WHERE: Menton, France
WHEN: from 11 to 26 February 2023
From a small village party, dedicated to one of the most appreciated citrus fruits in France, to an event of international appeal. 86 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. The program, of course, will always have a single common denominator: the splendid Lemon of Menton!
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Here, below, the main events of the 2023 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 February 12th, 19th and 67th, from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. The ticket for adults (aged 15 and over) for a standing seat costs €13.00; reduced, from 6 to 14 years, costs €7.00. For the seat, the fare is 26.00€ for adults and 11.00€ 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 February 16th and 23th, from 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm. The ticket for adults (aged 15 and over) for a standing seat costs €13.00; reduced, from 6 to 14 years, costs €7.00. For the seat, the fare is 26.00€ for adults and 11.00€ reduced.
The maximum number of participants who can attend the parades is 5882 standing, and 8000 in the stands.
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 11 February, from 12:00.
From 11 to 26 February 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 just 2 Fridays, the Biovès Gardens light up in the evening with fantastic shows and illuminations, in which light and sound create a truly magical place. The GARDENS OF LIGHT are open exclusively on February 17th and 24th, from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm. It is advisable to arrive within one hour of closing.
For the entire period of the Lemon Festival 2023, 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 is 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.
All the events of the 2023 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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