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Traditional festivals

Experience our traditions

The party never stops in the Menton, Riviera & Merveilles area! You can count on experiencing real local life and our traditions at our celebrations, processions and village fêtes! There’s no better way to soak up our area’s wonder. Here’s a little overview of traditional events and festivals!

NB: Traditional festivals may be subject to change due to the pandemic and Storm Alex.

The Fête du Citron®

February

Lemons and locals have had such a tight bond since 1934 that Menton has hosted the Fête du Citron® every year since then. A one-of-a-kind event that brings together 250,000 visitors from all over the world. Annual Menton Corsos and parades of citrus fruit floats stand proud alongside the best carnivals in the world. A colourful and flavourful event that you shouldn’t miss for the world.

Sainte-Marguerite – Saint-Eloi – Stacada

July

When Roquebrune-Cap-Martin celebrates Saint Margaret, festivalgoers feast on delicious barbajuans and stroll the medieval village streets.
The second weekend in July sees Tende celebrate Saint Eligius, the patron saint of mule drivers. The Brotherhood hosts a fabulous parade in the village with horses and mules dressed in their finery to the sound of brass bands and traditional groups. The two day event is packed with events and concerts!

Lavender is the star in the last weekend of July in Sainte-Agnès: the entire village gets together to bring you a truly unique lavender festival! Events, classes, a lavender ball and Provençal market bring the weekend to life. It’s a great excuse to visit Sainte-Agnès, a medieval village with the most incredible views of the Côte d’Azur!

Tuck into the Tourte Festival in Saorge: join the villagers as they feast on pies hot from the oven. An unmissable community experience!

Travel back in time to the Lascaris’ heyday in La Brigue! The medieval village is your host for a weekend of family festivities and events.

Every four years, Breil-sur-Roya’s show-stopping Stacada sets the scene for a historical reconstruction that’s been part of the village’s traditions for centuries.

August 5th procession – Saint-Bernard

August

The August 5th procession in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin dates back to 1467 when the locals’ prayers wiped out the plague that had torn through the region.

A hundred actors have been performing six scenes from the Passion for the last 500 years! Pure emotion!

Moulinet puts on four days of festivities celebrating its patron saint Saint Bernard around August 15th. Trout fishing, dawn serenades and bonfires on the agenda!

Castellar celebrates Saint Bernard with a whole host of musical events on the weekend around August 20th! Enjoy the famous pistou soup and idyllic picnic in a community atmosphere.

Colours and Flavours – Elm

September

Around September 15th, Beausoleil celebrates Piedmont’s food and drink with the Colours and Flavours of Italy market, a taster for the International Alba White Truffle Fair.

You simply cannot miss the Elm Festival in Gorbio. Travel back in time to 18th century Gorbio! The festival sees locals celebrate the village elm tree planted in 1713. Period costumes galore and an evening banquet for participants!

Sospel hosts the Farmer’s Festival the last weekend in September: farms open their doors to visitors, you can tuck into pistou soup, dance at the ball and watch the best Swiss chard pie contest sponsored by South East Slow Food. A happening event! Booking recommended.

On the last Sunday of September, Menton celebrates its patron saint Saint Michael. The day is jam-packed with traditional festivities and events! Don’t miss the Saint Michael banquet lunch! Booking recommended.

Chestnut – Brigasca sheep – Branda

October

Sospel and Tende celebrate chestnuts on the second and third weekend of October respectively. Tastings, pétanque contests and an evening dance!

The Breil-sur-Roya Farmer’s Festival celebrates local farming in all its glory on the second weekend in October: 80 exhibitors fly the valley’s flag at a country show!

The Brigasca Sheep Festival puts the spotlight on sheep with farm and artisan produce in supporting roles. Traditional trade demonstrations: spinning, masonry and ironmongery are the stars of the show!

The first Sunday in October sees Gorbio host the Branda Festival, an iconic fête rooted in traditions celebrating its namesake brandy. Watch the still in action on-site, it’s becoming a rarer and rarer sight in our region!

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