What’s up on the French Riviera in February?

Anyone who lives on the French Riviera knows that February is the month of carnival, mimosa and lemons!

Here’s a roundup of the three key events on the Côte d’Azur who lives in the French Riviera won’t want to miss. Our journey takes us from Mandelieu, west of Cannes, to Menton, a charming little town on the Italian border. We’ll also pass through Nice, capital of the Côte d’Azur and, in February, capital of the Carnival.

Here we go!

The Mandelieu Mimosa Festival

February 14-18, 2024.

fête du mimosa mandelieu

Are you thinking of moving to the French Riviera? If so, you could decide to move to Mandelieu: from the end of January to mid-March you’ll be surrounded by mimosa! there are mimosa everywhere. that’s why Mandelieu celebrates this exuberant flower.

It was at the end of the 19th century that the mimosa, originally from Australia, first appeared in the south of France. And it loved our climate so much! From then on, many mimosa growers have cultivated this tree and sold huge quantities of flowers all over the world.

The Mimosa Festival, first held in Mandelieu-la-Napoule in 1931, is therefore a truly popular festival, celebrating an important local culture and economy from the 19th century.

The theme of this popular festival on the Côte d’Azur is “Sport en folie”, a nod to the Paris Olympic Games. The program includes a children’s carnival, shows with parades (the corsos), night parades, brass bands… That’s living in Mandelieu!

THE MIMOSA FESTIVAL, A MAINSTREAM CELEBRATION

For 4 days, Mandelieu transforms itself by coloring its streets with the bright yellow of the mimosa.

The festivities kick off on February 14 with the children’s carnival and the flowering of the Chapelle Notre Dame des Mimosas. The festival, which delights adults and children alike, ends on Sunday, February 18 with a grand flower parade! All of this takes place in Mandelieu la Napoule

MIMOSA FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Highlights of the Fête du Mimosa include :

  • Night-time shows in La Napoule
  • Night-time parade with fanfare from the Capitou district to the town center
  • Grand Corso Fleuri on the seafront promenade, Avenue Henry Clews.

The program:

Wednesday, February 14

During the day: Fleurissement de la Chapelle Notre Dame des Mimosas
Afternoon: Place de France > Le Carnaval des Enfants


Thursday, February 15
Evening: Eglise Notre Dame du Liban > Inaugural concert


Friday, February 16
Evening: Quartier de La Napoule – Av Henry Clews > Grand Banquet and Fireworks


Saturday, February 17
Afternoon: Place de France > Entertainment and foodtrucks
Evening: From Capitou to Centre-Ville (Place de France) > Parade Nocturne


Sunday, February 18
Afternoon: Av Henry Clews > Grand Corso Fleuri

RATES

– Grand Corso Fleuri on avenue Henry Clews:
Grandstand prices:
adults: €15
children aged 2 to 17: €13

– Fun and creative workshop at the multimedia library: €10
for children aged 7 to 11.

Would you like to take part in this event that brings yellow to the streets of Mandelieu near Cannes?

Online ticketing: https://reservation.ot-mandelieu.fr/
Telephone: 04 93 93 64 64 – Email: tourisme@mandelieu.com


The Nice Carnival

February 17 to March 3, 2024

carnaval de nice

Are you thinking of moving to Nice and wondering what is the event of which the people of Nice are most proud? Here is the aswer: le Carnaval, naturellement.

The Nice Carnival and the Niçois have a long-lasting love affair.

This year, rendezvous from February 17 to March 3, 2024 for parades, day and night corsos, flower battles, entertainment, shows…

This year’s theme: “King of Pop Culture”. In the spotlight: manga, video games and series!

A not-to-be-missed event on the Côte d’Azur, the Nice Carnival features burlesque and magic shows, extravagant floats and elegant flower battles for all to enjoy.

Living in the French Riviera in February means music, masks and madness.

CARNAVAL DE NICE PROGRAM

Opening parade

Saturday 17 at 2 p.m. Place Masséna

King, Queen, Carnavallon, carnival and floral floats, musical troupes, dancers, foreign guests… a cross-section of the Carnival’s actors come together to present themselves to the public!  The flower battle floats and the grand corso create a colorful and musical spectacle.

Illuminated carnival parade

In the evening, the floats are decked out in their most beautiful lights. Everything lights up, the visual animations are multiplied tenfold, and the arts and music troupes that animate the route offer you a veritable spectacle of sound and light.

8:30 p.m. Place Masséna

Saturday, February 17

Tuesday, February 20

Saturday, February 24

Tuesday, February 27

Saturday, March 2nd

Daytime carnival corso

The best option for families and small children! During the day, watch the parade of floats and big heads and spend a festive, colorful afternoon in the imaginary, fairytale world of the Ymagiers and Carnavaliers.

Sunday, February 25, 2:30 p.m. Place Masséna

Floats decorated with floral arrangements form an elegant procession, where extraordinarily costumed characters, music, scents and colors combine to delight the eye! Every year, costumed actresses parade on floats adorned with enchanting flowers, showering the public with flowers.

Battle of the flowers

Wednesday, February 21

Saturday, February 24

Wednesday, February 28

Saturday, March 2nd

Lou Queernaval

France’s first gay carnival, rooted in the Nice tradition of carnival festivities, is a popular event open to all. It promotes the values of sharing, inclusion and living together! Feathers, make-up, sequins, extravagant parades, colorful troupes and strange creatures set the carnival alight.

Friday 23rd at 8:00 pm

But also

Bal veglione opera de nice

Friday, February 16 at 7 p.m.

Inauguration of the carnival village

Saturday, February 17 11 a.m.

A popular day out

Sunday, February 18 at 12 noon

K-pop night

Friday, March 1, 4pm

Closing festivities

The Carnival will close with fireworks display and a free, popular party.

March 2 and 3 at 10:45 pm on the promeade des anglais

WHAT IS THE CARNIVAL VILLAGE?

Entertainment, shows and food stalls are organized free of charge.
Set up for the duration of the Carnival, the village is located in the heart of Nice on the Coulée Verte.

The Square Général Leclerc is the setting for artistic events, food stalls, workshops and shows for young and old alike.

Prices and opening hours
– Entrance to the Village: FREE
– Village opening hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– The Village is open throughout the Carnival.

Address:
Square du Général Leclerc on the Promenade du Paillon, near the Hotel Aston.

FREE TICKETS FOR COSTUMERS

If you’re in costume for the illuminated carnival corsi and the Grand Corso, you can enter free of charge.

So, do you want to get caught up in the madness of the Nice Carnival and live like a true Niçois?

For information:

https://www.nicecarnaval.com/edition-2024/programme-officiel/


The Lemon Festival in Menton

February 17 to March 3

fête du citron

What about living in the French Riviera? You may decide to choose Menton. If you decide to settle in Menton, you’ll be following in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors as Jean Cocteau, William Webb Ellis and Blasco Ibañez. And you will discover that Menton is the Queen of the lemon.

The Lemon Festival celebrates its 90th anniversary.

Menton, the pearl of the Côte d’Azur, opens its doors to carnival-goers from all over the world. Head for the Promenade du Soleil, to watch the parade of citrus fruit floats.

You can admire the corsos and the incredible festive floats. You’ll be able to stroll among giant sculptures made from citrus fruits bursting with the sunshine of the Côte d’Azur. These 11-meter-high works of art can be seen at night in the “Gardens of Light”, as well as during the day.  

Night parades are also organized for the enjoyment of adults and children on Thursdays. And to round off the festivities, a grand fireworks display.

The town also offers its visitors free access to the craft fair and Orchid Festival. Both are located at the Palais de L’Europe.


 For 2024, Menton celebrates lemons with the theme D’Olympie à Menton in honor of the Paris Olympics

LEMON FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Plus a host of citrus-related activities for children and their parents.

The program is here.

LES CORSOS DES FRUITS D’OR

Every Sunday, come and admire the golden fruit corsos with a breathtaking view of the seafront.
 Fanfares, citrus floats, folk groups and confetti are the order of the day every afternoon.
 More than 25,000 people gather to celebrate lemons and throw confetti!

Location: Promenade du Soleil, Menton

Dates :  Sundays, February 18, 25 and March 03, 2024

Times: 2:30 to 4pm.

Duration: 1h30 of shows

Corso by night Thursday, February 22 and 29

Gardens of light

Thursday evenings are the night of the Lemon Festival! Street shows, folk groups and orchestras come to life as the illuminated floats parade by.  Dancers and brass bands enliven the confetti-laden Sun Walk.  The highlight of the show is the fireworks display over the bay at 10.30pm!
 A magical moment to celebrate with family and friends!

Location: Promenade du Soleil

Dates :  Thursdays, February 22 and February 29, 2024

from 9 pm to 10.30 pm

Running time: 1h30

Biovès gardens

The gardens are illuminated and transformed into gardens of light.
 The giant sculptures are brought to life by artistic lighting.
 They add an enchanting dimension to this nocturnal stroll.

 Location: Jardins Biovès avenue Boyer de Menton

Opening hours :

Open daily from 8:30 pm to 10:30 am

Length of walk: approx. 1 h

FIREWORKS – NIGHT CORSOS

Thursday evenings are the night of the Lemon Festival!
 Street shows, folk groups and orchestras come to life as the illuminated floats parade by.
 Dancers and brass bands enliven the confetti-laden Sun Walk.
 The highlight of the show is the fireworks display over the bay at 10.30pm!
 A magical moment to celebrate with family and friends!

Location: Promenade du Soleil

Dates :  Thursdays, February 22 and February 29, 2024

from 9 pm to 10.30 pm

Running time: 1h30

Rates :

THE CRAFT SHOW

From February 11 to 26, come and meet the artisans of the Menton region.
 The fair is free of charge.  Located 2 steps from the Biovès gardens, in the Palais de l’ Europe, come and taste and discover our local products.
 Orange wine, lemonade, limoncello, beer, honey, jams, olive oil… will all be on display.

Venue: Palais de l’Europe

Dates :  February 17 to March 03, 2024

Opening hours :

Saturday, February 11: 2 to 6 p.m.

Open daily: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: free

THE ORCHID FESTIVAL

The Association des Orchidophiles et Epiphytophiles de France invites us to discover this magnificent plant.
 The Orchid Festival takes us on a journey of scents and colors.
 Admission is free and is located in the Palais de l’ Europe, avenue de Verdun.

Venue: Palais de l’Europe

Dates :  February 17 to March 03, 2024

Admission: free

Opening hours

Saturday, February 11, 2023, opening of the Palais de l’Europe at 2pm

Open daily: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 So? why not take part in this event, which is the pride of Menton, and fill up on vitamins?

You can book here

https://www.fete-du-citron.com/-programme-.html