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October events not to miss on the French Riviera

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

There is so much going on this week we had to round it all up into a single post! From film festivals to Funfairs and even an e-car rally, see what's on this week.

19 to 24 October

Festival International du Film Panafrican de Cannes

Cannes hosts the 18th annual Festival International du Film Panafrican. The FIFP was created in 2004 by Basile Ngangue Ebelle as a means to spread awareness on the richness of contemporary PanAfrican cinema and also as an ambassador of human values in the film industry.

The festival normally runs five days at the Hotel Martinez, just before Cannes Film Festival, but in this exceptional year, it was moved to October. As usual, the festival will take place at the Martinez Hotel and at the Éspace Miramar where some 200 film professionals gather around 60 films from five continents. Features, shorts, animations and documentaries will be complemented by a series of conferences, literary cafés, cultural cafés, music, exhibitions and networking meetings.

Individual tickets: 5€ per session

Festival pass: 69€/student price: 59€.

20 to 23 October

E-Rally Monte-Carlo

Cancelled in 2020 due to the devastation caused by Storm Alex, the 100% electric & hydrogen Rallye Monte-Carlo opus is back this year with a challenging course totalling more than 350 kilometres in stage time, divided into 15 Regularity Stages (RS) and nearly 1,000 kilometres of road section.

The "Grand Départ" will be held in the city of Châteauneuf, in the department of the Loire, the first municipal domain in France to be autonomous in green energy. The competitors will then head towards Valence in the Drôme department for 2 days. Finally, the E-Rallye Monte-Carlo 2021 will arrive in Monaco for the weekend where the SR will be organised between the departments of the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes.

Watch the live results here:

20 to 24 October

Festival Cinéroman Nice

The third edition of this unique celebration of literary cinema, the Cinéroman Festival is back after the 2nd edition had to be cancelled four days before its opening in 2020. And to mark this return, the festival will last five days instead of four, with 25 films, 34 screenings, readings, masterclasses, meetings and debates that should make Nice a real meeting place between the bright sun and dark rooms, between professionals and the public, between writers, directors, actors, producers and the entire film profession. The jury will be chaired by Nicolas Bedos, with Danièle Thompson, Agnès Jaoui, Emmanuelle Devos, Lou de Laâge, David Foenkinos, and Benjamin Lavernhe.

If you are a fan of good story and love literary films, don't miss this new festival! Information and film screening programme:

22 October to 19 November

Foire de Monaco

Funfair with around 80 stalls, carousels and other rides, at Port Hercule in Monaco.

Find all your favourite rides, including Pulsion, AtmosFear, Tagada and Astrojet… and for those with a sweet tooth, there are crêpes, waffles and toffee applies to taste once again this year with all the fun of the fair! Special measures have been taken to ensure security and visitors are recommended to bring small bags only, to facilitate checks at the entrance. Access to the Funfair is free, but there is a charge for rides and other attractions.

For more information visit:

25 October

World Pasta Day

Did you know there was such a day? Obviously, in Italy it's every day! But here, it will be celebrated at IT Villaggio, the super fun Italian 'village' at CAP 3000. The apparently have a bunch of surprises in store for visitors on this day... It must have something to do with pasta... Also note they have DJ Sets every Friday and Saturday (6pm - 10pm) for a Chill, World, Fusion, Disco, Lounge, Deep House atmosphere.Plus, with free parking, loads of food options, and cheap apero and a stunning sea view terrace, what's not to love about this place?

Info on their Facebook page.

28 to 31 October

Salon du Vin et de la Gastronomie d'Antibes

The 13th Antibes Wine and Food Fair, organised at the Espaces du Fort Carré in Antibes by the Kiwanis Club of Antibes Juan-les-Pins, will have 50 exhibitors of gourmet food and fine wines, plus wine tasting workshops, pastry classes and cooking classes.

In the large hall of the Espaces du Fort Carré, you will find wine producers from all over France, gastronomic specialities from the 5 corners of France, and oenology courses given by the sommelier Jérome Mauzé.

Free tickets in advance through the Facebook page or 5 euros at the door. Wine tasting classes with the sommelier need to be registered ahead and cost around 20 euros.

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