Monte Carlo Events and Festivals

30 March 2008: Monaco & Riviera Marathon

22 Nov 1998: A general view of the runners passing the harbour during the Monaco Marathon in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /AllsportThe annual Monaco & Riviera Marathon offers runners and spectators spectacular views of the Cote d’Azur. Because Monaco is too small to host the whole 42 kilometres, runners will cross the French and Italian borders before returning to Monte Carlo, where a traditional pasta party will then be held. For details of the marathon, see http://www.monaco-marathon.com/.

28 March to 12 April 2008: Spring Arts Festival

The annual Spring Arts Festival includes theatre performances, concerts and recitals in venues all over Monte Carlo, including the Grimaldi Forum. Highlights for 2008 will be musical portraits of famous composers such as Chopin, Janacek and Messiaen and the Day of Music and Cinema, featuring films with work by artists such as Joan Miro and Marcel Duchamp set to music by John Cage or Pierre Boulez. Passes for the festival are available, or you can buy tickets for separate events. Visit http://www.printempsdesarts.com/ for more information.

19 to 27 April 2008: ATP Monte Carlo Masters

The Monte Carlo Masters Series is one of the top Monte Carlo events for tennis lovers. Hosted at the famous Monte Carlo Country Club, the ATP Masters Series attracts the best players in men’s tennis.

9 May 2008: John McLaughlin Performance

Influential British jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin will be performing at Monte Carlo’s Salle Garnier Opera House.

25 May 2008: Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

Every May, the streets of Monaco become the racetrack for the world-famous Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. Drivers race around the winding streets a total of 78 times, watched by as many as 150,000 spectators. The Formula One Grand Prix was first raced in 1911, and has been held in Monaco since 1929.

23 and 24 June 2008: Annual celebration of Saint John’s Day

On June 23, the eve of Saint John’s day, Monégasques assemble on the Palace Square and folk groups in historical costumes sing, dance and play the mandolin. The Prince’s family attends a service at the Palace chapel, and then two footmen set light to a bonfire in the centre of the Square. On Saint John’s Day, a procession moves from the Place des Moulins (Mill Square) to the Church of Saint Charles in Monte Carlo, and celebrations carry on until late night.

June 2008: Monaco Festival of the Sea

Organized by the Monaco Yacht Club, the Fête de la Mer includes sailing, motor-yachting and friendly regattas in celebration of Saint Peter, patron saint of sailing.

July and August 2008: Monte-Carlo International Fireworks Festival

One of the most popular of Monte Carlo events, the International Fireworks Festival is a free event that attracts thousands of spectators. Good viewing is available from the Monte Carlo port, from the palace area or along the ramparts of Fort Antoine, and just off the Casino Terrace. The winner returns on 18 November to create the fireworks display on the evening before the National Fête Day.

July and August 2008: International Stars at Le Sporting Club

The Monte Carlo Sporting Club will be hosting international recording artists and first-rate shows through the summer.

September 2008: World Athletics Final – Monaco

Monaco’s Stade Louis II stadium is the setting for the Herculis Zepter meeting, the final of the Golden League series and one of the year’s biggest athletics events.

September 2008: Monaco Yacht Show

Held at Monaco’s exceptionally beautiful Port d’Hercule.

October 2008: Monte Carlo International Sculpture Festival

The International Sculpture Festival is a biennial Monte Carlo event in which leading sculptors are invited to devise works based a specified theme. The works are then exhibited in the public gardens.

November 2008: World Music Awards

Sporting Monte Carlo will once again be hosting the World Music Awards, televised and broadcast to over 160 countries.

November 2008: Monte Carlo Gastronomy Fair

Hosted at the Espace Fontevieille in Monte Carlo. The theme for 2008 is herbs and spices. This year’s challenge to the chefs is to create an original chocolate piece, based on the theme “The Chocolate Woman”.

November to December 2008: Jazz Festival in Monte Carlo

Jazz concerts take place at various venues, including the Monte Carlo Casino and the Salle Garnier Opera House.

January 2009: International Circus Festival

Hosted at the Espace Fontevieille in Monte Carlo, the International Circus Festival is an annual Monte Carlo event featuring top-class circus acts from around the world.

January 2009: The Monte Carlo Rally

Hosted annually by the Automobile Club de Monaco, the last part of the Monte Carlo Rally is held on the often snow-bound, winding mountain roads above Monte Carlo.