
Fireworks begin around 9:30PM or when it is dark. Good viewing spots may be found at several locations: around the port sitting at a café, from the Palace square area or along the ramparts of Fort Antoine, and just off the Casino Terrace. The competition continues throughout the month of August and the winner returns on November 18 to create the fireworks display on the evening before the National Holiday.


Date: July/August
Place: Monte-Carlo
Information: (800) 753-9696

 

Monte-Carlo Summer Festival at Le Sporting Club

Once night falls, Monte-Carlo sparkles even brighter with fabulous summer concerts at the exclusive Monte-Carlo Sporting Club. All summer-long this "club under the stars", pulsates with the rhythms and beat of international recording artists and first-rate shows. Past performers have included George Benson, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, The Beach Boys, Diana Krall, Lionel Richie and Julio Iglesias.


Date: July/August
Place: Monte-Carlo
Information: (800) 753-9696
Web site: www.sportingmontecarlo.com

 

Monte-Carlo Red Cross Gala Ball

Held under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert at the Sporting d'Eté Club in the Salle des Etoiles the first weekend of August. This annual fund-raiser brings out scores of international celebrities for a good cause. Elegantly prepared meals, top entertainers and a display of ball gowns that will dazzle...


Date: August
Place: Sporting d'Eté Club
Information: (+377) 92 16 36 36

 

Monaco Yacht Show

Each September, Monaco's magnificent Port Hercule plays host to the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show. More than 100 of the world's most beautiful yachts are on display to the delight of professionals and boat-lovers alike. The yachts on display can measure from 25m to more than 90m length, and amongst them, the show usually launches about 30 new craft.
The Port Hercule welcomes 540+ exhibiting companies representing all sectors of the luxury yacht and super yacht including shipbuilding and refit yards, service companies and maritime brokers.
The event also features representatives from leading luxury car, champagne and private jet companies that cater to the needs of the ultimate luxury yacht owner.


Date: September
Place: Port Hercules
Web site: www.monacoyachtshow.com
E-mail: info@monacoyachtshow.mc

 

Monaco Classic Week

Throughout its history, Monaco has had an enduring connection to the sea. The Monaco Yacht Club, one of Europe's oldest and most distinguished, invites visitors to celebrate the Principality's glorious maritime past during the Monaco Classic Week, held every other year in early September. Come to admire some of the world's grandest and most beautiful boats, from antique sailing vessels and motor yachts to powerboats, tall ships and more. See exhibitions and competitions in Monaco's harbor, and share in an elegant tradition that is an integral part of Monaco's culture, from sparkling sea to glamorous shore.


Date: September
Place: Port Hercule harbor
Web site: www.yacht-club-monaco.mc

 

International Marathon in Monaco

Each November, hundreds of runners assemble on the harbor foreshores for the Monaco Marathon, the only marathon in the world that has participants traverse three different countries in a single race: France, Italy and Monaco.


Date: November
Place: Monaco/France/Italy
Web site: www.monaco-marathon.com

 

Monégasque National Holiday

On November 19th, Monaco celebrates its National Holiday with spectacular fireworks over the harbor the evening before and a mass in the Cathedral on the 19th. An excellent opportunity to see the pomp and circumstance of the Principality, visitors can see the Knights of Malta, distinguished ambassadors, consuls and state officials decked out in medal-laden uniforms as they congregate in the Place St. Nicholas after the mass. Then it is off to the Prince's Palace where onlookers can see the Princely family wave to the crowd from the windows of the palace.

 

Date: November 18th & 19th
Place: Various venues
Information: (800) 753-9696

 

Monaco Dance Forum

Held every two years, the Monaco Dance Forum aims to recognize all types of dance, both emerging as well as established, and features neo-classical, contemporary, world and hip-hop performances.

 

Date: December
Place: Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Web site: www.monacodanceforum.com

Christmas and New Year's Festivities

Monaco offers special performances and gala dinners throughout the Principality on Christmas Eve and on New Year's Eve. The country is aglow with outdoor celebrations, parades, concerts and activities for children. 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.


Date: December
Place: Various venues
Information: (800) 753-9696

Monte-Carlo Rally

It all began in 1911, at the height of the rivalry between two famous seaside towns: Nice and Monte-Carlo. The former organized its "carnival" which attracted a rich clientele to its casinos and so Monaco decided to organize an automobile rally on the same lines as the celebrated Italian Cycle Rally ("convegni ciclisti"), with departure points in different European towns, converging on Monaco. This event was to take place in January, as a way of showing that the climate of the Principality at this time of year was exceptionally mild. The rally founders, Gabriel Vialon and Antony Noghes arranged financial backing from Monte-Carlo SBM and the inaugural race attracted just 23 participants. The following year, this figure had quadrupled: The Monte-Carlo Rally was launched!

 

Date: January
Place: Various venues
Information: (800) 753-9696
Web site: www.acm.mc

International Circus Festival

For decades, the circus has brightened the faces and cheered the spirits of adults and children alike. As a young child, Prince Rainier was fascinated with the circus world and in 1974, he created the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival to showcase the world's greatest Big Top performers. Each year hundreds of acts request to participate in this weeklong ceremony, during which two performances which are judged to be the best are crowned with the coveted Gold and Silver Clown awards. Held every year in mid-January, the event features spectacular animal acts, uproarious comedic performances, and masterfully choreographed acrobatic feats. Each act is judged on its technical difficulty and creativity by a panel composed of seasoned circus professionals from around the world. Presiding over the panel, H.S.H. Prince Albert II and H.S.H. Princess Stephanie (who serves as Vice President), traditionally opens the star-studded festivities.


Date: January
Place: Chapiteau de Fontvieille
Information: (+377) 92 05 23 45
Fax: (+377) 92 05 26 22
Web site: www.montecarlofestival.mc

Q: This is one of the world's most popular international sporting events and takes place in Monaco each year during the last weekend in May.

a) Run for the Roses
b) World Water Polo Cup
c) Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix
d) Monaco Stakes Derby
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