From concerts and carnivals, to fireworks and kids shows, here is everything that’s happening in family entertainment this summer, organised by the Mairie.
After two summers of disappointment, the Mairie de Monaco is back with a full calendar of events to make the summer sizzle.
In fact, the return to normal began earlier this month with the end-of-school-year Splash Party, UPaint and Fête de la Musique, and that is just the start.
This year, Place Gastaud will play host to several musical events. Every Wednesday from 6th July for eight weeks entertainment can be found on the square with concerts for both young and old. The sounds of jazz, blues and gospel will fill the air for adults while four kids shows, lasting 45 minutes to an hour, are also on the roster.
The summer U Sciaratu carnival will take place on 8th July with an African theme. Floats, parades, and musical troupes will transform the Rock. Other activities, organised in parallel, include the installation of a make-up stand on the Place de Mairie as well as a workshop of giant bubbles and balloon sculptures in the Allée St Jean Paul II. The day will end with a ball hosted by a DJ between 10pm and midnight.
From 14th July to 21st August, a variety of activities will be available in Port Hercule on Quai Albert 1er. For budding race car drivers, the Crazy Kart track will be set up for tots aged three and older. It is an inflatable attraction giving little ones a chance to learn about karting and electric motorbikes.
Additionally, a basketball court and an inflatable structure will be set up on the north side of the Quai. Everyone will benefit from a shady spot under a green roof created to give walkers and passers-by a chance to take a break from the sun in a cool spot. There will also be a “chalet” set up with cool refreshments.
Fireworks are back this year as well, with one exception. The Art-en-Ciel Fireworks Competition, a mainstay for nearly 55 years, has been discontinued due to its environmental impact.
There will still be two pyrotechnic displays to delight audiences, though. The first will be on 30th July on the Quai from 10pm and will be followed by an evening of dance and fun with a live DJ. The second night comes on 13th August with a disco dance and fireworks parry with the group High Energy.
For more info on times and dates, visit the Mairie’s website on www.mairie.mc
Photo of shaded areas on the Quai by Monaco Life