July Agenda au Pays du Mont Blanc

July is just around the corner!  That means that it will soon be the summer holidays here in France!  And whether you are living in the Pays du Mont Blanc and racking your brains trying to find activities to keep the youngsters busy and entertained, or you are visiting the Pays du Mont Blanc and need some fresh ideas for hiking en famille or for rainy days or heatwaves, you’re in the right place!

And I’ve tried to include lots of ideas for the adults over the summer (evening film screenings, talks, guided walks); we’ll all be needing some R & R after all the activity-filled days!

Do keep checking the listings, as I shall update them with any new information that comes my way over the month!

And please feel free to send me any information for family/children events and activities that you are organising, or that you know of, that are missing from the list!


Colour code for listings:

Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz, Vallorcine)

Passy & environs

Sallanches & environs

St Gervais & environs

Megève and environs

Les Contamines and environs

Further France and Switzerland

Italy


Parks open in the summer au Pays du Mont Blanc & environs

until 30th September 2017 – Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park  Les Houches – every day from 10h to 18h – the wonderful Parc de Merlet is open all summer and will remain open until 30th September 2017 / see here for more details regarding opening hours and admission prices and any special events scheduled / every week at the Parc de Merlet during the summer: photo and drawing competition – send in to: contact@parcdemerlet.com with name and age, and every Friday the team will choose their favourite photo/drawing and it will be displayed on the website!

Le Parc de Merlet in Les Houches © montblancfamilyfun

all year-roundLe Parc ThermalLe Fayet – playground, picnic areas, grass for games, hiking trails, accro-branche, rock-climbing, duck pond, Clubhouse restaurant/café, open-air museum, le Petit Train du Parc Thermal, Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais-les-Bains spa, indoor swimming pool and tennis courts . . . and a bit of a fresh breeze on hot summer days! / FREE / see post for more details;

Zoo Les Marécottes © montblancfamilyfun

all year-roundLes Marécottes Animal ParkSwitzerland – April 2017 saw the birth of a baby black bear (Mirus) and marcassins (baby sangliers) . . . see the Marécottes Facebook page or website for more details / getting there: see here;

all year-roundBotanical Gardens (Conservatoire et Jardins Botaniques de Genève CJBG) – Geneva Switzeland – see here for events over the summer months / FREE!;

from Saturday 1st July until 31st August  Parc de la Perle du Lac in Geneva this summer: Hors  les Murs: «Le Chariot de la microscopie itinérante» – observe all the magical findings of the park with this peripatetic magnifying glass & microscope / FREE and open to all!

© Natural History Museum Genève

 On-going Exhibitions & Openings

until 22nd JulyWatercolour exhibition by Michel Delamarre Café ComptoirVallorcine;

Michel Delamarre at the Café Comptoir in Vallorcine © Michel Delamarre

until 30th JulyWatercolour exhibition by C. Guillermou – Office de TourismeVallorcine; 

Watercolours by C. Guillermou © C. Guillermou

until 17th Sept 2017Exhibition: «3 regards sur la Montagne»Espace Mémoire Marcel Wibault – every day from 15h to 19h – price: 3€ / housed in the old Alpenrose Chalet, which housed Marcel Wibault’s workshop and was also his home / address: 62 chemin du Cé, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / for more details, see here;

3 regards sur la montagne © Musée Marcel Wibault

until 31st December 2017Exhibition: «Sur les Chemins de Chamouny» – Maison de l’Alpage – Servoz – the Association Servoz Histoire et Traditions is offering a journey into the olden days: transport and communication in the Chamonix Valley / exhibition opening hours in accordance with Servoz Tourist Office and Post Office hours / CLOSED Sundays / address: Maison de l’Alpage, Le Bouchet, 74310, Servoz; tel: +33(0)4 50 47 21 68;

 

«Sur les Chemins de Chamouny» © chamonix.com

until 31st December 2017«Agriculture et paysages, les grandes mutations», as part of «2017 Alpages en fête» – Maison de l’Alpage – Servoz / address: Maison de l’Alpage, Le Bouchet, 74310, Servoz; tel: +33(0)4 50 47 21 68 / exhibition opening hours in accordance with Servoz Tourist Office and Post Office hours / CLOSED Sundays;

until 31st December 2017«L’Agriculture de montagne, coeur du territoire», as part of «2017 Alpages en fête»   Maison du Lieutenant  Servoz  the Chamonix Valley is has been moulded by man, invested in over the centuries.  From the first shepherds to the farmers of today, those working the land remain the historical witnesses to change to the land: natural spaces, architecture, urbanism, transport; the delicate balance between man and environment / address: Maison du Lieutenant2231 Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

until Sunday 29th April 2018 – «L’alpage de Pormenaz» exhibition La Maison du Lieutenant – Servozaddress: Maison du Lieutenant2231 Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

Exposition Crevasse © argentiere.com

1st July to 31st AugustPhoto Exhibition: «Dans le Secret des Crevasses» La Maison du Village Argentière – FREE!

until Friday 7th July  Photo Exhibition by Olivier Hoffschir: «Live»  Espace Crèmerie (art & design space)  Plateau d’Assy – address: 273, rue de l’Église, Plateau D’Assy, France;

Olivier Hoffschir © La Cremerie

from Saturday 8th July to 27th AugustExhibition: «Paysages de Montagne»  Centre Culturel Municipal au Plateau d’Assy from 15h30 to 18h30 (shut Mondays)  vernissage Thursday 6th July / more information: tel: 04 50 78 51 64 and s.revil@mairie-passy.fr and pdf leaflet;

from Wednesday 12th July to 16th September – «On est tous roi d’un pays qui n’existe pas» by Fred le Chevalier – La Crèmerie – Plateau-d’Assy – exhibition to run until 16th September 2017 / see website for opening hours;

© La Crèmerie, Plateau d’Assy

until 17th September 2017Photo Exhibition: «Reines de Cœur»La Ferme à IsidoreComblouxopen every day (except Friday) 16h to 19h – an exhibition about Hérens cows / about 50 black and white photos, the work of Laurent Gannaz, journalist and David Machet, photographer; three countries and three regions: Valais Suisse, Val d’Aoste and Haute-Savoie;
price: 2,50 € and FREE for under 18s / address: La Ferme à Isidore, Chemin de la Promenade, Combloux, 74920;

© La Ferme à Isidore à Combloux / combloux.com

from 1st to 16th JulyPaintings by Elodie Bouchard (exhibition & sale)Route de la Croix de Pierre – Combloux – from 10h to 19h (shut 13h to 15h);

permanent exhibition2KM3 street art in the underground car park  St Gervais  12 French and international artists have transformed all 11 floors of the underground carpark in St Gervais into a unique work of art – a whole new concept in how to integrate art into urban life! / FREE;

2KM3 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Car Park © montblancfamilyfun

until 2nd July  Exhibition Alain Noblet: «Paysages»  Salle Géo Dorival St Gervais every day 10h to 12h30 and 16h to 19h / address: 43 rue du Mont Blanc, St-Gervais, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bain;

© François Brin

from Wednesday 12th July to 24th September 2017Photo exhibition: «Montagnes et hauteurs» by François Brin – Maison Forte de Hautetour  Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  address: Maison Forte de Hautetour, 114 passage Montjoux, Saint-Gervais, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 47 79 80;

until 11th November 2017 «Cosmicisme» by Elodie Boutry – Pile Pont  St Gervais  in one of the two pillars of the pont de St Gervais, contemporary art in a unique environment – 73 pyramids made from MDF, painted and coloured / address: Culée du Pont de Saint-Gervais, Saint-Gervais, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

Paintings by Elodie Bouchard in Combloux © Elodie Bouchard / combloux.com
L’autre © saintgervais.com

until 11th November 2017 «L’Autre» exhibition  Open-air museum in the Parc Thermal  Le Fayet  the artist Kaviik + other artists have about 40 prints on show in the Parc Thermal;

until 24th September«Lignes de Crêtes: Visions Contemporaines de la Montagnes» – Maison Forte de HautetourSaint-Gervais-les-Bainsaddress: Maison Forte de Hautetour, 114 passage Montjoux, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 47 79 80;

from 10th June to 15th October 2017 Exhibition: «Lilian Bourgeat»Manège d’Haras AnnecyWednesday to Sunday from 14h to 19h – a sculpture exhibtion from Lilian Bourgeat: items from our quotidien, but HUGE! / guided visit at 16h / price: 3€; (thank you to Mummy in the Mountains for bringing this exhibition to our attention!) / see here for more details about the exhibition;

Lilian Bourgeat at the Haras in Annecy © http://www.lac-annecy.com

until 2nd October 2017  Exhibition: «Chine, Art en Mouvement»Château d’Annecy Annecy – open every day from 10h30 to 18h / price: 3€ to 5,50€ and free for under 12s (FREE on the first Sunday of the month from May until October) / don’t forget to ask for your expo à la carte (in French or English), which has been conceived as an aid to this exhibition: 5 parcours (history of art, photography, drawing, history, dreams) and different options for different ages (4/6 years, 7/10 years, 11/14 years and 15+ years / address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

 from 8th July to 1st October 2017 «Déambule, Festival des Paysage» (2ème édition) Annecy – see here for more details;
«Déambule, Festival des Paysage» © annecy.com
1st July to 1st October 2017 «Paul Delvaux, Maître du rêve»Palais Lumière Évianevery day from 10h to 19h address: Espace d’exposition, Quai Albert Besson, 74500, Evian; tel: +33 (0)4 50 83 15 90;
«Paul Delvaux, Maître du rêve» – Palais Lumière © Palais Lumière

until 7th January 2018 «Fourmis»  new temporary exhibition  Muséum (Natural History Museum)  Geneva  Tuesday to Sunday; 10h to 17hCLOSED Mondays / price: 9/6 CHF and under 18s FREE; after the tremendously HUGE dinosaur exhibition, it’s time to put the spotlight on little ANTS! / among other things, the giant anthill Atta, which was on show at the museum back in 1977! / see here for more details;

«Fourmis» – the new temporary exhibition at the Muséum in Geneva © Muséum / Ville de Genève

until 7th January 2018 – «L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie»  current temporary exhibition   MEG – Geneva – Tuesday to Sunday; 11h – 18h; CLOSED Mondays / price: 9/6 CHF;

«L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie» at the MEG © MEG

until 10th September 2017«Kelley Walker» at the MAMCO new temporary exhibition MAMCOGeneva – an artist of Pop Art style among others / see here for more details / opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 12h to 18h; Saturday and Sunday 11h to 18h / CLOSED Mondays / address: 10, rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH-1205, Geneva; tel: +41 22 320 61 22; website: www.mamco.ch;

«Kelley Walker» at the MAMCO in Geneva © MAMCO / Kelley Walker
until 19th Novembre 2017«Cézanne: Le Chant de la Terre» exhibition new temporary exhibition Fondation Pierre GianaddaMartigny every day 9h to 19h – Switzerland every day from 9h to 19h / address: Fondation Pierre Gianadda, rue du Forum 59, 1920 Martigny, Switzerland; tel: +41 (0)27 722 39 78 / see here for more details;
«Cézanne: Le Chant de la Terre» © Fondation Pierre Gianadda
until 26th November 2017 – «Steve McCurry, Mountain Men» photo exhibition – Forte di BardBard, Aosta Valley Italy 10h to 18h Tuesday to Friday and Saturdays and Sundays until 19h (shut Mondays) – photo exhibition (77 photos from Afghanistan, India, Brazil, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Morocco . . .) about man and mountains from international photographer Steve McCurry / address: Forte di Bard, 1020 Bard (AO), Valle d’Aosta, Italy; tel: +39 0125 833811 / price: 9€ and free for under 5s – see here for more details about the exhibition and workshop on offer in September;
«Steve McCurry, Mountain Men» photo exhibition at the Forte di Bard © Forte di Bard

until 24th September 2017 – «Giovanni Segantini and the mountain painters»at the MAR Regional Archaeological Museum – Aosta Italy 9h to 19h / full price: 6€; FREE for under 18s / see here for more details about the MAR / address: Piazza Roncas, 12, 11100, Aosta (AO), Italy; tel: +34 0165275937;


 Special summer events for families & children

guided walks on Fridays (from Friday 14th July) «Réserve ton vendredi» –  in Vallorcine for the whole family;

from July to October in the Chamonix Valley «Alpages en Fêtes 2017» – lots of exhibitions and activities for the whole family in the Chamonix Valley; for more information, see here;

«Alpages en Fêtes 2017» © chamonix.com

every Wednesday – «Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi» – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 14h30 to 16h30 – workshops for children and families / a different theme each week pertaining to gardens and nature / price: 8,50€ per child and discounted entrance for accompanying adult (though adult presence not required) / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

«Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi» at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes

until 26th August 2017 – «Les F’estivales de Sallanches» (2ème édition)  concerts, cinema, themed evenings: La Fête de la Musique, La Fête de la Montagne, «Les Enfants d’Abord» festival in August, La Fête Nationale, La Soirée Mousse, Cinéma: «Le Monde de Dory»; see here for pdf programme;

Les F’estivales de Sallanches © sallanches.fr

every Wednesday in July and AugustLes p’tits experts de la natureCentre de la Nature MontagnardeSallanches14h to 16hprice: 6€ per child / nature workshops for children (6 to 12 years) with a different theme each week! / highly recommended / also free guided visits for families on Tuesdays;

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature © montblancfamilyfun.com

every Tuesday – Spectacle pour les enfants Plan Perret  Combloux 18h to 19h – family entertainment every Tuesday during the summer holidays: clowns, children’s concerts, puppet shows / different show each week / outdoors, but in the event of rain the event will be transfered to the 2nd floor of the Combloux Tourist Office / duration: 45mins to 1 hour / FREE! / address: Plan-Perret, 74920, Combloux (next to Plan d’Eau Biotope); also in Combloux, plenty more activities throughout the week: farm visits, pumptrack activities, board games, puppets, family BBQs . . .

every WednesdayRandonnée Famille à Sallanches – see sallanches.com agenda for more details;

until 3rd September 2017Les mercredis des enfants à St Gervais  children’s activities every Wednesday afternoon in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains; every Tuesday from 11th to 25th July: Charlotte la Marmotte at the Patinoire Municipale in St-Gervais (77 impasse de la Cascade); every Thursday: Heure du Conte for 4 to 8 year olds, storytime at the library (parents are welcome (Bibliothèque Municipale Fernand Braudel, 450 avenue du Mont d’Arbois, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains);

workshops throughout July – the Chalet des Créateurs in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is a wonderful mixture of gallery/workshops, showcasing lots of the local talent! / check out their website and programme for details and timings about the workshops / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

until 3rd September 2017Les Trains du Soleil Couchant Tramway du Mont BlancLe Fayet/St Gervais – departure from Terminus du Tramway du Mont-Blanc, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / price: adults 74€, children 54€ and free for under 5s / train and overnight in the Refuge Nid de l’Aigle / see here for more details;

Les Trains du Soleil Couchant © Compagnie du Mont Blanc / Tramway du Mont Blanc

every Thursday in Praz-sur-Arly – Ateliers Créatifs (and face-painting, meeting Draz the Dragon and plenty more); and lots more children’s activities throughout the week;

Atelier Créatifs in Praz-sur-Arly © prazsurarly.com

every Wednesday in Megève«Heure du conte» (storytime at the Médiathèque for little ones);

every Wednesday night in July & AugustCinéma de plein air Annemasse  (from 12th July) / snacks available on site / postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather; open air cinemas also in Vallorcine, Servoz, Les Houches and Sallanches on certain days over July and August!

Cinéma de plein air in  Annemasse © annemasse.fr

every Friday from 2nd June to 25th August Contes & MagieParc MontessuitAnnemasse17h, 18h and 19h – for children 3 to 10 years / free entertainment for little ones during summer months!

Contes & Magie © annemasse.fr

every Friday and Saturday night from 30th June to 26th August – «Musical’Eté» in AnnemasseParc Fantasia & Place J-RousseauAnnemasse17h30 & 19h – FREE concerts and activities for children like cabanes-making;

Les Musical’Eté © annemasse.fr

Softplay & Bouncy Castles

Softplay for rainy days: La Petite Folie in Chamonix (open 9h to 11h and 16h to 20h) has built a new terrace and has a new summer menu.  Le Parc en Folie in Sallanches has set up an additional play area with bouncy castles at the Lacs des Ilettes (weather dependent).

Bouncy castles for good weather days: at Lac de Passy, there are the bouncy castles and water slides run by Mont-Blanc Kids, as well as Aqua Park on the lake itself (8+ years; for swimmers!). Les Contamines-Montjoie has the bouncy castles run by Laurent in the Parc Patrice Dominguez and there are the Val Horse’Inn bouncy castles in Vallorcine.


Farms to visit

Saturday and Tuesday to Friday La Fromagerie du Mont-Blanc in Passy is open on Saturday and Tuesday to Friday from 15h to 19h and you can taste the cheese on your visit / reservations needed / address: 25, impasse des Prunus, PAE du Mont-Blanc, 74190, Passy;

every Tuesday and Thursday until December 2017 Guided visit of the farm «Les Montagnard»ComblouxTuesdays 10h to midday and Thursdays 14h30 to 16h30 / Delphine will show you how a cow farm works and what daily life is like on a farm: 65 cows for milking, 40 pigs, rabbits . . . / address: 4 chemin des Poses, Ormaret, Combloux – 74920 / reservations necessary: Delphine +33 (0)6 21 02 18 99 / price: adults  8€; children (3-12 years) 6€; FREE for under 3s;

every Wednesday until December 2017 Guided visit of the farm le «GAEC Val Mont-Blanc» – Combloux Wednesdays 16h to 17h / a family farm, the Paget family will show you their love for agriculture; they will show you how cheese is produced with some tasting too! There are 30 milking cows on this farm used to produce these cheeses: tomme, reblochon, abondance, cheese for raclette / address: 777, route de Saint-Gervais, Gemoëns, 74920, Combloux; tel: +33 (0)6 16 33 71 74 / reservations with the Combloux Tourist Office;

every day except Sunday (with an appointment)La Ferme d’AbérieuxCordon – with Albert / see here for more details;


Weekly Markets au Pays du Mont-Blanc
  • Saturday Chamonix (8h to midday) and Sallanches (8h to 13h);
  • SundaySaint-Gevais Marché d’Été (9h to midday) brocante;
  • Monday – Les Houches (8h to 13h);
  • Tuesday Chedde (Passy; 8h to midday), Combloux (8h to midday) and Les Contamines (8h to midday);
  • ThursdaySaint-Gervais (8h to 13h);
  • FridayMegève (8h to 13h);

July Agenda
Arc’teryx Alpine Academy – Thursday 29th June to Sunday 2nd July
© Arc’teryx Alpine Academy

Seminars and workshops, an Alpine Village with bouldering and climbing wall in Place Balmat in Chamonix, movie night, live music . . . see website for more details;


Chamonix Yoga Festival (4ème édition) – Friday 30th June, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July:
Chamonix Yoga Festival © Chamonix Yoga Festival
The Chamonix Yoga Festival will be taking place at the Majestic this year, and in various other locations around town.  A relatively new event on Chamonix’s social calendar, run by Blanche De Marion, the Chamonix Yoga Festival is a three day festival dedicated to yoga & well-being / internationally recognised yoga teachers Gwyn William, Clara Roberts, Simon Park, Nico Luce, Micheline Berry, and many more yoga teachers (27 teachers) will be giving lessons in English and French / new for this year: «Kinder Garden» for children and TWO spectacles enfants / choice of 14 different yoga styles, meditation, and dance classes, a relaxing concert of healing sounds . . . / 43 classes/ 10 workshop/conferences / food: an organic-raw coffee shop & an organic and vegan lunch menu / all classes at Le Majestic and FREE outdoor classes at the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié / price: various passes are on offer, with ranging from 10€ to 230€ for the unlimited 3 day pass/ see website for more details;

«Les Indezikibles» Musique en Stock concert – Friday 30th June & Saturday 1st July
© Les Indézikables Musiques en Stock St Gervais
This music festival is taking place in Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet from 19h onwards / FREE! / address: Le Parc Thermal, 355 allée du Dr Lépinay, Le Fayet, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / see here for more details;

MB Race – Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July in Combloux and Megève  
© MB Race / combloux.com / megève.com
La course VTT la plus difficile du monde!”  Two days and 8 events in Combloux and Megève (and Sallanches, Cordon, La Giettaz): MB Ultra Somfy (ultra-marathon), MB Classic, E-BIKE MB Classic, MB Cadet, MB Enduro 6 speciales, MB Kids, MB FTT, et MB Mini Bike.  The MB RACE CULTURE VÉLO has existed since 2010.

Programme:

  • Saturday 1st July: MB Ultra Somfy 70 km (3500m D+); 100 km (5000m D+) ; 140 km (7000m D+);
  • Saturday 1st July: MB Mini Bike;
  • Sunday 2nd July: MB Classic: 20km; 35km; 60km;
  • Sunday 2nd July: MB Cadet (15 to 16 years): 20km; 35km; 60km;
  • Sunday 2nd July: MB Enduro 6 speciales;
  • Sunday 2nd July: MB Kids McDonald’s (from 7 to 14 years);
  • Sunday 2nd July: MB FTT: for fauteuils tout terrain FTT);
  • Sunday 2nd July: E-BIKE MB Classic: 20km; 35km; 50km with your VTT électrique;

See here to sign up and for more details.


Montreux Jazz Festival 2017 (51ème édition) – 30th June to 15th July
© Montreux Jazz Festival

This internationally plaudited festival is back for its 51st edition this summer, with artists Fleet Foxes, The Lumineers, The Pet Shop Boys, Morcheeba & Liane La Havas (amongst many others!) in attendance! See website for more details and booking.


Festival «Chemin Faisant» Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July 
Festival Chemin Faisant © chamonix.com

The Festival «Chemin Faisant» – theme: Partage(s) in Chamonix – Saturday from 10h; Sunday from 8h45  The Festival «Chemin Faisant» is an invitation to walk, to think, to philosophise, to take the time to breathe and share, while walking on some of the most beautiful paths in the Chamonix Valley / globalisation, arrival in the Anthropocene Era, climate change . . . all of these things have made us modify our vision of our world, our way of living, living on Earth . . . from now on, we need to learn to concentrate on the collective, which has disappeared over the last 30 years / the theme of sharing: the renaissance of alpages, shared gardens . . . / see www.festivalcheminfaisant.com for more details;


«Cuisine mon Village» (7ème édition) in Megève – Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July 
Cuisine mon Village © megeve.com

«Cuisine mon Village» 7ème édition – Esplanade de la patinoire de plein aire MegèveSaturday from 17h and Sunday from 10h – stands for tasting food; pétanque competition; music; cooking classes for children; wooden games / some restaurants participating in event / ticket bouchée gourmande: 2€ – buy on-site;


Spartan Race Morzine – Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July
The Spartan Race in Morzine © spartanrace.fr / morzine.com

The Spartan Race Morzine – Palais des Sports – Morzine – the Spartan Race is one of the world leaders in obstacle races and there are some races organised for children! / for more information see: www.spartanrace.fr;


Les Journées des Saltimbanques in Bonneville (Festival des Arts de Rue) – Friday 30th June & Saturday 1st July
© OCA Bonneville

«Les Journées des Saltimbanques» is a fun and family-oriented festival all about street performance! You’ll find plenty of exciting shows: burlesque, poetry, juggling, acrobatics, comedy, performances, all original! For the programme, see here.


Saturday 1st JulyChamonix MarketChamonix – from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 1st JulyJournée Portes Ouvertes du Secours en Montagne  DZ des Bois Chamonix 10h to 17h – helicopter demonstrations from 11h to 15h, entertainment, buvette, climbing wall / free parking at Flégère;

Journée Portes Ouvertes du Secours en Montagne © pghm

Saturday 1st JulyLes Ateliers Globules Radio – Chamonix – the association LE FIL DE L’ARVE organises workshops for children in the Chamonix Valley: first steps into the radio profession / aimed at 8 to 15 year olds / workshops with professionals with the aim of making a programme together / more information: www.globule-radio.fr / address: Les Ateliers de Globule Radio, 154 Avenue de Courmayeur, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Globule Radio © chamonix.com / Globule Radio

Saturday 1st JulyConcert from l’Ensemble Calade Protestant ChurchChamonix20h30 – Brahms, Bach, Boccherini / see here for more details;

Saturday 1st July – «Chemin des contes»Chez MaxServoz19h30 – Françoise Layani will recite tales from around the world / music from Qanûn and mezze to taste! / address: rue du Bouchet, Servoz;

© chez Max /chamonix.com

Saturday 1st JulyInitiation Qi Qong at the Jardin des Cimes Plateau d’Assy10h to 12h – 15+ years (cancelled in the event of bad weather);

Saturday 1st July La Journée du Trail Mountain Store  Passy  from 10h  races, talks, equipment testing;

La Journée du Trail © Mountain Store

Saturday 1st July – Fête de l’École – École de Marlioz – Amicale Laïque des Écoles de Passy-Marlioztel: 06 10 77 28 26;

Saturday 1st July – Fête de quartier Les Prés Montfort, Marliozfrom 14h to 21h30 / tel: 04 50 44 74 00 or contact@oph74.fr;

Saturday 1st July Sallanches Market Quais de la Sallanches 8h to 13h  the largest market in the valley: food; gardening; fashion;

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July – Les F’estivales de Sallanches: watercolour exhibition/pictures/paintings (Les Amis de Vouilloux)Ancienne PosteSallanches;

Saturday 1st July – Les F’estivales de Sallanches: «La Grimpée de Cordon» (1ère édition) – amateur bike race from Sallanches to CordonRDV: 17h30 Place de la Grenette for a 18h start in front of l’Hôtel de Ville / organised by the Vélo Club Sallanches / evening dancing afterwards, with music by Délit Majeur: 20h La Grenette (buvette and snacks available) / tel: +33 (0)6 08 78 63 83;  website: www.veloclub-montblanc.com/home;

La Grimpée de Cordon bike race  © Vélo Club Sallanches / sallanches.fr

Saturday 1st July – Les F’estivales de Sallanches: «Alp’ show Dance fait son cinéma!»dance show – Salle Léon CurralSallanches – 20h;

Saturday 1st JulyPhotography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages – Chalet des CréateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains – 15h30 to 17h30 – price: 45€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Saturday 1st July – «Journées Sal’Mômes» au Refuge de SalesSixt-Fer-à-Cheval – fun day for children (6 to 14 years) with plenty of workshops at this family-friendly refuge / reservations required: 09 88 18 42 93 / FREE! / the refuge also has fun sheets for children to download for your walk up there; see website for more details! / another suggestion is to head up there with donkeys: http://www.anesduhautgiffre.com;

from Saturday 1st July«Hors  les Murs»: Le Chariot de la microscopie itinéranteParc de la Perle du Lac – Geneva – until 31st August – observation with a magnifying glass or microscope – all the magical findings of nearby / FREE and for all!


Sunday 2nd JulyVintage cars on showPlaine-Jouxmore than 100 cars;

Sunday 2nd JulyLes F’estivales de Sallanches: Vintage cars on show – Pré de Foire/La GrenetteSallanchesfrom 7h30 to 16h;

Sunday 2nd JulyVide Grenier – Quais de Sallanches – Basketball Club of Sallanches (SBC)6h to 18h;

Sunday 2nd JulyVolleyball Tournament: Le Tournoi de Volley du Mont-Blanc – Club de Passy Sallanches Volley’s summer tournament – Terrain de RugbySallanches9hprice: 33€ (for a team of three adults) / inscriptions: tournoivolleymontblanc@gmail.com;

Sunday 2nd JulyWelcome Drinks Apéritifs – Cordon11h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 2nd JulyWalk & Story: «Arbre, Raconte-moi ta Forêt»Thorens-Glière16h to 18h30 – come and discover, from the roots to the tree tops, the world of trees and their inhabitants, in the Glière woods – adults and children from 6+ years – RDV Parking de la Maison du Plateau / reservations: FRAPNA 09 72 52 92 26  or thibault.goutin@frapna.org;

Sunday 2nd JulyNight-time walk aux Glières – Le Petit-Bornand-les-Glières20h30 to 22h30 – a sensory night-time walk in the imagination of our forests; the noises, smells and textures – adults and children from 8+ years – RDV car park next to Chez Régina restaurant / reservations: FRAPNA 09 72 52 92 26  or thibault.goutin@frapna.org;


Sunday 2nd July in Geneva

*Museums, including their temporary exhibitions, are FREE on each first Sunday of the month in Geneva!* See here for more details about this fantastic initiative!*

Sunday 2nd July – «Fourmis»  new temporary exhibition  Muséum (Natural History Museum)  Geneva  after the tremendously HUGE dinosaur exhibition, it’s time to put the spotlight on little ANTS! / among other things, the giant anthill Atta, which was on show at the museum back in 1977! / see here for more details;

«Fourmis» – the new temporary exhibition at the Muséum in Geneva © Muséum / Ville de Genève

Sunday 2nd July Guided visit: «Les arts aborigènes d’Australie»  MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève) – 11h15 to 12h15 – FREE! / no reservations required / limited places available / a guided visit of the temporary exhibition / see here for more details;

«L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie» at the MEG © MEG
Sunday 2nd July – Petits Rendez-Vous: «Miroir, mon beau miroir, dis-moi. . . » / «Mirror, mirror, on the wall . . .»  MAMCO  Geneva  11h15 – fun & interactive guided tours at the MAMCO, in French and English / duration: 45 mins / for 5 to 10 year olds, with an accompanying adult / highly recommended by the MBFF team! / see here for more details / address: 10 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, CH-1205, Genève; tel: +41 22 320 61 22; website: www.mamco.ch;
Petits Rendez-Vous at the Mamco © montblancfamilyfun

Monday 3rd July Marché Les Houches  Place behind Mairie  Les Houches  8h to 13h – local products;

Monday 3rd JulyLes Promenades Photo de Theresa: “la magie d’une tourbière par la lumière de fin d’après-midi – Le Coupeau, Les Houches – 16h – RDV Parking de la gare SNCF des Houches, 440 route de la Gare, 74310, Les Houches / price: 30€ per person / reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42 / see here for more details;

Monday 3rd JulyConcert: Shri Blues Band – Hôtel Le BuetLe Buet18h – American Blues band / reserve to eat at the hotel: +33(0)4 50 54 60 05 / website: http://www.hotelbuet.com;

Monday 3rd JulyPhotography Workshop (digital cameras)by Byzance Photos ReportagesJardin des Cimesfrom 10h – duration: workshops 2 hours long / learn the basics of digital photography in a beautiful spot, a garden opposite Mont-Blanc / for amateurs and beginners / included: presentation about photography and advice: shutter speed, depth, exposure, aperture, exercises / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy / price: entrance to gardens + 45€ for workshop / reservations: 06 34 90 14 95 or email – cleblanc@wanadoo.fr or FB messenger: “Byzance Photos Reportages” / *participants must provide their own camera! (Reflex, Bridge et Hybride) and don’t forget to put in the memory card and to charge your battery!*address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy;

Atelier Photos at the Jardin des Cimes © Byzance Photos Reportages

Monday 3rd July – Ayuverdique Massage with Cécile Jehanne – Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy – revitalising massage from Indian medicine / 20mins, 40mins or 60mins / price: 20€, 40€, 60€ + entrance to gardens / more information and reservations: 06 07 57 64 15 / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190 Plateau d’Assy;

Monday 3rd July – Board games for the family – next to Plan d’Eau BiotopeCombloux9h to midday – a morning of relaxing board games for the whole family / FREE!

Monday 3rd July – «Découverte glisses sur le pumptrack» – PumptrackCombloux14h to 18h – come and discover the new pumptrack in Combloux, a track made of tarmac, with bumps, hills and bends / all equipment can be borrowed: scooters, BMX / partner: Intersport Combloux / in the event of rain, the activities will be cancelled and games offered instead at the Tourist Office / adults must remain responsible for their children! / address: 132, route de la mairie, 74920, Combloux;

Pumptrack in Combloux © combloux.com

Monday 3rd July  Guided walk: «la Découverte de l’histoire de Cordon» Cordon 18h – traditional mountain architecture, life in the olden days / with Roselyne, guide du patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / every until 11th September 2017 / FREE! / cancelled in the event of bad weather;

Monday 3rd July  New photo exhibition (vernissage): Jérôme BALLET   Centre de la Nature Montagnarde  Sallanches – 18h30 – naturist photographer Jérôme BALLET’s photos of mountains and the flora and fauna across the Alps, in France, Italy and Spain;
Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July  Workshop & Visit: «La Croisée des Cultures» presented by les ADEM MEG  Geneva  tradional music from Egypt, South Africa, and the Tsigane / for children from 6+ years/ reservations: www.adem.ch / limited places available;   

Tuesday 4th July – Chedde (Passy), Combloux and Les Contamines markets in the morning;

Tuesday 4th JulySoirée Latino La Maison des Artistes Chamonix21h30 – every Tuesday, come for some dancing lessons from Paola Ballart at 21h30 / address: La Maison des Artistes, 84 chemin de la Tournette, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Soirée Latino at the Maison des Artistes © Maison des Artistes /chamonix.com

Tuesday 4th JulyConcert: Chœur Mandarine – Espace Animation – Les Houches – 19h – a mandarine solo by Estelle Poncet;

Tuesday 4th July – Animations Été de la Réserve Naturele de Passy: Soirée Projection – Refuge de Moëde-Anterne – Passy – 16h to 21h – an animateur from the Réserve Naturelle de Passy will show slides of mountain fauna, especially the gypaète barbu (celebrating this year 30 years since its reintroduction into nature) / bookings: OT Passy 04 50 58 80 52;

Tuesday 4th July – Meeting: «with a bee-keeper» – Cordon – 10h – discover apiculture, and learn how extraordinary bees work, how they make honey / guided visit given by Jean-Noël, a passionate bee-keeper / every Tuesday until 29th August 2017 / FREE!

Tuesday 4th July – Visit: «Scierie: à la force de l’eau» – Cordon – 14h30 – visit an old hydraulic saw mill, run by the force of water, and still in operation! / guided visit by the owner, passionate about heritage / FREE / limited to 10 places;

Tuesday 4th July – Yoga at the Plan d’Eau Biotope – Combloux – 9h30 – tel: +33 (0)7 82 87 43 57 / buy tickets from Tourist Office Combloux / price: 10€;

Tuesday 4th July – Après-midi Jeux en Equilibre – Plan-Perret (next to Plan d’Eau Biotope)Combloux – 14h to 18h – come and discover slacklines, diabolos, archery / all the equipment can be borrowed from an animateur / children remain under the responsibility of accompanying adults! / in the event of rain, activities in the Tourist Office in Combloux;

Tuesday 4th July – Spectacle de Marionettes: «Les Aventures de Guignol»2nd Floor of Tourist Office – Combloux – 18h – puppet show / price: 6€ (free for under 2 years) / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, Combloux;

Tuesday 4th July – Spectacle pour les enfants – Plan-Perret – Combloux – 18h to 19h – family entertainment every Tuesday during the summer holidays: clowns, children’s concerts, puppet shows / different show each week / outdoors, but in the event of rain the event will be transfered to the 2nd floor of the Combloux Tourist Office / duration: 45mins to 1hour / FREE! / address: Plan-Perret Combloux – 74920 (next to Plan d’Eau Biotope);

Spectacle pour les enfants à Combloux ©  combloux.com
© MAH

from Tuesday 4th to Saturday 29th July – Les F’estivales de Sallanches: exhibition «Paysan Horloger»bookshop Livres en TêteSallanches centre Zone Piétonne;

Tuesday 4th July – Guided Walk – Randonnée Aquatique: «Les Pieds dans l’Eau» – Sallanches – 8h30 to midday –  a refreshing walk, next to the water! / reservations OT Sallanches: +33 (0)4 50 58 18 03 / RDV: Parking de Lévaud;

Tuesday 4th July – Initiation Trail SallanchesRDV Parking Lévaud9h to midday / bookings: 04 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 4th July – Guided Walk: «Découverte de Sallanches» SallanchesRDV Parking Lévaud13h45 to 17h  / bookings: 04 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 4th July – Guided Visit at the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches – Sallanches – 15h – every Tuesday over the summer holidays, there will be a short guided visit of the museum for the whole family: the formation of the Alps, glaciers, seasons, flora and fauna . . .;

Tuesday 4th July – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux Sallanches – 16h30 à 19h30 – come and meet local producers, to support and encourage local agriculture and their short growing seasons, to support the local economy and to create a social link / each week there will be several local producers: le GAEC d’Arpennaz, La Ferme Victorine, Le Pain de Chibon, Le Safran du Mont-Blanc, La Roulotte à Savon, and the Légumes des Coteaux de Passy; the vin d’Ayze and l’Association Passepoils & Cie will also be present from time to time / address: GAEC Les Armaillis, 74700 Sallanches; tel: 06 63 04 32 35 / see here for more details;

Tuesday 4th JulyGuided Visit: «centre of Megève and Church»14hprice: 5€ / reservations necessary: OT de Megève;

Tuesday 4th July – Workshop Passeport-Vacances: «Devenir une oreille: enregistrer et créer du son» with Lea Tania Lo Cicero MAMCO – Geneva from 9h30 to 16h30 – for youngsters 10 to 15 years / to record, cut and mix strange and fantastic sounds harvested on a tour of the museum! / to bring: mobile phone with recorder, USB key, picnic / workshop over two day, Tuesday and Wednesday / in collaboration avec le Service des Loisirs et de la Jeunesse de l’État de Genève / to sign up:  +41 (0)22 328 55 77 or email passeport.vacances@proju.ch;

Tuesday 4th July«Qui a tué Aphrodite?» – MAH (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire)Geneva14h to 15h30 – a treasure hunt: a murder has been committed at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire! And it is up to the children to find out who killed the beautiful Aphrodite! / for children from 8 to 12 years / FREE! / reservations: Monday to Friday, 9h to 12h – +41 (0)22 418 25 00 or adp-mah@ville-ge.ch / address: Musée d’art et d’histoire, rue Charles-Galland,1206, Geneva;


Wednesday 5th July – Guided visit: «Histoire(s) d’une vallée» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 14h30 – discover how Chamonix has changed over the centuries; from rural land, through to the first summits of Mont Blanc to the development of mountain tourism / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / guided visit included in price of entry / for all public from 6 years / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Wednesday 5th July – Cinéma with Cinébus le Grand Soir: «Après les cols les alpages» documentary by Gilles PerretLes Houches – duration: 62 min / a film from the lycée agricole of Contamine-sur-Arve, the first lycée to open a “chalet d’alpage-école”, above Morzine / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 5th July – Guided Walk: «Pourquoi Vallorcine n’est pas Suisse?» and «Habitat Walser et Habitats Naturels» – Col des Montets – Vallorcine see here for more;

Wednesday 5th July – Creative Workshop from Peinture dans la Nature – Moraine d’ArgentièreArgentière  14h to 17h  every Wednesday afternoon during the summer holidays, Peinture dans la Nature is offering outdoor painting classes and creative walks around the Moraine of Argentière . . . there will be painting on stone, field and stone creations.  Art supplies and snacks will be provided and the classes are open to everyone, from 6+ years! The cost of each workshop will be 50€ per person: min 2 pers, max 8 pers, package for 3 worshops for 130€. The meeting point is at the Pharmacie des Artistes, 208 rue Charlet Straton, the old pharmacie of Argentière. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held in the studio. Reservations: Sow on + 33(0)6 60 57 94 93;

© Peinture dans la Nature

Wednesday 5th July – Initiation au yoga avec Koby Boley – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h to 10h – for beginners to more advanced, come and try out some yoga facing Mont Blanc! / free to participate / cancelled in the event of rain / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin de Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Initiation au yoga with Koby at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes

Wednesday 5th July – «Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi» – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 14h30 to 16h30 – workshops for children and families / a different theme each week pertaining to gardens and nature / price: 8,50€ per child and discounted entrance for accompanying adult (though adult presence not required) / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

«Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi» at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes

Wednesday 5th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage Gypaète Barbu»  Chemin du Col d’Anterne Passy  9h30 to 11h30;

Wednesday 5th July – Fête de l’École Municipale de Musique École Municipale de MusiqueLac de Passyfrom 17h – event will move to the Parvis des Fiz in the event of rain / tel: 04 50 93 61 61 or emmpassy@gmail.com;

Wednesday 5th July«Randonnée Famille du mercredi»: Arête des Saix  Sallanches – family walk in the Aravis Massif opposite Mont-Blanc, from the refuge de Mayères to the refuge de Doran – price: 30€ (deposit needed) / RDV Parking Lévaud and then covoirurage to Parking de Burzier / see here for more details;

Wednesday 5th JulyCafé-Ciné: «I am not your Negro» Cinéma Mont-BlancSallanches18h30 – discusion of film /  run by Université Populaire Sallanches-Passy-Haute Vallée;

Wednesday 5th JulyGuided visit: «la Collégiale et son Trésor d’Art Sacré» (church)  Sallanches17h to 19h / more details OT Sallanches;

Wednesday 5th JulyCreative Workshops  Combloux9h to midday / every Wednesday, come and get creative (painting, colouring, building . . .) / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, 74920, Combloux;

Wednesday 5th JulyChasse aux Trésors (Treasure Hunt)  Combloux14h to 17h / a treasure hunt for the whole family, to get to know Combloux! / don’t forget sunhats and a snack/water / cancelled in the event of bad weather/  address: 49 chemin des Passerands, 74920, Combloux;
Wednesday 5th July  Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 to 7 years)  Combloux  15h to 17h  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear, children will head to the Torrent d’Arbon in search of its funny inhabitants! / for children 4 to 7 years / price: 20 € / see here for more details;
Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 à 7 ans) © combloux.com
Wednesday 5th July  Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 to 12 years)  Combloux  8h30 to 12h30  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear (fishing rod, boots), children will head to Lac de Javen!  / for children 8 to 12 years / price: 40€ (including fishing permit) / see here for more details;
Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 à 12 ans) © combloux.com

Wednesday 5th July Photography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages  Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  15h30 to 17h30  price: 45€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Wednesday 5th July  Inauguration of the «Plaine de Jeux Aqualudique» – Palais de Megève swimming pool – Megève – from 10h – a taste of the holidays in Megève / open doors for all, FREE! / free snacks from 16h and surprises too! / address: 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève; tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70;

Wednesday 5th July Heure du Conte (Storytime for children) – Médiatèque – Megève – 17h – for children 3+ years / FREE! / no reservations needed / address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève; tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70; every Wednesday until 30th August;

Wednesday 5th July – Family Visit at Château-Musée d’Annecy  Annecy 14h to 16h30 – discover the castle and museum en famille – its history, its architecture and life in the Middle Ages; an interactive visit! / for children 6+ years / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 33 87 34  or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr/ price: 6,50€ / address: Musée-Château, Place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Wednesday 5th July«Hors les Murs» La Gazette des Animaux (a walk from the Muséum to the Musée d’histoire des Sciences – Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle Geneva – 11h to 16h – walk to contemplate, to write, to draw – open to everyone from 9 years / bring picnic and pencils / FREE! / reservations: cynthia.cochet@gmail.com;

Wednesday 5th July – Workshop Passeport-Vacances: «Devenir une oreille: enregistrer et créer du son» with Lea Tania Lo Cicero – MAMCO – Geneva from 9h30 to 12h30 – for youngsters 10 to 15 years / to record, cut and mix strange and fantastic sounds harvested on a tour of the museum! / to bring: mobile phone with recorder, USB key, picnic / workshop over two day, Tuesday and Wednesday / in collaboration avec le Service des Loisirs et de la Jeunesse de l’État de Genève / to sign up:  +41 (0)22 328 55 77 or
passeport.vacances@proju.ch;

Wednesday 5th July – Mini Rendez-Vous – MAMCO – Geneva – 15h15 – for youngsters 2 to 4 years with accompanying adult / duration: 20mins;

Wednesday 5th July – Petit-Rendez-Vous «dont vous êtes le héros» – MAMCO – Geneva – 15h15 – guided visits for youngsters 5 to 10 years with accompanying adult / duration: 45mins;

Wednesday 5th July«Qui a tué Aphrodite?»MAH (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire) Geneva14h to 15h30 – a treasure hunt: a murder has been committed at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire! And it is up to the children to find out who killed the beautiful Aphrodite! / for children from 8 to 12 years / FREE! / reservations: Monday to Friday, 9h to 12h – +41 (0)22 418 25 00 or adp-mah@ville-ge.ch / address: Musée d’art et d’histoire, rue Charles-Galland,1206, Geneva;

Wednesday 5th JulyGuided visit of: «Cézanne: Le Chant de la Terre» exhibition – Fondation Pierre GianaddaMartignySwitzerland20h – guided by Martha Degiacomi / address: Fondation Pierre Gianadda, rue du Forum 59, 1920 Martigny, Switzerland; tel: +41 (0)27 722 39 78 / see here for more details;


Thursday 6th JulyLes Promenades Photo de Theresa: «Trélechamps: un hameau d’alpage dans un milieu sauvage entre prairies et foretes» – Agentière – 13h20 – RDV  la gare SNCF Montroc le Planet / price: 30€ per person / reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42 / see here for more details;

Thursday 6th JulyGuided visit of Chamonix  Chamonix 10h  from its timid starts to the days of worldwide notoriety, from its mule drivers to its guides, a 2-hour guided tour through the history of Chamonix with a Guide du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / visit assured with 5 people signed up / price: adults 8€, children 5€ and under 5s FREE! / reservations with Tourist Officess of the Chamonix Valley / RDV: Office de Tourisme de Chamonix, 85 pl du Triangle de l’Amitié, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Thursday 6th JulyTalk: «Les Montagnards sont Bavards» – l’ÉtapeArgentière 18h30 – FREE! / address: L’Étape, 329 rue Charlet Straton, 74400, Argentière;

Thursday 6th July Le Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix Nocturne  19h to 20h – every Thursday evening during the summer months (until 31st August 2017), the Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix takes a night time journey: «A la découverte des villages des Bois et des Praz», leaving from La Poste in Chamonix / discover the authentic, rural villages with their typical architecture . . . discover the Pierre d’Orthaz, La Frasse, the lake in Les Praz, the little Les Praz chapel with the sun setting on Les Drus / commentary in French / maximum 60 pax / see here for more details;

Le Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix © http://www.traincham.com

Thursday 6th JulyGuided visit of Mountain StorePassy10h30 to midday – a guided tour of the concept store and the brands Quechua, Wedze and Simond / every Thursday morning until 15th September / address: Avenue Léman, Mont-Blanc, 74190, Passy;

Thursday 6th JulyRandonnée «Gros Mollets du jeudi»: Gouille des Fours   Sallanches 8h30 departure: from Parking du Lévaud for covoiturage to Parking du Lintre – walk in the heart of the Aravis Massif, searching for the Gouille des Fours / price: 30€ / reservations OT Sallanches;

Thursday 6th JulyGuided Walk with overnight in Tipi & Fondue  Sallanches price: adults 65€ / reservations Bureau des Guides de Sallanches: 04 50 58 18 03 / 06 28 27 58 65 / see here for more details;

Thursday 6th JulyGames of Skill  Plan-Perret  Combloux 14h to 18h – family fun with lots of games: Molkky (Finnish game), etc . . . / in the event of rain, the games will move to the Tourist Office in Combloux / children remain under the responsibility of accompanying adults!

Thursday 6th JulyInitiation Escalade (climbing) Cordon9h to middayprice: 22€ children (discounts for more than one child from family) / children 6 to 12 years / equipment provided, wear trainers or climbing shoes / reservations: Cordon Tourisme – 04 50 58 01 57;

Thursday 6th JulySaint-Gervais-les-Bains morning market 8h to 13h;

Thursday 6th July l’Heure du Conte – Bibliothèque – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  11h – for children 4 to 8 years – every Thursday until 31st August – by Conseil des Sages de la Commune / address: Bibliothèque Municipale Fernand Braudel, 450 avenue du Mont d’Arbois, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

l’Heure du Conte in Saint Gervais © OT Saint Gervais

Thursday 6th JulyThursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Une Famille Heureuse» (Georgia, Germany, France, VOST) – Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30price: adults 5€ / see full July schedule on the MJC website / cinema;

Thursday 6th JulyGuided Visit: «The Calvaire»Megève17h – a site of pilgrimage, inspired by the Calvaire in Varallo in Val Sesia, Megève’s Calvaire is unique in Rhône-Alpes / reservations: OT Megève (Edouard Apertet)  / address: Montée du Calvaire, 74120, Megève;

Thursday 6th JulyGuided Tour: «Praz-sur-Arly la Créative»Praz-sur-Arly 10h to 11h30;
«Praz-sur-Arly la Créative» © OT Praz-sur-Arly

Thursday 6th JulyRencontre en RefugeSixt-Fer-à-Cheval 16h – discover the flora and fauna near the Alfred Wills Refuge; followed by an evening talk / from 6+ years / FREE (apart from refuge costs) / RDV Refuge Alfred Wills / reservations: ASTERS or 06 17  54 33 78;


Samoëns American Festival – Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July
Samoëns American Festival © samoens.com

Four days to live on a Western: the Samoëns American Festival will have country music, line dancing, workshops and horse shows . . . in the Alps! So put on your cowboy boots and head on down! For more information and the programme see here.


Celtica Festival – from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July
Celtica Valle d’Aosta © Celtica / Valle d’Aosta

Celtica is the festival of international Celtic music, art & culture, taking place from the 6th to 9th July in the Pouterey Woods of Val Veny (at the foot of Mont-Blanc), in Courmayeur and in Aosta!  The programme features hundreds of artists from different Celtic countries and there will be: parades, concerts, dance and theatre performances, exhibitions, workshops and more.  Entertainment by and for adults and children alike. For the full programme, see here.


 Festival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc (20ème édition): «Les Feux Baroques Embrasent le Monde» – Friday 7th to Thursday 20th July 
Festival Baroque © http://www.festivalmontblanc.fr

This is the 20th edition of the Festival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc and there will be entertainment up and down the valley for the whole family, in the churches and beyond . . . For more details see website.


Mont-Blanc Festilac – Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July 
Mont-Blanc Festilac © montblancfestilac.com

Organised by the Comité des Fêtes de Passy, this event will take place at the Base de Loisirs des Îles (Lac de Passy!): Friday from 18h15 and Saturday from 10h30. There will be concerts, entertainment for children, food and fireworks. More information: tel: 06 38 03 51 30 and www.montblancfestilac.com;


Friday 7th July – «Les Alpages en Fêtes»: Transhumance moutons et chèvres (seasonal moving of sheep and goats) – Domaine de BalmeLe Tour, Argentière15h – FREE! / a herd of 600 sheep and goats and their shepherd Jean-Luc Pitra with his dogs / from Le Tour towards Parking du Lognan for Les Foulées du Sel; descent via Montroc and then chemin des Biens and chemin de la Moraine until the Pierre à Capon;

Friday 7th July – «les apéros’jardin» at the Jardin des Cimes  Plateau d’Assy 18h30 until 22h30  FREE entrance to terrace (donations welcomed) – cancelled in the event of bad weather / rap evening with Frères De Plumes, Rou Le Rou, and La S’naï;
Jardin des Rimes © http://www.jardindescimes.com / Le Café des Cimes

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th JulyVide Greniers Conta’CleanLac de Passy car park – from 6h to 18h;

from Friday 7th to 26th July – Les F’estivales de Sallanches: exhibition of Sallanchards paintersAncienne Poste Sallanches;

Friday 7th July Guided Visit: Laurenzio, granite worker Combloux  17h to 17h45  visit the granite factory and learn about the graniteurs’ work and what they make / price: 15€ and FREE for under 15s / address: 340, route de la Barme, 74920, Combloux;

Friday 7th July Sports Afternoon Plan-Perret Combloux 14h to 18h  lots of different sports workshops for you to try out! / children remain under the responsibility of accompanying adults!

Friday 7th July Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Friday and Wednesday over the summer;

Friday 7th July Canyoning Torrent de Balme Cordon 13h30 – jumping, swimming, keeping cool in the waters of the Balme; natural slides, abseiling / for adults and children 10+ years / reservations: Cordon Tourisme on 04 50 58 01 57 or / every Friday in the summer;

Friday 7th July – Concert from l’Ecole de Musique de ChamonixEglise de Cordon – 17h;

Friday 7th July – Morning market in MegèvePlace du VillageMegève8h to 13h;

Friday 7th July – Contes & MagieMagie: «Family Cabaret» – Parc MontessuitAnnemasse17h, 18h and 19h – for children 3 to 10 years / free entertaiment for little ones during the summer months!


Yvoire Jazz festival – Friday 7th & Saturday 8th of July
Yvoire Jazz Festival © yvoirejazzfestival.com

A jazz weekend in this picturesque Medieval town on the shores of Lac Léman! Sidney Bechet Memories, Electrophazz, Djangologie, Marcos Jimenez Quintet, Zynga Trio, The Funky Associates, Gotam Project, Big Band Conservatoire Evian, Thonon Jazz Big Band . . . see here for more details.


Saturday 8th JulyChamonix MarketChamonixfrom 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 8th JulyRe-opening of outdoor swimming pools Centre Sportif Richard Bozon Chamonix – from 10h to 19h  open until 3rd September / 50m pool, pantaglisse, children’s pool, paddling pool / buvette and snack bar open 12h to 18h / meanwhile, the indoor pool will be shutting for repair works on 7th July, with the sauna, hammam, gym, climbing wall and changing rooms remaining open;

Saturday 8th JulyInauguration of new PumptrackServoz10h – inauguration, explanations and apéritifs! / address: chemin de la Grangiat (next to tennis courst);

Saturday 8th July – «l’Atelier Photographie: Special Kids» La Maison de la Mémoire et Patrimoine Janny Couttet – Chamonixfrom 14h to 18h – make a camera, take pictures and create a little book / by the association Image Temps / price for children: 5,90€ (+ 15€ adhésion) and adults: 15€  / reservations needed: 04 50 54 78 55 or accueilmmp@chamonix.fr / address: Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine, 90 rue des Moulins, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

© Maison de la Mémoire et Patrimoine Janny Couttet / Image Temps

Saturday 8th July – «Les Alpages en Fêtes»: Les Foulées du Sel à la Pendant – LognanArgentière8h – free event, to support the alpages of Chamonix Mont-Blanc / 350kg of salt are carried up to the Alpage de la Pendant to a herd of 1000 goats and sheep who will pass the summer months there / the aim is to concretise the links between village and mountain, sportsmen and alpagistes, to share a passion of altitude / open to everyone / you need to sign up: http://www.echoalp.com or OT Argentière: 04 50 54 02 14;

Les Foulées du Sel © Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc / http://www.echoalp.com

Saturday 8th JulyNature Dance’Apéro Gorges de la Diosaz Servoz 9h to 21h30 – a visit to the gorges, followed by a workshop provided by Plantes Magiques (make your own Calendula balm with natural products), followed by a dance class with Zumba & Salsation, and then apéros provided by Les Bocaux d’Hélène / open to all from 3+ year! / price: adults 30€, children 15€; also the possibility to mix n match workshops/visit! / more information & reservations: andreimoni.chx@gmail.com or 06 23 21 46 63 (Monica) or FB Zumba & Salsation Chamonix;

Saturday 8th JulyOpéra de Lyon sur Grand Ecran: «Viva la Mamma» Place du Mont-Blanc – Chamonix 21h30 – FREE! / with the choirs and orchestras of l’Opéra de Lyon / bring your own lounge chairs and blankets for more comfort!
Saturday 8th July  Pot d’accueil Office de Tourisme – Les Houches from 16h30 to 18h;
© l’Opéra de Lyon

Saturday 8th JulyInitiation Qi Qong at the Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy 10h to 12h – 15+ years (cancelled in the event of bad weather);

from Saturday 8th to 27th AugustExhibition: «Paysages de Montagne»  Centre Culturel Municipal au Plateau d’Assy from 15h30 to 18h30 (shut Mondays)  vernissage Thursday 6th July / more information: tel: 04 50 78 51 64 and s.revil@mairie-passy.fr and pdf leaflet;

Saturday 8th JulyWeekend Pleine Lune – Refuge de Varan Passy – from 18h30 / menu: poulet basquaise & rice (15€/person, drinks and dessert extra) / reservations essential: 04 50 93 61 98 / and Sunday 9th July!

 

 

Weekend Pleine Lune au Refuge de Varan © Refuge de Varan

Saturday 8th July«1266 Festival» Lac Vert Plaine-Joux – 19h to 4h in the morning – electronic music festival / FREE;

Saturday 8th JulySallanches Market Quais de la Sallanches  8h to 13h  the largest market in the valley / food; gardening; fashion;

Saturday 8th JulyLes F’estivales de Sallanches: Soirée Mousse (Foam Party!)La GrenetteSallanchesfrom 20h – with DJ Théo! / 20h for under 12s and 21h30 for the bigger ones!

Saturday 8th July  «La Montagn’Hard» (9ème édition) Mont-Joly Ultra Tour Saint-Nicolas de Véroce – 3 races from 40km to 107km / more information: lamontagnhard.com;

Wednesday 8th July Photography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages  Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  15h30 to 17h30  price: 45€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

La Mégevanne © megève.com

Saturday 8th July  «La Mégevanne» Race – 17h30 à 20h – this race for LADIES is named after the ladies of Megève! / 7,5km and a dénivelé of 350m, a race to get to know the nature of Megève! / price: 20€ or 35€ for 2! / sign up: www.trailrunexpo.com/megevanne;

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July  Final of Stihl Timbersports France Championships: «Kiss my Axe» – international competition of lumberjack sports, with roots in Canada, Australia, New Zealand & USA – skill with an ax in 6 disciplines / force, endurance and handling of ax!

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th JulyConcours de Peinture en Plein Air: «Les Rues de Megève»Megève  open to amateurs / sign up by 30th June / price: 10€;

© megève.com

Tadasana Yoga Festival in Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July
Tadasana Yoga Festival in Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval © sixtferacheval.com

A weekend dedicated to yoga, meditation and well-being in Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval! A huge yoga session is planned in Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval on Sunday 9th July at 10h (free), there will be a well-being market and plenty of workshops for adults and children!  See website and programme.


La Petite Université à Chamonix – launch afternoon on Sunday 9th July
La Petite Université à Chamonix © http://www.lapetiteuniversite.net

La Petite Université à Chamonix will be launching their new project in the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié in Chamonix on Sunday 9th July, with plenty of entertainment for the whole family (workshops, quizzes, wine tasting!) . . . you can discover what it has on offer for its année universitaire 2017-2018 and meet the teachers too: philosophy, literature, sociology, glaciology, languages . . . the afternoon kicks off at 14h30 and it sounds great; culture and learning surrounded by our majestic mountains!


Sunday 9th July – «Les Alpages en Fête»: “Enmontagnée” à l’alpage de Blaitière – 8h to 17h –  Julien, shepherd and cheese-maker, will take his goats and sheep up to the alpage and he is inviting you to join him and come and learn about his work! / entertainment in the forest and on the alpage along the way / RDV: Parking du Planard / from 8+ years / to bring: hiking clothes and picnic / FREE! / reservations: 07 78 24 96 77;

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc / servoz.com

Sunday 9th July – Concert: Whitby and Neston High School Place du Village – Argentière15h – FREE!

Sunday 9th July Mam’zelle Pastel at le Parc de Merlet Animal ParkLes Houches13h30 to 16h – face-painting – FREE (once in the park);

Sunday 9th July«2017 Alpages en Fête»Film: «Une montagne peut-elle en cacher une autre?» – Salle du BicentenaireChamonix18h30 – a film by Catherine Benzoni Grosset et Jean Franco / FREE!

Sunday 9th JulyWorkshop: «Découverte plantes et cosmétiques: crèmes et laits»Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h30 – make a day cream and a body cream / price: 30€ / reservations / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Sunday 9th JulyWorkshop: «Do-In» Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h to 10h – an auto-massage session, which allows the body to relax due to pressure applied to certain points, stretches, and vibrations; a way to soothe small aches & pains and to relax / bring your own mats / no reservations needed / from 8+ years! / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

«Au Sommet du Goût» in Praz sur-Arly © OT Praz sur-Arly

Sunday 9th July  Pot d’Accueil (welcome drinks) Combloux 18h;

Sunday 9th JulyWelcome Drinks Apéritifs – Cordon 11h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 9th JulyBraderie de Livres – centre of village – Cordon 9h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 9th JulyPot d’Accueil Esplanade Marie-Paradis – Saint-Gervais18h30 to 20h;

Sunday 9th July«Au Sommet du Goût»Praz sur-Arly18h;

Sunday 9th JulyPot d’AccueilPraz sur-Arly – presentation of the weekly activities on offer in Praz-sur-Arly;


Traversée du Lac de Passy (4ème édition) by Mont-Blanc Natation – Sunday 9th July
La Traversée du Lac de Passy © Mont Blanc Natation

The summer crossing of Lac de Passy!  There are 3 options of traversées: 500m (la Découverte); 1500m (la Traversée); 3000m (le Tour du Lac). The race will take place in the morning from 6h30 to 14h. For more information and to sign up: Mont Blanc Natation – 04 50 58 27 22; 06 08 78 63 83 (Yann Marangone).


Festival Baroque: Children’s Workshops – Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th July 
© Festival Baroque du Pays du Mont Blanc / sallanches.com

These children’s workshops (durations 1h to 1h30) will be taking place in the Centre Loisirs in Les Houches:

  • Monday 10th July: musical games Baroque style;
  • Tuesday 11th July: little musical springboard  “et toi c’est quoi ta musique?”;
  • Wednesday 12th July: the ensemble Vedado Musica in Chamonix Church;

Workshop: «Artistes en Herbe» at L’Etape in Argentière – Monday 10th to Thursday 13th July
«Artistes en Herbe» at the Etape in Argentière © L’Etape, Argentière

L’Etape in Argentière is organising a creative workshop for children aged 7 to 12 years from the 10th to the 13th July, on the themes Nature & Environment. The workshop will run in the afternoon, from 14h to 17h30, with a snack included, for 10€.  There will be a show for the end of the workshop. Reservations (places limited): contact@letape-argentiere.com; 06 78 53 59 06 / address: 329 rue Charlet Straton, 74400, Argentière;


Semaine Famille Plus in Thonon-les-Bains – Monday 10th to Sunday 16th July
Semaine Famille Plus in Thonon-les-Bains © thononlesbains.com

A week dedicated to children and families, not too far from the Pays du Mont-Blanc – lots of entertainment next to the lake.  See here for the whole programme.


Monday 10th July – Children’s Workshop: «Grave ta carte» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 16h – draw, engrave, colour . . . then send! / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / for children from 4+ years / price: 4€ / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Monday 10th July Marché Les Houches  Place behind Mairie  Les Houches – 8h to 13h – local products;

Monday 10th July Cross Relais Nocturne (6ème édition)  Place du Triangle de l’Amitié  Chamonix  20h – this is the 6th edition of this night-time relay race hosted by the Club du Chamonix Mont-Blanc Marathon.  Teams are composed of two people (6 boucles of 800m)  / at 19h there is a race for children (8 to 15 years): 3 or 5 boucles of 300m, depending on age / prizes for children and cold buffet after the races / sign-up on site from 18h (medical certificate or relevant insurance forms for longer runs) / price: adults 5€; children 3€ (12 to 15 years); FREE for 8 to 11 year olds (all receive medal and ice-cream!) / for more information: 06 17 59 82 42 or www.cmbm.asso.fr;

Relais Nocturne de Chamonix © cmbm.asso.fr

Monday 10th JulyPhotography Workshop (digital cameras)by Byzance Photos ReportagesJardin des Cimesfrom 10h – duration: workshops 2 hours long / learn the basics of digital photography in a beautiful spot, a garden opposite Mont-Blanc / for amateurs and beginners / included: presentation about photography and advice: shutter speed, depth, exposure, aperture, exercises / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy / price: entrance to gardens + 45€ for workshop / reservations: 06 34 90 14 95 or email – cleblanc@wanadoo.fr or FB messenger: “Byzance Photos Reportages” / *participants must provide their own camera! (Reflex, Bridge et Hybride) and don’t forget to put in the memory card and to charge your battery!*address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy;

Atelier Photos at the Jardin des Cimes © Byzance Photos Reportages

Monday 10th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage Gypaète Barbu»  Parapente departure area Plaine-Joux  14h – on a little walk, the animateurs of the Réserve will explain the nature surrounding you;

Monday 10th July – Ayuverdique Massage with Cécile Jehanne – Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assyfrom 10h – revitalising massage from Indian medicine / 20mins, 40mins or 60mins / price: 20€, 40€, 60€ + entrance to gardens / more information and reservations: 06 07 57 64 15 / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190 Plateau d’Assy;

Monday 10th JulyFilm: «Felicité» (2017; France, Belgium, Senegal) by Alain GomisCinema du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 20hduration: 2h03;

Monday 10th July  Guided visit of church Combloux;

Monday 10th July  Board games for the family near Plan d’Eau BiotopeCombloux 9h to midday – a relaxing morning of board games for the whole family / FREE!

Monday 10th July  «Découverte glisses sur le pumptrack» – Pumptrack Combloux14h to 18h – come and discover the new pumptrack in Combloux, a track made of tarmac, with bumps, hills and bends / all equipment can be borrowed: scooters, BMX / partner: Intersport Combloux – in the event of rain, the activities will be cancelled and games offered instead at the Tourist Office / adults must remain responsible for their children! / address: 132, route de la mairie, 74920, Combloux;

Pumptrack in Combloux © combloux.com

Monday 10th July  Guided walk: «la Découverte de l’histoire de Cordon» – Cordon 18h – traditional mountain architecture, life in the olden days / with Roselyne, guide du patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / every Monday from 12th June to 11th September 2017 / FREE! / cancelled in the event of bad weather;

Monday 10th July Jeu du Piste: «Les deux mots mystères»Saint-Gervais-les-Bains15h to 17h – treasure hunt to figure out the two mystery words / FREE / address: Le Parc Thermal, 355 allée du Dr Lépinay, Le Fayet, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

Monday 10th JulyRefuge Talk: «Le Glacier de Tré-la-Tete, un site atelier pour la recherche»Les Contamines-Montjoie18h to 21h – come and spend a unique evening in a refuge and hear a talk about the glacier of Tré-la-Tete / see pictures of the evolution of glaciers from the Middle Ages to today! / RDV Refuge des Conscrits / FREE (apart from refuge costs) / from 10+ years / reservations: 04 79 89 09 03;


Coupe du Monde Escalade in Chamonix – Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th July
Coupe du Monde Escalade in Chamonix © chamonixsport.com

Climbing competitions in speed and difficulty categories, and fireworks at the end!  And there will be lots of entertainment for children set up in the Place du Mont Blanc, in the centre of Chamonix. For the full programme, see here.


Tuesday 11th July – Chedde (Passy), Combloux and Les Contamines markets in the morning;

Tuesday 11th July  Children’s workshop: «Secrets des Plantes, pour les enfants»  Musée du Lieutenant  Servoz  9h to 12h – head out to discover the plants of the alpine fields! / for children 8+ years / price: 4€ (parents welcome for free) / limited places / reservations with OT: 04 50 47 21 68;

Tuesday 11th July  Creative Workshop: «Tricoti, Tricota, Tricotons»  Musée Montagnard  Les Houches  16h to 18h – after discovering the rooms of the museum, and the objects linked to wool and spinning, have a go at knitting! / for adults and children 6+ years / price: 2,50€ / limited places, reservations: 07 60 04 14 26;

Tuesday 11th July  Festival Des Cimes et des Notes: raid musical à Chamonix  Refuge du Plan de l’Aiguille  Chamonix 14h  youngsters from Australia and Spain will be playing classical music / FREE / www.des-cimes-et-des-notes.fr;

Tuesday 11th JulyTalk: «Evolution de la notion de la patrimoine» Salle CommunalleVallorcine18h – the idea of patrimoine has evolved since the revolution; a talk about this evolution with Frédéric Thouny, Directeur du patrimoine des Pays de l’Ain;

Tuesday 11th JulySoirée rencontre with Claude Gardien Espace Guérin Chamonix 18h – Lecture, débat, dédicace, pot de l’amitié for the book “Frère d’Altitude” / address: 30 Avenue du Mont Blanc, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Tuesday 11th JulySoirée Latino – La Maison des Artistes Chamonix21h30 – every Tuesday, come for some dancing lessons from Paola Ballart at 21h30 / address: La Maison des Artistes, 84 chemin de la Tournette, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Soirée Latino at the Maison des Artistes © Maison des Artistes / chamonix.com

Tuesday 11th July«2017 Alpages en Fête»Théatre: «Lognan c’était comment “avant les Grands”?»Salle CommunaleArgentière 20h30 – theatre by l’association Le Petit Théâtre d’Argentière / FREE!

Tuesday 11th July Meeting: «with a bee-keeper»  Cordon 10h  discover apiculture, and learn how extraordinary bees work, how they make honey / guided visit given by Jean-Noël, a passionate bee-keeper / every Tuesday until 29th August 2017 / FREE!

Tuesday 11th July Yoga at the Plan d’Eau Biotope  Combloux 9h30  tel: +33 (0)7 82 87 43 57 / buy tickets from Tourist Office Combloux / price: 10€;

Tuesday 11th July – Football Tournament  Combloux  14h to 18h – friendly match for teams of four / RDV: City Stade;

Tuesday 11th July Cinema evening Tourist Office Combloux 18h – different film on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month / FREE!

Tuesday 11th July – Spectacle pour les enfants – Plan-Perret – Combloux – 18h to 19h – family entertainment every Tuesday during the summer holidays: clowns, children’s concerts, puppet shows / different show each week / outdoors, but in the event of rain the event will be transfered to the 2nd floor of the Combloux Tourist Office / duration: 45mins to 1hour / FREE! / address: Plan-Perret, 74920, Combloux (next to Plan d’Eau Biotope);
Spectacle pour les enfants à Combloux ©  combloux.com

Tuesday 11th July – Initiation Trail SallanchesRDV Parking Lévaud9h to midday / bookings: 04 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 11th July – Guided Walk: «Découverte de Sallanches» – SallanchesRDV Parking Lévaud 13h45 to 17h / bookings: 04 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 11th JulyGuided Walk: «Tour des Belvedères Sallanches»Sallanches – 4 day hike – see here for more details;

Tuesday 11th July – Guided Visit at the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches – Sallanches – 15h – FREE! / every Tuesday over the summer holidays there will be a short guided visit of the museum for the whole family: the formation of the Alps, glaciers, seasons, flora and fauna . . .

Tuesday 11th JulyFestival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc  Children’s Workshop: «Sounds in nature» – Centre de la Nature Montagnarde – Sallanches – 14h to 18h30reservations: 04 50 58 58 50 – price: workshop included in museum entry;

Tuesday 11th July – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux – Sallanches – 16h30 à 19h30 – come and meet local producers, to support and encourage local agriculture and the short growing seasons, to support the local economy and to create a social link / each week there will be several local producers: le GAEC d’Arpennaz, La Ferme Victorine, Le Pain de Chibon, Le Safran du Mont-Blanc, La Roulotte à Savon, and the Légumes des Coteaux de Passy; the vin d’Ayze and l’Association Passepoils & Cie will also be present from time to time / address: GAEC Les Armaillis, 74700, Sallanches; tel: 06 63 04 32 35 / see here for more details;

Tuesday 11th JulyCharlotte la Marmotte at the ice-skating rink (Jardin de Glace) – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – 17h à 19h;

© OT St Gervais

Tuesday 11th JulyWorkshop: «making a dream-catcher» – Chalet des CréateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains – price: 6€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 Route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75

Tuesday 11th JulyTalk: «Cézanne» by Martha Degiacomi Médiathèque – Megève20h price: 5€ – in conjunction with the current exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny;

Tuesday 11th July – Visit & Workshop for children at Château d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine : mon petit théâtre» – Annecy14h to 16h30 – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the work of the Chinese artist Ye Linghan, and will then create figures to animate in a miniature theatre / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€/ address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th July – Passeport-Vacances: «L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie» – MEG – Geneva – 14h to 17h – make your own boomerang and get it to fly! / for older children / limited places available / see here for more details;


«Il était une fois: Le Far West» (12ème édition) – from Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th July 
«Il était un fois: Le Far West» ©  megeve.com

For the 12th edition of this event, cowboys are setting up camp in Megève, in the Jardin du Musée de Megève (address: 66 rue du Comte de Capré, 74120, Megève).  Some of the workshops: «La tente du yankee» – a talk about the Far West, its history; «Arcs et tomahawks» – learn about the Amerindian bow and arrow (for 7 to 14 year olds); «Les jeux sur table» – board games for all! «Les jeux d’adresse»: cornhole, chamboultou, jeu de quilles; «Les jeux amérindiens» – games played by certain Amerindian tribes; «Les petits indien» – make and Indian headress with coloured feathers! And lots of shows! See here for the full programme.


Wednesday 12th July – Guided visit: «Histoire(s) d’une vallée» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix 14h30 – discover how Chamonix has changed over the centuries; from rural land, through to the first summits of Mont Blanc to the development of mountain tourism / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / guided visit included in price of entry / for all public from 6 years / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Wednesday 12th July – Guided Walk «Pourquoi Vallorcine n’est pas Suisse?» and «Habitat Walser et Habitats Naturels» – Vallorcine Col des Montets see here;

Wednesday 12th July – Creative Workshop from Peinture dans la Nature Moraine d’ArgentièreArgentière  14h to 17h  every Wednesday afternoon during the summer holidays, Peinture dans la Nature is offering outdoor painting classes and creative walks around the Moraine of Argentière . . . there will be painting on stone, field and stone creations.  Art supplies and snacks will be provided and the classes are open to everyone, from 6+ years! The cost of each workshop will be 50€ per person: min 2 pers, max 8 pers, package for 3 worshops for 130€. The meeting point is at the Pharmacie des Artistes, 208 rue Charlet Straton, the old pharmacie of Argentière. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held in the studio. Reservations: Sow on + 33(0)6 60 57 94 93;

© Peinture dans la Nature

Wednesday 12th July – Films & photos: «Glaciers 2017: les nouvelles fraîches» – Salle Communale Argentière 18h price: 5€ and free for children under 7 years / presented by Luc Moreau, glaciologist based in Chamonix;

Wednesday 12th July – Guided Walk: «L’Alpage de Charousse» – Musée Montagnard  Les Houches 16h – entry to museum included / limited places, resercations: 07 60 04 14 26;

Wednesday 12th July – Cinéma with Cinébus: «Les schtroumpfs et le village perdu», animated film by Kelly Asbury (USA; 2017)  Les Houches  18h duration: 1h30 / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 12th July – Cinéma with Cinébus le Grand Soir: «Ce qui nous lie» (France; 2017), a film by Cédric Klapisch, with Pio Marmai, Ana Girardot, François Civil  – Les Houches21h – duration: 1h53 min / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 12th JulyInitiation au yoga avec Koby Boley – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h to 10h – beginners to more advanced, come and try out some yoga facing Mont Blanc! / free to participate / cancelled in the event of rain / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;
Initiation au yoga with Koby at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes
Wednesday 12th July – «Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi»  Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 14h30 to 16h30 – workshops for children and families / a different theme each week pertaining to gardens and nature / price: 8,50€ per child and discounted entrance for accompanying adult (though adult presence not required) / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;
«Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi» at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes

Wednesday 12th JulyFestival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc  Children’s Workshop: «Fabrication de jouets musicaux avec les plantes» – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 14h30 to 16h30 – for children 6 to 12 years / reservations: 04 50 21 50 87 / price: workshop + entry to gardens = 8,50 €;

Wednesday 12th JulyFestival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc: guided walk and visit to Chapelle de Bay  Chapelle de Bay – Bay (Passy) – 20h30 – reservations: 04 50 58 80 52 / FREE!

Wednesday 12th JulyAnimations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage» – chemin du Lac de Pormenaz – Plaine-Joux – 13h – FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Wednesday 12th JulyAnimations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Le Monde des Abeilles»La Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy – Plaine-Joux 16h30 to 17h30 – learn all about bees with bee-keeper Bruno Cartel / FREE / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Wednesday 12th JulyVernissage of: «On est tous roi d’un pays qui n’existe pas» by Fred le Chevalier – La Crèmerie – Plateau-d’Assy 18h – exhibition to run until 16th September 2017;

© La Crèmerie, Plateau d’Assy

Wednesday 12th July – Walk: «Les trésors cachés de Sallanches» – 10h to midday – every Wednesday until 16th August – price: 6€ and free for under 12s;

Wednesday 12th July – Randonnée Famille du mercredi: «la Pierre Fendue»Sallanches8h30 to 17h – RDV Parking de Lévaud in Sallanches and then covoiturage to Parking du Lintre / cancelled in the event of bad weather / see here for more details;

Wednesday 12th July Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Friday and Wednesday over the summer;

Wednesday 12th JulyCreative Workshops  Combloux 9h to midday / every Wednesday, come and get creative (painting, colouring, building . . .) / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, 74920, Combloux;

Wednesday 12th July  Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 to 7 years)  Combloux  15h to 17h  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear, children will head to the Torrent d’Arbon in search of its funny inhabitants! / for children 4 to 7 years / price: 20 € / see here for more details;

 

Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 à 7 ans) © combloux.com
Wednesday 12th July  Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 to 12 years)  Combloux  8h30 to 12h30  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear (fishing rod, boots), children will head to Lac de Javen!  / for children 8 to 12 years / price: 40€ (including fishing permit) / see here for more details;
Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 à 12 ans) © combloux.com

Wednesday 12th JulySoirée BBQ & Concert  Combloux – BBQ from 19h and concerts from 21h / bring your own food to BBQ! /address: Plan-Perret, 74920, Combloux – BBQ from 19h and concerts from 21h;

Wednesday 12th July Après-midi Jeux en Equilibre  Plan-Perret (next to Plan d’Eau Biotope) Combloux 14h to 18h  come and discover slacklines, diabolos, archery / all the equipment can be borrowed from an animateur / children remain under the responsibility of accompanying adults! / in the event of rain, activities in the Tourist Office in Combloux;
Wednesday 12th July Les P’tits Experts de la nature workshop: «Le P’tit Éclaireur» – Centre de la Nature MontagnardeSallanches14h to 16hprice: 6€ per child / nature workshops for children (6 to 12 years) with a different theme each week! / highly recommended by the MBFF team!;
Les P’tits Experts de la Nature ©  montblancfamilyfun.com

Wednesday 12th JulyMercredi des Enfants à Saint-Gervais: spectacle Enfants: «Le Clown en Chantier»Promenade du Mont-BlancSaint-Gervais-les-Bains – 15h for activities and 18h for spectacle / will be moved to Théatre du Montjoie in the event of bad weather / tel: 04 50 47 76 08;

©  François Brin

from Wednesday 12th July to 24th Septemeber 2017Photo exhibition: «Montagnes et hauteurs» by François Brin – Maison Forte de Hautetour  Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  address: Maison Forte de Hautetour, 114 passage Montjoux, Saint-Gervais, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 47 79 80;

Wednesday 12th July Photography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages  Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  15h30 to 17h30  price: 45€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Wednesday 12th July Heure du Conte (storytime for children) – Médiatèque – Megève – 17h – for children 3+ years / FREE! / no reservations needed / address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève; tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70; every Wednesday until 30th August;

Wednesday 12th JulyGuided Walk: «Voyage au bout du Roc» Talloires-Montmin (near Annecy) – an imaginative walk that will allow you to travel . . . all the different scenery of the Roc de Chère: Meditteranean forest, Lapland, a tour in Paris . . .  / adults and children from 6+ years / RDV car park of the Réserve NAturelle, route du Golf in Echarvines / reservations: ASTERS on 04 50 66 47 59 or 06 17 54 21 68;

Wednesday 12th JulyCinéma de plein air: «Zootopie» Place de la Libération – Annemasse – snacks available on site / postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather;

Cinéma de plein air in Annemasse ©  OT Annemasse

Wednesday 12th July – Family Visit at Château-Musée d’Annecy  Annecy 14h to 16h30 – discover the castle and museum en famille – its history, its architecture and life in the Middle Ages; an interactive visit! / for children 6+ years / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 33 87 34  or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr/ price: 6,50€ / address: Musée-Château, Place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Wednesday 12th July – «Hors les Murs» La Gazette des Animaux (a walk from the Muséum to the Musée d’histoire des Sciences – Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle Geneva – 11h to 16h – walk to contemplate, to write, to draw – open to everyone from 9 years / bring picnic and pencils / FREE! / reservations: cynthia.cochet@gmail.com;

Wednesday 12th JulyGuided visit of: «Cézanne: Le Chant de la Terre» exhibition Fondation Pierre GianaddaMartigny Switzerland 20h  guided by Antoinette de Wolff / address: Fondation Pierre Gianadda, rue du Forum 59, 1920 Martigny, Switzerland; tel: +41 (0)27 722 39 78 / see here for more details;


Festi’Vallée (celebrating the Fête Nationale) – from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July
FestiVallées © chamonix.com
  • Thursday 13th JulyPlace du Mont-BlancChamonix – firework show at 22h30 – bringing to a close the Coupe du Monde d’Escalade;
  • Friday 14th JulyLa RucheVallorcine19h – entertainment & food and at 22h fireworks & dance;
  • Friday 14th JulyLac des ChavantsLes Houches19h food; 20h concert from l’Echo des Glaciers; around 22h firework show and dance;
  • Saturday 15th JulyCentre du VillageArgentière22h fireworks, followed by a dance with Diezel (buvette on-site);
  • Saturday 15th JulyPré de l’EgliseServoz 22h fireworks, food & dance Chez Max;

Celebrate throughout the valley, 5 different locations over three days!


Musilac music festival in Aix-les-Bains – from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July
© Musilac

For more details about this music festival that has been running since 2004, see website.


Thursday 13th July – Children’s Workshop: «La Mer de Glace c’est pas la mer à boire!» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 16h – after a visit, create your own beautiful glacier! / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 /  for children from 4+ years / price: 4€ / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Thursday 13th July Guided Visit of Chamonix – Chamonix10hduration: 2 hours – from its timid beginnings to its growing and spectacular worldwide notoriety, from its mule-drivers to its famoux guides, the history of Chamonix with a Guide du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / price: adults 8€, children 5€ and under 5s FREE! / reservations: Offices de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc / RDV: Office de Tourisme de Chamonix, 85 pl du Triangle de l’Amitié, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Thursday 13th July«Les Promenades Photo de Teresa»: Jardins secrets & quartiers de charme; la ville côté coeur, côté soleil – 16h – RDV Eglise St Michel, Chamonix / price: 30€ per person / reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42 / see here for more details;

Thursday 13th July«Cham Sud en Fête» Bighorn Brasserie & Monkey Bar from 16h – street food, BBQs & Mister Pop DJ set;

© Bighorn Brasserie & Monkey Bar

Thursday 13th July Les Virées Culturelles de Christine en Musique – Eglise Saint Pierre d’Argentière – Argentière 16h – during the Baroque Music Festival / with a friendly drink following the tour with musicians Caroline Chardonnet and Luc Tooten;

Thursday 13th July Workshop: cooking with local produce Maison du Lieutenant – Servoz14h to 16h – cooking with Basile! / price: adults 8€ and children 4€ / for adults  & children 8+ years limited places, reservations: 04 50 47 21 68;

© Challée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Thursday 13th July «Jeudi Jeu de Pistes»Les Houches10h to 17h – photo treasure hunt; a great way to discover Les Houches! / sign-up on-site / 17h: prize-giving and snack / address: Place du village, Les Houches;

Thursday 13th July Walk: «A la decouverte de l’Alpage de Loriaz»  RDV: Chalet d’Accueil, Réserve Naturelle, Col des Montets  Vallorcine a walk for the whole family with Alex Bruneau, accompagnateur en moyenne montagne;

Thursday 13th JulyTalk: «Les Montagnards sont Bavards»l’EtapeArgentière18h30 – Dominique Potard will speak about “L’humour dans la littérature de montagne
address: L’étape, 329 rue Charlet Straton, 74400, Argentière / FREE!

Thursday 13th JulyDîner Spectacle facing Mont-Blanc: «Rapaces à 2000m d’Altitude» – Bergerie de Planpraz Brévent – Chamonix – at 2000m altitude! / at the arrival station of the Brévent cable car / full Medieval meal (starter, main course, dessert, 1/4 wine, water and Génépi) / bird of prey show all evening with commentary by Jacques Olivier Travers (fauconnier) / view of fireworks and night-time descent back to Chamonix in the cable-car / price: adults – 85€; children (3 to 12 years) – 55€; FREE for under 3s / limited places / reservations: www.chamonix-tickets.com;

© http://www.chamonix-tickets.com

Thursday 13th July Le Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix: Visite Nocturne  19h to 20h – every Thursday evening during the summer months (until 31st August 2017), the Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix takes a night time journey: «A la découverte des villages des Bois et des Praz», leaving from La Poste in Chamonix / discover the authentic, rural villages with their typical architecture . . . discover the Pierre d’Orthaz, La Frasse, the lake in Les Praz, the little Les Praz chapel with the sun setting on Les Drus / commentary in French / maximum 60 pax / see here for more details;

Le Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix © http://www.traincham.com

Thursday 13th July Zumba outdoors with l’association Alti’Move Place du Village – Les Houches19h30 – FREE! /delayed until following day in the event of rain;

Zumba en plein air with Alti’Move © Alti’Move /leshouches.com

Thursday 13th JulyFestiVallée – Place du Mont-BlancChamonix – firework show at 22h30 – bringing to a close the Coupe du Monde d’Escalade;

Thursday 13th JulyGuided Walk: «Véran, un alpage comunal actif et plein de vie»  Sallanches 9h to 17h – a walk up to the alpage of Véran: dense forest, geological layers, alpage / for children 6+ years and adults / FREE! / RDV: Saint Martin car park / reservations: CNM on 04 50 58 32 13;

Thursday 13th JulyGuided Walk with overnight in Tipi & Fondue  Sallanches price: adults 65€ / reservations: Bureau des Guides de Sallanches: 04 50 58 18 03 / 06 28 27 58 65 / see here for more details;

Thursday 13th JulyRandonée «Gros Mollet du jeudi»: «Varan»  Sallanches 8h to 17h30 – see here for more details;

Thursday 13th JulyParcours Mini-Parc Aventure  Combloux – 14h to 18h – on your own or in a team, come and take on some challenges in the adventure playground in Combloux!

Thursday 13th JulyDéfilé et Soirée 13 juillet  Combloux 20h30 – parade with the firemen and ladies of Combloux, accompanied by l’Echo du Mont-Blanc, followed by fireworks / you can buy lanterns at the OT before the parade;

Thursday 13th JulyInitiation Escalade (climbing) Cordon9h to middayprice: 22€ children (discounts for more than one child from family) / children 6 to 12 years / equipment provided, wear trainers or climbing shoes / reservations: Cordon Tourisme – 04 50 58 01 57;

Thursday 13th JulyAnimations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Les Mystères du Lac Vert» Lac Vert  Passy  14h to 16h – get to know aobut the mysteries of the Lac Vert! Why is it green? Is it natural, is it deep? Legends and stories / for children 6+ years and adults / RDV next to restuaurant du Lac Vert / reservations: ASTERS on 04 50 90 23 07 or 06 23 43 72 66;

Thursday 13th JulyGuided walk to Bay  Chapelle de Bay – Bay (Passy) – 18h – reservations: 04 50 58 80 52 / with games for children /FREE!

Thursday 13th JulySaint-Gervais-les-Bains morning market 8h to 13h;

Thursday 13th JulyNew snow-plough & goûter  Aire de Jeux Saint-Gervais 16h;

© saintgervais.com

Thursday 13th JulyThursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Ali, la chèvre et Ibrahim» (Egypt, France)Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30price: 5€ / see full July schedule on the MJC website;

Thursday 13th JulyCreative Workshop: «Loisirs Créatifs au bord de l’eau»Le Palais Megève – Megève – creative workshops for 3 to 5 year olds / reservations: at the Palais Megève  / price: 3,50;

© Le Palais Megève

Thursday 13th JulyGuided Visit: «The Calvaire»Megève 17h – a site of pilgrimage, inspired by the Calvaire in Varallo in Val Sesia, Megève’s Calvaire is unique in Rhône-Alpes / reservations: OT Megève (Edouard Apertet)  / address: Montée du Calvaire, 74120, Megève;

Thursday 13th JulyFête Nationale Place du VillageMegève21h30;

© megeve.com

Thursday 13th JulyRencontre en Refuge  Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval from 16h – next to the Refuge de Sales, discover the flora and fauna; followed by a talk / RDV: Refuge de Sales / for children 6+ years and adults / reservations: ASTERS on 06 17 54 33 78;


Festival «Rencontres au Pays du Mont Blanc» – Friday 14th July to 21st September 2017  ®
Festival «Rencontres au Pays du Mont Blanc» © montblancphotofestival.fr

With a passion for hiking, Cendrine Dominguez has carried on from the Mont-Blanc Photo Festival with «Les rencontres au Pays du Mont-Blanc». On the programme: hikes, talks, photos and films, to discover and re-discover and get to know. Get to know the «montagne autrement» with guides; three walks have been organised and prepared to leave from different commune partners (each walk is about 3 hours long). In partnership with les Editions Guérin, meetings all summer long with authors, story-tellers, alpinists . . .

  • Friday 14th July: Sallanches;
  • Saturday 15th July: Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – Les Contamines-Montjoie;
  • Sunday 16th July: Megève – Combloux;

For more information, see website.


Megève Jazz Contest – Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July
© megeve.com

For more information, see here.


Friday 14th JulyWalk: Les Virées Culturelles de Christine (part of «2017 Alpages en fête») – «Vallorcine et ses hameaux cachés»  Vallorcine – 13h30 – using the old route, the walk will go from hamlet to hamlet to explain the unique history of the «Vallée des Ours», which has always stood out due to its isolation; Vallorcine with its original homes, different from elsewhere in the Chamonix Valley: old farms and barns, witnesses to the Germanic colonisation of yesteryear / price: 15€ / duration: 3 hours / RDV: gare SNCF du village du Buet / price:

Friday 14th JulyWalk: réserve ton vendredi «l’eau dans tous ses élements»Vallorcine14h to 17h – water in all of its forms / walk for the whole family / Col des Montets: observe, touch . . . / address: Chalet d’accueil de la réserve naturelle Col des Montets, 74660, Vallorcine;

Friday 14th JulyFestiVallée – La Ruche Vallorcine 19h – entertainment & food and at 22h fireworks & dance;

Friday 14th JulyFestiVallée  Lac des ChavantsLes Houches19h food; 20h concert from l’Echo des Glaciers; around 22h firework show and dance;

© Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Friday 14th JulyByzance Photos Stage Numérique (digital camera workshop) at the Lac Vert9h30 to 12h30 – for amateurs and beginners / come and learn the basics of digital photography at the Lac Vert / RDV: Restaurant du Lac Vert / price: 115€ / reservations: +33 (0)6 34 90 14 95;

Stage Photo Numérique by Byzance Photos Reportages © Byzance Photos Reportages

Friday 14th July – Vide Grenier by Cont’Clean – Collège de Varens – Passy – 8h30 to 18h – address: rue Paul Eluard;

Friday 14th July – Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Etonnante Nature: découvrez le monde étonnant de la nature en famille» – Lac Vert – Passy – 10h – FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 14th July – «les apéros’jardin» at the Jardin des Cimes  Plateau d’Assy 18h30 until 22h30  FREE entrance to terrace (donations welcomed) – cancelled in the event of bad weather / electro with Voodunwww.voodun.com;

«les apéros’jardin» at the Jardin des Cimes © http://www.jardindescimes.com

Friday 14th July – Canyoning Torrent de Balme – Cordon – 13h30 – jumping, swimming, keeping cool in the waters of the Balme; natural slides, abseiling / for adults and children 10+ years / reservations: Cordon Tourisme on 04 50 58 01 57 or / every Friday in the summer;

Friday 14th July – Tennis Ballon – Cordon – 17h30 to 19h – football on a tennis court! / FREE! / every Friday and Wednesday over the summer;

Friday 14th JulyCreative afternoon with Titou le Loup – Combloux14h to 18h – a fun afternoon for little ones with Titou, le p’tit loup;

Friday 14th JulyLes F’estivales de Sallanches: Fête Nationale entertainmentLa Grenette and Pré de FoireSallanchesanimations from 10h to 22h30 – military processions in the morning and flambeaux and fireworks and dance in the evening – see here for more details and precise timings;

Friday 14th JulyBal du 14 juillet – Promenade du Mont-BlancSt-Gervais-les-Bains20h;

Friday 14th JulyFestival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc Atelier Créatif «La Bretagne» – Praz-sur-Arly – 18h – to celebrate 6 years of jumelage with Roscoff;

Friday 14th July14 juillet dance & fireworks – Place de l’Eglise – Praz-sur-Arly – 22h30 – «Les couleurs du Baroque embrasent le monde», then a dance on the la place de l’Eglise;

Friday 14th July – «Hors les Murs» La Gazette des Animaux (a walk from the Muséum to the Musée d’Histoire des Sciences) – Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle Geneva – 11h to 16h – walk to contemplate, to write, to draw – open to everyone from 9 years / bring picnic and pencils / FREE! / reservations: cynthia.cochet@gmail.com;

Friday 14th JulyTalloires 14 juillet  Talloires from 21h – if you’d like to enjoy some fireworks over a lake, Talloires will be a lovely little Lac d’Annecy bay to try!

© talloires.fr

Saturday 15th JulyChamonix MarketChamonix from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 15th July Pot d’accueil  Office de Tourisme – Les Houches & Servoz from 16h30 to 18h;

Saturday 15th July FestiVallée Pré de l’Eglise  Servoz from 22h feux d’artifice – buvette in the Salle Jean Morel from 18h, run by Chez Max; the group Arriba from 19h;

Saturday 15th JulyFestiVallée  Centre du VillageArgentière22h fireworks, followed by a dance with Diezel (buvette on-site);

Saturday 15th JulyInitiation Qi Qong at the Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy 10h to 12h – 15+ years (cancelled in the event of bad weather);
Saturday 15th July «les apéros’littéraires au Jardin des Cimes»Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 16h45 to 18h30 – François Garde will present his latest work «l’Effroi» / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Saturday 15th JulySallanches Market Quais de la Sallanches 8h to 13h  the largest market in the valley / food; gardening; fashion;

Saturday 15th July Photography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages  Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  15h30 to 17h30  price: 45€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Saturday 15th July  Eisstock en Famille  Le Palais  Megève  18h to 121h  price: 3,50€ (adult/children) – a simple & fun game to play on ice; like pétanque sur glace! / no need for ice-skates! / address: 247 route uu Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève;

© megeve.com

Saturday 15th July  Guided tour: «Des Romain à nos jours»  Martigny  17h30  price: 15CH / for Roman lovers, discover Roman Martigny! / with Roman bread and wine tasting too! / RDV: Fondation Pierre Gianadda; tel: +41 27 720 49 49;

© OT Martigny

Sunday 16th July – Guided visit: «La Mer de Glace comme tu ne l’as jamais vue» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 16h – listen, observe and discover this enormous glacier! / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / FREE for children and musuem entry for adults / for children 6+ years / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Sunday 16th JulyWorkshop: «Do-In»Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h to 10h – an auto-massage session, which allows the body to relax due to pressure applied to certain points, stretches, and vibrations; a way to soothe small aches & pains and to relax / bring your own mats / no reservations needed / from 8+ years! / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Sunday 16th JulyAnimations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage» – Parapente departure – Plaine-Joux – 10h – FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Sunday 16th JulyWalk: «Traversée des Aravis» – Sallanches – 7 day  hike – see here for more details;

Sunday 16th JulyLa Fête au Village – Domancy from 11h to 19h – bouncy castle, face-painting, pony rides, games, music & dancing / cooking competitions: 11h30 to 12h “local cake” competition for youngsters up to 16 years (cakes must be left before 11h30 at the Tour Carrée and must be linked to the region; sign-up before 15th July) and from 14h to 16h Concours de Farcement Traditionnel  (for adults and youngsters 16+ years) – see FB for more details;

La Fête au Village © domancy.fr
Sunday 16th JulyCollection of Vintage Cars Combloux 10h to 18h – a spin in a car for 2€! ;
© combloux.com

Sunday 16th JulyWelcome Drinks Apéritifs – Cordon11h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 16th JulyLes F’estivales de Sallanches: Festival Baroque du Pays du Mont-Blanc avec l’Ensemble MatheusEglise St JacquesSallanches – 21h;

Sunday 16th JulyPot d’Accueil – Esplanade Marie-Paradis – Saint-Gervais18h30 to 20h;

Sunday 16th JulyRusska Show – Praz-sur-Arly – a rich Russian dance with tziganes violins and the accordionist Viatcheslav Kouprikov/ workshops, story-telling, photos depicting Siberia;

Sunday 16th JulyPot d’AccueilPraz sur-Arly18h – presentation of the weekly activities on offer in Praz-sur-Arly;

La Fête du Village in Les Contamines © lescontamines.com

Sunday 16th JulyLa Fête du VillageLes Contamines – a day to discover the history, way of life and traditions of the inhabitants of Les Contamines / programme – 11h: parade of wagons and 12h30: folkloric dance and Cor des Alpes; followed by a traditional meal, itinerant farm, ludothèque (games library), demonstrations of old métiers, tasting of local produce; 19h: dance with music from orchestra Extérieur Nuit / price: 12€ / reservations required OT Les Contamines;


Semaine de la Nature Chamonix – from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd July
© chamonix.com / chamonix-guides.com

You will need to sign up for the guided nature walks offered over this week by La Compagnie des Guides de Chamonixprice: 32 €/person;


Aravis & Cie (Le Festival des Familles à la Montagne) – 17th to 21st July
© http://www.aravisetcompagnies.com

Over 5 days, the four Aravis villages will become a huge playground based on four themes: “cycles” in la Clusaz; “art” in the Grand-Bornand, “nature attitude “ in Manigod and “air” in Saint Jean de Sixt.  Every day, there will be original sports and mountain activities for the whole family, and come the evening, one of the villages will put on events! Prices: 15€ per person for the week or 5€ per person for a day pass (offer: 3 passes for the price of 2!).  See website for more details.


Monday 17th July – Children’s Game: «Ton voyage au sommet du Mont-Blanc» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 14h30 and 16h30 – play the Jeu de l’Oie of Albert Smith to get to the summit of Mont-Blanc (careful of the crevasses!) / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / for children from 4+ years / FREE for children and museum entry for accompanying adults! / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Monday 17th July Marché Les Houches  Place behind Mairie  Les Houches – 8h to 13h – local products;

Monday 17th JulyJournée Nature dans le Vallon de Bérard – Vallorcine – 8h30 to 17h – discover the flaura and fauna of this nature reserve with a guide / RDV Le Buet car park / for adults and children 12+ years / reservations: ASTERS on 06 33 54 67 47

Monday 17th July – «2017 Alpages en fête»: archaeological talk – “Recherches archéologiques sur les alpages de Sixt – Espace d’Animiation – Les Houches  20h30  Christophe Guffont lectures on recent archaeological digs on the alpages of Sixt;

Monday 17th July – Talk & Slides: «Le Lac Baïkal» Salle Communale – Argentière  18h – under threat? Presented by Philippe Guichardaz;

Monday 17th July to Sunday 23rd July – Exhibition: «L’envol du gypaète» Maison de Village – Argentière;

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Monday 17th July«Les Promenades Photo de Teresa»: Rencontres & découvertes du Pays Walser insolite et accueillant – Vallorcine – 13h30 – RDV gare SNCF de Vallorcine / price: 30€ per person /  +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42 / see here for more details;

Monday 17th July – Histoires avec kamishibaï  La Bibliothèque  Vallorcine 17h – every Monday, storytelling at Vallorcine library / FREE!

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Monday 17th July – Ayuverdique Massage with Cécile Jehanne – Jardin des Cimes Plateau d’Assyfrom 10h – revitalising massage from Indian medicine / 20mins, 40mins or 60mins / price: 20€, 40€, 60€ + entrance to gardens / more information and reservations: 06 07 57 64 15 / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190 Plateau d’Assy;

Monday 17th July – Photography Workshop (digital cameras)by Byzance Photos Reportages Jardin des Cimesfrom 10h – duration: workshops 2 hours long / learn the basics of digital photography in a beautiful spot, a garden opposite Mont-Blanc / for amateurs and beginners / included: presentation about photography and advice: shutter speed, depth, exposure, aperture, exercises / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy / price: entrance to gardens + 45€ for workshop / reservations: 06 34 90 14 95 or email – cleblanc@wanadoo.fr or FB messenger: “Byzance Photos Reportages” / *participants must provide their own camera! (Reflex, Bridge et Hybride) and don’t forget to put in the memory card and to charge your battery!*address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy;

Atelier Photos at the Jardin des Cimes © Byzance Photos Reportages

Monday 17th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage Gypaète Barbu»  Parapente departure area Plaine-Joux  14h – on a little walk, the animateurs of the Réserve will explain the nature surrounding you / games on-site with the animateurs;

© Réserve Naturelle de Passy

Monday 17th JulyAnimated Film: «La Cabane à Histoires» (2017; France) by Célia RivièreCinéma du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 17h30duration: 50mins;

Monday 17th JulyFilm: «Rodin» (2017; France) by Jacques Doillon – Cinéma du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 20hduration: 1h59;

Monday 17th July  Board games for the family – near Plan d’Eau BiotopeCombloux 9h to midday – a morning of relaxing board games for the whole family / FREE!

Monday 17th July Les P’tits Fermiers – Combloux 17h – put on your boots and go discover the world of goats on the farm! Delphine will show you the dwarf goats, who love cuddles; you can have a go at milking too and taste the goats’ cheese! / wear boots or shoes that can get mucky! / FREE! / address: 74, chemin des Poses, Ormaret, 74920, Combloux;
Les P’tits Fermiers © combloux.com

Monday 17th July  «Découverte glisses sur le pumptrack» PumptrackCombloux 14h to 18h – come and discover the new pumptrack in Combloux, a track made of tarmac, with bumps, hills and bends / all equipment can be borrowed: scooters, BMX / partner: Intersport Combloux – in the event of rain, the activities will be cancelled and games offered instead at the Tourist Office / adults must remain responsible for their children! / address: 132, route de la mairie, 74920, Combloux;

Pumptrack in Combloux © combloux.com

Monday 17th July  Guided walk: «la Découverte de l’histoire de Cordon» – Cordon 18h – traditional mountain architecture, life in the olden days / with Roselyne, guide du patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / every Monday from 12th June to 11th September 2017 / FREE! / cancelled in the event of bad weather;

Monday 17th JulyFestival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc: treasure hunt «L’histoire du Baroque en s’amusant»  Promenade du Mont-Blanc – Saint-Gervais – 15h to 17h – treasure hunt and bouncy castle;

© saintgervais.com

Tuesday 18th July – Chedde (Passy), Combloux and Les Contamines markets in the morning;

Tuesday 18th July – Journée Nature dans les Aiguilles Rouges (Lacs Noirs) – 9h to 16h – discover the flora and fauna of this mountain reserve with a guide / RDV Plan-Praz télécabine arrival station / for children 12+ years and adults / reservations: ASTERS on 06 33 54 67 47;

Tuesday 18th July – Randonnée & «Plantes Comestibles» Les Houches – 9h / walk to and picnic at the alpage of Charousse, and a hunt for edible plants / arrival at Musée Montagnard at 15h for workshop and visit/ food tasting 16h30/17h00 / with mountain guide Emilie Paquien / places limited to 12 / 7+ years;

Tuesday 18th July – Workshop: «Secret de plantes pour les enfants» Maison du Lieutenant  Servoz 9h to midday – put yourself in the shoes of the first botanists, medical herbalists, or even witch-doctors, and then head out to search for flowers in our fields / price: 4€ (accompanying adults are welcome, for free) / organised by Maison du Lieutenant and the Communauté de communes de la Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc / limited places / reservations: 04 50 47 21 68 / info@servoz.com  address: Maison du Lieutenant, 74310, Servoz; 

Tuesday 18th July – Concert for little ones: «Tous en nœud pap’pour mon anniv’» by Xavier Stubbe Lac de Chavant Les Houches – workshop Noeud Pap at 16h and concert at 18h  audience participation encouraged! / in the event of rain, this concert will be moved to the Espace Olca;
© Xavier Stubbe /chamonix.com

Tuesday 18th July – Talk: «Les Montagnes de Maroc» Salle Communale – Argentière  18h – presented by François Viroulet, documentary-maker of l’ENSA;

Tuesday 18th July – Cinéma Plein Air Vallorcine (open-air cinema): «L’aigle et l’enfant» by Gerardo Olivares  Place de la Gare Vallorcine – 21h30 / in the event of rain, the film will be shown in La Ruche;

Tuesday 18th July Yoga at the Plan d’Eau Biotope  Combloux 9h30  tel: +33 (0)7 82 87 43 57 – buy tickets from Tourist Office Combloux / price: 10€;

Tuesday 18th July Guided Walk: «Découverte de Sallanches»  Sallanches RDV Parking Lévaud 13h45 to 17h / bookings: 04 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 18th JulyFestival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc  Children’s Workshop: «Sounds in nature» – Centre de la Nature Montagnarde – Sallanches – 14h to 18h30reservations: 04 50 58 58 50 – price: workshop included in museum entry;

Tuesday 18th July  Guided Visit at the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches  Sallanches  15h  FREE! / every Tuesday over the summer holidays will be a short guided visit of the museum for the whole family: the formation of the Alps, glaciers, seasons, flora and fauna . . .

Tuesday 18th July – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux Sallanches  16h30 à 19h30 – come and meet local producers, to support and encourage local agriculture and their short growing seasons, to support the local economy and to create a social link / each week there will be several local producers: le GAEC d’Arpennaz, La Ferme Victorine, Le Pain de Chibon, Le Safran du Mont-Blanc, La Roulotte à Savon, and the Légumes des Coteaux de Passy; the vin d’Ayze and l’Association Passepoils & Cie will also be present from time to time / address: GAEC Les Armaillis, 74700 Sallanches; tel: 06 63 04 32 35 / see here for more details;

Tuesday 18th July  Spectacle de Marionettes: «Les Aventures de Guignol» 2nd Floor of Tourist Office  Combloux – 18h – puppet show / price: 6€ (free for under 2 years) / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, Combloux;

Tuesday 18th July – Spectacle pour les enfants – Plan-Perret – Combloux – 18h to 19h – family entertainment every Tuesday during the summer holidays: clowns, children’s concerts, puppet shows / different show each week / outdoors, but in the event of rain the event will be transfered to the 2nd floor of the Combloux Tourist Office / duration: 45mins to 1hour / FREE! / address: Plan-Perret Combloux – 74920 (next to Plan d’Eau Biotope);
Spectacle pour les enfants à Combloux ©  combloux.com

Tuesday 18th JulyBouncy castle and wooden games  Le Bettex – Saint-Gervais – 10h to 12h – treasure hunt and bouncy castle;

Tuesday 18th JulyCharlotte la Marmotte at the ice-skating rink (Jardin de Glace)Saint-Gervais-les-Bains17h to 19h;

© OT St Gervais

Tuesday 18th JulyWorkshop: «Watercolour painting for beginners» (children and teenagers) – Chalet des CréateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains – 16h to 17h price: 6€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Tuesday 18th JulyTalk: «Cezanne» – Theatre Montjoie – St Gervais – 20h – talk by Martha Degiacomi, art historian, in conjunction with the new «Cezanne» exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny, Switzerland;


Festival Inter-Génération: «Démons et Vermeils» in Megève – Tuesday 18th to 21st July
Festival Inter-Génération: «Démons et Vermeils» in Megève © megeve.com

A festival dedicated to the exchange of ideas between the generations – and it’s free!  I love the idea behind this festival! For children from  4+ years, “passports” for the event are available from the Tourist Office in Megève.  The festival runs from 10h each day.  See website for more details;


Tuesday 18th JulyFestival Baroque:  concert «Les Plaisirs de l’’Âme» – Eglise de Notre Dame de la GorgeLes Contamines16h / FREE! / also, a guided visit of Notre Dame de la Gorge at 10h (reservations OT Les Contamines 04 50 47 01 58 / picnic at 12h and buvette on-site / 14h30 to 15h30: workshops / free talk by Christian Reguat at the  Espace Animation at 21h: Le Bernin, père de l’art baroque;

Tuesday 18th JulyVisit & Workshop for children at Chateau d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine : Ma famille imaginaire» – Annecy14h to 16h30 – children will discover the work of artists Lei Lei and Thomas Sauvin, who play with ageing photos from family albums – they will invent an imaginary family and create a family album! / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Tuesday 18th JulyGuided walk and kayak: «Les Mystères du Lac» – Montriand – 9h30 to 16h – a walk and kayak trip on the Montriand lake . . . the mysteries of the lake / for older children and adults (you must be able to swim!) / RDV: in front of entrance of Baron Domaine next to lake / reservations required: OT Vallée d’Aulps 04 50 79 12 81;


Jumping International de Megève – Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd July
© megève.com

See here for more details and FB page.


«Guitare en Scène» in St-Julien-en-Genevois from Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd July
© http://www.guitare-en-scene.com

With artists including the Scorpions and Amy McDonald . . . see website for the programme and prices.


Wednesday 19th July – Guided visit: «Histoire(s) d’une vallée» Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 14h30 – discover how Chamonix has changed over the centuries; from rural land, through to the first summits of Mont Blanc to the development of mountain tourism / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / guided visit included in price of entry / for all public from 6 years / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Wednesday 19th JulyWalk: Les Virées Culturelles de Christine (part of «2017 Alpages en fête») «Statues et des plaques commémoratives de Chamonix : L’histoire par le petit côté de la lorgnette»  Chamonix 16h – statues and plaques in Chamonix / price: 12€ / duration: 3 hours / RDV: Parking St Michel; 

Wednesday 19th July – Guided Walk «Pourquoi Vallorcine n’est pas Suisse?» and «Habitat Walser et Habitats Naturels» – Vallorcine Col des Montets see here;

Wednesday 19th JulyGuided walk: «Journée nature dans les Aiguilles Rouges» – 9h to 16h Argentière – for adults and children 12+ years / FREE! / RDV: Maison de Village in Argentière / reservations: ASTERS on 06 33 54 67 47;

Wednesday 19th July – Creative Workshop from Peinture dans la Nature Moraine d’ArgentièreArgentière  14h to 17h  every Wednesday afternoon during the summer holidays, Peinture dans la Nature is offering outdoor painting classes and creative walks around the Moraine of Argentière . . . there will be painting on stone, field and stone creations.  Art supplies and snacks will be provided and the classes are open to everyone, from 6+ years! The cost of each workshop will be 50€ per person: min 2 pers, max 8 pers, package for 3 worshops for 130€. The meeting point is at the Pharmacie des Artistes, 208 rue Charlet Straton, the old pharmacie of Argentière. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held in the studio. reservations: Sow on + 33(0)6 60 57 94 93;

© Peinture dans la Nature

Wednesday 19th July – Family Fun: «Jeu de la Vache» Musée MontagnardLes Houchesfrom 10h to 11h30 / visit the museum and learn about cows / for adults and children 6+ years / price: 2,50€ / reservations as places limited: 07 60 04 14 26;

Wednesday 19th July – Guided Visit: «Raconte-moi la montagnee» Musée MontagnardLes Houches 16h / visit the museum and learn about life in the olden days through the museum’s collection/ for children 5+ years / free for children / reservations as places limited: 07 60 04 14 26;

Wednesday 19th July – «2017 Alpages en fête»: Drawing workshop La Vache qui Lit la BibliothèqueLes Houchesfrom 14h à 15h30 / draw the montée aux alpages des troupeaux, in black and white / for children 6+ years / reservations necessary: 04 50 54 39 83 / FREE! 

La Vache qui Lit ©  leshouches.com

Wednesday 19th July – «Contes à Rire, à fremir»La Maison du Village – Argentière – 16h – storytelling with Alix de Finance (from Contes et Rencontres) / duration: 45 minutes / for children 3 to 6 years; with accompanying adult / contributions welcome / snack offered;

Wednesday 19th July – Films & photos: «Glaciers 2017: les nouvelles fraîches» – Salle CommunaleArgentière18hprice: 5€ and free for children under 7 years / presented by Luc Moreau, glaciologist based in Chamonix;

Wednesday 19th July – Initiation au yoga avec Koby Boley – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h to 10h – beginners to more advanced, come and try out some yoga facing Mont Blanc! / free to participate / cancelled in the event of rain / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Initiation au yoga with Koby at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes

Wednesday 19th July – «Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi»: «A la découverte des plantes du Jardin des Cimes» – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 14h30 to 16h30 – workshops for children and families / vegetables, flowers, trees . . . observes, smell, feel, taste . . . and make a little herb garden / price: 8,50€ per child and discounted entrance for accompanying adult (though adult presence not required) / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Le Petit’Atelier Jardin du Mercredi at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes

Wednesday 19th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Le Monde des Abeilles»  La Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy  Plaine-Joux  16h30 to 17h30 – learn all about bees with bee-keeper Bruno Cartel / FREE / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Wednesday 19th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage»  chemin du Lac de Pormenaz  Plaine-Joux  13h – FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Wednesday 19th July Walk: «Les trésors cachés de Sallanches»  10h to midday – every Wednesday until 16th August / price: 6€ and free for under 12s;

Wednesday 19th July Randonnée Famille du mercredi: Tête du Planet Sallanches 8h30 to 17h RDV Parking de Lévaud in Sallanches and then covoiturage to Parking du Peray / cancelled in the event f bad weather / see here for more details / family walk in the alpages de Cordon, facing the Mont-Blanc Massif; 

Wednesday 19th JulyCreative Workshops  Combloux9h to midday / every Wednesday, come and get creative (painting, colouring, building . . .) / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, 74920, Combloux;

Wednesday 19th JulyStorytime: «Contes alpins sous le sapin»  Combloux 17h30 – the Contes alpins des Editions Boule de neige: Le petit ramoneur, le colporteur dyslexique, Coquette Miss Pays de Savoie, Oups j’ai fait tomber le mont Granier . . .  / FREE and no need to sign up! / address: 83, route la mairie, 74920, Combloux;

© combloux.com
Wednesday 19th July  Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 to 7 years)  Combloux  15h to 17h  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear, children will head to the Torrent d’Arbon in search of its funny inhabitants! / for children 4 to 7 years / price: 20 € / see here for more details;
Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 à 7 ans) © combloux.com
Wednesday 19th July  Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 to 12 years)  Combloux  8h30 to 12h30  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear (fishing rod, boots), children will head to Lac de Javen!  / for children 8 to 12 years / price: 40€ (including fishing permit) / see here for more details;
Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 à 12 ans) © combloux.com

Wednesday 19th JulyChasse aux Trésors (Treasure Hunt)  Combloux14h to 17h / a treasure hunt for the whole family, to get to know Combloux! / don’t forget sunhats and a snack/water / cancelled in the event of bad weather/  address: 49 chemin des Passerands, 74920, Combloux;

Wednesday 19th July Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshop: «Le P’tit Expert de la Nuit» – Centre de la Nature MontagnardeSallanches14h to 16hprice: 6€ per child / nature workshops for children (6 to 12 years) with a different theme each week! / highly recommended;

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature © montblancfamilyfun

Wednesday 19th JulyLes F’estivales de Sallanches: Concert de l’Ensemble Mont-BlancSalon Hotel de Ville – 20h30;

Wednesday 19th July«Le Piano du Lac»Le Plan d’eau biotope – Combloux – 19hprice: 10€ / see here for more details and to book tickets;

Le Piano du Lac © http://www.pianodulac.fr

Wednedsay 19th JulyVisit & Workshop of exhibition: «Cosmicisme»  Pile-Pont Expo – Saint-Gervais – 10h30;

Wednedsay 19th JulyFestival Baroque au Pays du Mont Blanc: workshop «Création de Masques Baroques»  Promenade du Mont-Blanc – Saint-Gervais – 15h to 16h and 16h to 17h – FREE / reservations: 04 50 47 76 08!

Wednedsay 19th JulyMercredi des Enfants à Saint-Gervais – Le Bettex – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains14h and 15h: creative workshops & biathlon for children / Spectacle Enfants: «La Montagne a des oreilles» at 16h / adults must be present / télécabine free for children;

Wednedsay 19th July Photography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages  Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  15h30 to 17h30  price: 45€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Wednedsay 19th JulyFilm: «Pâques aux Grandes Jorasses» with Sylvain Saudan, “Skieur de l’Impossible”  Théatre Montjoie Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

Wednesday 19th July Heure du Conte (Storytime for children) – Médiatèque Megève – 17h – for children 3+ years / FREE! / no reservations needed / address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève; tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70; every Wednesday until 30th August;

Wednedsay 19th JulyWorkshop: «Les Bambins des Bois»Praz-sur-Arly – 14h30 to 18h30duration: 15mins;

Wednesday 19th JulyCinéma de plein air: «Demain» Parc Montessuit – Annemasse – snacks available on site / postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather;

Cinéma de plein air in  Annemasse © OT Annemasse

Wednesday 19th JulyFamily Guided Visit of the Vieil Anncecy 14h30 – a guided visit of the old Annecy, “the Savoyard Venice”: the lake, the Thiou, the monumnents / an interactive visit / price: 6,50 € / reservations: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr / address: Centre Bonlieu1 rue Jean Jaurès 74000 Annecy reservations: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr;


Thursday 20th July – Family Fun: «Qui est qui dans Chamonix?» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 10h30 – Balmat, Whymper, Vallot . . . who are these heroes? A guided visit at the Musée Alpin and a walk throught Chamonix’s streets, to discover the characters who have marked Chamonix’s history / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / for children 7+ years / FREE for children and museum entry for adults! / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Thursday 20th July Guided Visit of Chamonix – Chamonix10hduration: 2 hours – from its timid beginnings to its growing and spectacular worldwide notoriety, from its mule-drivers to its famoux guides, the history of Chamonix with a Guide du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / price: adults 8€, children 5€ and under 5s FREE! / reservations: Offices de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc / RDV: Office de Tourisme de Chamonix, 85 pl du Triangle de l’Amitié, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Thursday 20th July«Les Promenades Photo de Teresa»: Charousse, les Houches – un voyages dans le temps à un alpage du 19ème siècle – 14h Parking Télécabine Prarion, Les Houches / price: 30€ per person / reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42;

Thursday 20th JulyGuided Walk: «Journée nature à Carlaveyron»  – 8h30 to 16h – Carlaveyron nature reserve is like an aquatic garden with little streams, lakes, marais and bogs; come and discover the flora and fauna! / FREE/ RDV Bettey car park (La Flatière) / for adults and children 12+ years / reservations: ASTERS on 06 33 54 67 47;

Thursday 20th July – Children’s workshop: «Peuple de l’herbe – Maison du Lieutenant  Servoz 9h to midday – finding the little colourful insects that hide in the grass: dragonflies, spiders, butterlies  . . . / price: 4€ (accompaning adults are welcome for free!) / organised by the Maison du Lieutenant and the Communauté de communes de la Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc / limited places / reservations: 04 50 47 21 68 / address: Maison du Lieutenant, 2231 Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Thursday 20th July – «Contes à Savourer»La Maison du Village – Argentière – 16h – storytelling with Alix de Finance (from Contes et Rencontres) / duration: 45 minutes / for adults and children 7+ years; with accompanying adult / contributions welcome / snack offered;

Thursday 20th JulyTalk: «Les Montagnards sont Bavards» l’EtapeArgentière18h30 – FREE! / address: L’Etape, 329 rue Charlet Straton, 74400, Argentière;

Thursday 20th JulyDrawing workshop with Laurent Tardy – Bibliothèque de Vallorcine  Vallorcine14h to 17h – Laurent Tardy is an author and illustrator of children’s books / the workshop is for both children and adults / book signing after the workshop and visit of his workshop in Vallorcine, where he is creating his new book!

Thursday 20th JulyWalk: «Géologie du massif des Aiguilles Rouges»  a guided walk with a geologist and a seismologist in the Réserve Naturelle des Aiguilles Rouges / learn to really “observe”” and understand where you are treading / RDV: Chalet d’accueil de la réserve naturelle, Col des Montets, Vallorcine / open to all / Organisation : ARNAR + Communauté de communes de la Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc;

Thursday 20th July «Jeudi Jeu de Pistes» Place du Village Les Houches 10h to 17h – photo treasure hunt; a great way to discover Les Houches! / sign-up on-site, until 14h / 17h: prize giving and snack offered;

Les Jeudis Jeux de Pistes Les Houches © leshouches.com

Thursday 20th JulyZumba outdoors with l’association Alti’MovePlace du Village – Les Houches 19h30 – FREE! /delayed until following day in the event of rain;

Zumba en plein air with Alti’Move © Alti’Move /leshouches.com

Thursday 20th July Le Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix: Visite Nocturne  19h to 20h – every Thursday evening during the summer months (until 31st August 2017), the Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix takes a night time journey: «A la découverte des villages des Bois et des Praz», leaving from La Poste in Chamonix / discover the authentic, rural villages with their typical architecture . . . discover the Pierre d’Orthaz, La Frasse, the lake in Les Praz, the little Les Praz chapel with the sun setting on Les Drus / commentary in French / maximum 60 pax / see here for more details;

Le Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix © http://www.traincham.com

Thursday 20th July«Le Piano du Lac»Lac des GaillandsChamonix19h – see here for more details and to book tickets;

Le Piano du Lac © http://www.pianodulac.fr

Thursday 20th July«Partir en Livre» Lac de Passy (cote plage) 11h30 to 13h30 – story-time / an initiative from CNL;

© «Partir en Livre» in Passy

Thursday 20th JulyAnimations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Les Mystères du Lac Vert» Lac Vert  Passy  14h to 16h – get to know aobut the mysteries of the Lac Vert! Why is it green? Is it natural, is it deep? Legends and myths / for children 6+ years and adults / RDV next to restuaurant du Lac Vert / reservations: ASTERS on 04 50 90 23 07 or 06 23 43 72 66;

Thursday 20th JulyGuided visit: «Mythes et Légendes, en avant les histoires» Cascade de Chedde  Passy  18h30 to 20h – come and discover the secrets of the Cascade de Chedde with a guide / offered by OT Passy;

Cascade de Chedde © OT Passy

Thursday 20th JulyGuided Walk with overnight in Tipi & Fondue  Sallanches price: adults 65€ / reservations Bureau des Guides de Sallanches: 04 50 58 18 03 / 06 28 27 58 65 / see here for more details;

Thursday 20th JulyRandonnée Gros Mollet du jeudi: «Tour de la Pointe d’Areu» Sallanches 8h30 to 17h30 / price: 30€ /see here for more details;

Thursday 20th JulyGuided Walk: «La Ferme d’Isidore et le vieux village» – Combloux 14h30 to 16h30 departure: Tourist Office in Combloux / come and discover Combloux’s treasures en famille: la Ferme à Isidore (with its magnificent boeurne) from 1832 / price: adults 7€ and children (7-14) 5€; FREE for under 7s / reservations: Combloux Tourist Office until 11h on same day / places limited;

Thursday 20th JulyFarm visit with a ride in a calèche  Combloux  16h to 18h – a ride a in a horse-drawn cart and then a visit to the farm / Delphine Socquet will show you around the Montagnards farm, with the 65 cow and 40 pigs and you will get to taste farm products / price: aadults 26,50 €; children 17,50€ to 22€ and free for under 3s;

La Ferme Les Montagnards in Comloux © combloux.com
 Thursday 20th JulyGames of Skill  Plan-Perret  Combloux 14h to 18h – family fun with lots of games: Molkky (Finnish game), etc . . . / in the event of rain, the games will move to the Tourist Office in Combloux / children remain under the responsibility of accompanying adults!
Thursday 20th JulyInitiation Escalade (climbing) Cordon9h to middayprice: 22€ children (discounts for more than one child from family) / children 6 to 12 years / equipment provided, wear trainers or climbing shoes / reservations: Cordon Tourisme – 04 50 58 01 57;

Thursday 20th JulyFestival Baroque au Pays du Mont-Blanc: «Put on Baroque Costumes»  Parc Thermal – Le Fayet – 15h – FREE!

Thursday 20th JulyCross-Relais Nocturne Enfants – Parc Thermal – Le Fayet19h;

Thursday 20th JulyThursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Marie-Francine» (France)Théatre Montjoie Saint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30price: 5€ / see full July schedule on the MJC website;

Thursday 20th JulyGuided Visit: «The Calvaire»Megève17h – a site of pilgrimage, inspired by the Calvaire in Varallo in Val Sesia, Megève’s Calvaire is unique in Rhône-Alpes / reservations: OT Megève (Edouard Apertet)  / address: Montée du Calvaire, 74120, Megève;

Thursday 20th JulyRencontre en Refuge  Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval from 16h – learn about the flaura and fauna near the Vogealle Refuge; followed by a talk / RDV Refuge de la Vogealle/ for adults and children 6+ years / reservations: ASTERS on 06 17 54 33 78;

Thursday 20th JulyGuided Walk: «Histoires d’Eau»  Doussard (Lac d’Annecy) –  learn about the omnipresent water present au Bout du Lac, with its unique and rich flarua and fauna / RDV car park of the nature reserve, route de la Vieille église / for adults and children 6+ years / reservations: ASTERS on 04 50 66 47 59 or 06 17 54 21 68;


Bonneville Pleins Feux Festival (20ème édition) – Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd July
© Festival Pleins Feux / OT Bonneville

The Festival Pleins Feux in Bonneville is its 20th incarnation and all of the concerts are FREE!  2017 will feature music from Chinese Man, FFF, Imany, Electro Delux Big Band, TAiwan MC, Izzy Bizu, Faada Freddy, Supa Dupa, Horndogz, Pit Gravier – a selection of Hip-Hop, Funk, Groove, Soul, Electro, Reggae, RnB, Jazz, Rock & Pop . . . / see website for more details: www.pleins-feux-festival.com;


Festival Snake the Black Track – Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July (Servoz)
© servoz.com

An “independent, rolling, natural, authentic and mysterious festival, mixing music, cinema, arts, bikes, skateboards and a festive spirit”;


Friday 21st JulyWalk: Les Virées Culturelles de Christine (part of «2017 Alpages en fête») – «Les anciens hôtels de Chamonix – Une virée afin d’identifier ces hôtels, auberges, palaces qui ont fait l’histoire de Chamonix»  Chamonix 14h – / price: 12€ / duration: 3 hours / RDV: Tourist Office Chamonix; 

Friday 21st JulyWalk: «Réserve ton Vendredi»: “Les animaux de nos montagnes”  Vallorcine 14h to 17h a family walk to discover the Col des Montets, and our mountain animals / RDV: Chalet d’accueil de la réserve naturelle, Col des Montets, 74660, Vallorcine / FREE!

Friday 21st July«Alpages en Fête» – Talk: «Le Raccard, Granges à Céreales»  Salle de la Bicentennaire Chamonix 18h30  talk by Claudine Remacle about the grain storage barns we see adorning villages like Vallorcine / FREE! 

«Réserve ton vendredi» © chamonix.com

Friday 21st July – Cinébus Les Houches: «Chasing Ice» (American documentary; VF) by Jeff Orlowski Les Houches  20h30 James Balog, photographer, and his quest to show receding glaciers and our human impact on global warming:

Friday 21st July – Cinéma Plein Air: «Tout en haut du monde» (animated film) by de Rémi Chayé Pré de l’Eglise  Servoz 21h30 – FREE screening, offered by OT / in the event of rain, the film will move to the Salle Jean Morel;

Friday 21st July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage»  Lac Vert  Passy  10h – FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 21st July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Etonnante Nature: découvrez le monde étonnant de la nature en famille»  Lac Vert  Passy  10h to 12h – FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 21st July – «les apéros’jardin» at the Jardin des Cimes  Plateau d’Assy 18h30 until 22h30  FREE entrance to terrace (donations welcomed) – cancelled in the event of bad weather / lounge électro avec Ser Davos;

«les apéros’jardin» at the Jardin des Cimes © http://www.jardindescimes.com

Friday 21st July – «Le Piano du Lac»Le Lac  Vert – Plaine Joux – Passy – 19h – see here for more details and to book tickets;

Le Piano du Lac © http://www.pianodulac.fr

Friday 21st July – Jeu de Piste avec L’Inspecteur RandoSallanchesL’Inspecteur Rando takes children from 6 to 12 years on a treasure hunt to discover the town in a fun and interactive way (without parents!) / price: 4€ / sign up at the Office de Tourisme de Sallanches: +33 (0)4 50 58 04 25;

© sallanches.com / randoland.fr

Friday 21st July Sports Afternoon Plan-Perret Combloux 14h to 18h  lots of different sports workshops for you to try out! / children remain under the responsibility of accompanying adults!

Friday 21st July Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Friday and Wednesday over the summer;

Friday 21st July Canyoning Torrent de Balme Cordon 13h30 – jumping, swimming, keeping cool in the waters of the Balme; natural slides, abseiling / for adults and children 10+ years / reservations: Cordon Tourisme on 04 50 58 01 57 or / every Friday in the summer;

Friday 21st July Laughter Yoga  Tourist Office Building Combloux 19h30  laughter is good for your health and this idea of “laughter yoga” was the idea of Madan Kataria in India in 1995 / open to everyone / adults: 10€ and children (8-12 ans) 5€;

Friday 21st JulyCreative Workshop: «Loisirs Créatifs au bord de l’eau»Le Palais Megève – Megève – creative workshops for 3 to 5 year olds / reservations: at the Palais Megève  / price: 3,50;

© Le Palais Megève

Friday 21st July Contes & MagieContes: «Du Côté des Indiens» – Parc MontessuitAnnemasse17h, 18h and 19h – for children 3 to 10 years / free entertaiment for little ones during the summer months!


CosmoJazz in the Chamonix Valley – Saturday 22nd to Friday 30th July 2017 
Cosmo Jazz © CosmoJazz

This is the 8th edition of this ever popular music festival in Chamonix and the environs.  We are treated to a whole host of amazing musicians playing for us in majestic locations, many of them at altitude . . . so we can either walk or take a cable-car to get there!  This year, the Parc Couttet in Chamonix will be the headquarters of the festival, with a large stage set up for concerts and next to the Maison des Artistes . . . here you will find food stalls and merchandising. And the festival will be back at the Mer de Glace this year too.

See here for more details about the festival and the whole programme.


Saturday 22nd JulyChamonix Market Chamonixfrom 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 22nd JulyFête du Village Les Bossons from 18h – lots of fun for the whole family, with games, food stalls, folkloric group, Les Rhodos Chamoniards, Saffron Walden County High School, Mad’moiselle Giselle and Cacatoès;

© chamonix.com

Saturday 22nd JulyBibliothèque Effet Mer «Partir en Livre» Lac Les Chavants Les Houches from 15h to 18h – FREE! / for children 3+ years / cancelled in the event of rain!

© leshouches.com

Saturday 22nd July Pot d’accueil Office de Tourisme – Les Houches from 16h30 to 18h;

Saturday 22nd JulyWalk: «Sur les Traces de la Loutre» – Chamonix – 14h à 16h30 – guided by a nature guide, a family walk to discover the rare and timid otter along the Arve River! Interactive, with games / RDV: car-park of Serres Communales, Chamonix (chemin de la Tannerie) / reservations: www.riviere-arve.org/contact.htm;

© rivierearve.org / chamonix.com

Saturday 22nd JulyInitiation Qi Qong at the Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy 10h to 12h – 15+ years (cancelled in the event of bad weather);

Saturday 22nd July «les apéros’littéraires au Jardin des Cimes»Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 16h45 to 18h30 – «Maurice Baquet: portrait avec Violoncelle» / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Saturday 22nd July Sallanches Market Quais de la Sallanches  8h to 13h  the largest market in the valley / food; gardening; fashion;

Saturday 22nd JulyLes F’estivales de Sallanches: Journées Fitness (Fitness Day)Base de Loisirs des Ilettesfrom 9h30 to 20h  a FREE event, fitness down at the Lacs des Illettes!

Saturday 22nd July Photography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages  Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  15h30 to 17h30  price: 45€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Saturday 22nd July – «Le Piano du Lac»Le Lac des Confins – La Clusaz – 19h – see here for more details and to book tickets;

Le Piano du Lac © http://www.pianodulac.fr

Saturday 22nd July  Guided tour: «Des Romain à nos jours»  Martigny  17h30  price: 15CH / for Roman lovers, discover Roman Martigny! / with Roman bread & wine tasting too! / RDV: Fondation Pierre Gianadda; tel: +41 27 720 49 49;

© OT Martigny

Sunday 23rd July – Guided visit: «La Mer de Glace dans tous ses états» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 11h – discover the Mer de Glace through a selection of museum works, be it an imaginary, a romantic, a realist or an impressionist interpretation / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / guided visit included in price of entry / for ADULTS / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Sunday 23rd July – Festival des Heures d’Orgues (22ème édition) Eglise Saint-Michel Chamonix 17h – FREE concert / every Sunday until 20th August;

Sunday 23rd JulyWorkshop: «Do-In»Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h to 10h – an auto-massage session, which allows the body to relax due to pressure applied to certain points, stretches, and vibrations; a way to soothe small aches & pains and to relax / bring your own mats / no reservations needed / from 8+ years! / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Sunday 23rd July «Fun Cars» Club de Passy (car race)Passy – from 13h – with buvette on-site / address: Avenue Joseph-Thoret, Passy; tel: 06 81 75 33 37;

Fun Cars in Passy © Teddy Perrin
© prazsurarly.com

Sunday 23rd July  Guided Walk: «Traversée des Fiz» Sallanches – 6 day walk / see here for more details;

Sunday 23rd JulyWelcome Drinks Apéritifs – Cordon 11h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 23rd July  Pot d’Accueil (welcome drinks) Combloux 18h;

Sunday 23rd JulyPot d’Accueil Esplanade Marie-Paradis – Saint-Gervais18h30 to 20h;

Sunday 23rd July Fête des Sports de Montagne Praz-sur-Arly – climbing, cani-rando, VTT, hiking… a weekend of sport, honouring the champions of Praz sur Arly: Thomas Fanara, Sandrine Muffat et Adrien and Léa Bouard.

Sunday 23rd JulyPot d’AccueilPraz sur-Arly 18h – presentation of the weekly activities on offer in Praz-sur-Arly;

Sunday 23rd JulyFête du Plan d’Eau de Flumet – Flumetall day – water games, lanterns, BBQ, fire show . . .  and new for this year, the ventrigliss, which will take you directly to the lake (price: 3€ each descent, 5€ for two, 12€ for the day) / see here for more details;


La Semaine des 4 Eléments – Monday 24th to Friday 28th July (Les Gets)
© lesgets.com

Discover the natural environment in Les Gets at this family event based on the four elements: fun activities, creative and scientific workshops, meetings with locals, nature visits and spectacles . . . see here for more details;


Monday 24th July – «Histoires avec kamishibaï»  La Bibliothèque  Vallorcine 17h – every Monday, storytelling at Vallorcine library; the aventures of Camille la taupe, Piti l’escargot, Azuro le dragon, Crocky le crocodile, Bao le panda ou Philomène la poule / FREE!;
© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Monday 24th JulyOutdoor Cinema: «Belle et Sébastien» by Christian Duguay Lac des Chavants  Les Houches 21h30 –  in the event of rain, the film will be screened in the Espace Olca /free!

Monday 24th July – Ayuverdique Massage with Cécile Jehanne – Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy from 10h – revitalising massage from Indian medicine / 20mins, 40mins or 60mins / price: 20€, 40€, 60€ + entrance to gardens / more information and reservations: 06 07 57 64 15 / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190 Plateau d’Assy;

Monday 24th JulyPhotography Workshop (digital cameras)by Byzance Photos ReportagesJardin des Cimesfrom 10h – duration: workshops 2 hours long / learn the basics of digital photography in a beautiful spot, a garden opposite Mont-Blanc / for amateurs and beginners / included: presentation about photography and advice: shutter speed, depth, exposure, aperture, exercises / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy / price: entrance to gardens + 45€ for workshop / reservations: 06 34 90 14 95 or email – cleblanc@wanadoo.fr or FB messenger: “Byzance Photos Reportages” / *participants must provide their own camera! (Reflex, Bridge et Hybride) and don’t forget to put in the memory card and to charge your battery!*address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy;

Atelier Photos at the Jardin des Cimes © Byzance Photos Reportages

Monday 24th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage Gypaète Barbu»  Parapente departure area Plaine-Joux  14h – on a little walk, the animateurs of the Réserve will explain the nature surrounding you / games on-site with the animateurs;

© Réserve Naturelle de Passy

Monday 24th July«Partir en Livre» Plaine-Joux  16h to 18h – story-time / an initiative from CNL;

Monday 24th JulyFilm: «Une jeune fille et son aigle» (2017; Mongolia, UK, USA) by Otto Bell Cinéma du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 20h – duration: 1h27;

Monday 24th July  Board games for the family – near Plan d’Eau BiotopeCombloux 9h to midday – a relaxing morning of board games for the whole family / FREE!

Monday 24th July Les P’tits Fermiers – Combloux 17h – put on your boots and go discover the world of goats on the farm! Delphine will show you the dwarf goats, who love cuddles; you can have a go at milking too and taste the goats’ cheese! / wear boots or shoes that can get mucky! / FREE! / address: 74, chemin des Poses, Ormaret, 74920, Combloux;

Les P’tits Fermiers © combloux.com
Monday 24th July  «Découverte glisses sur le pumptrack» – PumptrackCombloux14h to 18h – come and discover the new pumptrack in Combloux, a track made of tarmac, with bumps, hills and bends / all equipment can be borrowed: scooters, BMX / partner: Intersport Combloux – in the event of rain, the activities will be cancelled and games offered instead at the Tourist Office / adults must remain responsible for their children! / address: 132, route de la mairie, 74920, Combloux;
Pumptrack in Combloux © combloux.com

Monday 24th July – Guided walk: «la Découverte de l’histoire de Cordon» – Cordon18h – traditional mountain architecture, life in the olden days / with Roselyne, guide du patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / every Monday from 12th June to 11th September 2017 / FREE! / cancelled in the event of bad weather;

Monday 24th JulyRefuge Talk: «Le Glacier de Tré-la-Tête, un site atelier pour la recherche» Les Contamines-Montjoie18h to 21h – come and spend a unique evening in a refuge and hear a talk about the glacier of Tré-la-Tete / see pictures of the evolution of glaciers from Middle Ages to today! / RDV Refuge des Conscrits / FREE (apart from refuge costs) / from 10+ years / reservations: 04 79 89 09 03;


Tuesday 25th JulyWorkshop: «Jouets des Champs» – Maison du Lieutenant – Servoz – 9h to midday – learn how to make toys as our grandparents knew how; using elements found in nature! / price: 4€ (adults welcome) / for children 10+ years/ remember sun protection (hats, sunglasses, suncream) and water / limited places;

«Jouets des Champs» © chamonix.com

Tuesday 25th July – Chedde (Passy), Combloux and Les Contamines markets in the morning;

Tuesday 25th JulyAnimations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: Soirée Projection – Refuge du Chatelet d’AyèresPassy – 16h to 21h –  an animateur from the Réserve Naturelle de Passy will show slides of mountain fauna, especially the gypaète barbu (celebrating this year 30 years since its reintroduction into nature) / for adults and children 10+ years / RDV Refuge Chatelet d’Ayères / for adults and children 10+ years / RDV Refuge Chatelet d’Ayères / reservations: ASTERS 04 50 90 23 07 or 06 23 43 72 66 or OT Passy 04 50 58 80 52;

Tuesday 25th July – Théâtre joué et chanté, Les Allumeurs de Lune – «Le Voyage» – Foyer des Jeunes et d’Éducation Populaire de Passy (FJEP)
Parvis des FizPassy – 20h30 / more information: 04 50 93 67 11 fjep.passy@orange.fr;

Tuesday 25th July – Yoga at the Plan d’Eau Biotope – Combloux – 9h30 – tel: +33 (0)7 82 87 43 57 – buy tickets from Tourist Office Combloux / price: 10€;

Tuesday 25th July – Cinema eveningTourist Office Combloux18h – different film on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month / FREE!

Tuesday 25th July – Spectacle pour les enfants – Plan-Perret – Combloux – 18h to 19h – family entertainment every Tuesday during the summer holidays: clowns, children’s concerts, puppet shows / different show each week / outdoors, but in the event of rain the event will be transfered to the 2nd floor of the Combloux Tourist Office / duration: 45mins to 1hour / FREE! / address: Plan-Perret Combloux – 74920 (next to Plan d’Eau Biotope);

Tuesday 25th July – Guided Visit at the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches – Sallanches – 15h – FREE! / every Tuesday over the summer holidays will be a short guided visit of the museum for the whole family: the formation of the Alps, glaciers, seasons, flora and fauna . . .

Tuesday 25th July – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux – Sallanches – 16h30 à 19h30 – come and meet local producers, to support and encourage local agriculture and their short growing seasons, to support the local economy and to create a social link / each week there will be several local producers: le GAEC d’Arpennaz, La Ferme Victorine, Le Pain de Chibon, Le Safran du Mont-Blanc, La Roulotte à Savon, and the Légumes des Coteaux de Passy; the vin d’Ayze and l’Association Passepoils & Cie will also be present from time to time / address: GAEC Les Armaillis, 74700 Sallanches; tel: 06 63 04 32 35;

 

Spectacle pour les enfants à Combloux ©  combloux.com
©  stgervais.com

Tuesday 25th July Charlotte la Marmotte at the ice-skating rink Saint-Gervais-les-Bains 17h to 19h;

Tuesday 25th July Workshop: «watercolour painting for beginners» (children and teenagers)  Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  16h to 17h price: 6€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;
© OT Annecy / Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard

Tuesday 25th July – Soirée Estivale au Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard: «Alice au Pays des Merveilles» – Annecy 21h30  reservations required: www.les-etincelles-ballet-theatre.com or 06 33 17 41 46 / price: adults 15€, children (6 to 15 years) 8€ and under 5s FREE!/ from 19h30, you can wander freely around the castle (thank you to Mummy in the Mountains for this one;  this is one of her family summer highlights in Annecy!);

Tuesday 25th July – Visit & Workshop for children at Château d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine : Croque et voyage» – Annecy 14h to 16h30 – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the work of the Chinese artist Ye Linghan, and will then create figures to animate in a miniature theatre / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50 €/ address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;


Wednesday 26th July – Guided Walk «Pourquoi Vallorcine n’est pas Suisse?» and «Habitat Walser et Habitats Naturels» – Vallorcine Col des Montets Vallorcine  see here;

Wednesday 26th July – Guided Walk of Vieux Servoz & church – Maison du Lieutenant – Servoz  15h to 17h30  price: 8€ – reservations necessary;

Wednesday 26th July Family workshop «Pots de Vaches» – Musée Montagnard – Les Houches – 10h to 11h30 / guided visit to get to know the various recipients used for making butter & cheese; followed by painting workshop / address: 2 place de l’Eglise, 74310, Les Houches; reservations: +33 (0)7 60 04 14 26; cecile.lapouge@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr;

«Pots de Vaches» © leshouches.com

Wednesday 26th July  «Les Chavantures» (12ème édition)  Lac des Chavants Les Houches 8h30 to 17h price: 7€ (with meal and snack included)  «Les Chavantures» is based on a popular TV adventure game and this day at the Lac des Chavants in Les Houches is aimed at 8 to 12 year olds / six games are planned over the course of the day, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon / BBQ at midday with entertaiment / before the prize-giving at the end of the day, concert with Acro Bike see here for more details;

Les Chavantures © leshouches.com

Wednesday 26th July – Creative Workshop from Peinture dans la Nature – Moraine d’ArgentièreArgentière  14h to 17h  every Wednesday afternoon during the summer holidays, Peinture dans la Nature is offering outdoor painting classes and creative walks around the Moraine of Argentière . . . there will be painting on stone, field and stone creations.  Art supplies and snacks will be provided and the classes are open to everyone, from 6+ years! The cost of each workshop will be 50€ per person: min 2 pers, max 8 pers, package for 3 worshops for 130€. The meeting point is at the Pharmacie des Artistes, 208 rue Charlet Straton, the old pharmacie of Argentière. In the event of rain, the workshop will be held in the studio. reservations: Sow on + 33(0)6 60 57 94 93;

© Peinture dans la Nature
Wednesday 26th July – Cinéma with Cinébus: «Pirates des Caraibes: la vengeance de Salazar» (USA, 2017) adventure film by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg – Les Houches – 18h – duration: 2h09 / in VF / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 26th July – Cinéma with Cinébus le Grand Soir: «Grand Froid» (USA, 2017) adventure film by Gérard Pautonnier Les Houches21h – duration: 1h26 / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 26th July – Initiation au yoga avec Koby Boley – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h to 10h – beginners to more advanced, come and try out some yoga facing Mont Blanc! / free to participate / cancelled in the event of rain / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Initiation au yoga with Koby at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes

Wednesday 26th July – «Le petit’atelier jardin du mercredi» – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 14h30 to 16h30 – workshops for children and families / a different theme each week pertaining to gardens and nature / price: 8,50€ per child and discounted entrance for accompanying adult (though adult presence not required) / every Wednesday until 30th August 2017 / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Le Petit’Atelier Jardin du Mercredi at the Jardin des Cimes © Jardin des Cimes

Wednesday 26th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage Gypaète Barbu»  Village des Ayères Passy  9h30 to 11h30;

Wednesday 26th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Le Monde des Abeilles»  La Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy  Plaine-Joux  16h30 to 17h30 – learn all about bees with bee-keeper Bruno Cartel / FREE / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Wednesday 26th JulyCreative Workshops  Combloux 9h to midday / every Wednesday, come and get creative (painting, colouring, building . . .) / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, 74920, Combloux;

Wednesday 26th July  Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 to 7 years)  Combloux  15h to 17h  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear, children will head to the Torrent d’Arbon in search of its funny inhabitants! / for children 4 to 7 years / price: 20 € / see here for more details;
Les P’tits Pêcheurs (4 à 7 ans) © combloux.com
Wednesday 26th July  Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 to 12 years)  Combloux  8h30 to 12h30  accompanied by Nicolas and equipped with the necessary fishing gear (fishing rod, boots), children will head to Lac de Javen!  / for children 8 to 12 years / price: 40€ (including fishing permit) / see here for more details;
Les P’tits Pêcheurs (8 à 12 ans) © combloux.com

Wednesday 26th JulyStorytime: «Histoires pour petites oreilles»  Combloux17h30 – with Joëlle and Corinne from La Voie contée / FREE and no need to sign up! / address: 83, route la mairie, 74920, Combloux;

© combloux.com

Wednesday 26th JulySoirée BBQ & Concert  Combloux – BBQ from 19h and concerts from 21h / bring your own food to BBQ! / address: Plan-Perret, 74920, Combloux – BBQ from 19h and concerts from 21h;

Wednesday 26th July Walk: «Les trésors cachés de Sallanches»  10h to midday – every Wednesday until 16th August – price: 6€ and free for under 12s; reservations OT Sallanches;

Wednesday 26th July Randonnée Famille du mercredi: «Mayères»  Sallanches 8h30 to 17h – RDV Parking de Lévaud in Sallanches and then covoiturage to Parking du Lintre / cancelled in the event f bad weather / see here for more details / family walk to the heart of the Massif des Aravis;

Wednesday 26th July Les P’tits Experts de la Nature workshop: «Le Le P’tit Prédateur de la forêt» – Centre de la Nature MontagnardeSallanches 14h to 16hprice: 6€ per child / nature workshops for children (6 to 12 years) with a different theme each week! / Highly recommended;

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature © montblancfamilyfun.com

Wednesday 26th JulyGuided Walk & Discovery: «Le Panoramas du Mont-Lachat»Saint-Gervais-les-Bains10h to 16h – leaving from the Col de Voza (accessible from Tramway du Mont Bland), on the historic route up Mont-Blanc, come and discover one of the most beautiful views of Haute-Savoie: Le Mont-Lachat / RDV Col de Voza / for adults and children from 10+ years / reservations: OT St Gervais on 04 50 47 76 08;

Wednesday 26th JulyMercredi des Enfants au Col de Voza & Spectacle Enfants: «Le Presque Digitateur» – Le col de Voza Bellevue  from 14h activities and a magic show at 16h! / in the event of bad weather, the show will move to the Théatre Montjoie / address: Col de Voza, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 47 76 08;

Wednesday 26th July Photography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages  Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  15h30 to 17h30  price: 45€ / see here for more details and timings / address: 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

© Byzance Photos Reportages / Chalet des Créateurs

Wednesday 26th July Heure du Conte (storytime for children) – Médiatèque – Megève 17h – for children 3+ years / FREE! / no reservations needed / address: Espace Jeunesse, Médiathèque, 247 route du Palais des Sports, 74120, Megève; tel: +33 (0)4 50 91 57 70; every Wednesday until 30th August;

Wednedsay 26th JulyWorkshop: «Les Bambins des Bois» Praz-sur-Arly 14h30 to 18h30duration: 15mins;

Wednesday 26th JulyConcert de Xavier StubbePraz-sur-Arly – 18h30 à 19h30 – to celebrate 20 years of Xavier’s work, with his new show “Tous en nœud pap pour mon anniv‘”;

Wednesday 26th JulyFamily Guided Visit of the Vieil Annecy  Annecy 14h30 – a guided visit of the old Annecy, “the Savoyard Venice”: the lake, the Thiou, the monumnents / an interactive visit / price: 6,50 € / duration: 1h30/ reservations: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@annecycn.fr / address: Centre Bonlieu, 1 rue Jean Jaurès, 74000, Annecy;

Wednesday 26th JulyCinéma de plein air: «Le bon gros géant» Parc du Pralère au Perrier – Annemasse – snacks available on site / postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather;

Cinéma de plein air, Annemasse © OT Annemasse

Thursday 27th July Guided Visit of Chamonix – Chamonix10hduration: 2 hours – from its timid beginnings to its growing and spectacular worldwide notoriety, from its mule-drivers to its famoux guides, the history of Chamonix with a Guide du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / price: adults 8€, children 5€ and under 5s FREE! / reservations: Offices de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix Mont Blanc / RDV: Office de Tourisme de Chamonix, 85 pl du Triangle de l’Amitié, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Thursday 27th July – Guided visit: «La Mer de Glace comme tu ne l’as jamais vue» – Musée Alpin – Chamonix – 11h – listen, observe and discover this enormous glacier! / reservations recommended as places limited: 04 50 53 25 93 / guided visit included in price of entry / for children from 6+ years / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Thursday 27th July  «Les Promenades Photo de Teresa»  14h  price: 30€ per person / reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42;

Thursday 27th JulyTalk: «Les Montagnards sont Bavard»l’EtapeArgentière18h30address: L’Etape, 329 rue Charlet Straton, 74400, Argentière – FREE!

Thursday 27th July Le Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix Nocturne  19h to 20h – every Thursday evening during the summer months (until 31st August 2017), the Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix takes a night time journey: «A la découverte des villages des Bois et des Praz», leaving from La Poste in Chamonix / discover the authentic, rural villages with their typical architecture . . . discover the Pierre d’Orthaz, La Frasse, the lake in Les Praz, the little Les Praz chapel with the sun setting on Les Drus / commentary in French / maximum 60 pax / see here for more details

Le Petit Train Touristique de Chamonix © http://www.traincham.com

Thursday 27th July «Jeudi Jeu de Pistes» Place du Village Les Houches 10h to 17h – photo treasure hunt; a great way to discover Les Houches! / sign-up on-site / 17h: prize giving and snack offered;

Les Jeudis Jeux de Pistes Les Houches © leshouches.com

Thursday 27th JulyZumba outdoors with l’association Alti’MovePlace du Village – Les Houches 19h30 – FREE! / delayed until following day in the event of rain;

Zumba en plein air with Alti’Move © Alti’Move /leshouches.com

Thursday 27th JulyAnimations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Les Mystères du Lac Vert» Lac Vert  Passy  14h to 16h – get to know aobut the mysteries of the Lac Vert! Why is it green? Is it natural, is it deep? Legends and stories / for children 6+ years and adults / RDV next to restuaurant du Lac Vert / reservations: ASTERS on 04 50 90 23 07 or 06 23 43 72 66;

Thursday 27th July«Partir en Livre» Jardin des Cimes Plateau d’Assy  10h30 to 12h30 – story-time / an initiative from CNL;

from Thursday 27th July to August 5th – Tennis Tournament: Les Petits Champions  Tennis Club de Passy Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc Passy tennis courts / more information: 06 11 78 55 00 tc.passystgervais@gmail;

Thursday 27th JulyGuided Walk with overnight in Tipi & Fondue  Sallanches price: adults 65€ / reservations Bureau des Guides de Sallanches: 04 50 58 18 03 / 06 28 27 58 65 / see here for more details;

Thursday 27th JulyParcours Mini-Parc Aventure  Combloux – 14h to 18h – on your own or in a team, come and take on some challenges in the adventure playground in Combloux!

Thursday 27th JulyGuided Visit: Tête de Lassy  Combloux – see combloux.com for more details;

Thursday 27th JulyInitiation Escalade (climbing) Cordon9h to middayprice: 22€ children (discounts for more than one child from family) / children 6 to 12 years / equipment provided, wear trainers or climbing shoes / reservations: Cordon Tourisme – 04 50 58 01 57;

Thursday 27th JulyThursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Visages Villages» (documentary; France)Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 20h30price: 5€ / see full July schedule on the MJC website;

Thursday 27th JulyGuided Visit: «The Calvaire»Megève 17h – a site of pilgrimage, inspired by the Calvaire in Varallo in Val Sesia, Megève’s Calvaire is unique in Rhône-Alpes / reservations: OT Megève (Edouard Apertet)  / address: Montée du Calvaire, 74120, Megève;

Thursday 27th JulyRencontre en Refuge  Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval from 16h – learn about the flaura and fauna near the Refuge de Grenairon; followed by a talk / RDV Refuge de Grenairon / for adults and children 6+ years / FREE (apart from refuge costs) / reservations: ASTERS on 06 17 54 33 78;

© OT Annecy / Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard

Thursday 27th JulyGuided Walk: «Allons chercher la p’tite bête» Doussard (Lac d’Annecy) – 9h to 12h – birds, beavers, foxes, squirrels, lizards . . . come and learn how to better observe these little creatures / for adults and children 6+ years / RDV: car park of the nature reserve, route de la Vieille Eglise / reservations: ASTERS on 04 50 66 47 59 or 06 17 54 21 68;

Thursday 27th July – Soirée Estivale au Château de Menthon-Saint-Bernard: «Alice au Pays des Merveilles» – Annecy 21h30  reservations required: www.les-etincelles-ballet-theatre.com or 06 33 17 41 46 / price: adults 15€, children (6 to 15 years) 8€ and under 5s FREE!/ from 19h30, you can wander freely around the castle (thank you to Mummy in the Mountains for this one;  this is one of her family summer highlights in Annecy!);


Les F’estivales de Sallanches: Festivités de la Saint-Jacques – from Thursday 27th July to 1st August

A huge funfair is set up in Sallanches for five days, up and down the quais!  Fun for the whole family and a really beautiful spot for a fête foraine!

La Fête Foraine de la Saint-Jacques à Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun

Alpes Home – Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July (Combloux)
© alpes-home.com / combloux.com

This event in the art of mountain living has been running since 2010; see here for more details;


Friday 28th JulySoirée Astronomie  Refuge de Loriaz – Vallorcine from 18h – thanks to the association Mont d’Arbois Astronomie, you can come and observe the late afternoon sun and the night sky / open to ALL, but you must reserve to eat and sleep at the refuge! / address: Refuge de Loriaz, Le Couteray, 74660 Vallorcine;

© Mont d’Arbois Astronomie / Refuge de Loriaz

Friday 28th JulyWalk: «réserve ton vendredi»«l’Etagement de la Végétation»Col des Montets – Vallorcine 14h to 17h – how vegetation is organised in the mountains / walk for the whole family / Col des Montets: to observe and touch the vegetation / address: Chalet d’accueil de la réserve naturelle Col des Montets, 74660, Vallorcine;

Friday 28th July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Etonnante Nature: découvrez le monde étonnant de la nature en famille»  Lac Vert  Passy  10h to 12h – FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 28th July – «les apéros’jardin» at the Jardin des Cimes  Plateau d’Assy 18h30 until 22h30  FREE entrance to terrace (donations welcomed) – cancelled in the event of bad weather / Rock & Blues with La Rouille;

«les apéros’jardin» at the Jardin des Cimes © http://www.jardindescimes.com

Friday 28th July Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Friday and Wednesday over the summer;

Friday 28th July Canyoning Torrent de Balme Cordon 13h30 – jumping, swimming, keeping cool in the waters of the Balme; natural slides, abseiling / for adults and children 10+ years / reservations: Cordon Tourisme on 04 50 58 01 57 or / every Friday in the summer;

Friday 28th July – Jeu de Piste avec L’inspecteur RandoSallanches – L’Inspecteur Rando takes children from 6 to 12 years on a treasure hunt to discover the town in a fun and interactive way (without parents!) / price: 4€ / sign up at the Office de Tourisme de Sallanches: +33 (0)4 50 58 04 25;

© sallanches.fr /randoland.fr

Friday 28th July Creative Afternoon with TilouCombloux;

Friday 28th July Creative Workshop: «Loisirs Créatifs au bord de l’eau»Le Palais Megève – Megève – creative workshops for 3 to 5 year olds / reservations: at the Palais Megève  / price: 3,50;

© Le Palais Megève

Friday 28th July Contes & MagieContes: «Savoureuses Histoires» – Parc MontessuitAnnemasse17h, 18h and 19h – for children 3 to 10 years / free entertaiment for little ones during the summer months!


Les Petits Princes du Lac d’Annecy (30ème édition) – from 28th July to 5th August 
© http://www.petitsprincesannecy.com

Les Petits Princes du Lac d’Annecy (30ème édition) – Mondial de Tennis from 14 yearsTennis des MaquisatsAnnecy – FREE! / see here for more details / address: 58 rue des Marquisats, 74000, Annecy;


Les Musicales d’Assy – Saturday 29th July to 11th August 2017 
Les Musicales d’Assy 2017 © Les Musicales d’Assy

This musical event will take place at: the Jardin des Cimes, at the Cinéma de Plateau d’Assy, at the Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grace. See here for more details and the programme:

  • Saturday 29th July at 16hJardin des Cimes: atelier improvisation jazz with Vincent Le-Quang;
  • Sunday 30th July at 16hJardin des Cimes: Scène ouverte + Jazz concert at 19h30 from Vincent Le-Quang Quartet;
  • Sunday 6th AugustCinéma Plateau d’Assy: master class violon and chamber music with Alexis Galperine; 18h: concert/conference with Alexis Galperine “le renouveau de l’art sacré au XXième siècle à Notre Dame de Toute Grace;
  • Monday 7th August – at the Cinéma Plateau d’Assy: master class violon and chamber music with Alexis Galperine;
  • Tuesday 8th and Friday 11th August at 20hNotre Dame de Toute Grace: concert

Reservations: violonlunaire@gmail.com or lesmusicalesdassy.fr;


Semaine Enfant: les p’tits loups s’amusent (thème: la nature) – from Saturday 29thJuly to 4th August (Combloux)
© combloux.com
A themed week, just for children!  All week long there will be activities for the children and the theme this year is la nature. Shows, outdoor activities, discovery of lora and fauna, goûter avec Tilou au plan d’eau biotope. More details to come;

Saturday 29th JulyChamonix MarketChamonix from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 29th JulyInitiation Qi Qong at the Jardin des Cimes Plateau d’Assy 10h to 12h – 15+ years (cancelled in the event of bad weather);

Saturday 29th July «les apéros’littéraires au Jardin des Cimes»Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 16h45 to 18h30 – presentation of «Pas si bête» / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Saturday 29th JulyBBQ Lac de Passy Lac de Passy Passy  10h to 16h  BBQ hosted by Culture Vélo, Mont Blanc Athlete & Le Blaireau qui Brasse;

© Culture Vélo, Mont Blanc Athlete and Le Blaireau qui Brasse

Saturday 29th JulySallanches Market Quais de la Sallanches 8h to 13h  the largest market in the valley / food; gardening; fashion;

Saturday 29th July La Rando des Illuminées de la Saint-Jacques  Sallanches 16h30 until 1h – the St Jacques is the patron saint of Sallanches and on the first Saturday after the Saint’s Day, the CAF of Sallanches and the Ski-Club des amis de montagne climb our highest summits and light them up / walk is about 10km, with a dénivelé of +/-900m / RDV at the Lévaud car-park for covoiturage and departure for Burzier carpark at 17h / price: adults 30€; children (12-16 ans) 18€; forfait famille 80€ (4 people with 2 adultes and 2 children) / price includes guide for 12 pax, a drink at Doran, dinner (fondue, fruit salad, drink) on l’arête des Saix, plates and cutlery / transport not included / cancelled in the event of bad weather and reimbursed / for more information about route & equipment, see here / reserve at OT Sallanches;

Illuminés de la Saint-Jacques © sallanches.com

Saturday 29th July  Guided tour: «Des Romain à nos jours»  Martigny  17h30  price: 15CH / for Roman lovers, discover Roman Martigny! / with Roman bread & wine tasting too! / RDV: Fondation Pierre Gianadda; tel: +41 27 720 49 49;

© OT Martigny

Sunday 30th July Festival Heures d’Orgues Chamonix;

Sunday 30th July «Trail Tour des Fiz» (9ème édition) – Passy – different parcours available / a trail around the 8 refuges of the Tour des Fiz / open to 16+ years (Trail Balcon des Fiz) / see here for more details;

9ième Trail du Tour des Fiz © http://www.traildutourdesfiz.com

Sunday 30th July Journée Camp de Base Lac de Passy  from 10h to 17h  a day to discover and try out all of the activities that the Lac de Passy has to offer: cani-rando, mini-trail, tir-à-l’arc, climbing and more . . .  / for this day, Lac de Passy becomes a giant playground! / professionals will be at hand to show off activities / FREE navettes from Mountain Store and Parvis des Fiz!

Journée Camp de Base Passy Plaine-Joux © http://www.traildutourdesfiz.com

Sunday 30th JulyWorkshop: «Do-In»Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 9h to 10h – an auto-massage session, which allows the body to relax due to pressure applied to certain points, stretches, and vibrations; a way to soothe small aches & pains and to relax / bring your own mats / no reservations needed / from 8+ years! / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Sunday 30th July – Welcome Drinks Apéritifs – Cordon 11h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 30th July – Festival Jeunes TalentsPraz-sur-Arly – young artists of the future! FREE!

Sunday 30th JulyPot d’Accueil Praz sur-Arly18h – presentation of the weekly activities on offer in Praz-sur-Arly;

Sunday 30thFête des Vieux MétiersLa Place du Village – Megève  – village fête with the old outfits of yesteryear / the old streets will come alive with the rhythm of vieux métiers;

Sunday 30thConcert at Lac de JavenMegève – 18h – with l’Orchestre d’Harmonie de Megève et les Voix de l’OHM – FREE! / address: Chemin de la Rée, 74120, Megève;

Concert au Lac de Javen © megeve.com

Monday 31st July – Histoires avec kamishibaï: «Philomène veut aider ses amis»  La Bibliothèque  Vallorcine 17h – every Monday, storytelling at Vallorcine library; the aventures of Camille la taupe, Piti l’escargot, Azuro le dragon, Crocky le crocodile, Bao le panda ou Philomène la poule / FREE!;

© Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Monday 31st July – Ayuverdique Massage with Cécile Jehanne – Jardin des Cimes Plateau d’Assyfrom 10h – revitalising massage from Indian medicine / 20mins, 40mins or 60mins / price: 20€, 40€, 60€ + entrance to gardens / more information and reservations: 06 07 57 64 15 / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190 Plateau d’Assy;

Monday 31st JulyPhotography Workshop (digital cameras)by Byzance Photos ReportagesJardin des Cimesfrom 10h – duration: workshops 2 hours long / learn the basics of digital photography in a beautiful spot, a garden opposite Mont-Blanc / for amateurs and beginners / included: presentation about photography and advice: shutter speed, depth, exposure, aperture, exercises / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy / price: entrance to gardens + 45€ for workshop / reservations: 06 34 90 14 95 or email – cleblanc@wanadoo.fr or FB messenger: “Byzance Photos Reportages” / *participants must provide their own camera! (Reflex, Bridge et Hybride) and don’t forget to put in the memory card and to charge your battery!*address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190, Plateau d’Assy;

Atelier Photos at the Jardin des Cimes © Byzance Photos Reportages

Monday 31st July Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage Gypaète Barbu»  Parapente departure area Plaine-Joux  14h – on a little walk, the animateurs of the Réserve will explain the nature surrounding you / games on-site with the animateurs;

© Réserve Naturelle de Passy

Monday 31st JulyAnimated Film: «Le grand méchant renard et autres contes» (2017; France) by Benjamin Renner and Patrick ImbertCinéma du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 17h30duration: 1h20;

Monday 31st JulyFilm: «De toutes mes forces» (2017; France) by Chad ChenougaCinéma du PlateauPlateau d’Assy – 20hduration: 1h38;

Monday 31st July  Board games for the family – near Plan d’Eau BiotopeCombloux 9h to midday – a relaxing morning of board games for the whole family / FREE!

Monday 31st July  Les P’tits Fermiers – Combloux 17h – put on your boots and go discover the world of goats on the farm! Delphine will show you the dwarf goats, who love cuddles; you can have a go at milking too and taste the goats’ cheese! / wear boots or shoes that can get mucky! / FREE! / address: 74, chemin des Poses, Ormaret, 74920, Combloux;

Les P’tits Fermiers © combloux.com

Monday 31st July  «Découverte glisses sur le pumptrack» – Pumptrack Combloux 14h to 18h – come and discover the new pumptrack in Combloux, a track made of tarmac, with bumps, hills and bends / all equipment can be borrowed: scooters, BMX / partner: Intersport Combloux – in the event of rain, the activities will be cancelled and games offered instead at the Tourist Office / adults must remain responsible for their children! / address: 132, route de la mairie, 74920, Combloux;

Pumptrack in Combloux © combloux.com
Monday 31st July  Guided walk: «la Découverte de l’histoire de Cordon» – Cordon 18h – traditional mountain architecture, life in the olden days / with Roselyne, guide du patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / every Monday from 12th June to 11th September 2017 / FREE! / cancelled in the event of bad weather;

Lounge Music Festival (7ème édition) Les Gets – 31st July to 12th Augst
Lounge Music Festival Les Gets
The 7th edition of the Lounge Music Festival in Les Gets kicks off on the 31st July: 48 concerts (Soul, Blues, Reggae, Folk . . . ). That’s nearly two weeks worth of FREE concerts around town, every day from 10h to 23h.  See here for the programme.

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