Nice Carnival from mid-February to mid-March.
Two weeks of festivities fill the town, from carnival float processions, elegant battles of flowers, spectacles and firework displays.
Lemon and Orange Festival in Menton from mid-February to mid-March.
A fabulous spectacle of giant models, vehicles and garden displays made out of and decorated with oranges and lemons.
There is also an Orchid festival at the Palais des Congres with free entry.
International Games Festival in Cannes in mid-February.
Of international notoriety this festival of board games and mind games attracts players from champions to amateurs and is open to all.
Violet Festival in Tourrettes sur Loup from mid-February to mid-March.
A traditional festival of flower decorated floats with the emphasis on Violets.
Visit the pretty medieval village at the same time.
Antibes Antiques Fair in April.
Monte Carlo Tennis Masters in April.
The start of the clay court season for tennis fans.
Rose Exhibition in Grasse during May.
More than 50000 roses are exposed in different forms during this international festival.
Cannes International Film Festival in May.
Internationally renowned and a magnet for amateurs and stars alike.
Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix in May
Since 1929, this is one of the oldest and most prestigious races on the Formula 1 circuit.
www.acm.mc ou www.f1.com
Vence Nuits du Sud Music Festival during July and August.
An exceptional programme of American/Latino music. www.nuitsdusud.com
Cannes International Pyrotechnique Festival during July and August.
Note: There are firework displays all along the Riviera during July and August, normally based around the big bank holiday weekends of 14th July and 15th August. www.festival-pyrotechnique-cannes.com
Jazz in Juan Festival in July.
This famous Jazz festival in Antibes/Juan les Pins is a must see for jazz fans. www.jazzajuan.com
Finally … There are firework displays all along the Riviera during summer particularly over the Bank Holiday periods of 14th July and 15th August.