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Lemon Festival 2024, Menton, from 17 February to 3 March. Shows

Lemon Festival

WHERE: Menton, France
WHEN: from 17 February to 03 March 2024

From a small village party, dedicated to one of the most appreciated citrus fruits in France, to an event of international appeal. 89 years have passed since the first edition, but today, the Menton Lemon Festival (Fete du Citron) is one of the most anticipated annual events on the Côte d’Azur. Like the Nice Carnival.

A festival that has seen the number of visitors grow exponentially from year to year.

There are many reasons why it is worth spending one or more days in Menton during this period. Starting, obviously, from the beautiful and evocative location.
In fact, the Lemon Festival is a triumph of lights, colors and fun. Dances, songs, parades, parties, and exhibitions: there is, really, everything and more waiting for you. The program is rich and varied. A festival that combines beautiful scenery, images and unique exhibits, the colors and the magic of Carnival. Because, this is also the moment to witness the beautiful allegorical floats, potatoes and parades.

Each year, the Lemon Festival will revolve around a new theme (this year will be “from Olympia to Menton”). The program, of course, will always have a single common denominator: the splendid Lemon of Menton!


Fete du Citron of Menton

Photo ©, patrick janicek

Here, below, the main events of the 2024 Lemon Festival in Menton, with the price of tickets to attend the various shows.


For 3 Sundays, meet on the seafront, at the Promenade du Soleil, to attend the wonderful parades of citrus fruit floats. An authentic riot of colors, songs, dances and dances, for one of the most anticipated events of the Menton Carnival.

Available only on 17 and 24 February and 03 March, from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The ticket for adults (aged 13 and over) for a standing seat costs 14€; reduced, from 6 to 12 years, costs 8€. For the seat in the numbered grandstand, the fare is 29€ for adults and 12€ reduced.


All the charm of parades… in the suggestion of twilight. On Thursday, for just two evenings, you will witness a truly unique and wonderful show. In our opinion, truly unmissable! Fanfare, orchestras, folk groups, dancers, entertainers will give life to one of the greatest street performances! Worthy conclusion, the fireworks which you can attend at 10:30 pm.

The parade takes place along the Promenade du Soleil, on 22 and 29 February, from 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm. Prices are the same as the daytime parades.


For the duration of the Festival, at the Biovès Gardens, splendid compositions and decorations of gold-colored fruits await you, which shine in the sun. Truly unique and incredible sculptures, in which over 15 tons of citrus fruits are expertly arranged one by one! Yellow and orange are the predominant shades. Inauguration Saturday 17 February, from 11:00.

From 17 February to 03 March 2023. From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00.
Sundays from 09:00 to 19:00. The access gate is located in front of the Casino. FREE ADMISSION.


For the entire period of the Lemon Festival 2024, numerous guided itineraries will be organized to discover the surrounding gardens, parks and villages. There will also be great shows, events and ballets. Another event not to be missed are the Orchide Festival and the Craft Fair, at the Palais and Europe, every day from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Fair you can discover the art of woodworking, iron … But, above all, you can enjoy local delicacies such as “citronnade”, orange wine or limoncello.

Lemon Festival


All the events of the 2024 Lemon Festival take place in closed and supervised areas. For this reason, an entrance ticket is always required. Only children under the age of 6 do not pay for the ticket, as long as they are accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket. The prices are those indicated above, and can be purchased online, or directly on the spot.

For reasons of hygiene and safety, pets are not allowed in the gardens, in the parade circuit and the Palais de l’Europe.

The program, timetable and all information contained herein are for information purposes only and are not to be considered OFFICIAL.


Staying in the center could be quite expensive. Menton is, as a rule, a rather popular city; during this period, the request increases dramatically. The first advice is to book well in advance. From this link, you can book your accommodation at the best price.

If available, Hotel Palm Garavan, It is the best solution to stay in the center. Prices are in line with the city, but you will enjoy the excellent location, excellent hospitality, spacious and clean rooms and the charm of the sea.

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