Discover events on the French Riviera to round out 2021

Posted by on August 20, 2021

With its reputation for year-round sun, the French Riviera enjoys a rich tradition of art, culture and sport, and as a result there are many activities and events on the French Riviera throughout the year.  The Principality of Monaco also organises a program of prestigious annual events, meaning that if you are looking for things to do, the French Riviera doesn’t disappoint, even as the nights draw in.

Whether you permanently reside along the French Riviera or plan on visiting, then keep on reading and discover the best events on the French Riviera 2021.

A look at what’s on, French Riviera, 2021


Giacometti Exhibition, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco: until August 29th


A major retrospective of the work of sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti, with a display of almost 230 works. One of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, the Swiss-born Giacometti was influenced by Cubism and Surrealism, but it was after WWII that he created the sculptures for which he is most famous, elongated, slim figures, either walking or standing, usually cast in bronze.

Artists’ Jewellery, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco: until August 29th

On show at the Grimaldi Forum simultaneously is this rich collection of contemporary jewellery created by many world-renowned artists, including Picasso, Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Keith Haring and Louis Bourgeois, among others.  Curated by collector Diane Venet, whose passion began in 1967 with a Lichtenstein brooch, this presents a unique opportunity to see some of the finest and most dazzling examples of contemporary international jewellery. A not-to-be-missed event on the French Riviera.

Nocturnes Of The Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: until August 31st


On Mondays and Tuesdays, these events on the French Riviera comprise concerts, musical fountains and Champagne dinners in the gardens of this captivating villa overlooking the Bay of Villefranche, completed in 1912.

Cannes Royal Regattas: 19th – 25th September


Of all the possible things to do, French Riviera regattas are a highlight, celebrating the world’s most beautiful classic and vintage sailing yachts as they compete within view of the glamorous Croisette. An extraordinary event of old-world elegance, charm and character, and a celebration of the sea and its adventurers.

Monaco Yacht Show: 23rd – 26th September


The chance to see over 100 of the world’s most luxurious superyachts, with onboard visits available by appointment, and to meet representatives of the largest yacht shipyards, as well as brokers, designers, yacht professionals and the craftsmen behind these majestic vessels. One of the most prestigious events on the French Riviera, the Monaco Yacht Show 2021 is a must-attend event.


Grand Season Series,  Opéra de Monte-Carlo: 10th October


Music lovers will delight in this musical performance at Monaco’s famed Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Performed by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Ton Koopman, this celebration of the golden age of Baroque features music by Gluck, Haydn and Mozart.

Il Corsaro, Auditorium Rainier III, Monaco: 12th & 14th December

By Giuseppe Verdi, this three act opera is based on Lord Byron’s 1814 poem The Corsair, set in Greece and Turkey, and is performed by the Chorus of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Carmina Burana, Acropolis, Auditorium Apollon, Nice: 23rd December


Τhings to do French Riviera continue well into the year with this new production of arguably one of the most frequently performed choral works of the 21st century, based on a collection of 13th century songs celebrating the joys of the tavern, nature, love and lust, written by Carl Orff and performed by the National Opera of Russia.

With so many enjoyable events on the French Riviera, why not stay in one of the many stunning villas for rent in the Cote d’Azur? Conveniently located along the heart of the Cote d’Azur they offer refined elegance and the ideal way to enjoy the very best events on the French Riviera.