Weekend in Monaco

#hello_monaco weekend: what to do on April 16th and April 17th

This weekend all eyes are drawn to the courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club wondering who will become the king of clay, hind out what else you can in the Principality.

Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters is back to Monaco
The Monte-Carlo Country Club: overview (10th February 2022).© Maurizio Abbati HelloMonaco

The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, at its 115th edition is coming to an end at the glamorous Monte-Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin district. After the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to pandemic and the unusual 2021 closed-door tournament that was followed, however, by 79 million people through various Media, there was the need for a change. This year’s tournament always part of the ATP Masters 1000 global tour and organized by the Société Monégasque pour l’Exploitation du Tournoi de Tennis (S.M.E.T.T.), will see the reborn of a certain normality.

The Rolex Monte Carlo Masters is one of the oldest tournaments in world tennis. Previously known as the “Monte Carlo Tennis Championship”, the famous competition on clay was created in 1897. It is now part of the Masters 1000, a category of events organised by the ATP that includes nine tournaments staged annually in Europe, North America and Asia.

Easter egg hunt

This weekend the entire Catholic world is celebrating Easter and that’s why there is a whole range of activities for kids arranged by the city Town Hall, as it does every year during the Easter holidays. In collaboration with the association La Boîte de Jeux, it is organising an original egg hunt for schoolchildren in the Principality. All children are invited to the Princess Antoinette Park on Sunday 17th April. Through fun and original workshops, children will have to play detective to fill their arms full of chocolate eggs.

Oceanographic Museum

The Oceanographic Museum of Monaco has prepared special activities for the Easter holidays 2022. Families can enjoy the last moments of the digital and interactive exhibition “Immersion” which closes on 30 April.

Discover the Great Barrier Reef, a fascinating underwater forest with a night hunt for sharks, a manta ray parade and the first baby turtles’ bath. It is also the occasion to discover the new exhibition of the museum: “NORTHBOUND” – photos and paintings about the North Sea.

“Animals of the seaside” introduces children to the animals of the Mediterranean coast in an educational room: crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers…

The “Immerseave 360°” animation allows children to explore the marine world and meet mythical species through 2 films, equipped with 3D glasses: “Little big Whale”, and “Tubbataha 360°”.

From 11 to 15 April and from 19 to 22 April, Club Oceano is offering a discovery course for young explorers, supervised by an educational team. Please note that places are limited so registration in advance is required.

To find out more, visit the Monaco Oceanographic Museum website.


Another interesting annual event is the 11th Monaco International Book Fair that will be held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2022 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo, Espace Diaghilev. The event is placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II. The aim of the association Les Rencontres Littéraires Fabian Boisson is to promote literature in all its facets, on a human and artistic level, through the Monaco Book Fair. It is enriching to bring together authors who are passionate about writing and full of imagination, who will participate in exchanges with visitors on this special occasion.

Charity shows for the benefit of circus schools in Ukraine

Charity shows for the benefit of circus schools in Ukraine, under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie, as part of the 12th World Circus Day on Friday 15, at 8 p.m., Saturday 16, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday 17 April 2022, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., in Princess Grace Theater.

Expo Tremblements
Expo Tremblements. ©NMNM Andrea Rossetti 2021

As always there are a few exhibitions open in Monaco. To begin with there is “Tremors, Recent Acquisitions by the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco”, an exhibition presenting for the first time a selection of artworks acquired by the NMNM between 2010 and 2021, created by 18 artists of 10 different nationalities from Thursday 25 November 2021 to Sunday 15 May 2022, in Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Paloma.

Conceived by Célia Bernasconi, Exhibition Curator, Chief Curator at the NMNM, the exhibition brings together contemporary works by seventeen living artists, including nine women, of twelve different nationalities. All of them have in common that they respond to the definition of the thought of trembling which, in the words of the poet Édouard Glissant, “unites us in absolute diversity, in a whirlwind of encounters”.

Video installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, translate the tremors of the world.

Of course there are other interesting events taking place in Monaco. If you want to learn more about them visit our Calendar.

So have fun and enjoy your weekend!

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