Explore the Four Seasons in Monaco: Events and News in 2024

Monaco, this small state nestled on the French Riviera, offers an extraordinary experience all year round. From its sunny summers, where the waters of the Mediterranean invite you to relax on the beaches deprived of fine sand, to its mild winters, conducive to strolls through the picturesque streets of the Rock, each season brings its share of charm and captivating events.

Spring: Renewal and Cultural Events

Spring in Monaco is a time when nature wakes up after the quieter winter months. The temperatures are starting to warm up, and the vegetation is exploding with bright colours, adding an extra touch to the elegance of the Principality.

Key events in the spring:

  • Monaco Grand Prix (24 May to 26 May): The Principality's major event, the Monte Carlo Grand Prix every year, attracts thousands of viewers who come to admire the race and celebrate the victory in Monaco. Indeed, it is one of the most emblematic races of the Formula 1 world championship. It takes place every year on the streets of Monte Carlo, offering a unique spectacle where drivers compete on a narrow and winding street circuit, dotted with tight corners and abrupt changes in elevation. Racing in Monaco is renowned for its prestige, glamour and history, attracting the most talented drivers and celebrities from all over the world. Due to the technical and demanding nature of the circuit, as well as its proximity to the rails and trackside, the Monaco Grand Prix is also known to be one of the toughest and most demanding races on the Formula 1 calendar.
  • Grand Prix de Monaco Historique (29 April - 1May ): The streets of Monaco resonate with the sound of engines during this legendary event, where classic racing cars parade through the narrow streets of the city. Car enthusiasts from all over the world flock to this spectacular retrospective of motor racing history.
  • Spring of the Arts (April-May): A cultural festival that celebrates art in all its forms. From classical music concerts to contemporary art exhibitions, this event showcases Monaco's cultural richness.
  • Monaco Ocean Week (April): A week dedicated to the preservation of the oceans, with lectures by world-renowned scientists, art exhibitions related to the marine environment, and awareness-raising initiatives to encourage the protection of the seas and oceans.
  • Top Marques (June):  This annual luxury show, mainly at the Grimaldi Forum, is known for exhibiting sports and collector's cars, high-end watches, jewelry, yachts, and other luxury products. This event attracts a wealthy clientele, collectors and celebrities every year. It is characterised by its exclusive atmosphere and often offers test drives and innovative presentations.


Summer: Glamour and Summer Festivities

Summer in Monaco is a season of glamour and lazing on the beaches of the Mediterranean.
The warm temperatures attract visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy the luxury and bustle of the Principality.

Key events of the summer:

  • Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival (June - August): A series of internationally renowned concerts taking place in the beautiful setting of the Salle des Étoiles. Artists of all musical genres perform under the Monegasque stars, offering unforgettable evenings to the spectators.
  • International Fireworks Festival (July - August): An explosion of colour lighting up Monaco's skies every summer, with breathtaking fireworks shows offered by teams from all over the world. The fireworks are synchronized with music, creating extraordinary visual and sound spectacles.

In addition, Monaco adds a little touch of technology with a luminous drone show above the Prince's Palace of Monaco, illuminating the Rock in all its splendour.


Autumn: Tradition and Sport

Autumn in Monaco brings a subtle change in the atmosphere, with slightly cooler temperatures and a more relaxed vibe. It's the perfect time to explore the Principality without the summer crowds.

Key Fall Events:

  • Monaco Yacht Show (September): The end of summer marks the holding of this unmissable event for yachting enthusiasts and professionals in the sector. Visitors can admire the latest innovations in design and technology in the world of yachting.
  • Monaco Classic Week (September): A celebration of maritime tradition, with classic sailing regattas and vintage boat exhibitions in the port of Monaco. Sailing enthusiasts can relive the timeless elegance of the sailboats of the past at this unique event.
  • Monaco Run (October): A running race through the streets of the Principality, offering participants a spectacular view of the Mediterranean coastline. Runners ride a scenic route punctuated by views of the sea and Monaco's iconic landmarks.


Winter: Festivities and Elegant Events

Winter in Monaco is mild and sunny, offering a welcome break for visitors seeking warmth during the colder months in other parts of the world. The winter season also brings its share of festivities and elegant events.

Key events of the winter:

  • Christmas in Monaco (December): The streets of Monaco are lit up with festive decorations and Christmas markets, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere. Visitors can sample local delicacies, shop for handcrafted gifts, and enjoy entertainment while immersing themselves in the holiday spirit.
  • Monaco International Circus Festival (January): An unforgettable show that attracts the best circus artists from around the world for breathtaking performances.
    Spectators are transported into a world of magic and fascination as they witness acrobatic acts, juggling and animal performances.
  • Rallye Monte-Carlo (January): One of the most iconic events on the sporting calendar, where the best drivers compete on winding and snowy roads around Monaco. Motorsport fans can watch thrilling competitions and see the world's fastest rally cars up close.


Whether you're drawn to legendary car races, glamorous evenings or cultural festivals, Monaco offers a unique experience in every season.