Celebrating the end of summer

The date has been set for the traditional end of summer picnic, a popular event that brings together the Princely family and locals to celebrate all things Monegasque.

The 2018 end of summer picnic. Photo: Mairie de Monaco

It’s always sad to “officially” say goodbye to summer, but to help ease the pain is the annual end of summer picnic at the Princess Antoinette Park, which will this year be held on Friday 6th September.

The day traditionally marks the Princely family’s first public appearance following their summer holidays, which this year included a trip Trogir in Croatia.

The picnic, to be held from 6pm, is a celebration of Monegasque history and culture and includes culinary specialities, traditional costume and music. A mass will also be held in the open air by Archbishop Bernard Barsi, accompanied by the choir of U Cantin d’A Roca.

Each year, around 1,000 lucky locals are invited to the picnic, which traditionally continues until late in the evening under the olive trees of the Principality.

To prepare for the event, the Princess-Antoinette Park will be closed to the public from 2nd September. However, the kiosk and the mini-golf will remain open, with access via the boulevard de Belgique.

On the day of the picnic, Monaco’s bus network and parking at the Jardin Exotique will be free upon presentation of a Monegasque identity card or invitation.