Alpes-Maritimes Culture and Events

Carnival, Nice

11 - 26 February 2017

Carnival to mark the beginning of Lent, celebrated since the Middle Ages. Live theatre, music, flower parades, fireworks and giant puppets caricaturing politicians and more.  Over a million visitors. This year’s theme, King of the Mediterranean.

Lemon Festival, Menton

11 February - 1 March 2017

Reinforcements come from Spain as thousands of lemons are needed to decorate citrus laden floats. Citrus sculptures and fireworks, processions and displays. See

Festival de Cannes

17 - 28 May 2017

The main focus is the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) award. The Directors Fortnight screens films by little-known film-makers. Much of the event is only open to the film industry, although some Directors Fortnight tickets are made available to the public and there are screenings at the Cinema de la Plage.

Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco

25 - 28 May 2017

The only city Grand Prix race track, laid out in the streets of Monaco. Tickets essential to see the  race itself.

Cannes LIONS, Cannes

17 - 24 June 2017

Thousands of the world's advertising, creative, direct marketing, interactive, media and marketing communities come together once a year. The festival includes commercials, adverts, websites, media solutions and direct marketing entries competing against one another to be the best.

Jazz Festival, Juan-les-Pins

mid July 2017

Long established jazz festival.

International Fireworks Festival, Cannes

July and August 2017

Spectacular fireworks competition held across summertime weekends.

Orchid Festival, Menton

11 February - 1 March 2017

Orchid Festival. Free and open all day. See hundreds of colourful orchids and floral displays. Contact Provence Regional Tourist Office, tel: (00 33) 4 92 41 76 76

Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.

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