February and March 2019 Menton is waiting for you to visit the 86e Fête du Citron (The Lemon Festival)

The Lemon Festival in Menton

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The Lemon Festival is a unique event that attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. Lemon festival program:

86e Fête du Citron® – “des mondes fantastiques” (Fantastic worlds)

from 16 February to 3 March 2019

BENEATH THE ZEST OF ORANGES AND LEMONS LIES ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST FESTIVALS

La Fête du Citron® (Lemon Festival), an unique event in the world, attracts  240,000 visitors every year – a number which is constantly rising.
With processions of floats, gardens of lights and the exhibition of giant designs, come and discover this fantasy world, and move to the rhythm of a simply unforgettable event.
More than 300 professionals work on the project and 145 tons of citrus fruits are used.

The main events

The event in numbers


The idea of ​​organizing this festival was by the Mentons owner hotels association in 1895 which proposed to the municipallity to create a parade through the town center in winter period. The celebration began the following year and quickly became popular all over the world!

At that time, in fact, had the habit of spending the winter months in French Riviera princes, queens and dignitaries from around the world, for this reason, in a short time, the festival became famous in the international jet-set.

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