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French Riviera: Calendar of Events 2020

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The French Riviera has been a playground for the rich and the famous, the tourists and travelers alike who love to marvel at its historical grandeur, beautiful sceneries, fascinating stories, and of course, its parade of highly anticipated events.

From colourful displays of arts and festivals, to adrenaline-pumping sports events, to theatrical plays and award shows, The French Riviera’s parade of events is a perfect mixture of everything for everyone.

If you’re looking to visit the French Riviera this time of year, these are the line of events for the first half of the year that are waiting for you:

1/ Nice Carnival

When: February 15 to 29, 2020

Location: Nice

One of the most important events in the Riviera, the Nice Carnival is a thrilling experience of festivities of two separate events: The Carnival Procession by day and The Flower Battle at night. Burlesque floats, street arts, carnival processions and international musical groups offer the tourists a voyage of cultural discovery.

2/ Lemon Festival in Menton

When: February 15 to March 03, 2020

Location: Menton

With over 230,000 visitors every year, Lemon Festival is created in Menton in 1934 and has since become a unique attraction in the French Riviera region. Over 300 professionals and about 145 tonnes of citrus fruits are involved to create masterpieces of citrus-themed floats and monuments.

3/ International Games Festival

When: February 21 to 23, 2020

Location: Cannes

Since 1987, the International Games Festival is a fun and interactive event featuring game designers, authors, illustrators and publishers. You can enjoy watching different games from traditional and great classics to board games, video games, simulation games and many more.

4/ Monte Carlo Spring Arts Festival

When: March 13 to April 11, 2020

Location: Monaco

A celebrated classical musical festival played by some of the greatest orchestras in Europe, Monte Carlo Spring Arts Festival is treat for classical music lovers.

5/ Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

When: April 12 to 19, 2020

Location: Monaco

If you’re planning on visiting the French Riviera on April, the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters is one event you should not miss seeing. Held in one of the most beautiful venues in Monaco, try to keep your eyes on the red clay as you marvel at the tennis stars battling it out for the Grand Slam.

6/ Cannes International Film Festival

When: May 12 to 23, 2020

Location: Cannes

An annual festival held every May, Cannes International Film Festival attracts movie professionals who share the passion for film industry. Its walk up steps is a popular stage for both well-known actors and actresses and emerging talents from around the world, and a perfect venue for the curious crowd. You may find yourself here if you’re wishing to see Brad Pitt or Margot Robbie, maybe?

7/ Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

When: May 21 to 24, 2020

Location: Monaco

Considered as the most prestigious racing event in the world due to its glitz and glamour, Monaco Grand Prix is a highly anticipated event in the French Riviera attended by car racing enthusiasts, royals, celebrities, and tourists from different parts of the globe. This event is truly a world-class experience you should be preparing for in advance.

8/ Menton Music Festival

When: August 2020

Location: Menton

This is where the beauty of classical music meets the magic of an enchanting setting. Carefully curated programme of music becomes the centre of attraction in an outdoor concert overlooking the majestic bay of Menton.

9/ Pyrotechnic Art Festival

When: July / August 2020

Location: Cannes

A multi-coloured musical display of fireworks from the world’s greatest pyrotechnics, Pyrotechnic Art Festival boasts of 200,000 spectators every night. If you book in early, you’ll be one of the thousands who will get the chance to witness a sky full of splendor of Cannes.

What are you waiting for?! Book a holiday on the French Riviera now and experience the fun, excitement and thrill of the events lined up this year.

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