SUMMER AGENDA – family festivals & events au Pays du Mont-Blanc

The school summer holidays have arrived here au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . some of us may be going away, some of us may be staying in the mountains, many of you may be visiting our majestic peaks, valleys and lakes!

So here is a list of some of the FAMILY FESTIVALS & EVENTS taking place over the summer months au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a little further afield) compiled for you from MBFF . . .

For ideas for children’s workshops & stages, storytelling, spectalces, animations and guided visits (including ones that you can sign up for at shorter notice), then see previous (regularly updated) post SUMMER HOLIDAYS: workhops & stages, storytelling and guided visits . . .


Colour code 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


FAMILY EVENTS & FESTIVALS (poster summaries)

Poster summaries of summer events from Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Sallanches & Praz-sur-Arly . . .

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc’s Les Temps Forts Eté 2018
Les Temps Forts Eté 2018 © Chamonix Tourisme

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«Les F’estivales de Sallanches» – July and August

Sallanches has a fabulous summer events programme called «Les F’estivales de Sallanches»: music, open air cinema, sport (Fest’ilettes, relay races, volleyball, jeux inter-villages), themed soirées, a mousse party and more!  In amongst all of this, the festivals incontournables (Les Enfants d’Abord, Le Festival Baroque), the fêtes traditionnelles et patrimonialesles festivités du 14 juillet and la Saint-Jacques, la Fête des Bûcherons, la Fête de la Bière), exhibition Montagn’Arts photo). Who needs to leave the Pays du Mont-Blanc, with all of this fun on one’s doorstep? / pdf programme to leaf through;

Les F’estivales de Sallanches © sallanches.fr

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Sallanches dates for family fun:

© sallanches.fr

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Praz-sur-Arly’s «Les Grands Rendez-Vous de l’Eté»


FAMILY EVENTS & FESTIVALS au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond (chronological order):

«Exposition Montagn’Arts» (les quai de Sallanches) – from 23rd June to 31st August

Two talented photographers are currently gracing les quais de la Sallanche: David Machet and Daniel Rodrigues – mountain summits and animals . . . / FREE! / les quais de la Sallanche are the perfect spot for a buggy walk in the shade, with picnic opportunities, playgrounds, Le Centre de la Nature Montagnarde (with summer workshops for children on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and the Médiathèque Ange Abrate – the perfect day out!!!

Exposition Montagn’Art© sallanches.fr

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«Annecy Paysages» (Annecy) – from 30th June to 2nd September

«Déambules» became «Annecy Paysages» this year . . . stroll through lovely Annecy, and take in some beautiful ephemeral art / see this video for a taster visit! / website / FB page;

© Annecy Paysages
© Annecy Paysages

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«Le Festival des Cabanes» (Les Sources du Lac d’Annecy & Lac Aiguebelette) – from 1st July to 15th November 

The «Festival des Cabanes» is back for a 3rd edition at the Sources du Lac d’Annecy (Doussard nature reserve and other locations) from 1st July until 15th November . . . / over the preceding months, architect students and architects from all over the world built some unusual cabanes, rendering our nature even more magical! / website / over 160 mm², across 7 communes: Chevaline, Val de chaise, Doussard, Giez, Lathuile, Saint-Ferréol et Faverges/Seythenex / 12 orignial cabanes in 12 magical locations / original idea from David Hamerman;

© Festival des Cabanes

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«Éléphantesque» (Chambéry) – from 6th July to 30th September
© Chambéry Tourisme

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«Musiques en été» (Geneva) – from 6th July to 22nd August

A FREE music festival all summer offered by the Ville de Genève! / open air summer concerts in the Parc de la Grange (Eaux Vives), Scene Ella Fitzgerald and the Alhambra / the perfect opportunity to set out your picnic blanket and relax / more information here;

© Ville de Genève

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«Festival Baroque du Pays du Mont-Blanc» – from 10th to 20th July

Daytime and evening classical music concerts throughout the Pays du Mont-Blanc! / also, a full programme of complementary activities: films, visits, picnics, workshops, guided visits, games . . . / full programme here;

© Festival Baroque du Pays du Mont-Blanc

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«Hors les Normes» Anakonte d’Artistes (Praz-sur-Arly) – from 13th to 20th July

Exhibitions, concerts, workshops, performances . . .

«Hors les Normes» © Anakonte d’Artistes

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«Festi-Y Faré» festival (Les Houches) – from 14th to 20th July

This week-long festival, organised by association ArtChoum, has a new location this year in Les Houches and it looks set to be heaps of fun, with workshops for children and adults / activities & workshops: yoga, hip-hop, African dance, batacuda, capoeira and lots more! – see programme below / see website for more details and information about signing up;

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«Megève Jumping International» show jumping (Megève) – from Monday 16th to 22nd July

This one is a must for all horse lovers! / see here for more details and FB page;

Jumping International © megeve.com

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«Semaine Familly Plus» (Thonon-les-Bains) – from Monday 16th to 22nd July

A week dedicated to children and families, not too far from the Pays du Mont-Blanc in the lovely Thonon-les-Bains, on Lac Léman / see here for the whole programme;

© Thonon-les-Bains

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43ème «Paléo Festival» (Nyon, Switzerland) – from 18th to 22nd July 

Another summer music festival in Nyon, on Lac Léman! / 4 days of music! / Depeche Mode, Kaléo, Indochine, The Killers, Gorillaz, Lenny Kravitz, Ibeyi and more – see full line-up here / website;

© Paléo Festival Nyon

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Festival «Guitare en Scene» (Saint-Julien-en-Génevois) – 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd July

A music festival in Saint-Julien-en-Génevois! / Sting, Zucchero, Joe Satriani and more . . . / website;

© Guitares en Scène

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«Fest’ilettes de Sallanches» (Lacs des Ilettes, Sallanches) – Friday 20th to 22nd July

«Fest’ilettes de Sallanches» will take place the weekend of 20th to 22nd July at Lacs des Ilettes in Sallanches / Le Vieux Campeur will be supplying equipment to try out for free – kayaks, paddle boards / rock-climbing, tyrolienne & slackline to try out nearby too with Les Guides des Carroz / Sessionraft present / concert from 1 Shot 2 Sherriff in the evening;

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«CosmoJazz» music festival – (Chamonix Valley & beyond) – 21st to 29th July 

This is the 9th edition of this ever popular music festival which takes place in the Chamonix Valley and its environs.  We are treated to a whole host of amazing musicians playing for us in majestic locations, many of them at altitude . . . we can either walk or take a cable-car to get there!  This year, the Parc Couttet in Chamonix will again be the headquarters of the festival, with a large stage set up for concerts next to the Maison des Artistes . . . here you will find food stalls and merchandising / see website for more details about the festival and the full programme.

highlight for familiesBalade Bisse du Trient on Saturday 21st June at 11h / starting from Col de la Forclaz at 10h, 45mins one-way / the MBFF family did this walk last year, and we had a fabulous time! / this year: La Chica

La Chica © Cosmojazz

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«Fête de la Transhumance» (Argentière) – Saturday 21st July

Transhumance and marché de producteurs et artisans from 10h to 17h in Argentière / 10h – departure of transhumance (1400 goats and sheep) from Le Tour to Argentière / and alpine music too;

Transhumance © Chamonix Valley Tourisme

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«Fun Cars» (Passy) – Sunday 22nd July

In the Zone Artisanale de Marlioz, next to the tennis courts / 13h kick-off / buvette / proceeds to Amylose;

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«La Fête au Village» (Le Parc de la Tour Carrée, Domancy) – Sunday 22nd July

«La Fête au Village» in Domancy takes place at the Parc de la Tour Carrée from 11h to 19h – bouncy castle, face-painting, pony rides, games, music & dancing / and this year, a concours des pelles! – a digger (3,5 tonnes) competitition for all 16+ years, starting at 9h30; see here to sign up / and Soirée Concerts in the evening from 19h30 / see here for poster;

© Commune de Domancy

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«Open International des Contamines» (Parc Patrice Dominguez/Parc du Pontet) – from 22nd to 29th July

Ladies’ tennis tournament, with Henri Leconte in person this year . . .

© Open Tennis Les Contamines

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«1er Open des Alpes de MÖLKKY» (Base de Loisirs du Bois aux Dames, Samoëns) – Sunday 22nd July

Kick-off at 14h! / more information FB page Haute Savoie Mölkky;

© Samoens Tourisme

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«Fête du Plan d’Eau» (Flumet, Val d’Arly) – Sunday 22nd July

In Flumet, just past Praz-sur-Arly, is the Plan d’Eau et base de loisirs, a lovely little mountain lake / on Sunday 22nd July 2018, there will be the «La Fête du Plan d’Eau», with a temporary waterslide, a ventriglisse «Gliss’On» (60m long waterslide, taking you straight into the water!), waterballs, stand-up paddle boards, slack-line, Zumba, boat-making, lâcher de lanternes, spectacles and more . . . / full programme here;

© Flumet / Val d’Arly Tourisme

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«Campement Médiéval» (Saint-Jorioz, Lac d’Annecy) – weekend 21st & 22nd July

A medieval fête, with participation of Helvetia Irata and other associations

© Fete Médiévale Saint-Jorioz

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«Bambins et Compagnie» (Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval) – from 24th to 27th July

Four days of family activities: sport, nature, workshops, spectacles, acrobatics, storytelling . . . / sign up Tourist Office / website;

© Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Tourisme

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 «Le pianO du lac» (Combloux) – 26th & 27th July
Le «pianO du lac» is a unique musical concert: a recital performed on water! / more information here / suggested price: 10€ (but open to all);
© Le « pianO du lac »

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«Evian: La Belle Epoque» festival (Evian) – from 26th July to 15th August
© Evian Tourisme

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«Soirées Estivales Son & Lumière» at Château Menthon-Saint-Bernard (near Annecy) – Thursday 26th July & 30th July (and further dates in August)

The summer Son et Lumière spectacle at the Château du Menthon-Saint-Bernard! / this year, the 18th edition, with «Sleeping Beauty», from Etincelles Ballet / this recommendation comes from Mummy in the Mountains, who loves taking her girls to this summer spectacle at the castle / dates: Thursday 26th July, Monday 30th July, Thursday 2nd August and Monday 6th August / spectacle at 21h45, with entrance to castle grounds open from 19h30 / more information & tickets: www.les-etincelles-ballet-theatre.com or 06 33 17 41 46 / price: 18€ (adulsts), children 5 to 17 years: 8€ and FREE for under 5s;

© Les Etincelles Ballet

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«Les F’estivales de Sallanches»: Festivités de la Saint-Jacques (Pré de Foire & La Grenette, Sallanches) – from Friday 27th July to 1st August

La Saint-Jacques is the patron saint of Sallanches, and the town celebrates with: retraite et illuminations aux flambeaux, fête foraine and other animations! / a huge funfair is set up in Sallanches for five days, up and down the quais

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

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Les Musicales ‘Assy (Plateau d’Assy) – from 28th July to 8th August

In a little church (l’Église Notre-Dame-de-Toute-Grâce) in Plateau d’Assy that has hosted great artists like Matisse, Chagall, Léger, Rouault, Novarina . . . a music festival! / workshops and concerts / website;

© Les Musicales d’Assy
«Trail Tour du Fiz» and «Journée Camp de Base» (Passy) – Sunday 29th July

Plaine-Joux becomes a big playground for the day from 11h to 16h / activities: jeu de piste with la Maison de la réserve naturelle de Passy and Asters, workshops, treasure hunt, Bumper with Passy Accro Lac, accrobranches with Passy Plain’Wood, volleyball, VTT with Philippe Dufrene & Lou Pachran, trottinette électrique with Trot Top, slackline / 13h30: Mini KV and 14h30: Mini-Trail / prizes and goûter from 16h / price: 10€ per team to try out all activities, or 2€ per person to try out one activity / food, buvettes and local restaurants / go applaud the participants of Trail Tour du Fiz!

Journée Camp de Base © Passy Tourisme

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«Concert in Javen» by Orchestre d’Harmonie Megève (Lac de Javen, Megève) – Sunday 29th July

. . . at 17h30 . . . / transferred to Le Palais, in the event of rain! / *good to knowle Lac de Javen is a wonderful destination for a family hike in Megève – a small lake where you can fish (and BBQ your catch on Wednesdays!), a small playground and games on-site / also a restaurant;

© Lac de Javen

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«Festival International Folklorique d’Octodure – FIFO» (Martigny) – from 31st July to 5th August

«Le Festival International Folklorique d’Octodure (FIFO)», has been celebrating folkloric tradtions since 1986 – from la Martinique to Kazakhstan, passing through Russia, Argentina, Nicaragua and Macedonia  . . . without forgetting Switzerland / website & tickets;

© Festival International Folklorique d’Octodure
«Feux d’artifice août» (Château de Batiaz, Martigny) – 1st August

The famous 1st August fireworks, with a beautiful backdrop – Le Château de Batiaz! / 22h / to see more of the Martigny summer events, see programme here;

© Martigny Tourisme

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«Soirées Estivales Son & Lumière» at Château Menthon-Saint-Bernard (near Annecy) – Thursday 2nd & Monday 6th August

The summer Son et Lumière spectacle at the Château du Menthon-Saint-Bernard! / this year, the 18th edition, with «Sleeping Beauty», from Etincelles Ballet / this recommendation comes from Mummy in the Mountains, who loves taking her girls to this summer spectacle at the castle / dates: Thursday 2nd August and Monday 6th August / spectacle at 21h45, with entrance to castle grounds open from 19h30 / more information & tickets: www.les-etincelles-ballet-theatre.com or 06 33 17 41 46 / price: 18€ (adulsts), children 5 to 17 years: 8€ and FREE for under 5s;

© Les Etincelles Ballet

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«La Fête des Guides et accompagnateurs du Val Montjoie» (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) – from 3rd to 5th August

The Guides and accompagnateurs of Val Montjoie in the spotlight! / entertainment for the whole family;

© Compagnie des Guides Val Montjoie

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«La Fête du Lac» (Lac d’Annecy) – Saturday 4th August 

The famous firework display on Lac d’Annecy will this year take place on Saturday 4th August, with the theme «Autour de la terre»  / more information & tickets here;

© Lac d’Annecy Tourisme

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«La Fête du Village» (Les Houches) – Sunday 5th August

/ 18h: spectacle «New Crew» – hip hop, gymnastics, dance and spectacle de rue / 20h30: concert «The Studs» / a paying meal on-site;

La Fête du Village © Les Houches Tourisme

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«Trail de Megève» (Megève) – Sunday 5th August

See flyer below for more details . . .

© Trail de Megève

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«Lounge Music Festival» (Les Gets) – from 6th to 18th August

Fifty FREE concerts in Les Gets . . . / FB page;

Lounge Music Festival © Les Gets Tourisme

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«Les Enfants d’Abord» children’s festival (Sallanches) – from 7th to 10th August

Over 4 days, the quais and the centre of town in Sallanches are dedicated to the fun of children: workshops, games, spectacles! / this festival is really special and a fabulous initiative from Sallanches and all of the shop-owners and volunteers involved, and it has now been running for 23 years! / there are workshops galore, adventure games, nature games, dance, circus acts, magic, music, bouncy castles and shows each evening / the fun is from 15h30 to 18h30 each day / HIGHLY recommended by MBFF! / see here for programme;

Festival Les Enfants d’Abord Sallanches © sallanches.fr

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«Cham au Sommet» (Chamonix) – from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th August

A mountain festival with plenty of workshops / see website for more details;

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«Le Salon International du Livre de Montagne» (Parvis de Fiz, Passy) – from 10th to 12th August

The international mountain book festival in Passy has the theme «Haut Féminin» this year / see website for more details;

© Salon du Livre de la Montagne

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«Les Fêtes de Genève» – 11th August

«Les Fêtes de Genève» are from June until September, and are celebrated with the Grande Roue (big ferris wheel) and the Village Suisse, and on Saturday 11th August will be the Grand Feu d’Artifice / to watch the fireworks, you could head to the Parc de la Grange in Eaux-Vives, where there will be FREE activities for the family from 15h OR the Téléphérique du Salève;

© Les Fetes de Genève

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«Monts et Couleurs» colourful family fun run (Notre Dame Bellecombe) – Sunday 12th August

The 3rd edition of this colourful fun run for families runs as part of the Festival des Vins de Savoie et d’ailleurs / more information: Val d’Arly Tourisme;

«Monts et Couleurs» © Notre Dame de Bellecombe Tourisme

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«La Fête des Guides» (Chamonix) – from Saturday 12th to Tuesday 15th August

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 to show their loyal clients that they are linked to them by more than a simple length of rope!“;

12th August: Le Lavancher;
13th August: Les Houches;
14th August:  Argentière;
15th August: traditional ceremony in Chamonix & Servoz;

La Fête des Guides Chamonix Valley © Chamonix Tourisme

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«Les Estivales de Megève» (Megève) – from 13th to 15th August 

Chamber music festival in Megève / at the Salle des Congrès du Palais and Eglise St Jean Baptiste in Megève / see here for more details;

Les Estivales de Megève © Megève Tourisme

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«CinémAlpes» (Combloux) – from 15th to 18th August
The creation of an outdoor cinemales pieds dans l’eau et le Mont-Blanc en toile de fond” – at the Plan d’Eau Biotope, with Mont-Blanc as a backdrop! / FREE! / with FOUR screenings / themes: water, earth, air, fire . . . / concerts & BBQ / see here for more details / programme (subject to change):
  • Wednesday 15th August (water);
  • Thursday 16th August (fire);
  • Friday 17th August (earth);
  • Saturday 18th August (air);
Cinémalpes © combloux.com

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«La Fête de Notre Dame de la Gorge» (Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie) – 15th August

A pyrothecnic display, son et lumière, with dancers, musicians, singers, at nightfall in this most beautiful location / FREE! / projections on the church! / this year, an homage to an astronomer born in a little hamlet of Les Contamines;

© Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourisme

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«La Rioule» (Esplanade Marie Paradis, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) – weekend 18th & 19th August

«La Rioule», the folkloric entertainment of the summer in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains!

© Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

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«Aux Origines de l’Univers» festival (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains) – Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd August

Two days of lectures, film screenings, walks, workshops and other animations to discover our universe in another light . . . / workshop for children: make your own space rocket / for full programme, see Saint-Gervais Tourisme website here;

© Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Tourisme

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«Mont-Blanc Triathlon International» (Lac de Passy & environs) – 24th, 25th & 26th August

This triathlon that uses Lac de Passy for its swimming component, has become quite the fixture on Passy’s summer sports calendar! / families & youngsters: for children 8+ years / swimming (100m) + VTT = one tour of lake (2km) + 1km run / more information/to sign up: website;

Mont-Blanc Triathlon International © Mont-Blanc Triathlon International

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«1266» electronic music festival (Lac Vert, Plaine Joux) – Saturday 25th August

«1266» electronic music festival will be back this year up at Lac Vert at Plaine-Joux / 1266m = the height of Lac Vert . . . / FB page;

© 1266 Festival

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«Au Bonheur des Mômes» children’s festival (Le Grand-Bornand) – from 26th to 31st August 
Just before La Rentrée, a 6-day children’s festival in Le Grand-Bornand, dedicated to the “bonheur des mômes“! – theatre, circus, dance, music, puppets, workshops . . . and even shows just for tiny tots! / see website for more details, and the full programme and to buy tickets (you can buy day passes, weekly passes, etc . . . );
Au Bonheur des Momes © Au Bonheur des Momes

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«UTMB – Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc» trail running races (Chamonix & beyond) – from 27th August until 2nd September

This world-famoux sporting event continues to grow in popularity, bringing together trail runners from all over the globe in the Chamonix Valley/Switzerland/Italy . . .  do bear in mind that Chamonix becomes very, very busy at this time! / more information: website / FB page;

for youngsters/children: 

  • Mini UTMB on Wednesday 30th August; free to sign-up in-situ / for 3 to 13 year olds, lots of different races / location: Champs du Savoy in Chamonix;
  • YRun – for the future generation of train runners! / for 14 to 15 year olds (organised by UCPA) / see here for more details;
© UTMB

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«Cuda Jam» skater festival (Chamonix) – 2nd September

A party with skate and surf music . . .from 12h30 to 21h30 / address: Chamonix Skate Park, promenade des Cremeries, 74400, Chamonix;

© Cuda Jam

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