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Events of the year: best times to visit Monaco

January: International Circus Festival

Created by Prince Rainier III in 1974, this bright and prestigious circus festival features the best acrobats in the world. The event is held under the patronage of Princess Stephanie. If you want to sit next to the stage, you should buy tickets as early as July.

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March: Rose Ball/ Le Bal De La Rose

Founded in 1954, the Princess Grace Rose Ball is one of the major annual social events of the Principality. Guests and celebrities attend a dinner and ball at Sporting Club. All profits from the evening go to the Princess Grace charity Foundation.

April: Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

Every year in April, the world’s best male tennis players meet on the unpaved ground of Monte-Carlo Country Club, situated on the territory of France, on the border with Monaco. The prize fund of the tournament amounts to 3 million Euros.

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May: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Every year since 1929, Monaco hosts the world’s most prestigious car race. A 3.34 km track runs across the streets of the city, the slowest and most difficult race of the Formula series. The Principality puts a lot of time and effort to build the stands and protective barriers for the drivers, guests, and the throngs of tourists who arrive. The end of May, when the race takes place, is the time for the highest hotel prices of the year and the largest number of people invading Monaco streets and making noisy parties. Locals usually leave the country and schools and offices are closed at this time.

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Please note that every two years – two weeks before the Formula 1 – a Historic Grand Prix is held on the same track, featuring vintage racing cars. This is a colourful, spectacular event, not to be missed in 2018!

July – August: Summer Sporting Music Festival

During the Festival, international singers of all scales perform every week. This year Enrique Iglesias, Seal, The Scorpions and many others starred on the Sporting stage and the tickets were sold out long before the performances. Some of the shows offer a dinner before the performance.

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August: The Red Cross Gala/ Le Gala de la Croix Rouge

This is a charity event in favour of Monaco Red Cross. The Gala is one of the most important annual social events in the Principality. By the invitation of Prince Albert II, President of Monaco Red Cross, high society and celebrities from all over the world get together at the Sporting Club. Long evening dresses and fine jewellery are the dress code.

September: Monaco Yacht Show

The world’s largest exposition and sale of luxury yachts brings together professionals and amateurs of these expensive toys in Port Hercule. The choice is large, every year featuring up to 100 yachts ranging from 25 to 90 metres.

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