August Agenda au Pays du Mont Blanc

August has arrived au Pays du Mont Blanc . . . and after a July filled with family/children’s events, festivals and exciting workshops & guided tours, here is the listings for the summer month ahead! I’ve included lots of ideas for us adults over the month (evening film screenings, talks, guided walks); as we’ll all be needing some R & R and brain stimulation 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 very welcome to send me any information for family/children’s events and activities that you are organising, or that you know of, that are missing from the list! Send me a message here or here;


Colour codes for listings:

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

Passy & environs

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

St Gervais, Le Fayet & environs

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs

Les Contamines & environs

Further France & 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 9h30 to 19h30 in July & August – 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 photos/drawings to: contact@parcdemerlet.com with your 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 MBFF 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 Switzerland – 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 17th Sept 2017Exhibition: «3 regards sur la Montagne»Espace Mémoire Marcel Wibault – Chamonix – 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

from 1st August to 30th September – Exhibition of watercolours/oil paintings by Philippe Fescourt Office de Tourisme de VallorcineVallorcineevery day 9h to midday and 14h30 to 18h30;

© OT Vallorcine / P Fescourt

from 7th to 20th AugustExhibition & sale of watercolour originalsMaison de Village – Argentièreevery day from 10h to 12h and 15h to 19h – originals and postcards for sale / address: 101 route du Village, 74400, Argentière;

© OT Argentière / Cassy

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 – Servoz  address: Maison du Lieutenant2231 Le Mont, 74310, Servoz;

Exposition Crevasse © argentiere.com

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

until 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;

until 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

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 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;

© François Brin

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;

until 31st AugustSculpture exhibition: Jean-Alexandre Delattre’s metal scultptures – all summer, Megève’s streets will be adorned with Jean-Alexandre Delattre’s metal scultptures!

© megeve.com

all year-roundLe Jardin de Samivel – Chemin de P’Tou – Les Contamines-Montjoie – an open-air museum, dedicated to Samivel – watercolour painter, poet, romance writer, film-maker, explorer;

Le Jardin Samivel © les contamines.com

until 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;
until 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  Exhibition: «Faune & Fer» by Atelier Pyrite  new temporary exhibition  Barryland  Martigny  Switzerland – more information: www.fondation-barry.ch;

© Atelier Pyrite/ Barryland

until 7th January 2018 «Fourmis»  new temporary exhibition  Muséum (Natural History Museum)  Geneva  Tuesday to Sunday; 10h to 17h / CLOSED 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 MAMCOnew temporary exhibitionMAMCO Geneva – 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 Gianadda Martigny every day 9h to 19hSwitzerland every day from 9h to 19haddress: 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 Italy10h 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;


© Valle d’Aosta
Softplay & Bouncy Castles

Softplay for rainy days: La Petite Folie in Chamonix (open 9h to 12h 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»Combloux Tuesdays 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» – ComblouxWednesdays 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 withthe Combloux Tourist Office;

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

Les Petits Fermiers (Combloux)
© combloux.com

Mondays  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;


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)Tuesday – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux (Sallanches16h30 to 19h30) – support local producers & local economy, local agriculture and their short growing seasons, and help 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;
  • WednesdayLes Houches Marché Paysan (15h to );
  • ThursdaySaint-Gervais (8h to 13h);
  • FridayMegève (8h to 13h);

August Agenda

* Please always double check the running of all the events listed – against Tourist Office listings, etc . . . events get cancelled due to poor weather, sickness, poor attendance and human error! *

Les F’estivales de Sallanches: Festivités de la Saint-Jacques – until 1st August

The final day to enjoy the huge funfair set up in Sallanches, 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

Tennis Tournament: «Les Petits Champions» – until 5th August (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
© saintgervais.com

Open to all 12/13/14 year olds with the proper licence; big names like Andy Murray et Justine Hénin have participated!


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

At the Tennis des Maquisats in Annecy – FREE! / see here for more details / address: 58 rue des Marquisats, 74000, Annecy;


Lounge Music Festival (7ème édition) Les Gets – until 12th August
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.

Fête National en Suisse – Tuesday 1st August

The 1st August is Fête National in Switzerland, celebrating the founding of the Swiss Confederation; it is a bank holiday in Switzerland, so much will be shut and all will be celebrating (we have been caught out with Ikea shopping plans once, and had to quickly change our planning!). One idea is to head to the Parc de la Grange in Eaux-Vives, Geneva, where there will be FREE activities for the family from 3pm; another idea is to head to Martigny, or one of the towns on Lac Léman: Lausanne, Nyon, Morges, Montreux . . . Perhaps you missed the fireworks here in the Pays du Mont Blanc in July?  If so, a quick hop over to Martigny or to Geneva/Lac Léman at night time could give you another splendid evening of feux d’artifice . . . 


Tuesday 1st August – Chedde (Passy), Combloux and Les Contamines markets in the morning;

Tuesday 1st AugustAloha Tuesday (yoga & hike)Chamonix8h45 to 12h30price: 45€ / RDV: Boardriders Chamonix (31 rue Joseph Vallot) / with Sébastien Lopez (Accompagnateur en montagne) and Blanche de Marion, founder of Chamonix Yoga Festival;

Tuesday 1st August – Espace des Guérins – Salle Bicentenaire Chamonix 18h – with film-maker René Vernadet, with extracts of film “des Conquérants de l’inutile“;

Tuesday 1st August – Soirée 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 1st August – Creative workshop «Moutonnades» with Anaka (part of «Alpages en Fête») – Musée Montagnard Les Houches – 14h30 to 17h – initiation of painting on plexiglass / for children 6+ years & accompanying adult / price: 8€ / address: 2 place de l’Eglise, 74310, Les Houches; reservations: +33 (0)7 60 04 14 26; cecile.lapouge@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr;

© Anaka / Le Musée Montagnard Les Houches

Tuesday 1st August Game & Sun: wooden & board games – Place du Village – Les Houches – 14h to 17h – offered by the OT Les Houches and with Terre à Jeux;

Tuesday 1st August Soirée Montagne: film & talk «Sur le fil de Darwin» – Espace animation – Les Houches – from 19h15 – 19h15: buvette; 20h: film screening (raising funds for Caisse de secours du Fonds National Solidarité Montagne (FNSM);

Tuesday 1st August – Children’s workshop: «Peuple de l’herbe pour les enfants» Maison de l’Alpage  Servoz 9h to midday – find, study and release 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;

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Tuesday 1st August – Marché Artisanal  Place du Village Argentière10h to 18h;

Tuesday 1st August – Talk: «Les Montagnards sont Bavards»Bureau des GuidesArgentière18h30 – FREE for members! / with Dominique MARRO, helicopter pilot at  CMBHorganised by l’Etape;

Tuesday 1st August – Pop Up Festival des Artistes La Pharmacie des ArtistesArgentière17h – a fundraising evening with a buffet/refreshments and music from Rotemand Marie De La Montagne – Music / after party at the Office Bar with Hobo Noise from 22h / “The pop up this evening “Festival des Artistes” is the beginning of a programme designed to place the Pharmacie des Artistes and Argentière on the cultural map of the Chamonix Valley.  The idea is to take art to the streets and this means all of the arts, in order to put back into the valley community and say a thank you to all who have supported us in our time of need after the fire that so drastically changed our lives. “Art to the streets” also means freeing the image of the arts and thereby making it more available to all those who are interested in creating, expressing and sharing in an experience that embellishes our quality of life here. Personally I have lived in this valley long enough to realise that a very important thing is to maintain and transmit the soul and spirit of the place for ourselves and for those who are only just beginning to discover this unique part of our planet. Look forwards to seeing you in Agrentière later. Andy Parkin;

© La Pharmacie des Artistes

Tuesday 1st August – Walk & Film: «A la découverte du gypaète barbu au Refuge de Moëde-Anterne»  Refuge Moede-Anterne Passy16h30 to 18h30 – FREE apart from refuge costs / for all and children 10+ years / reservations: ASTERS – 04 50 90 23 07 or 06 23 43 72 66;

Tuesday 1st August – Laser Game Lac de Passy (beach end) Passy14h30 to 18h – FREE after having tried out one of the Base de Loisirs’ activities the same day!

Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd August – Workshop for adults: «Stage d’initiation à la glaciologie» Centre de la Nature Montagnarde Sallanches9h to 18h – price: 45 to 100€ (per person per day) / with Sylvain Coutterand, glaciologist / see here for more details;

Tuesday 1st August Randonnée Aquatique Les Pieds dans l’Eau – Sallanches8h30 to midday price: 20€ / a refreshing walk along the water / RDV: Parking du Lévaud / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 1st August Guided Walk: «de Burzier au Déramey, entre forêts et montagnettes» Sallanches9h to midday / a walk through the forests and to the chalets of Déramey / RDV: Parking de Burzier / for all, children 5+ years / reservations: CNM – +33 (0)4 50 58 32 13;

Tuesday 1st August – Guided Walk: «Découverte de Sallanches»  Sallanches RDV Parking Lévaud 13h45 to 17h / price: 20€ / reservations: 04 50 58 18 03 / family walk up towards Saint-Roch;

Tuesday 1st August – Initiation Trail  Sallanches RDV Parking Lévaud 9h to midday / price: 20€ / reservations: 04 50 58 18 03 / family walk up towards Saint-Roch;

Tuesday 1st August – Guided Visit at the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches – Sallanches – 15h – guided visit included in entrance fee / 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 1st August – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux – Sallanches – 16h30 to 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 1st August  Yoga Famille/Enfants  Plan d’eau biotope  Combloux – 9h30 to 10h30 price: 8€ to 10 €;

Tuesday 1st August  Ateliers Créatifs  2nd Floor of Tourist Office  Combloux – 14h30 to 17h – FREE! / for children + 3 years / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, Combloux;

Tuesday 1st August  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 1st August – Concert: «Evasions Lyriques» with Patricia Ponselle – Eglise – Combloux 20h30 to 22h;

Tuesday 1st August – 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 1st JulyCharlotte la Marmotte at the ice-skating rink (Jardin de Glace) – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – 15h à 17h – for children 3 to 12 years / price below;

© OT St Gervais

Children’s Photography Workshops by Byzance Photo Reportages @ Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
© Byzance Photos Reportages

Byzance Photos Reportages is offering children’s digital photography workshops every week from Tuesday to Sunday (10h to 12h and from 15h to 18h) at the Chalet des Créateurs / children aged from 6 to 12 years / duration: 30mins / price: 10€ / address: 900, route de Megève, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / reservations: 06 02 33 11 75 / Facebook Page;

Tuesday 1st AugustWorkshop: «making a dream-catcher» – Chalet des CréateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains – price: 6€ / see here for more details and timings / address: Le Chalet de Créateurs, 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

© Le Chalet des Créateurs

Tuesday 1st August Workshop for Children: rocket making – Place de l’Eglise or Maison de la Montagne – Praz-sur-Arly10h30 / price: 3€ / reservations: OT Praz-sur-Arly;

Tuesday 1st August Family Party – Place de l’Eglise or Maison de la Montagne – Les Praz-sur-Arly – 20h30 / FREE! / reservations: OT Praz-sur-Arly;

Tuesday 1st August Workshop for Children – Réserve Naturelle des Contamines-Montjoie – 14h – for children 6+ years / sign up at OT / an adult must accompany / price: 5€

Tuesday 1st August Magic show for children: «La Case Enchantée» – Place du Village Les Contamines-Montjoie – 18h / in the event of rain, it will be held in the Espace Animation / FREE!;

Tuesday 1st August Balade Contée with J.F. Deffayet – up to the Refuge de Sales – Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval – 18h / presentation after the meal / reservations: +33 (0)9 88 18 42 93;

Tuesday 1st August Guided walk (45 mins) – Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval – 14h and 15h30 / with a guide from the Réserve Naturelle de Sixt-Passy / RDV: chalet d’accueil du Fer-à-Cheval / see here for more details;

Tuesday 1st August – Visit & Workshop for children: «P’tits patrimoines: L’hôtel de ma ville» – Palais de l’Île – Annecy14h to 16h30 – children will observe the architecture of hôtels de ville, and will re-create new power architecture through the symbols of power and collage / for 6 to 12 year olds / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€;


Trois Jours dans les Etoiles – Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th August (Praz-sur-Arly)
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Three days to discover the stars, with lots of workshops and activities for children! Sign up at Tourist Office! / Maison de la Montagne

  • Wednesday 2nd August from 16h to 22h30 (16h: a celestial clock / 17h30: planetarium / 21h: star-gazing with giant telescope);
  • Thursday 3rd August from 10h to 22h30 (10h: sun observation / 11h: create a map of sky / 17h30: planetarium / 21h: star-gazing with giant telescope);
  • Friday 4th August from 11h to 18h30 (11h: workshop claire lune soleil / 17h30 planetarium);

La Roche Bluegrass Festival – Wednesday 2nd to  Sunday 6th August (La Roche-sur-Foron)

© Auvergne Rhone Alpes Tourisme


Wednesday 2nd August Guided walk «Les Virées Culturelles de Christine»: Statues et des plaques commémoratives de Chamonix: l’histoire par le petit côté de la lorgnette!” – Chamonix – 16h price: 12€ / RDV: Saint Michel Parking;

Wednesday 2nd August Workshop: «Découverte de la Haute Montagne» – 8h15 to 13h15 – half-day courses (3 hours) / RDV: Caisses des Grands-Montets / offered by La Chamoniarde / FREE, with guides de haute montagne with the aim of making the public more aware of the risks of high mountains / reservations: Office de Haute Montagne / La Chamoniarde 04 50 53 2208 (a deposit of 30€ will be asked of you when you sign up to confirm your booking; and then returned to you );

© chamonix.com / La Chamoniarde

Wednesday 2nd August – Talk: «La montagne sous l’œil du géographe» – Salle du Bicentenaire Chamonix  18h  FREE! / for the curious mountain lovers / tel: 04 50 54 02 24;

Wednesday 2nd August 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 / reservations: +33 (0)7 60 04 14 26; cecile.lapouge@cc-valleedechamonixmb.fr / address: 2 place de l’Eglise, 74310, Les Houches;

Wednesday 2nd AugustFamily Fun: «Jeu de la Vache» Musée Montagnard Les 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;

©  leshouches.com / Le Musée Montagnard

Wednesday 2nd AugustGuided Visit: «Raconte-moi la montagne» Musée MontagnardLes Houches16h / 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 2nd August – «2017 Alpages en Fête»: drawing workshop La Vache qui Lit la BibliothèqueLes Houchesfrom 14h to 15h30 / draw the montée aux alpages des troupeaux, en noir et blanc / for children 6+ years / reservations necessary / FREE! 

La Vache qui Lit ©  leshouches.com

Wednesday 2nd August – Concert Médiéval: «Le Siècle d’Aliènor» – Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste – Les Houches  17h  price: 12€;

Wednesday 2nd August – Cinéma with Cinébus: «Noires Désir» (France, 2017) documentary film by Gilles Chappaz – Les Houches21h – duration: 65mins – a film about the work of Joseph Deschamps, Pierre Mugnier, Patrick Ancey and Bernard Simond, who raise Hérens cows / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 2nd August – Dance: «Niravana» from Art Vison – Espace Olca – Les Houches  18h30  a classical Indian dance, Odissi, with 6 dancersdocumentary «Odissi, des temples à la cène contemporaine», apéritifs, and show at 21h / donations welcome;

©  leshouches.com

Wednesday 2nd August – Workshop: «Sculpture au Couteau» – Bibliothèque de Servoz – Servoz  9h to 11h30  FREE! / reservations: 04 50 47 28 75 / address: Bibliothèque de Servoz, Le Bouchet, 74310, Servoz;

© servoz.com

Wednesday 2nd August – 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 2nd August – Talk: «Glaciers 2017, des nouvelles fraîches» – Salle Communale Argentière 18hprice: 5€ and FREE for under 7s / presented by Luc Moreau, glaciologist / photos and films;

Wednesday 2nd AugustGuided Walk «Pourquoi Vallorcine n’est pas Suisse?» and «Habitat Walser et Habitats Naturels» – Vallorcine Col des Montets see here;

Wednesday 2nd August  Wednesday evening documentary film screening «for Alpages en Fête», “le monde agricole d’aujourd’hui”  Bibliothèque de Vallorcine Vallorcine17h to 18h45 – “Au fil des rencontres et des témoignages le film dresse un tableau humain et réaliste de la paysannerie contemporaine, déchirée entre le productivisme effréné et un modèle alternatif autonome et durable” (chamonix.com) / FREE!

Wednesday 2nd AugustMurmure Yoga with Charly  Lac de Passy (les criques) Passy9h to 10h30price: 15€ (and forfaits available) / Charly is offering lots of different yoga classes up and down the valley and a regular Sunday morning workshop at the lovely Granges d’en Haut in Les Houches on Sunday morning over August / for more information and weekly planning: murmureyoga.com / FB page;

Savasana at Lac de Passy © murmureyoga.com

Wednesday 2nd August – Walk & Film: «A la découverte du gypaète barbu au Refuge de Moëde-Anterne»  Refuge Moede-Anterne  Passy8h to 10h – FREE apart from refuge costs / for all and children 10+ years / reservations: ASTERS – 04 50 90 23 07 or 06 23 43 72 66;

Wednesday 2nd August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage Gypaète Barbu»  Chemin du Col d’Anterne Passy  9h30 to 11h30;

Wednesday 2nd August  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 2nd AugustInitiation 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; entrance to gardens / 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 2nd August – «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 27th Sept 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 2nd AugustGuided visit of Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grâce – Plateau d’Assy 10h30 – founded by M.Novarina, consecrated in 1950, and decorated by some of the world’s famous modern artists / price: 5€ and free for under 12s / no reservations needed, pay on-site;

Wednesday 2nd August Les P’tits Experts de la nature workshop: «Le p’tit musée» – Centre de la Nature Montagnarde Sallanches14h 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 2nd August  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 2nd August  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 2nd August  Chasse aux Trésor with Tilou  Tourist Office  Combloux – 14h – FREE! / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, Combloux;

Wednesday 2n August  «Les Petits Loups s’amusent»: maquillage pour les enfants  Combloux  14h to 18h;

Wednesday 2nd August – Storytime: «Contes alpins sous le sapin»  Bibliothèque Combloux17h30 – 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 2nd August – Soirée BBQ et Concert  Théatre de Verdure (Plan d’Eau Biotope) Combloux19h and 21h concert – bring your own meat to grill, set up your picnic blankets and enjoy the music and the majestic view!

Wednesday 2nd August Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Wednesday and Friday over the summer;

Wednesday 2nd AugustMercredi des Enfants à Saint-Gervais: spectacle Enfants  Plateau de la Croix  Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce – with show at 16h: «Permis de Planter»;

Wednesday 2nd August Photography Workshop by Byzance Photos Reportages (adults)  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 2nd August  l’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;

© megeve.com

Wednedsay 2nd August – Workshop: «Les Bambins des Bois»Place de l’Office de Tourisme – Praz-sur-Arly – 14h30 to 18h30price: 2€ / children can learn to make toys from wood;

Wednedsay 2nd August – Initiation Escalade – Plaine des Belles – Praz-sur-Arly – 15h30 to 17hprice: 17€ / climbing lessons;

Wednesday 2nd August Creative workshop for children: «Making Souvenir Boxes» – Place du Village Les Contamines – 10h to 12h / souvenir-making with Vincent / FREE!

Wednesday 2nd August Children’s Party «Boum des Enfants» – Place du Village Les Contamines – 17h to 19h / the dance-floor reserved for little ones! / FREE!

Wednesday 2nd AugustCinéma de plein air: «Les Minions» Parc Fantasia – Annemasse nightfall;

Cinéma de plein air in  Annemasse © annemasse.fr

Wednesday 2nd August – Mini Rendez-vous: «C’est pas vrai !» MAMCO  Geneva  15h15  fun & interactive guided tours at the MAMCO / duration: 20 mins / for 2 to 4 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

Wednesday 2nd August – Petits Rendez-vous: «Couper, copier, coller» MAMCO  Geneva  15h15  fun & interactive guided tours at the MAMCO / 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

Fêtes de Genève – from 3rd to 13th August
© Fêtes de Genève
© Fêtes de Genève

See here for the programme of events / firework display on 12th August!


Thursday 3rd August 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 place du Triangle de l’Amitié, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Thursday 3rd August Les Promenades Photo de Teresa Kaufman: «Trélechamps – un hameau d’alpage dans un milieu sauvage entre prairies et forêts» – Chamonix13h20 – price: 30€ / reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42 / RDV: gare SNCF de Montroc Le Planet;

© http://www.teresakaufman.com

Thursday 3rd AugustChildren’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 3rd August Les jeudis commentés – Maison de la Mémoire et Patrimoine Janny Coutet – Chamonix – 10h – discover the exhibition en famille, followed by a reading workshop about landscape;

Thursday 3rd August  Guided Visit: «A la découverte du monde minéral»  Musée des Cristaux/Espace Tairraz  Chamonix 14h30 & 16h30 – with  Denis at 14h30 and Jean-Luc & Jean-Claude at 16h30  reservations (up to 25 pax): leave a FB message with name, no. people, time-slot and a reply will be given with “j’aime” / Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix: http://www.mineralogie-chamonix.org;

© Espace Tairraz / Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix et des Alpes du Nord

Thursday 3rd AugustTalk: «Horace-Bénédicte de Saussure et la conquete du Mont-Blanc» – Les Amis du Vieux Chamonix – Salle Bicentenaire – Chamonix – 18h30 – FREE!

Thursday 3rd August 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 3rd AugustDîner Spectacle facing Mont-Blanc: «Rapaces à 2000m d’Altitude» – Bergerie de PlanprazBrévent – 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 3rd August «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 3rd AugustTalk from l’Ecole de Physique: «Le changement climatique vu des nuages»Espace Animation – Les Houches21h – climate change as seen from the clouds / address: 27 place de la Mairie, 74310, Les Houches;

© leshouches.com / l’Ecole de Physique

Thursday 3rd August Concert& Apéros: «Capharnahom» Guinguette Lac des Chavants  Les Houches 18h;

Thursday 3rd August Concert: «De l’opérette à l’opéra» Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste  Les Houches 21h – FREE!

Thursday 3rd August 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 3rd August – Talk: «Les Montagnards sont Bavards» L’Etape18h30 – FREE for members! / address: L’Etape, 329 rue Charlet Straton, 74400, Argentière;

Thursday 3rd AugustTalk: «Les glaciers, un patrimoine mondial en voie d’extinction» – Maison de Village d’ArgentièreArgentière18h30 – with Jean-Baptiste Bosson, géomorphologist from the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment at the Université de Lausanne / address: 101 route du Village, 74400, Argentière;

Thursday 3rd August Guided visit: «Journée de découverte de la géologie et de la géomorphologie» Chalet d’Accueil de la Réserve Naturelle  Col des Montets Vallorcine10h to 17hreservations: 04n50 54 08 06;

Thursday 3rd August Guided visit of design centre at Mountain Store Passy 10h30 – every Thursday, come and visit the design centre hub of Mountain Store, and discover the brands Quechua, Wedze and Simond, worn by so many of us au Pays du Mont Blanc! / FREE!

Thursday 3rd August – Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Les Mystères du Lac Vert» Lac Vert  Passy  14h to 16h – get to know about the mysteries of the Lac Vert! Why is it green? Is it natural? Is it deep? Legends & stories / for children 6+ years and adults / RDV next to restaurant du Lac Vert / FREE and no reservations needed;

Thursday 3rd August Guided visit of Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grâce – Plateau d’Assy 16h – founded by M.Novarina, consecrated in 1950, and decorated by some of the world’s famous modern artists / price: 5€ and free for under 12s / no reservations needed, pay on-site;

Thursday 3rd August – Guided visit: «Mythes et Légendes, en avant les histoires» Lac Vert  Passy  18h30 to 20h – come and discover the secrets of the Lac Vert / offered by OT Passy;

Thursday 3rd August Atelier Floral (for 6 to 13 year olds) – Théatre Verdure  Plan d’Eau Biotope Combloux14h to 17h30price: 10€ / duration: 30 mins;

Thursday 3rd AugustGuided Visit: «Sur la trace des graniteurs» ZAC du Plan Mouillé – Combloux 14h30 to 16h30 – 7€/5€;

Thursday 3rd AugustInitiation 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 3rd AugustWorkshop (for teenagers & adults): «Peintures sur Bois» Chalet des Créateurs – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains 10h to midday – price: 10€ / / 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;

Peintures sur Bois © Chalet des Créateurs

Thursday 3rd AugustRelais Nocturne du Bettex – Le BettexSaint-Gervais-les-Bainsfrom 18h30price: 10€/6€ / children’s race at 19h;

Thursday 3rd AugustThursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Ce qui nous lie» by Cédric Klapish (France) – Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 20h30price: 5€ / see full August schedule on the MJC website;

Thursday 3rd August – Luge 4S de Megève: Les Descentes Nocturnes – Megève – music and festive lighting once night falls! / every Thursday during the summer holidays;

© La Luge 4 Saison / Les Portes de Mont-Blanc

Thursday 3rd August – «Trois Jours dans les Etoiles»Praz-sur-Arly  from 10h to 22h30 – programme: 10h: sun observation / 11h: create a map of sky / 17h30: planetarium / 21h: star-gazing with giant telescope;

Thursday 3rd August Guided visit: art in Praz-sur-Arly – 10h to 11h30 – discover the village and its art / FREE!

© prazsurarly.com

Thursday 3rd August Guided Visit of Les Contamines Place du Village – Les Contamines-Montjoie10h to 12h / FREE! / tel: +33 (0)4 50 47 01 58;

Thursday 3rd August Goûter Raconté Parc Patrice Dominguez – Les Contamines-Montjoie16h30 / FREE!

Thursday 3rd AugustRencontre en Refuge: «Une réserve naturelle transfrontalière sur le Tour du Mont-Blanc»  Les Contamines-Montjoie – 18h to 21h – FREE, apart from refuge costs! / an evening with the team from the Réserve Naturelle at the refuge, with a talk about flora and faunafor all and children 10+ years / RDV Refuge de la Croix de Bonhomme / reservations: 04 79 07 05 28;

Thursday 3rd AugustRencontre en Refuge: Gypaète & Faune de MontagneSixt-Fer-à-Cheval 16h30 – 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;

Thursday 3rd August – Visit & Workshop for children at the Château d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine: Détournement photographique» – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the photos of Thomas Sauvin and Lei Lei, and will then create photo journal of Annecy / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€/ address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Thursday 3rd August – Guided Walk: «Au Fil des Siècles (et des Millénaires)»  Doussard Lac d’Annecy9h to midday – FREE! / for all and children 6+ years / RDV Parking de Réserve Naturelle / reservations: ASTERS – 04 50 66 47 59 or 06 17 54 21 68;

Thursday 3rd August  Guided Visit: «Cézanne» exhibitionFondation Pierre Gianadda 20h;


Megève Blues Festival – from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August (Megève)

In the Place de l’Eglise with well-known Blues musicians like Henrik Freischlader or Lance Lopez / FREE! / http://www.megevebluesfestival.com;

© megeve.com

Fête des Guides de Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Les Contmaines-Montjoie – 4th to 6th August
© saintgervais.com / lescontamines.com

Programme:

  • Friday 4th August  18h30 Talk:«Histoire de l’alpinisme» – presented by Julien Pelloux, guide and historian at l’Espace Animation des Contamines;
  • Saturday 5th August – multi-activity day from 10h to 17h in the Parc Thermal de Saint-Gervais and in the Place du Village des Contaminesevening meal and dance 18h30 to 2h in la Place du Village des Contamines;
  • Sunday 6th August  mass, procession and traditional ceremony from 10h to 13h in the centre of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

Friday 4th August Mindful Coffee Hour – Moody Coffee Roasters Chamonix – 10h to 11h  with Salus Mont-Blanc, learn aout mindfulness / FREE (apart from the coffee and cake!)address: 195 avenue Aiguille du Midi, 74400, Chamonix, France;

Friday 4th August Film: «La Montagne des Cristalliers» – Cinéma Vox Chamonix – 21h  four cristalliers, who make an incredible discovery / English subtitles / address: 22 cour Bartavel, 74400, Chamonix, France;

© chamonix.com

Friday 4th August Concert: «De l’Opérette à l’Opéra» – Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste Les Houches – 21h  FREE! / with Patricia Ponselle (from l’Opéra de Paris), Hugues de Nolly (pianist) and Valentine Venezia presenting;

Friday 4th August «Alpages en Fêtes» – Theatre: «Lognan, c’était comment avant Les Grands?» – Espace Olca Les Houches – 20h30  from Le Petit Théatre d’Argentière FREE!

© leshouches.com

Friday 4th AugustTalk: «Servoz au XVIIIe siècle»Salle Jean MorelServoz18h – a talk by Eric Asselborn / Servoz, at the end of the 18th century, a hub of intellectual thought, naturalism and art;

Friday 4th AugustTalk & Slides: «Selle qui voyage: Pékin Les Houches»Chez Max Servoz – 20h – a talk by Karine Meerpoel;

© Karine Meerpoel / Chez MAx

Friday 4th August – Guided walk: «Réserve ton Vendredi» Adaptation à la Montagne”  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! / reservations: 04 50 54 02 24;

Friday 4th August Guided walk: «Les Virées Culturelles de Christine» – Le village d’Argentière et son église baroque: un village dont on méconnaît bien souvent l’histoire – Argentière – 10h to midday  price: 10€ / RDV: Gare SNCF d’Argentière / reservations: OT Argentiere;

Friday 4th AugustConcert: la Camerata du Mont-BlancEglise Saint Pierre d’Argentière – Argentière18h30;

Friday 4th August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Etonnante Nature: découvrez le monde étonnant de la nature en famille»  Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy  Passy  10h to 12h – discover nature en famille FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 4th August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage»  Lac Vert  Passy  10h – FREE! / more information: ASTERS: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 4th AugustVolleyball Tournament  Lac de Passy (beach end)  Passy  13h to 19h – FREE! / offered by OT Passy;

Friday 4th August «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;

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

Friday 4th August – Jeu de Piste avec L’inspecteur Rando Sallanches15h to 17h – 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;

L’Inspecteur Rando © sallanches.com

Friday 4th August – Les Veillés contéesSallanches20h to 21h30 – 20h to 21h30 – price: 6€ (free for under 12s) / in a small chapel, Jean-François will take you back in time, with legendary tales of Savoie / sign up at the Office de Tourisme de Sallanches: +33 (0)4 50 58 04 25;

Friday 4th August  English  Choir: «Sine Nomine», directed by Susan Hollingworth  Eglise  Sallanches 20h30 – FREE!

Friday 4th August Guided visit chez Laurenzio, granite-worker  Combloux 17h to 17h45  price: 5€ and free for under 15s / discover the work and art of the granite-worker / RDV: at Laurenzio’s company/workshop;

Friday 4th August Sports Afternoon  Théatre Verdure  Plan d’Eau Biotope Combloux 14h30 to 17h  FREE!

Friday 4th August Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Wednesday and Friday over the summer;

Friday 4th AugustWorkshop for adults: «aquarelles avec MC Migliorini» – Chalet des CréateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 10h to 12h30 / price: 25€ / see here for more details and timings / address: Le Chalet de Créateurs, 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

Friday 4th August – Initiation BiathlonBettex – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains   from 10h to 18h – price: 20€ for 1h or 30€ for 3h / no reservations needed / next to mini-golf;

Friday 4th August – «Trois Jours dans les Etoiles»Praz-sur-Arly  from 11h to 22h30;

Friday 4th AugustCreative 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 4th August Les Nocturnes des Commerçants – Megève streets18h to 21h / organised by l’UCHARM (Union des Commerçants, Hôteliers, Artisans et Restaurateurs de Megève);

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

Les Musical’Eté © annemasse.fr

Friday 4th August Chants Sacrés & Repas Indien – TipiBuvette du Glacier du TrientTrientSwitzeland – 18h  reservations: see below;

© La Buvette du Glacier du Trient

50èmes Journées Minéralogiques Internationales – Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August (Chamonix)
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The RDV for amateur crystal collectors & cristalliers / at Le Majestic / Saturday from 9h30 to 18h30, Sunday from 10h to 18h / price: adults 5 €; students: 2,50 €; FREE for under 14s /
50 stands & vendor / entrance also to Musée des Cristaux and exhibition: «Les mineraux de Chessy, deux siècles de rêves bleus»


Argentière Fête du Village – Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August
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Saturday 5th August – Chamonix MarketChamonix – from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 5th August – Ski Jump Competition Tremplin Le ChantéLes Houches – from 16h La Tournée du Mont-Blanc, a national competition with 60 ski jumpers from U9 to U13;

Saturday 5th August – Sallanches MarketSallanches – from 8h to 13h  up and down the quais and in Pré de Foire/Place de la Grenette;

Saturday 5th August – Initiation Qi Qong at the Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy10h to 12h – 15+ years (cancelled in the event of bad weather);

Saturday 5th AugustRDV with the gardener – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 10h30 – discover the potagers with a gardener / price: adults 6,50€ children (+4 years) 4€ /  address: Jardin de Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Saturday 5th AugustLa Causerie Littéraire: «Marc Batard – Fils de l’Everest» – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 16h30 – with the participation of L’Association Montagne en Pages / price: adults 6,50€ children (+4 years) 4€ / address: Jardin de Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Saturday 5th August  «50 ans d’aviation à Megève» – Altiport Côte 2000Megève9h to 18h – celebrating 50 years of the Altiport!/ address: Alptiport, 3368 route de la Côte 2000, 74120, Megève;

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An acrobatic air show, tracing half a century of aviation history! / with double World champion Aude Lemordant / demonstrations from REVA and Breitling Jet Team / model aeroplanes / for the programme see here;

Saturday 5th August Concours aux Poulains (colts) – Esplanade du Plais Megève9h to 18h / with pony ride and food available on-site / FREE!

Concours aux Poulains © megeve.com

Saturday 5th August«Les Soirées Estivales»  Swiss Vapeur Parc  Port-Valais Switzerland until 22h address: route de la Plage, Port-Valais, Switzerland;

© Swiss Vapeur Parc

Saturday 5th AugustWorkshop: «Do-it-Yourself»  Hotels à Insectes”  Muséum (Natural History Museum)  Geneva 14h – make your own home for insects for the museum and find out why these little creatures are so important!

© Muséum Genève

Saturday 5th August  Guided tour: «Des Romain à nos jours»  Martigny  17h30  price: 15CHF / 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

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August  Slide my City  Lausanne Switzerland address: avenue Frédéric-César-de-la-Harpe, Lausanne / more information & tickets here;

© Slide my City Lausanne

La Fête du Lac – Saturday 5th August (Annecy)
© La Fête du Lac – «La Danse du Feu»

The famous firework display on Lac d’Annecy, this year with «La Danse du Feu» / price: adults: de 6 to 38 € and children (6-12 ans): de 3 to 38 € ; free for under 6s! / reservations: http://www.forumsirius.fr/orion/fetedulac.phtml?kld=1


Sunday 6th August in Geneva

* Many 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 6th August – «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! / FREE today! /see here for more details;

«Fourmis» – the new temporary exhibition at the Muséum in Geneva © Muséum / Ville de Genève
Sunday 6th August Guided visit: «Les arts aborigènes d’Australie»  MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève) – 11h15 to 12h15 – FREE today! / 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 6th August – Petits Rendez-Vous: «Magie blanche, magie noire / White magic, black magic 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 / the museum is FREE for all public today 11h to 18h ; tel: +41 22 320 61 22; website: www.mamco.ch;

Petits Rendez-Vous at the Mamco © montblancfamilyfun

Féte du Village & de la Rando (Alpages en Fête) – Sunday 6th August (Les Houches)
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In Place du Village in Les Houches from 9h to 23h / all day, animations to do with hiking / two courses to choose from (sign up at Office de Tourisme) / programme: 10h: collect bibs;
11h: departure of Rando Sportive (9,5km / 570 D+ / Les Houches – Charousse – Les Houches); 14h: departure of Rando Famille (in the village / 4,6km / 70m D+); 17h: prize-giving, no classement; all day Quechua activities; 18h: spectacle from «Le P’tit Léo»; 19h30: traditional meal (11€ ) followed by concert from Pascal Popelier / buvette supporting Ski Club Les Houches;


Sunday 6th August  Festival d’Orgue de Chamonix (22ème année)  Eglise Saint-Michel Chamonix 17h – FREE! / programme;

Sunday 6th AugustGuided visit for adults: «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 only / address: Musée Alpin, 89, Avenue Michel Croz, 74400, Chamonix;

Sunday 6th August  Sunday Art & Crafts  La Petite Folie Chamonix Sud – Chamonix – 10h to 11h30 – make a fuzzy bee with Alison / address: 49 place Edmond Desailloud, 74400, Chamonix;

Sunday Arts & Crafts at La Petite Folie © La Petite Folie Softplay

Sunday 6th August  Mam’Zelle Pastel at Paradis des Praz  Paradis des Praz Les Praz – 14h to 17;

Sunday 6th AugustSunday Morning Workshop with Murmure Yoga  Les Granges d’en Haut Les Houches9h to 11hprice: 20€ (or +5€ on forfait) / Charly is offering lots of different yoga classes up and down the valley and this regular Sunday morning workshop over the summer / a different theme for each workshop / entrance to the spa for 19€, instead of 29€, with this workshop! / for more information and weekly planning: murmureyoga.com / FB page;

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Sunday 6th AugustRecital of harp and pan pipes Eglise le Clos – Vallorcine – 20h – with Jeanne Gollut and Céline Gay des Combes;

Sunday 6th August Stand Up Paddle & Yoga – with Ananda Yoga Studio Chamonix  Lac de Passy – 9h to 11hprice: 30€ / for all levels / departure from Chamonix 8h30 and return 11h30, or meet at lake / limited to 8 people / reservation required, see Facebook page / cancelled in the event of rain!

© Ananda Yoga Studio Chamonix

Sunday 6th August Aquamarche – (near First Aid Hut) Lac de Passy – 9h30price: 2€ / try it out with Audrey for 45 mins! / reservations: 07 68 81 56 48;

Sunday 6th August – Maraudage au décollage de parapente – Plaine-Joux – Passy – 10h – with an animateur, discover the nature surrounding you! / FREE! / Asters: +33 (0)4 50 90 23 07;

Sunday 6th August Fishing Competition – Association de Pêche et Pisiculture de Passy6h to 13h / address: Avenue Paul-Éluard / price: adults 25€ and children (8 to 12 years) 16€ / reservations: +33 (0)6 74 83 04 25; dalnegro.stephane@orange.fr;

Sunday 6th August – Vide GrenierLes Quais de SallanchesClub Tennis de Table – sign-up on-site / buvette;

Sunday 6th August – Concours des BûcheronsPlace de la Grenette – Sallanches – marking the start of August! / animations, demonstrations, Ski Club Sallanches Tête Noire  / programme: 9h30 to 11h: sculpture competition; 14h: competitions – à la hache, à la tronçonneuse . . .

Sunday 6th August – Messe des Bergers à Doran – Doran – Sallanches11h  a pictureesque mountain mass, at Doran, with les bergers / followed by drinks / covoiturage from Burzier at 10h in 4×4 (04 50 58 32 15) / walk: 1h30 de montée (from Burzier or Outredière);

Sunday 6th August – Fête au Village Combloux – kermesse parroissiale;

Sunday 6th August – Welcome Drinks Apéritifs – Cordon11h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 6th AugustTrail de Megève – one trail of 26,5 km (departure: 9h) and one of 13,5km (departure: 9h45) / see website for more details;

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Sunday 6th August Fête de l’Alpage Refuge du Plan de l’AarPraz-sur-Arlyfrom 14h / FREE!

Sunday 6th AugustWorkshop «Hors les Murs» organised by the Muséum (Natural History Museum in Geneva)  «Les Empreintes fossiles des reptiles du Vieux Emosson» Vieux Emosson Switzerland (VS)  8h to 18h – see here for more details;


Monday 7th August Marché Les Houches  Place behind Mairie  Les Houches – 8h to 13h – local products;

Monday 7th AugustGuided Walk: «Journée nature à Carlaveyron» – 8h30 to 16h – Les Houches – 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;

Monday 7th August Cinéma en Plein Air: «Dans les forêts de Sibérie» by Safy Nebbou – Les Houches – 21h30 / in the event of rain, the film will be shown at the Espace Olca

Monday 7th AugustLes Promenades Photo de Teresa Kaufman: «Servoz- De belles fermes, de beaux sentiers, un village de charme rural» Eglise Saint-Loup Servoz 15h photography guided tours / price: 30€;

Monday 7th to 20th AugustWatercolour Exhibition & Sale: CassyMaison du VillageArgentièreevery day from 10h to 12h and 15h to 19haddress: 101 route du Village, 74400, Argentière;

© Cassy

Monday 7th August Concert: «De l’Operette à l’Opéra» à Argentière  Eglise Argentière  Argentière – 21h – donations welcome;

Monday 7th August – Histoires avec Kamishibaï  La Bibliothèque  Vallorcine 17h – every Monday, until 21st August, storytelling at Vallorcine library / FREE!

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Monday 7th AugustPhotography 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 / 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 7th August – 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 7th August – Short Films – Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy20h45 – La Karterre: épisodes 6 et 9: Comment les hommes pourraient habiter autrement la terre? … en respectant la nature.  / La Dordogne en radeau: Deux jeunes hommes construisent un radeau de bric et de broc et goûtent aux joies de la vie sauvage au fil de l’eau / address: Jardin Des Cimes, 74190 Plateau d’Assy;

Monday 7th August  «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 7th August  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;

«Rencontres Musique & Patrimoine» – Monday 7th to Saturday 12th August (Saint Nicolas de Véroce)
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A week of music and nature in Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce / price: Pass Festival: 160€; forfait 4 concerts: 100€; concert at 21h the 7, 8 or 10 August: 25€; final concert 11th August: 30€; walk & concert 9 August: 25€; talk: Musique des Alpes: 5€; excursion: Trésors du Jura Suisse: 35€


Monday 7th August Jeu de Piste: «Questions Réponses» Parc Thermal Le Fayet  15h to 17h;
Monday 7th August Yoga en Plein Air Esplanade Marie-Paradis – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  18h30 to 19h45;
Monday 7th August Fête du Village – Eglise de Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce – artisan market, traditional métiers display, music and fun for the whole family / and the Musée Sacré will open today;
Fête du Village © Saint-Nicolas-en-Véroce

Monday 7th August Concert: «Rencontres Musique & Patrimoine» – Eglise de Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce – 21h / price: 25€ and free for under 18s / reservations: 04 50 47 76 08;

Monday 7th August Workshop: «Créer son masque bien-être»  Le PalaisMegève 9h to 10h30 / for children 5 to 12 years / children must be accompanied by an adult / reservations Le Palais / price adult + child together: 15€;

© Le Palais Megève

Monday 7th August Animation Pumptrack  Base de Loisirs Plaine d’ArlyMegève10h to 12h / FREE! / head on down to the pumptrack with your VTT, to take on the challenges of the bumps and turns with an animateur;

© Le Palais Megève

Monday 7th August Calligraphy workshop – Praz-sur-Arly14h30 / FREE!

Monday 7th August Creative Workshop for Children: Tornade d’Eau coloréé – Parc Patrice Dominguez Les Contamines-Montjoie 10h / FREE!

Monday 7th August Soirée Népalaise – Refuge de SalesSixt-Fer-à-Cheval18h30 – with traditional Dal Bhat prepared by Harka, Nepalese games and tea / price: 20€ / reservations: http://www.refugedesales.com;  tel: 09 88 18 42 93 / until 14th August;

from Monday 7th to 10th AugustLa Semaine des Photographes Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval talks, photo market, competition theme: “La trace de l’Homme en montagne“;


Tuesday 8th August – Chedde (Passy), Combloux and Les Contamines markets in the morning;

Tuesday 8th AugustAloha Tuesday (yoga & hike)Chamonix8h45 to 12h30price: 45€ / RDV: Boardriders Chamonix (31 rue Joseph Vallot) / with Sébastien Lopez (Accompagnateur en montagne) and Blanche de Marion, founder of Chamonix Yoga Festival;

Tuesday 8th August – Soirée 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 8th August  Journée de Reconnaissances des Plantes Comestibles  Alpage de Charousse  Les Houches  8h45 – RDV Mairie des Houches / reservations: Mairie des Houches;

Tuesday 8th August  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;

© Le Musée Montagnard

Tuesday 8th August  Karaoke  Salle d’Animation  Les Houches  20h30 – FREE;

Tuesday 8th August – Workshop: «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 8+ years/ remember sun protection (hats, sunglasses, suncream) and water / reservations as limited places;

«Jouets des Champs» © chamonix.com

Tuesday 8th AugustGuided 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;

Tuesday 8th August Aquamarche – (near First Aid Hut) Lac de Passy – 9h30 price: 2€ / try it out with Audrey for 45 mins! / reservations: 07 68 81 56 48;

Tuesday 8th AugustAnimations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: Soirée Projection – Refuge du Chatelet d’AyèresPassy – 16h to 20h – 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 8th August – Laser Game Lac de Passy (beach end) Passy 14h30 to 18h – FREE after having tried out one of the Base de Loisirs activities the same day!


Festival: «Les Enfants d’Abord» (22ème édition) – Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th August (Sallanches)
Les Enfants d’Abord in Sallanches © sallanches.com

Back again this summer, this wonderful festival for children offered by the Ville de Sallanches, has a new mascot this year – this cute little chouette (who needs a name and you can help name him!). All around the pedestrian zone of town and up and down the quais, there will be numerous events and activities for little ones each afternoon from 15h30 over the four days of the festival: creative workshops, games, concerts, sport, Mam’Zelle Pastel . . . For more information, or to sign up for certain workshops, go to sallanches.fr and download the programme.


Tuesday 8th August Randonnée Aquatique Les Pieds dans l’Eau – Sallanches8h30 to midday / a refreshing walk along the water / RDV: Parking du Lévaud; price: 20€ / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 8th August – Guided Walk: «Découverte de Sallanches»  Sallanches RDV Parking Lévaud 13h45 to 17h / price: 20€ / reservations: 04 50 58 18 03 / family walk up towards Saint-Roch;

Tuesday 8th August – 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 8th August – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux – Sallanches – 16h30 to 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 8th August – Yoga & Rando  Combloux – 9h to 15h – price: 25€ and children (8-15 years): 15 € / address: 49 chemin des Passerands, Combloux;

Tuesday 8th August  Yoga Famille/Enfants  Plan d’eau biotope  Combloux 9h30 to 10h30 – price: 8€ to 10 €;

Tuesday 8th August  Basketball Tournament City StadeCombloux14h30 to 17h – FREE!

Tuesday 8th August – Cinema: «Kung Fu Panda» – Combloux – 18h to 19h –  Combloux Tourist Office /

Tuesday 8th August – Concert: «Duo Musique Classique»  Combloux –  the young cellist, Rémi Carlon and pianist Philippe Alègre: Bach, Rachmaninov, Chopin . . . / price: 20/15€ and free for under 11s/ reservations: 04 50 58 60 49

Tuesday 8th August – 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 8th August – Découverte de papier marbré pour reliure – Chalet les Bacs – Cordon – 10h to 12h and 14h to 19h / FREE! / reservations: 04 50 58 01 57;

Tuesday 8th August – Workshop and visit: «Cosmicisme» – Pile Pont ExpoSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 10h30 – FREE! – after discovering Élodie Boutry’s installation of 73 colourful pyramids, a workshop to show off your impressions by making your own colourful creations! / address: Pile Pont Expo, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

«Cosmicisme» by Elodie Boutry in the Pile Pont © Elodie Boutry

Tuesday 8th August – Workshop for children/teenagers: «Cerf en 3D» – Chalet des CréateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 16h – price: 6€ / see here for more details and timings / address: Le Chalet de Créateurs, 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;


Children’s Photography Workshops by Byzance Photo Reportages @ Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
© Byzance Photos Reportages

Byzance Photos Reportages is offering children’s digital photography workshops every week from Tuesday to Sunday (10h to 12h and from 15h to 18h) at the Chalet des Créateurs / children aged from 6 to 12 years / duration: 30mins / price: 10€ / address: 900, route de Megève, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / reservations: 06 02 33 11 75 / Facebook Page;

Tuesday 8th August – Charlotte la Marmotte at the ice-skating rink (Jardin de Glace) – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – 15h to 17h – for children 3 to 12 years;

© OT St Gervais

Tuesday 8th August Workshop: «Masque et astuces beauté»  SPA Espace Le PalaisMegève9h to 10h30 / price: 15€ / reservations at the Palais / for 13+ years;

Tuesday 8th August Workshop for Children – Réserve Naturelle des Contamines-MontjoieEspace Nature au sommet – 14h / for children 6+ years / sign up at OT / parents must accompany / price: 5€

Tuesday 8th August Children’s Magic Show Place du Village Les Contamines-Montjoie

Tuesday 8th August – Visit & Workshop for children at Château d’Annecy: «Chine & Patrimoine: Paysages de ville» Annecy14h to 16h30 – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the work of Chen Shaoxiong; they will disvover the most iconic buildings and then they will colour in urban landscapes / for 6 to 12 year olds / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€/ address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;


«Fête des Guides de la Vallée de Chamonix» – Wednesday 9th to 15th August (Vallée de Chamonix)
© Vallée de Chamonix

«Cham au Sommet» – Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th August (Chamonix)
Cham au Sommet © chamonix.com

As part of the Fête des Guides celebrations in the Chamonix Valley . . . Chamonix, the world capital of alpinism, and symbol of the vertical!  A festival devoted to celebrating a passion for modern climbing, art and music, and the traditions of mountain folk; organised by the Compagnie de Guides de Chamonix and the MJC de Chamonix / on the agenda: Nina Caprez, Romain Desgranges, FlyingFrenchies, Alex Mercier Street Art . . .  / programme:

  • Wednesday 9th August: Place du Triangle de l’Amitié – from 14h to 18h30: climbing, slack-line, high-line, street art demonstrations; 20h: mountain films evening (location to be confirmed);
  • Thursday 10th August: Place du Triangle de l’Amitié – from 10h to 18h30: limbing, slack-line, high-line, street art demonstrations; 20h: book evening/talk /animated film by Nina Caprez (location to be confirmed);
  • Friday 11th August: Place du Triangle de l’Amitié – from 14h to 18h30: climbing, slack-line, high-line, street art demonstrations; 18h30/19h15: Show des Flying Frenchies & live music; Salle du Majestic – 20h30: talk evening with éditions Guérin de Thomas Hubert : «A corde tendue».

Wednesday 9th August Les Virées Culturelles de Christine: «Lac à l’anglais» et les villas de villégiatureLes GaillandsChamonix14h – learn about an English Lord who loved Chamonix, the village of Les Pècles and the villas calles folies: Villa Rosemont in Neo-Palladian style, Villa Farman in Anglo-Norman style, two villas built by Nuba Pacha, an Egyptian prince and Villa Butterfly and Villa Grande Savoyarde / duration: 2h30 / RDV: 14h climbing rock in Les Gaillands / price: 13 €

Wednesday 9th August – Journée Nature dans les Aiguilles Rouges (Lacs Noirs) – 9h to 16hChamonix – 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;

Wednesday 9th August – Talk: «1323: incidents politiques aux environs de Chamonix»  Salle du Bicentenaire  Chamonix  18h30 – with Raymond Lonfat / Les amis du vieux Chamonix

Wednesday 9th August  Journée de Reconnaissances des Plantes Comestibles  Alpage de Charousse  Les Houches  8h45 – RDV Mairie des Houches / reservations: Mairie des Houches;

Wednesday 9th August 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;

Wednesday 9th AugustFamily Fun: «Jeu de la Vache» Musée Montagnard Les 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;

©  leshouches.com / Le Musée Montagnard

Wednesday 9th AugustGuided Visit: «Raconte-moi la montagnee» Musée MontagnardLes Houches16h / 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 9th August – «2017 Alpages en fête»: Drawing workshop «La Vache qui Lit» la BibliothèqueLes Houchesfrom 14h à 15h30 / draw the montée aux alpages des troupeaux, en noir et blan / for children 6+ years / reservations necessary / FREE! 

La Vache qui Lit ©  leshouches.com

Wednesday 9th August – Cinéma with Cinébus: «Ozzy» (Spain, 2017) animated film by Nacho de la Casa Salle d’Animation – Les Houches18h – duration: 1h30 / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 9th August – Cinéma with Cinébus: «Les hommes du feu» (France, 2017) film by Pierre Jolivet – Salle d’Animation  Les Houches21h – duration: 1h30 / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 9th AugustCreative Workshop from Peinture dans la Nature – Moraine d’Argentière Argentière  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 9th AugustGuided Walk «Pourquoi Vallorcine n’est pas Suisse?» and «Habitat Walser et Habitats Naturels» – Vallorcine Col des Montets / see here;

Wednesday 9th August  Wednesday evening documentary film screening «for Alpages en Fête», “le monde agricole d’aujourd ‘hui  Bibliothèque de Vallorcine Vallorcine17h to 18h45 – “Documentaire construit à travers de nombreux récits d’agriculteurs, chercheurs, agronomes, écrivains pour réfléchir sur l’avenir de l’agriculture en France, agrocarburants ou produits de terroir? Vastes plaines impénétrables ou territoires ouverts et harmonieux?” (chamonix.com) / FREE!

Wednesday 9th August Ciné Plein Air: «La Vache» by Mohamed Hamidi Place de la Gare – Vallorcine 21h30 – FREE!

Wednesday 9th AugustMurmure Yoga with Charly  Lac de Passy (les criques) Passy9h to 10h30price: 15€ (and forfaits available) / Charly is offering lots of different yoga classes up and down the valley and a regular Sunday morning workshop at the lovely Granges d’en Haut in Les Houches on Sunday morning over August / for more information and weekly planning: murmureyoga.com / FB page;

Savasana at Lac de Passy © murmureyoga.com

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

 Wednesday 9th August 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 9th August«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 9th AugustGuided visit of Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grâce – Plateau d’Assy 10h30 – founded by M.Novarina, consecrated in 1950, and decorated by some of the world’s famous modern artists / price: 5€ and free for under 12s / no reservations needed, pay on-site;

Wednesday 9th August  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 9th August «Les Enfants d’Abord» (22ème édition) Sallanchesfrom 15h30 to the evening – all around the centre of town, a festival for children!

Wednesday 9th August Les P’tits Experts de la nature workshop: «Le p’tit forestier» – Centre de la Nature MontagnardeSallanches14h30 to 16h price: 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 9th August  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 9th August  Opening of La Fruitière des Producteurs du Mont-BlancDomancy9h to 19h  a new shop dedicated to the agriculture of the Pays du Mont-Blanc, the cheeses of Savoie . . .  / this coopérative laitière is bringing together 41 businesses from the Pays du Mont-Blanc, whose cow’s milk is destined for reblochon de Savoie AOP cheese, in the renovated old fruitière of Domancy / for sale at the new shop will be cheese, meat, charcuteries , fruit & vegetables and other local products see here;
Wednesday 9th August  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
© combloux.com

Wednesday 9th August Jeux d’Equilibre – Théatre Verdure Combloux14h30 to 17h30 – FREE!

Wednesday 9th August – Soirée BBQ et Concert  Théatre de Verdure (Plan d’Eau Biotope) Combloux19h and 21h concert – bring your own meat to grill, set up your picnic blankets and enjoy the music and the majestic view!

Wednesday 9th AugustMercredi des Enfants à Saint-Gervais Le Parc Thermal Le Fayet  15h to 19h – FREE! – “sculpture en bois, jeux en bois, création de nœuds papillon rigolos, château gonflable, buvette et tombola” et spectacle enfants at 18h «Tous en noeud pap’pour mon anni’v»;

Mercredi des Enfants © saintgervais.com.com

Wednesday 9th August«La Rando Enchantée» from Rencontres Musique & Patrimoine  9h to 16h – 25€ / up to the Plateau de la Croix, with stops for singing in the forest;

Wednesday 9th August 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 9th August Workshop: «Réalise un village de conte en papier»  Le PalaisMegève –  10h to midday / cut out, stick, origami and display in the Médiathèque! / for children 7+ years / FREE!;

Wednesday 9th August 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;

© megeve.com

Wednedsay 9th August – Workshop: «Les Bambins des Bois»Place de l’Office de Tourisme – Praz-sur-Arly – 14h30 to 18h30price: 25€;

Wednedsay 9th August – Initiation Escalade – Plaine des Belles – Praz-sur-Arly – 15h30 to 17hprice: 17€ / beginner climbing lessons;

Wednesday 9th August Initiation à la Course d’Orientation – Parc Patrice Contamines-MontjoieEspace Nature au sommet9h30 / perfect for families!

Wednesday 9th August Children’s Party «Boum des Enfants» – Place du Village Les Contamines – 17h to 19h / the dance-floor reserved for little ones! / FREE!

Wednesday 9th August Creative workshop for children «Making Souvenir Book» – Place du Village Les Contamines – 10h to 12h / souvenir-making with Vincent / FREE!;

Wednesday 9th August Découverte Lecture with J. Lelong – Refuge de Sales16h30 / with the books «Le Port de la Mer de Glace» by Dominique Potard and «La Vallée des Loups»by Patrick Beuzé  / FREE / reservations: +33 (0)9 88 18 42 93;

Wednesday 9th AugustCinéma de plein air: «Adama» 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 in  Annemasse © annemasse.fr
Wednesday 9th AugustFamily Visit at La Roche-sur-Foron – La Roche-sur-Foron 15hprice: adults 6€ and children 4€ / jeu de piste:A la recherche des enseignes perdues“: head off to find the treasure, a trail ending at the Tour des Comtes de Genève / with a Guide du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / for children 4 to 11 ans / costumes lent + souvenir present offered to little ones! / address: place Andrevetan, 74800, La Roche-sur-Foron / tel: 04 50 03 36 68;
Family jeu de piste © larochesurforon.com

Wednesday 9th August Family 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;

© Anne Le Bellec / Musées d’Annecy

Wednesday 9th AugustGuided Walk: «Voyage au bout du Roc» Talloires-Montmin (near Annecy)9h to midday – 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;


«7 Jours en Inde» – Thursday 10th to Wednesday 16th August (Les Houches)
© «7 Jours en Inde»

A week of Indian music, dance, chant, films, food & yoga / Espace Animation & Espace Olca in Les Houches / see www.7jourseninde.info for full programme;


Thursday 10th August 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;

© chamonix.com

Thursday 10th AugustLes Promenades Photo de Teresa Kaufman: «Chamonix – jardins secrets & quartiers de charme; la ville côté cœur, côté soleil» Eglise Saint-Michel  Chamonix  16h – photography guided tours / price: 30€;

Thursday 10th August  Guided Visit: «A la découverte du monde minéral»  Musée des Cristaux/Espace Tairraz  Chamonix 14h30 & 16h30 – with  Denis at 14h30 and Jean-Luc & Jean-Claude at 16h30  reservations (up to 25 pax): leave a FB message with name, no. people, time-slot and a reply will be given with “j’aime”: Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix: http://www.mineralogie-chamonix.org/;

© Espace Tairraz / Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix et des Alpes du Nord

Thursday 10th August 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 10th AugustDîner Spectacle facing Mont-Blanc: «Rapaces à 2000m d’Altitude» – Bergerie de PlanprazBrévent – 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 10th AugustLes Jeudis Jeux de Pistes – Les Houches – from 10h;

Les Jeudis Jeux de Pistes Les Houches © leshouches.com

Thursday 10th August«Alpages en Fêtes»: Lectures à Voix Haute – Ancienne école de Vaudagne Vaudagne – 19h30 address: 2955 route de Vaudagne
74310 Les Houches;

Thursday 10th AugustJournée 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;

Thursday 10th August Guided visit of design centre at Mountain Store Passy 10h30 – every Thursday, come and visit the design centre hub of Mountain Store, and discover the brands Quechua, Wedze and Simond, worn by so many of us au Pays du Mont Blanc! / FREE!

Thursday 10th August – Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Les Mystères du Lac Vert» Lac Vert  Passy  14h to 16h – get to know about the mysteries of the Lac Vert! Why is it green? Is it natural? Is it deep? Legends & stories / for children 6+ years and adults / RDV next to restaurant du Lac Vert / FREE and no reservations needed;

Thursday 10th August Guided visit of Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grâce – Plateau d’Assy 16h – founded by M.Novarina, consecrated in 1950, and decorated by some of the world’s famous modern artists / price: 5€ and free for under 12s / no reservations needed, pay on-site;

Thursday 10th August – Guided visit: «Mythes et Légendes, en avant les histoires» Lac de Passy  Passy  18h30 to 20h – discover the secrets of Lac de Passy / offered by OT Passy / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 80 52;

Thursday 10th August – Concert Musicales d’Assy: «Amaya Dominguez & Pauline Klaus»   Crèmerie Le Plateau d’Assy  17h
AMAYA DOMINGUEZ (mezzo soprano) & PAULINE KLAUS (violin);

© La Crèmerie

Thursday 10th August «Les Enfants d’Abord» (22ème édition)Sallanchesfrom 15h30 to the evening – all around the centre of town, a festival for children!

Thursday 10th AugustGuided walk: «Traditions Oubliés de nos villages de Savoie» Sallanches – 14h to 17h price: 6€ and free for under 12s / covoiturage / reservations: OT Sallanches;

Thursday 10th AugustArtisans d’Art de Haute-Savoie Parvis de l’Office de TourismeCombloux – all day;

Thursday 10th AugustParcours 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!

Parcours Mini-Aventure Combloux © combloux.com

Thursday 10th AugustInitiation 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 10th AugustTalk: «Histoire Géologique des paysages de Cordon et des environs» Salle de l’Ecole – Cordon20h30 – donations welcome / tel: 04 50 58 01 57;

Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August Bourse aux Minéraux – Espace Mont-BlancSaint-Gervais-les-Bains9h30 to 19h / a mineral gathering for professionals, collectors, amateurs . . .  / address: Espace Mont-Blanc, avenue du Mont Paccard, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

© saintgervais.com

Thursday 10th AugustWorkshop (for teenagers & adults): «Peintures sur Bois» – Chalet des Créateurs – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains10h to midday – price: 10€ / / 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;

Peintures sur Bois © Chalet des Créateurs

Thursday 10th AugustWorkshop (for teenagers & adults): «Découverte huiles essentiels / préparation baume» – Chalet des Créateurs – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains15h to 17h price: 25€ / / 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;

Thursday 10th AugustThursday Children’s Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Moi, Moche et Méchant 3» (USA, VF) Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains15hprice: 5€/4€ / see full August schedule on the MJC website;

Thursday 10th AugustThursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Ava» (France) Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30price: 5€/4€ / see full August schedule on the MJC website;

Thursday 10th August  Relais Nocturne de Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Promenade Mont-Blanc Saint-Gervais-les-Bains 19h price: 10€/6€;

Thursday 10th August  Talk: «Musique & Patrimoine» – Eglise de Saint-Nicolas-de-VéroceSaint-Nicolas-de-Véroce 18h30 – donations welcome;

Thursday 10th August Talk: «Cézanne: Gianadda» Auditorium de la MédiathèqueMegève20h price: 5 € – in conjunction with the Cézanne exhibition, Martha Degiacomi, art historian at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny (Suisse), will give a talk / reservations: 04 50 21 27 28;

Thursday 10th August – Luge 4S de Megève: Les Descentes Nocturnes Megève – music and festive lighting once night falls! / every Thursday during the summer holidays;

© La Luge 4 Saison / Les Portes de Mont-Blanc

Thursday 10th August Guided visit: art in Praz-sur-Arly – 10h to 11h30 Praz-sur-Arly – discover the village and its art / FREE!

Thursday 10th August Guided Visit Les Contamines-Montjoie – RDV Tourist OfficeLes Contamines-Montjoie 10h;

Thursday 10th AugustRencontre en Refuge: Gypaète & Faune de Montagne Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval 16h30 – discover the flora and fauna near the Alfred Wills Refuge; followed by an evening talk & film / from 6+ years / FREE (apart from refuge costs) / RDV Refuge Les Fonts / reservations: ASTERS or 06 17  54 33 78;

Thursday 10th August – Visit & Workshop for children at Château d’Annecy: «Chine & Patrimoine: Paysages de ville» – Annecy 14h to 16h30 – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the work of Chen Shaoxiong; they will disvover the most iconic buildings and then they will colour in urban landscapes / for 6 to 12 year olds / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€/ address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

Thursday 10th AugustGuided Walk: «Histoires d’Eau»  Doussard (Lac d’Annecy) –  9h to midday – 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;


Salon du Livre de Montagne (27ème édition) – Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August (Passy)
Le Salon International du Livre de Montagne © OT Passy

The theme of this year’s Salon du Livre de Montagne is «les animaux de montagne», and there will be entertaiment and activities for both adults and children during the event. Publishers, bookshops and book specialists will be present, with both French and international authors.  The Salon will be held on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August from 10h to 20h and on Sunday 13th August from 10h to 18haddress: Salle d’Animation «Parvis des Fiz», 255 rue Arsène Poncet, 74190, Passy and auditorium of College des Warens, Passy;


Friday 11th August – Walk: «Réserve ton Vendredi»: “L’eau dans tous ses éléments”  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! / reservations: 04 50 54 02 24;

Friday 11th August – Les virées culturelles de Christine (2017 Alpages en Fête): «Charousse un alpage préservé: Charousse est un lieu magique et privilégié» Les Houches – 14hprice: 14€ – RDV: Télécabine Les Prarions / reservations: 06 07 21 51 90;

Friday 11th August – «l’Atelier Photographie: Polaroid»La Maison de la Mémoire et Patrimoine Janny Couttet – Chamonix from 14h to 18h – with 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;

© Image Temps / chamonix.com

Friday 11th August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Etonnante Nature: découvrez le monde étonnant de la nature en famille»  Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy  Passy  10h to 12h – discover nature en famille FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 11th August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage»  Lac Vert  Passy  10h – FREE! / more information: ASTERS: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 11th August  Photography (digital) workshop with Byzance Photos Reportages  Lac Vert  Passy  from 9h30 to 12h30price: 115€ / for amateurs and beginners, come and learn some digital photography techiniques in this beautiful little spot facing Mont-Blanc! / included: photography presentation, advice (shutter speed, exposure, exercises) and lunch at Restaurant du Lac Vert;

© Byzance Photos Reportages

Friday 11th AugustVolleyball Tournament  Lac de Passy (beach end)  Passy  13h to 19h – FREE! / offered by OT Passy;

Friday 11th AugustCinema du Plateau d’Assy  Animated film: «Les Pirates! Bon à rien! Mauvais en tout!» (2012) by Peter Lord & Jeff NewittCinema du Plateau d’AssyPlateau d’Assy – 17h30duration: 1h29;

Friday 11th AugustApéro Jardin – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 19h30 – with Trio de Janeiro (funk, jazz, Brazil) / cancelled in the event of bad weather! / address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

© Trio de Janeiro / Jardin des Cimes

Friday 11th August «Les Enfants d’Abord» (22ème édition)Sallanchesfrom 15h30 to the evening – all around the centre of town, a festival for children!

© sallanches.com

Friday 11th August – Jeu de Piste avec L’inspecteur RandoSallanches 15h to 17h – 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;

Friday 11th August Concert by Sine Nomine Collégiale Saint-Jacques Sallanches 20h30  football on a tennis court! / FREE! / free concert from this English choir;

Friday 11th August Guided visit chez Laurenzio, granite-worker  Combloux 17h to 17h45  price: 5€ and free for under 15s / discover the work and art of the granite-worker / RDV: at Laurenzio’s company/workshop;

Friday 11th AugustCreative Afternoon with Tiloup  Théatre de Verdure  Plan-Perret Combloux – 14h to 18h;

© combloux.com

Friday 11th August – Canyoning Torrent de Balme – Cordon 13h30 – natural water slides, jumping, swimming, abseiling . . .  / price: 35 to 55€ / reservations: 04 50 58 01 57;

© Cordon Tourisme

Friday 11th August Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Wednesday and Friday over the summer;

Friday 11th AugustCreative Workshop: «Loisirs Créatifs au bord de l’eau»Le Palais Megève – Megève 10h to 11h – creative workshops for 3 to 5 year olds / reservations: at the Palais Megève  / price: 3,50€;

© Le Palais Megève

Friday 11th August Les Nocturnes des Commerçants – Megève streets18h to 21h / organised by l’UCHARM (Union des Commerçants, Hôteliers, Artisans et Restaurateurs de Megève);

Friday 11th August  Concert des stagiaires de l’Academie de Piano de Megève  Salle des Congrès 19h – FREE;

© megeve.com

Friday 11th August Guided Walk «Mystères dans la nuit» – Marignier19h to 21h30 / a night-time walk to discover the Iles de Vougy; the animals will be more active! / open to all, 6+ years / reservations: ASTERS – 06 17 54 21 68;

Friday 11th August  «Zik en Ville» festival – Place de l’Hotel de VilleLa Roche-sur-Foron from 17h / Les Baladins du rire, Fafapunk, Apes o’clock;

«Zik en Ville» © larochesurforon.com

from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th AugustThai MassageBuvette du Glacier de TrientSwitzerland price: 30mins at 30CHF or 1h at 50CHF / reservations: +33 (0)6 78 48 79 36;


«Les Enfants sont Rois» – from Saturday 12th to Friday 18th August (Flaine)
© flaine.com

A festival in Flaine for children – circus workshops with trapeze, juggling and acrobatics, music, spectacles . . . see website for more details;


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

Saturday 12th August  Fête des Guides au Lavancher10h to 23h – miche de pain cooked in a traditional village oven (11h to 16h30) / climbing for children / reserve for meal and soirée dansante;


Refuge de Varan “long weekend” events – Saturday 12th to Tuesday 15th August (Passy)
Refuge de Varan in party mode! © Refuge de Varan

Programme:

  • Saturday 12th August – treasure hunt from 13h30 from Parking du Coudray pour up to the refuge / for children 7 to 10 years: 10€;
  • Sunday 13th August – massage bien-être from 10h30 / reservations:  04 50 93 51 98 / le marché de Varan – from Sunday to Tuesday, artisan goods on sale;
  • Monday 14th August – from 18h30, Soirée Contes et Légendes au pays du Mont Blanc / reserve for meal;
  • Tuesday 15th August – workshop Contes et Légendes during the day / BBQ at midday, reservations needed;

Saturday 12th August – Initiation Qi Qong at the Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy10h to 12h – 15+ years (cancelled in the event of bad weather);

Saturday 12th AugustRDV with the gardener – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 10h30 – discover the potagers with a gardener / price: adults 6,50€ children (+4 years) 4€ /  address: Jardin de Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Saturday 12th August – Sallanches Market Quais de la Sallanches 8h to 13h  the largest market in the valley: food; gardening; fashion;

Saturday 12th to 20th August – Ceramics sale: from Anne RabionCombloux10h to 13h and 15h to 19h every day – Anne Rabion is part of Ateliers d’Art de France / address: route de la Croix de Pierre, 74920, Combloux;

Saturday 12th August – Photography Workshop (adults) 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;


Les Fêtes Médiévales du Pratz – Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August (Praz-sur-Arly)
© prazsurarly.com

A two day FREE Medieval festival! / from 9h to 19h / discover a Medieval village, where knights, minstrels and troubadours come alive with shows / this year there will be Medieval builders, with tools from yesteryear / falcons and horse dressage show at 13h30 / knights on horseback /«la légende de l’épée» magique show at 15h and 17h45;


Saturday 12th August Golf Tournament «Best of the Alps» – Megèvefrom 8h / price: adults 10€, children 5€ (under 18s) / Green-fee: 75 € / address: Golf du Mont-d’Arbois, 3001 route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120, Megève;

Saturday 12th AugustYoga Famille Le Palais – Megève 10h to 12hprice: parent & child joint package 15€ / reservations: en caisse;

from Saturday 12th to 14th AugustLa BraderieLes Contamines-Montjoie;

Saturday 12th August – Nocturnal Visit Cité Médiéval of La Roche-sur-Foron – 20h30 price: adults 8€ and children 3€ / new tales and new route for 2017! / address: place Andrevetan, 74800, La Roche-sur-Foron,

Saturday 12th AugustM. Pokora at «Lounge Music Festival» – Esplanade de la Maison des Gets – Les Gets – 19h – tickets limited! / reservations: programme;

© lesgets.com

Saturday 12th August«Les Soirées Estivales»  Swiss Vapeur Parc  Port-Valais Switzerland until 22h address: route de la Plage, Port-Valais, Switzerland;

© Swiss Vapeur Parc

Saturday 12th AugustWorkshop: «Do-it-Yourself» Hotels à Insectes”  Muséum Geneva 14h – make your own home for insects for the museum and find out why these little creatures are so important!

© Muséum Genève

Saturday 12th August  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

Saturday 12th August  Les Feux de Genève (part of Fêtes de Genève)  Geneva  22h  this firework display lasts about 50mins! / for more details see here;

Les Feux de Genève © JKScatena/2010

Sunday 13th August  Festival d’Orgue de Chamonix  Eglise Saint-Michel Chamonix Chamonix 17h – programme;

Sunday 13th August  Fête du Jardin de l’Île des Barrats Boutch à Boutch – Chamonix – from 16h to 22h – celebrate the 4th year of this community association / talks, buvette and lots more! / see here for more details: www.boutchaboutch.com / address: next to entrance to Camping Île des Barrats, 74400, Chamonix;

© Boutch à Boutch

Sunday 13th August  Sunday Art & Crafts  La Petite Folie Chamonix Sud – Chamonix – 10h to 11h30 – make a fuzzy bee with Alison / address: 49 place Edmond Desailloud, 74400, Chamonix;

Sunday Arts & Crafts at La Petite Folie © La Petite Folie Softplay

Sunday 13th August  Mam’Zelle Pastel at Paradis des Praz  Paradis des Praz Les Praz – 14h to 17;

Sunday 13th AugustSunday Morning Workshop with Murmure Yoga  Les Granges d’en Haut Les Houches9h to 11hprice: 20€ (or +5€ on forfait) / Charly is offering lots of different yoga classes up and down the valley and this regular Sunday morning workshop over the summer / a different theme for each workshop / entrance to the spa for 19€, instead of 29€, with this workshop! / for more information and weekly planning: murmureyoga.com / FB page;

© murmureyoga.com

Sunday 13th August – L’Argentrail – Place du Village – Argentière a trail to discover the villages of Argentière and Le Lavancher, and the alpages de la Pendant . . .  25 km; 1600 md +/- solo or in relay;

© chamonix.com

Sunday 13th August – Fête des Guides aux Houches – Lac des Chavants – Les Houches – from 15h: animations, concerts, ceremony, treasure hunt, climbing for children, a word from the mayor and traditional ceremony / 20h30 at the Salle Olca: expedition films;

© Les Houches / Compagnie des Guides

Sunday 13th AugustLes Promenades Photo de Teresa: «Le Coupeau, Les Houches – La Magie d’une tourbière par la lumière de fin d’après-midi» – Les Houches16hRDV: gare SNCF des Houches, co-voiturage afterwards / price: 30€ / reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42;

Sunday 13th August Stand Up Paddle & Yoga – with Ananda Yoga Studio Chamonix  Lac de Passy – 9h to 11hprice: 30€ / for all levels / departure from Chamonix 8h30 and return 11h30, or meet at lake / limited to 8 people / reservation required: see Facebook page / cancelled in the event of rain!

© Ananda Yoga Studio Chamonix

Sunday 13th August – Maraudage au décollage de parapente – Plaine-Joux – Passy – 10h – with an animateur, discover the nature surroundding you! / FREE! / Asters: +33 (0)4 50 90 23 07;

Sunday 13th AugustWorkshop: «Initiation Sculpture sur Bois»Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 10h to 12h30 – with Marie Claire Migliorini / wood and tools provided / price: 20€ per person or 70€ per familly of 4 /  address: Jardin des Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

© Jardin des Cimes

Sunday 13th August – Cérémonie de Montfort – Montfort La Torchette – Passy – from 9h45  04 50 78 41 39 / c.burnier@mairie-passy.fr;

Sunday 13th August – Concert: Degurutieni “Dirty Blues from Japan” La Crèmerie – Plateau d’Assy19h  (icône dandy de la scène underground d’Osaka, Alco Degurutieni est un poète multi-instrumentiste dont le style musical, oscillant entre rock jazzy et pop électro, dévoile son amour pour la culture européenne. Sa voix sombre, qui n’est pas sans rappeler celle de Tom Waits, nous emmène dans un univers fantasmagorique, décadent et mélancolique, peuplé de gangsters et d’images érotiques…” (par Microboutiek) “Soirée PAC – BYO (Participation Au Chapeau – Bring Your Own =  amenez vos boissons)”;

© La Crèmerie

Sunday 13th August  Fête des Clarines  Presbytery  Sallanches from 9h / with kermesse opposite the presbytery, lunch and dinner, buvette, Savoyard delicacies, children’s clothes for sale, folkloric music / FREE apart from food & drink;

Sunday 13th August – Welcome Drinks Apéritifs – Cordon11h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 13th August – Eisstock en famille – PatinoireLe PalaisMegève – 18h to 21h price: 3,50€ per person /no need for skates, normal shoes will do for this family fun!

Eisstock en famille © megève.com

«Monts et Couleurs» – Sunday 13th August (Notre Dame de Bellecome) 

A colourful 4 km race for the whole family!  la course de 4 km la plus colorée des montagnes” / this family-friendly race is not about being the fastest, nor about crossing the finishing line first – it’s all about COLOUR and FUN! / at each km of the route, a «zone de couleur», where volunteers will throw coloured powder (100% natural, corn-based) and the aim is to cross the finishing line as colourful as possible! / powder throwing for all at the end! / price: adults 21€ and children 11€ / provided: protective glasses, white t-shirt or protective suit, water, powder! / for all 7+ years (children must be accompanied by an adult) / reservations: here


Fête des Guides de Chamonix – 14th August (Lac des Gaillands, Chamonix)
© Quentin Iglésias

The Fête des Guides was set up in 1924, with the aim of giving a financial boost to the Caisse de Secours . . . it is now one of the unmissable events on the social calendar of the Chamonix Valley! This is the opportunity for the guides of the Compagnie des Guides (established in 1821) to show their loyal clients that they are linked to them by more than a simple length of rope!


Monday 14th August Marché Les Houches  Place behind Mairie  Les Houches – 8h to 13h – local products;

Monday 14th August Promenades Photo de Teresa: «Coupeau, Les Houches – La Magie d’une tourbière par la lumière de fin d’après-midi»  RDV: Parking Gare SNCF Les Houches  Les Houches – 16hprice: 30€

Monday 14th August Fête des Guides au Village d’Argentière  Parvis de l’Eglise  Argentières from 10h – climbing for children and tyrolienne; stories of the mountains / for adults – half-day guided walks offered by the guides of Argentières; reservations: 04 50 54 17 94 / crystals for sale / 17h: traditional ceremony; 18h30: L’Echo du Buet, followed by more music / buvette with proceeds going to Caisse de Secours;

Monday 14th August – Histoires avec Kamishibaï  La Bibliothèque  Vallorcine 17h – every Monday, until 21st August, storytelling at Vallorcine library / FREE!

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Monday 14th AugustPhotography 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 14th August – 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 14th August Guided tour along the Arve river – 16h Passy – discover the nature of water and the art along the river / FREE! / RDV: Mountain Store, Passy / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 80 52;

Monday 14th August  Cinéma du Plateau d’Assy  «Ava» (2017, France) by Léa Mysius – Cinéma du Plateau d’AssyPlateau d’Assy – 20hduration: 1h45;

Monday 14th August Itinerant Baroque afternoon – visit churches of: Cordon, Combloux, Saint Nicolas / price: 22€ / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 01 57;

Monday 14th August Fête de la Bière – Place de la GrenetteSallanches18h – organised by Rugby-Club Faucigny Mont-Blanc with moules frites and musical fun / price: 15€ /  reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 01 57;

© sallanches.com

Monday 14th August  «Découverte glisses sur le pumptrack» – PumptrackCombloux15h 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 14th August  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 14th August  Jeu de Piste: «les 2 mots mystères» – Le Parc Thermal Le Fayet – 15h to 17h;

Monday 14th August Animation Pumptrack  Base de Loisirs Plaine d’ArlyMegève10h to 12h / FREE! / head on down to the pumptrack with your VTT, to take on the challenges of the bumps and turns with an animateur;

© Le Palais Megève

Monday 14th August Soirée Népalaise – Refuge de SalesSixt-Fer-à-Cheval18h30 – with traditional Dal Bhat prepared by Harka, Nepalese games and tea / price: 20€ / reservations: http://www.refugedesales.com;  tel: 09 88 18 42 93;


Tuesday 15th August – Chedde (Passy), Combloux and Les Contamines markets in the morning;

Tuesday 15th August Fête des Guides de Chamonix (traditional ceremony)  Eglise Saint-Michel  Chamonix from 10h;

Tuesday 15th AugustAloha Tuesday (yoga & hike)Chamonix8h45 to 12h30price: 45€ / RDV: Boardriders Chamonix (31 rue Joseph Vallot) / with Sébastien Lopez (Accompagnateur en montagne) and Blanche de Marion, founder of Chamonix Yoga Festival;

Tuesday 15th August – Soirée 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 15th August Fête des Guides de Servoz  Eglise  Servoz from 10h;

Tuesday 15th August  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;

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Tuesday 15th August – Marché Artisanal Pré de l’Eglise – Servozfrom 9h;
© servoz.com

Tuesday 15th AugustTalk: «Les Montagnards sont Bavards»L’Etape Argentière 18h30 – FREE! / address: L’Etape, 329 rue Charlet Straton, 74400, Argentière;

Tuesday 15th August – Fête Artisanale  La Ruche Vallorcine11h30 to 22h – traditional artisan goods, concert from Echo du Buet and Cors des Alpes, meal (12€) and fireworks;

Tuesday 15th August – Walk: «c’est quoi une réserve naturelle?»  Chalet d’Accueil de la Réserve Naturelle Vallorcine 11h30 to 22h – FREE! / for families and children – a chance to understand what a natural reserve is / reservations: 04 05 54 08 06;

Tuesday 15th August – Laser Game Lac de Passy (beach end) Passy14h30 to 18h – FREE after having tried out one of the Base de Loisirs activities the same day!

Tuesday 15th August Randonnée Aquatique Les Pieds dans l’Eau – Sallanches8h30 to midday / a refreshing walk along the water / RDV: Parking du Lévaud; price: 20€ / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 15th August – Guided Walk: «Découverte de Sallanches»  Sallanches  13h45 to 17h / price: 20€ / RDV: Parking Lévaud – reservations: 04 50 58 18 03 / family walk up towards Saint-Roch;

Tuesday 15th August – 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 15th AugustAtelier Créatif Combloux9h to middayaddress: 49, chemin des Passerands, Combloux;

Tuesday 15th AugustYoga Famille/Enfants  Plan d’eau biotope  Combloux 9h30 to 10h30 – price: 8€ to 10 €;

Tuesday 15th August – Fête de «La Miou» – Cordon – a tradition dating from the days of Napoléon Bonaparte / a patron saint festival / kermesse, archery, buvette / les Grenadiers / the theme this year les alpages / traditional pastries (rissoles) of Cordon, frites, gaufres, glaces / 19h fondu and 21h grand bal;

© cordon.fr

Tuesday 15th August – 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 15th August Le Bal du 15 août – Promenade du Mont-Blanc – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains21h;


Children’s Photography Workshops by Byzance Photo Reportages @ Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
© Byzance Photos Reportages

Byzance Photos Reportages is offering children’s digital photography workshops every week from Tuesday to Sunday (10h to 12h and from 15h to 18h) at the Chalet des Créateurs / children aged from 6 to 12 years / duration: 30mins / price: 10€ / address: 900, route de Megève, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / reservations: 06 02 33 11 75 / Facebook Page;


Tuesday 15th August Fête du 15 août – Plaine des Belles – Praz-sur-Arly all day;

Tuesday 15th August La Fête de Notre Dame de la Gorge – Notre Dame de la Gorge Les Contamines-Montjoie – a pyrothecnic display, son et lumière, at nightfall in this most beautiful location / FREE!

La Fete de Notre Dame de lma Gorge © lescontamines.com

Tuesday 15th August Fête du Lac de Gers – Lac de GersSamoëns from 11h;

© samoens.com / Didier Passaquin

Wednesday 16th August – Cinéma with Cinébus: «La dernière saison» (France, 2017) film by Pierre Beccu – Les Houches21h – duration: 1h03 / Pierre Beccu will be present for screening / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 16th August – Guided Walk of Vieux Servoz & church – Maison du Lieutenant – Servoz  15h to 17h30  price: 8€ reservations necessary: OT Servoz;

Wednesday 16th August Brocante – Parking de La Fiz – Argentière 8h to 18h – collections and books;

Wednesday 16th AugustCreative 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 16th AugustGuided Walk «Pourquoi Vallorcine n’est pas Suisse?» and «Habitat Walser et Habitats Naturels» – Vallorcine Col des Montets see here;

Wednesday 16th August  «Alpages en Fête» Wednesday evening documentary film screening , “le monde agricole d’aujourd ‘hui  Bibliothèque de Vallorcine Vallorcine17h to 18h45 – “Une histoire de transmission poignante doublée d’un témoignage sur les mutations du monde agricole, entre une agricultrice qui part à la retraite et cède son troupeau de chèvres à une jeune femme qui s’installe pour se lancer dans la fabrication de fromage.” (chamonix.com) / FREE;

Wednesday 16th AugustMurmure Yoga with Charly  Lac de Passy (les criques) Passy9h to 10h30price: 15€ (and forfaits available) / Charly is offering lots of different yoga classes up and down the valley and a regular Sunday morning workshop at the lovely Granges d’en Haut in Les Houches on Sunday morning over August / for more information and weekly planning: murmureyoga.com / FB page;

Savasana at Lac de Passy © murmureyoga.com
Wednesday 16th August 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 16th AugustWorkshop: «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 16th August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage»  chemin du Lac de Pormenaz  Plaine-Joux  13h – FREE! / observation of animal prints, binoculars / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Wednesday 16th August  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 16th AugustGuided visit of Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grâce Plateau d’Assy 10h30 – founded by M.Novarina, consecrated in 1950, and decorated by some of the world’s famous modern artists / price: 5€ and free for under 12s / no reservations needed, pay on-site;

Wednesday 16th to 19th AugustWorkshop for adults: «initiation in Bryophytes de montagnes» / with Isabelle CHARISSOU, member of the Amicale Charles Legendre des Botanistes du Limousin / price: 45€ to 100€ (per person, per day.

Wednesday 16th August  Chasse à Trésors avec Tilou  Combloux 14h to 17h;
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Wednesday 16th August  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 16th August  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 16th AugustStorytime: «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 16th AugustSoirée BBQ et Concert  Théatre de Verdure (Plan d’Eau Biotope) Combloux19h and 21h concert – bring your own meat to grill, set up your picnic blankets and enjoy the music and the majestic view!

Wednesday 16th August Workshop: «Les P’tits Experts de la nature workshop» – «Les P’tits Experts des Glaciers» 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 by the MBFF team!
Les P’tits Experts de la Nature ©  montblancfamilyfun.com

Wednesday 16th August Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Wednesday and Friday over the summer;

Wednesday 16th AugustMercredi des Enfants à Saint-Gervais  Promenade du Mont-Blanc 15h – and spectacle «Barto» at 18h on the Esplanade Marie Paradis;

Wednesday 16th August 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 16th AugustYoga en Plein Air  Le Parc Thermal Le Fayet – 18h30;

Wednesday 16th August  Film: «Paques aux Grandes Jorasses»  with Sylvain Saudon, skier of the impossible  Théatre Montjoie Saint-Gervais-les-Bains  21h  price: 5€/3,80 / 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;


Les Estivales de Megève – Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th August (Megève)
Les Estivales de Megève © megeve.com

Chamber music concerts at the l’Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste de Megève (16th August) and the Palais Megève (17th, 18th and 19th August) / see here for more details and prices;


Wednesday 16th August  l’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;

© megeve.com

Wednedsay 16th August – Workshop: «Les Bambins des Bois»Place de l’Office de Tourisme – Praz-sur-Arly – 14h30 to 18h30price: 2€ / children can learn to make toys from wood;

Wednedsay 16th August – Initiation Escalade – Plaine des Belles – Praz-sur-Arly 15h30 to 17hprice: 17€ / climbing lessons for beginners;

Wednesday 16th August Show for children: «La Baguette Ensorcellée» – Place du Village – Les Contamiones-Montjoie19 h / FREE! / tel: 04 50 47 01 50;

Wednesday 16th August Children’s Party «Boum des Enfants» Place du Village Les Contamines – 17h to 19h / the dance-floor reserved for little ones! / FREE!

Wednesday 16th August Creative workshop for children «Making Souvenirs» – Place du Village Les Contamines – 10h to 12h / souvenir-making with Vincent / FREE!

Wednesday 16th AugustCinéma de plein air: «Les Tuche 2» Romagny – 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 16th AugustFamily Visit at La Roche-sur-Foron – La Roche-sur-Foron 15h price: adults 6€ and children 4€ / jeu de piste:A la recherche des enseignes perdues“: head off to find the treasure, a trail ending at the Tour des Comtes de Genève / with a Guide du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / for children 4 to 11 ans / costumes lent + souvenir present offered to little ones! / address: place Andrevetan, 74800, La Roche-sur-Foron / tel: 04 50 03 36 68;
Family jeu de piste © larochesurforon.com

Wednesday 16th August Family 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;

© Cliché Anne Le Bellec / Musées d’Annecy

Globule Radio workshops for children – Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th August (Chamonix) 
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Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: «Résidents de la Maison des Artistes» / with the association Le Fil de l’Arve / initiation into radio work, with professionals / price: 105€ (transport and lunch included) address: Studio Globule Radio, 154 avenue de Courmayeur, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;


Thursday 17th August Guided Visit of Chamonix Chamonix10h duration: 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;

© chamonix.com

Thursday 17th August Les Promenades Photo de Teresa: «Charousse, Les Houches – Un voyage dans le temps à un alpage du 19ème siècle»  Les Houches 14h price: 30€ RDV Télécabine du Prarion / reservations: +33 (0)6 08 95 89 42;

Thursday 17th August  Guided Visit: «A la découverte du monde minéral»  Musée des Cristaux/Espace Tairraz  Chamonix 14h30 & 16h30 – with  Denis at 14h30 and Jean-Luc & Jean-Claude at 16h30  reservations (up to 25 pax): leave a FB message with name, no. people, time-slot and a reply will be given with “j’aime”: Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix: www.mineralogie-chamonix.org/;

© Espace Tairraz / Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix et des Alpes du Nord

Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th AugustBrésil comes to Cool CatsChamonix – painting and music with these brasileiros . . .

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Black Box © Cool Cats Chamonix

Thursday 17th August «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 17th August 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 17th AugustDîner Spectacle facing Mont-Blanc: «Rapaces à 2000m d’Altitude» – Bergerie de PlanprazBrévent – 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 17th August Talk: «Les montagnes et vallées arides du Yemen» Salle Communale Vallorcine 18h – FREE!

Thursday 17th August Film: «La France Sauvage: les Alpes sommets de l’extrême» Tourist Office Vallorcine 18h30 – FREE!

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Thursday 17th August Guided visit of design centre at Mountain Store Passy 10h30 – every Thursday, come and visit the design centre hub of Mountain Store, and discover the brands Quechua, Wedze and Simond, worn by so many of us au Pays du Mont Blanc! / FREE!

Thursday 17th August – Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Les Mystères du Lac Vert» Lac Vert  Passy  14h to 16h – get to know about the mysteries of the Lac Vert! Why is it green? Is it natural? Is it deep? Legends & stories / for children 6+ years and adults / RDV next to restaurant du Lac Vert / FREE and no reservations needed;

Thursday 17th August Guided visit of Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grâce Plateau d’Assy 16h – founded by M.Novarina, consecrated in 1950, and decorated by some of the world’s famous modern artists / price: 5€ and free for under 12s / no reservations needed, pay on-site;

Thursday 17th August – Les Veillés ContéesSallanches20h to 21h30 – 20h to 21h30 – price: 6€ (free for under 12s) / in a small chapel, Jean-François will take you back in time, with legendary tales of Savoie / sign up at the Office de Tourisme de Sallanches: +33 (0)4 50 58 04 25;

Thursday 17th August  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;

Thursday 17th AugustAfternoon Games of Skill Plan-Perret – Combloux  14h30 to 18h – FREE!

Thursday 17th AugustGuided visit: «La Ferme d’Isidore et le vieux village Combloux;

Thursday 17th AugustInitiation Escalade (climbing) Cordon9h to midday price: 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 17th AugustWorkshop (for teenagers & adults): «Peintures sur Bois» – Chalet des Créateurs – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains 10h to midday – price: 10€ / / 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;

Peintures sur Bois © Chalet des Créateurs

Thursday 17th AugustWorkshop (for teenagers & adults): «Découverte huiles essentiels / préparation baume» – Chalet des Créateurs Saint-Gervais-les-Bains15h to 17h – price: 25€ / / 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;

Thursday 17th August – Thursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Comment j’ai rencontré mon père» (France) de Maxime Motte Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30price: 5€/4€ / see full August schedule on the MJC website;

Thursday 17th August Visit the hidden side of Le Palais – Le PalaisMegève – reservations: 04 50 21 15 71 / FREE!;

Thursday 17th August – Luge 4S de Megève: Les Descentes Nocturnes Megève – music and festive lighting once night falls! / every Thursday during the summer holidays;

© La Luge 4 Saison / Les Portes de Mont-Blanc

Thursday 17th August Guided visit: art in Praz-sur-Arly – 10h to 11h30 Praz-sur-Arly – discover the village and its art / FREE!

Thursday 17th AugustRencontre en Refuge: «Une réserve naturelle transfrontalière sur le Tour du Mont-Blanc»  Les Contamines-Montjoie – 18h to 21h – FREE, apart from refuge costs! / an evening with the team from the Réserve Naturelle at the refuge, with a talk about flora and faunafor all and children 10+ years / RDV Refuge de la Croix de Bonhomme / reservations: 04 79 07 05 28;

Thursday 17th AugustRencontre en Refuge: Gypaète et Faune de Montagne  Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval from 16h30 – 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;

Thursday 17th August – Visit & Workshop for children: «Les P’tits patrimoines: Ma greffe en bois» – Palais de l’Île – Annecy14h to 16h30 – after a walk observing marks of time, children will graft an urban scene based on the old wooden galleries adorning the old houses / for 6 to 12 year olds / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€;

Thursday 17th AugustGuided 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;


Friday 18th August«Alpages en Fêtes» theatre from le Petit Théâtre d’Argentière: «Lognan, c’était comment avant Les Grands?» – Le MajesticChamonix – 20h30;

Friday 18th August – «l’Atelier Photographie: Cyanotype»La Maison de la Mémoire et Patrimoine Janny Couttet – Chamonixfrom 14h to 18h – using a technique dating from 1842, you will make a blue picture! / 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;

© Image Temps / chamonix.com

Friday 18th AugustWalk: 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;

Friday 18th August – Film: «Un alpage au pays du Mont-Blanc» by Catherine Benzoni-Grosset and Jean Franco  Pole Culturel Vallorcine 20h to 21h;

Friday 18th August – Walk: «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! / reservations: 04 50 54 02 24

Friday 18th August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Etonnante Nature: découvrez le monde étonnant de la nature en famille»  Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy  Passy  10h to 12h – discover nature en famille FREE! / more information: Maison de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 18th August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage»  Lac Vert  Passy  10h – FREE! / more information: ASTERS: 04 50 90 23 07;

Friday 18th August Gospel Concert – Eglise Notre Dame de Toute GracePlateau d’Assy20h30;

Friday 18th August «les apéros’jardin» at the Jardin des Cimes  Plateau d’Assy 18h30 until 22h30 – cancelled in the event of bad weather;

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

Friday 18th August – Canyoning Torrent de Balme – Cordon 13h30 – natural water slides, jumping, swimming, abseiling . . .  / price: 35 to 55€ / reservations: 04 50 58 01 57;

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Friday 18th August – 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;

Friday 18th August Les F’estivales font leur cinéma «Le Monde de Dory» (outdoor cinema) – Pré de FoireSallanches – 21h / FREE!

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Friday 18th August Guided visit chez Laurenzio, granite-worker  Combloux 17h to 17h45  price: 5€ and free for under 15s / discover the work and art of the granite-worker / RDV: at Laurenzio’s company/workshop;

Friday 18th August Sporting Afternoon  Plan-Perret Combloux – from 14h30 – FREE! 

Friday 18th August Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Wednesday and Friday over the summer;

Friday 18th AugustL’Heure du Conte en Plein Air – Parc ThermalLe Fayet 17h – FREE!

Friday 18th AugustWorkshop for children/teenagers: «making a dream-catcher» – Chalet des CréateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 16h – price: 6€ / see here for more details and timings / address: Le Chalet de Créateurs, 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;

© Le Chalet des Créateurs

Friday 18th AugustCreative Workshop: «Loisirs Créatifs au bord de l’eau»Le Palais – Megève 10h to 11h – creative workshops for 3 to 5 year olds / reservations: at the Palais Megève  / price: 3,50€;

© Le Palais Megève

Friday 18th August Les Nocturnes des Commerçants – Megève streets18h to 21h / organised by l’UCHARM (Union des Commerçants, Hôteliers, Artisans et Restaurateurs de Megève);

Friday 18th August Folkloric group Lou Gaspians du Pratz – Place de l’EglisePraz-sur-Arly – 21h / FREE!

Friday 18th August Nuit du Raft 2017 – Nunabar Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval – 19h / address: Le Bellavista, 74740, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval;

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«Zik en Ville» © larochesurforon.com

Friday 18th August «Zik en Ville» festival – Place de l’Hotel de Ville La Roche-sur-Foron from 17h / Compagnie K-bestan, Balani sound system, Ackboo;

Friday 18th August – Visit & Workshop for children at the Château d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine: Ma tour de Babel» – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the photos of Du-Zhenjun, and the history of the Tower of Babel; they will then explore the different representations of this history and make their own tower! / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€ / address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;

«Chine, Art en Mouvement» children’s workshops
© Conception graphique : The Cloud Collective / Studio Matters / Impression : Commune Nouvelle d’Annecy

Saturday 19th August – Chamonix MarketChamonix – from 7h30 to 12h30  address: Place du Mont-Blanc, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Saturday 19th August – Initiation Qi Qong at the Jardin des CimesPlateau d’Assy10h to 12h – 15+ years (cancelled in the event of bad weather);

Saturday 19th AugustRDV with the gardener – Jardin des Cimes – Plateau d’Assy – 10h30 – discover the potagers with a gardener / price: adults 6,50€ children (+4 years) 4€ / address: Jardin de Cimes, 447 route du docteur Davy, 74190, Passy;

Saturday 19th August – Sallanches Market Quais de la Sallanches 8h to 13h  the largest market in the valley: food; gardening; fashion / up and down the quais and in Pré de Foire/Place de la Grenette;

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Saturday 19th August – Photography 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 19th & Sunday 20th August Rencontre Folklorique: «La Rioule» Esplanade Marie-Paradis – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains   a folkloric weekend!


Festival «Au Bonheur des Mômes» – 2oth to 25th August (Grand-Bornand)
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A 6-day festival in Grand-Bornand, the 26th edition this year, dedicated to the “bonheur des mômes”! – theatre, circus, dance, music, puppets . . . and even shows just for tiny tots! See website for more details, the full programme and ticket prices (you can buy day passes, weekly passes, etc . . . ).


Saturday 19th August  Guided tour: «Des Romain à nos jours»  Martigny  17h30  price: 15CHF / 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

Saturday 20th August«Les Soirées Estivales»  Swiss Vapeur Parc  Port-Valais Switzerland until 22h address: route de la Plage, Port-Valais, Switzerland;

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Sunday 20th August  Festival d’Orgue de Chamonix  Eglise Saint-Michel Chamonix 17h  programme;

Sunday 20th August  Sunday Art & Crafts  La Petite Folie Chamonix Sud – Chamonix – 10h to 11h30 / address: 49 place Edmond Desailloud, 74400, Chamonix;

Sunday Arts & Crafts at La Petite Folie © La Petite Folie Softplay

Sunday 20th August Vide Grenier des Bois – Les Bois – organised by les Amis de l’EHPAD (Établissement d’hébergement pour personnes âgées dépendantes) / address: chemin des Bois;

Sunday 20th August – «Little Ostara 2» – Domaine du Touchet Les Houches11h to 22h – from l’association PRANA – FREE!

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Sunday 20th AugustSunday Morning Workshop with Murmure Yoga  Les Granges d’en Haut Les Houches9h to 11h price: 20€ (or +5€ on forfait) / Charly is offering lots of different yoga classes up and down the valley and this regular Sunday morning workshop over the summer / a different theme for each workshop / entrance to the spa for 19€, instead of 29€, with this workshop! / for more information and weekly planning: murmureyoga.com / FB page;

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Sunday 20th August Stand Up Paddle & Yoga – with Ananda Yoga Studio Chamonix  Lac de Passy – 9h to 11hprice: 30€ / for all levels / departure from Chamonix 8h30 and return 11h30, or meet at lake / limited to 8 people / reservation required, see Facebook page / cancelled in the event of rain!

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Sunday 20th August Vide Grenier by Conta’Clean Evènements – Collège de VarensPassy8h to  18h;

Sunday 20th August – Maraudage au décollage de parapente – Plaine-Joux – Passy – 10h – with an animateur, discover the nature surrounding you! / FREE! / Asters: +33 (0)4 50 90 23 07;

Sunday 20th August – Concert de Blues en Altitude – Refuge de Varan – Passy 12pm;

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Sunday 20th August – Welcome Drinks Apéritifs – Cordon11h30 to 12h30;

Sunday 20th August «Rétromobile» – Praz-sur-Arlyfrom 11h / a  collection of retro cars, with music and apéritifs! / FREE;


Globule Radio workshops for children – Monday 21st to Friday 25th August (Chamonix) 
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10 to 17h / Workshop for 8 to 16 year olds: «Captation des sons de la nature» via le Mont-Blanc Express / with the association Le Fil de l’Arve / initiation into radio work, with professionals / price: 170€ (transport and lunch included) / address: Studio Globule Radio, 154 avenue de Courmayeur, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;


Monday 21st August Marché Les Houches  Place behind Mairie  Les Houches – 8h to 13h – local products;

Monday 21st August – Histoires avec Kamishibaï  La Bibliothèque  Vallorcine 17h – every Monday, until 21st August, storytelling at Vallorcine library / FREE!

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Monday 21st AugustLes Promenades Photo de Teresa: «Vallorcine – Rencontres & découvertes du Pays Walser – Insolite et accueillant»13h30Vallorcine – RDV: Place de la Gare SNCF / price: 30€;

Monday 21st AugustPhotography Workshop (digital cameras)by Byzance Photos ReportagesJardin des Cimes from 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 21st August – Ayuverdique Massage with Cécile Jehanne – Jardin des Cimes Plateau 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 21st August  Cinema du Plateau d’Assy: documentary film «Visages Villages» (2017, France) by Agnès Varda – Cinema du Plateau d’AssyPlateau d’Assy – 20h duration: 1h29;

Monday 21st August  «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 21st August  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; until 10th Sept;

Monday 21st August Jeu de Piste: «La Faune et la Flore» – Le Parc Thermal – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains15h to 17h / FREE!

Monday 21st August Animation Pumptrack  Base de Loisirs Plaine d’ArlyMegève10h to 12h / FREE! / head on down to the pumptrack with your VTT, to take on the challenges of the bumps and turns with an animateur;

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Monday 21st August Creative Workshop for Children: «Tornade d’Eau colorée» Parc Patrice DominguezLes Contamines-Montjoies 10h / FREE!


Tuesday 22nd August – Chedde (Passy), Combloux and Les Contamines markets in the morning;

Tuesday 22nd AugustAloha Tuesday (yoga & hike)Chamonix8h45 to 12h30price: 45€ / RDV: Boardriders Chamonix (31 rue Joseph Vallot) / with Sébastien Lopez (Accompagnateur en montagne) and Blanche de Marion, founder of Chamonix Yoga Festival;

Tuesday 22nd August – Soirée 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 22nd August – Apéros Langues Altitude Languages – La Petite Université Chamonix MBC (Micro Brasserie de Chamonix)Chamonix18h30 to 20h – hosted by Céline de Paoli / price: 5€ / confirmations on FB page;

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© La Petite Université Chamonix

Tuesday 22nd August  Karaoke  Salle d’Animation  Les Houches  22h – FREE;

Tuesday 22nd August – Workshop: «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 8+ years/ remember sun protection (hats, sunglasses, suncream) and water / limited places;

«Jouets des Champs» © chamonix.com

Tuesday 22nd August  Talk: «La Géopark du Beaujolais»  Salle Communale  Argentière  18h – with Charlotte Besombes, discover the geopark famous for its wine / FREE!

Tuesday 22nd August – Laser Game Lac de Passy (beach end) Passy14h30 to 18h – FREE after having tried out one of the Base de Loisirs activities the same day!

Tuesday 22nd August – Observations et Soirée Nature au Refuge du Platé  Refuge de Platé Passy17h to 21h30 – FREE, apart from refuge costs / for all public, 10+ years / reservations: ASTERS 04 50 90 23 07 or 06 23 43 72 66

Tuesday 22nd August Randonnée Aquatique Les Pieds dans l’Eau – Sallanches8h30 to midday / a refreshing walk along the water / RDV: Parking du Lévaud; price: 20€ / reservations: +33 (0)4 50 58 18 03;

Tuesday 22nd August – Guided Walk: «Découverte de Sallanches»  Sallanches RDV Parking Lévaud 13h45 to 17h / price: 20€ / reservations: 04 50 58 18 03 / family walk up towards Saint-Roch;

Tuesday 22nd August – 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 22nd August – Le P’tit Marché Paysan de Produits Locaux – Sallanches – 16h30 to 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 22nd AugustStorytime: «Contes alpins sous le sapin»  Combloux17h30 – 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;

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Tuesday 22nd AugustCinema evening  Combloux;

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Tuesday 22nd AugustConcert: Guy Perrault and his clarinette  Eglise Saint-Nicolas Combloux 20h30 – FREE!

Tuesday 22nd August – 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 22nd AugustChâteau Gonflable et Jeux en Bois – Le Bettex (under the carillon) – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains 10h to 12hFREE!

Tuesday 22nd AugustWorkshop for children/teenagers: «Initiation aquarelles» – Chalet des CréateursSaint-Gervais-les-Bains 16h to 17h – price: 6€ / see here for more details and timings / address: Le Chalet de Créateurs, 900 route de Megève, Lieu-dit Le Robinson, 74170, Saint-Gervais; tel: 04 50 91 46 69 / 06 02 33 11 75;


Children’s Photography Workshops by Byzance Photo Reportages @ Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
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Byzance Photos Reportages is offering children’s digital photography workshops every week from Tuesday to Sunday (10h to 12h and from 15h to 18h) at the Chalet des Créateurs / children aged from 6 to 12 years / duration: 30mins / price: 10€ / address: 900, route de Megève, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / reservations: 06 02 33 11 75 / Facebook Page;

Tuesday 22nd August – Charlotte la Marmotte at the ice-skating rink (Jardin de Glace) – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – 15h to 17h – for children 3 to 12 years;

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Tuesday 22nd August – Concert: «Jazz sur Herbe» – Restaurant le Schuss Plateau de la Croix Saint-Gervais – 18h – charity concert, raising money for Arve & opération Taffodil & Sarcoma UK;

Tuesday 22nd August – Concert: «Manu d’la Taverne» – Esplanade Marie Paradis 2KM3  Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – 18h;

Tuesday 22nd August Workshop for Children – Réserve Naturelle des Contamines-MontjoieEspace Nature au sommet – 14h / fars rom 6+ ye / sign up at TO / parents must accompany / price: 5€

Tuesday 22nd August Film Soirée – Refuge de Platé16h to 21h / film screening centred on gypaète barbu and other mountain animals / FREE (apart from refuge costs) / reservations: 04 50 90 23 07;


Wednesday 23rd AugustGuided 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 summit successes 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 23rd August Guided walk: «Les Virées Culturelles de Christine» – Statues et des plaques commémoratives de Chamonix: l’histoire par le petit côté de la lorgnette!” – Chamonix – 16h price: 12€ / RDV: Saint Michel Parking / reservations: 06 07 21 51 90;

Wednesday 23rd August – Cinéma with Cinébus: «Les as de la jungle» (Seria, Mexico & USA, 2017) film by David Alaux – Les Houches18h – duration: 1h37 / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 23rd August – Cinéma with Cinébus: «On the milky road» (France, 2017) film by Emir Kusturica – Les Houches21h – duration: 1h30 / in VO with sub-titles / price: adults 5,50€ and children 3,50€ / address: Salle d’Animation, Les Houches;

Wednesday 23rd AugustCreative 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;

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Wednesday 23rd August – Guided Walk «Pourquoi Vallorcine n’est pas Suisse?» and «Habitat Walser et Habitats Naturels» – Vallorcine Col des Montets see here;

Wednesday 23rd August  «Alpages en Fête» Wednesday evening documentary film screening , “le monde agricole d’aujourd ‘hui  Bibliothèque de Vallorcine Vallorcine 17h to 18h45 – “Au fil des rencontres et des témoignages le film dresse un tableau humain et réaliste de la paysannerie contemporaine, déchirée entre le productivisme effréné et un modèle alternatif autonome et durable.” (chamonix.com) / FREE!

Wednesday 23rd AugustMurmure Yoga with Charly  Lac de Passy (les criques) Passy9h to 10h30price: 15€ (and forfaits available) / Charly is offering lots of different yoga classes up and down the valley and a regular Sunday morning workshop at the lovely Granges d’en Haut in Les Houches on Sunday morning over August / for more information and weekly planning: murmureyoga.com / FB page;

Savasana at Lac de Passy © murmureyoga.com

Wednesday 23rd August Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Maraudage Gypaète Barbu»  Village des Ayères Passy  9h30 to 11h30;

Wednesday 23rd August Yoga – 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 23rd AugustWorkshop: «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 23rd August  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 23rd AugustGuided visit of Eglise Notre Dame de Toute Grâce – Plateau d’Assy 10h30 – founded by M.Novarina, consecrated in 1950, and decorated by some of the world’s famous modern artists / price: 5€ and free for under 12s / no reservations needed, pay on-site;

Wednesday 23rd August  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 23rd August  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 23rd August Workshop: «Les P’tits Experts de la nature»: “Le Petit Zoologiste – Centre de la Nature MontagnardeSallanches14h to 16hprice: 6€ per child / be a zoologist for the day and observe mountain animals /for chilren 8+ years / reservations: CNM – 04 50 58 32 13 / highly recommended by the MBFF team!

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

Wednesday 23rd August Randonnée Famille du mercredi: Tête du Planet  Sallanches  8h30 to 17h / RDV: 8h30 Parking de Lévaud in Sallanches, then covoiturage to Parking du Peray / price: 30€;

Wednesday 23rd August Après-Midi Jeux en Equilibre Plan-Perret – Combloux  14h30h  slackline, diabolos . . . / FREE! 

Wednesday 23rd August – Soirée BBQ et Concert  Théatre de Verdure (Plan d’Eau Biotope) Combloux19h and 21h concert – bring your own meat to grill, set up your picnic blankets and enjoy the music and the majestic view!

Wednesday 23rd August Tennis Ballon Cordon  17h30 to 19h  football on a tennis court! / FREE!every Wednesday and Friday over the summer;

Wednesday 23rd AugustGuided Walk & Discovery: «Le Panoramas du Mont-Lachat»Saint-Gervais-les-Bains10h to 16h – leaving from the Col de Voza (accessible from Tramway du Mont Blanc), 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 23rd AugustMercredi des Enfants à Saint-Gervais Parc Thermal Le Fayet 15h30 – workshops and spectacle: «Le Roi du Mystère» at 18h;

Wednesday 23rd August 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 23rd August  L’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;

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Wednedsay 23rd August – Workshop: «Les Bambins des Bois»Place de l’Office de Tourisme – Praz-sur-Arly – 14h30 to 18h30price: 2€ / children can learn to make toys from wood;

Wednedsay 23rd August – Initiation Escalade – Plaine des Belles – Praz-sur-Arly – 15h30 to 17hprice: 17€ / beginners climbing lessons;

Wednesday 23rd August Initiation à la Course d’Orientation – Parc Patrice Dominguez Contamines-MontjoieEspace Nature au sommet – 9h30 / perfect for families;

Wednesday 23rd August Creative workshop for children «Making Souvenirs» – Place du Village Les Contamines – 10h to 12h / souvenir-making with Vincent / FREE!

Wednesday 23rd August Children’s Party «Boum des Enfants» Place du Village Les Contamines – 17h to 19h / the dance-floor reserved for little ones! / FREE!

Wednesday 23rd AugustCinéma de plein air: «Tout en haut du Monde» 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 23rd August – 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 23rd August – La Nuit de la Chauve Souris  Refuge de la Vogealle Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval  19h30 – with Jean-Fancois Desmet / see here for more information;

Wednesday 23rd AugustFamily Visit at La Roche-sur-Foron – La Roche-sur-Foron 15h – jeu de piste “A la recherche des enseignes perdues“: head off to find the treasure, a trail ending at the Tour des Comtes de Genève / with a Guide du Patrimoine des Pays de Savoie / for children 4 to 11 ans / costumes lent + souvenir present offered to little ones! /
address: place Andrevetan, 74800, La Roche-sur-Foron / tel: 04 50 03 36 68;
Family jeu de piste © larochesurforon.com

Thursday 24th August 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;

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Thursday 24th AugustLes Promenades Photo de Teresa Kaufman: «Chamonix – jardins secrets & quartiers de charme; la ville côté cœur, côté soleil» Eglise Saint-Michel  Chamonix  16h – photography guided tours / price: 30€;

Thursday 24th August  Guided Visit: «A la découverte du monde minéral»  Musée des Cristaux/Espace Tairraz  Chamonix 14h30 & 16h30 – with  Denis at 14h30 and Jean-Luc & Jean-Claude at 16h30  reservations (up to 25 pax): leave a FB message with name, no. people, time-slot and a reply will be given with “j’aime”: Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix: http://www.mineralogie-chamonix.org/;

© Espace Tairraz / Club de Minéralogie de Chamonix et des Alpes du Nord

Thursday 24th August 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 24th AugustDîner Spectacle facing Mont-Blanc: «Rapaces à 2000m d’Altitude» – Bergerie de PlanprazBrévent – 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;

Thursday 24th August  Nuit Astronomie  Refuge Les Ecuries de Charamillon  Le Tour 17h30 at refuge price: 64€ (1/2 pension au refuge + soirée Astronomie) / access on foot from village of Le Tour (about 1h15 walking time) or via télécabine (15 minutes / last departure 17h / 14€ adults and 11,90€ children 8 to 14 years) and then the refuge is a 200m walk from the télécabine‘s arrival station / free parking in Le Tour & bus stop / in the event of poor weather/too few participants, the event will be cancelled / open to all +8 years;

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Thursday 24th August «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 24th August Workshop: cooking with local produce Maison du Lieutenant / Maison de l’Alpage – 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;

© Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Thursday 24th August – Talk: «Les Montagnards sont Bavards» L’EtapeArgentière18h30 – FREE! / address: L’Etape, 329 rue Charlet Straton, 74400, Argentière;

Thursday 24th August Talk: «Anciennes mines et carrières» Pole Culturel Vallorcine 18h – FREE!

Thursday 24th August Guided visit of design centre at Mountain Store Passy 10h30 – every Thursday, come and visit the design centre hub of Mountain Store, and discover the brands Quechua, Wedze and Simond, worn by so many of us au Pays du Mont Blanc! / FREE!

Thursday 24th August – Animations Été de la Réserve Naturelle de Passy: «Les Mystères du Lac Vert» Lac Vert  Passy  14h to 16h – get to know about the mysteries of the Lac Vert! Why is it green? Is it natural? Is it deep? Legends & stories / for children 6+ years and adults / RDV next to restaurant du Lac Vert / FREE and no reservations needed;

Thursday 24th August Guided Visit: «La Ferme à Isidore et du PLM» – Combloux14h30 to 16h30 – built in 1832, discover this old farm and the old village of Combloux / RDV: OT Comloux / also on 7th September;

Thursday 24th August Parcours Mini-Aventure – Plan- Perret – Combloux  14h30 to 18h – on your own, or in teams, take on the challenges of the Parc Aventure in Combloux;

Parcours Mini-Aventure Combloux © combloux.com

Thursday 24th AugustInitiation 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 24th AugustWorkshop (for teenagers & adults): «Peintures sur Bois» – Chalet des Créateurs – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains10h to midday – price: 10€ / / 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;

Peintures sur Bois © Chalet des Créateurs

Thursday 24th AugustL’Heure du Conte (storytime) – Bibliothèque Municipale – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains11h – FREE!

Thursday 24th AugustWorkshop (for teenagers & adults): «Découverte huiles essentiels / préparation baume» – Chalet des Créateurs – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains15h to 17h – price: 25€ / / 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;

Thursday 24th AugustThursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres Contes» (France) by Benjamin Renner and Patrick ImbertThéatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30price: 5€/4€ / see full August schedule on the MJC website;


Le Tour de l’Avenir – Thursday 24th & Friday 25th August (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)
Tour de l’Avenir © saintgervais.com

The Tour de France for the future stars / from Esplanade Marie-Paradis / Thursday 24th August: a rando-cyclo (open to all!) at 15h, with Bernard Hinault / sign up at Tourist Office before 23rd August!


Thursday 24th August – Concert: «Rock Folk» Esplanade Marie-Paradis 2KM3 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains18h;

Thursday 24th August – Thursday Night Cinema MJC Saint-Gervais: «Le grand méchant renard et autres» Théatre MontjoieSaint-Gervais-les-Bains20h30price: 5€/4€ / see full August schedule on the MJC website;


«Wine & Swing in Megève» – Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August (Megève)
© megeve.com

Thematic dining at the bars and restaurants of Megève, with wine and concerts: jazz, swing, rhythm n blues;


Thursday 24th August – Luge 4S de Megève: Les Descentes Nocturnes Megève – music and festive lighting once night falls! / every Thursday during the summer holidays;

© La Luge 4 Saison / Les Portes de Mont-Blanc

Thursday 24th AugustVisit & Workshop for children at the Château d’Annecy: «Un été sous le signe de la Chine: Échelle et aquarelle» – children will discover the exhibition «Chine, Art en Mouvement» through the work of Wu Chao et de Xia Weilun, and their images of daily life, and then they will paint different proportions with watercolours on a large sheet of paper / reservations required: 04 50 33 87 34 or reservation.animations@agglo-annecy.fr / price: 6,50€/ address: 1 place du Château, 74000, Annecy;


Mont-Blanc Triathlon International – 25th, 26th & 27th August (Passy)
© Mont-Blanc Triathlon

Friday 25th AugustFamily 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;

© Musée Alpin Cham