Fête du Citron de Menton: News and events

Every year, Menton lights up during the Fête du Citron®, becoming a must-see event of the winter season on the Côte d'Azur. The town is transformed into a tableau animated by citrus fruits, and the Hôtel Méditerranée is the ideal pied-à-terre, just a few minutes' walk from the festivities.

For this year's edition, from February 17 to March 3, 2024, the Fête du Citron® transports you to a universe inspired by "Olympia in Menton". Reserve your seats in the promenades or grandstands now to plunge into the heart of this celebration. Flamboyant floats, parades, corsos and parades promise an unforgettable experience. Explore the historical roots of the Menton Lemon Festival, the program and the many activities on offer.

dressed-up staff at the Hotel Méditerranée during the Lemon Festival


The origins of the Fête du Citron® (Lemon Festival)

Let's go back in time to 1875, when winterers sought to escape the harsh winters in the mild climate of the French Riviera. Menton's hoteliers, keen to brighten up the town, proposed a parade to the municipality, which won over Menton residents and wealthy visitors alike. Although Menton was Europe's lemon capital in the 19th century, it wasn't until 1929 that the lemon joined the carnival. Since then, the Fête du Citron® has become an unmissable celebration.

Fête du Citron® 2024 program

  • Citrus motif exhibition: From February 17 to March 3, discover free ephemeral citrus sculptures in Menton's Boviès gardens.
  • Corsos des Fruits d'Or: Admire the sumptuous citrus floats at the Corsos des Fruits d'Or, taking place on Sundays, February 18, 25 and March 3, 2024, from 2.30 to 4 pm, on Menton's Promenade du Soleil. Immerse yourself in the fairytale world where brass bands, dancers, confetti and folk groups create a playful atmosphere around these impressive floats. Book your tickets for this unforgettable experience now via the official ticket office.
  • Corsos nocturnes : Thursdays, February 22 and 29, 9-10.30pm on the Promenade du Soleil. Marvel at the illuminated floats and brass bands. Tickets are available from the official box office.

Lemon Festival 2024 poster

Activities during the Fête du Citron® (Lemon Festival)

To extend the pleasure beyond the corsos and parades, the city of Menton offers a multitude of lemon-flavored activities:

  • Salon de l'Artisanat de Menton: Explore the Salon de l'Artisanat de Menton and take home a unique souvenir of your escapade on Saturday, February 17 at 2pm, at the Palais de l'Europe. Local artisans invite you to discover a special selection: lemonade, limoncello, orange wine, honey, jams and even Menton lemon olive oil. An unmissable opportunity to keep a wonderful souvenir of your stay at the Fête du Citron®, or give a lovely lemon gift.
  • Drawing workshop for children : Discover the Children's Drawing Workshop led by John Lemon, the Fête du Citron® mascot. A fun-filled moment in the heart of the municipal nursery, where children can draw, interact with the mascot and enjoy a delicious snack. Places are limited, so book early!
  • Citrus pruning workshop: Learn the secrets of citrus pruning with passionate expert Philippe. Combine this workshop with a guided tour of the Citrus Garden at the Palais de Carnolès by reserving your place.
  • Lemon hike: For outdoor enthusiasts, discover the lemon orchards starting from the Menton Tourist Office. Don't forget to reserve your place for this unique experience.

There are plenty of other workshops during this festive period, to discover and book directly on the official Fête du Citron website.


Immerse yourself in the excitement of the Lemon Festival in Menton and explore the splendor of the town. Hôtel Méditerranée, nestled in the heart of the festivities, is decked out in masquerade costume during this festive period to enrich your experience and make your stay even more memorable.

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