SUMMER AGENDA 2020 (festivals & events) au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Many of the bigger 🎆 events and festivals au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) have been cancelled this ☀️ SUMMER, but with the recent measures towares déconfinement, some smaller ones are still able to go ahead . . .

☀️ SUMMERTIME is normally associated with some BIG annual events locally:

  • 🖼 ephemeral summer exhibitions – for more information about outdoor art exhibitions, see here;
  • 🎆 14 juillet celebrations – fireworks and more;
  • 🗓 bank holiday of l’Assomption;
  • 🏞 fêtes des villages – local traditions (bread baking, etc . . .), music and traditional dances;
  • 🚲 big sports events: Le Tour de France scheduled later this summer!
  • 🌈 summer events for children;

To read more about stages and activities for children during the summer holidays, see separate article Summer Holidays: workshops & stages for children:


Colour code for listings:

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

Passy (Plaine-Joux, Plateau d’Assy, Bay, Marlioz and Chedde)

Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet, Saint Nicolas de Véroce & environs

Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs

Les Contamines & environs

🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷

🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭

🇮🇹 Italy 


🚵‍♂️ SPORTS EVENTS for families 🚵‍♂️

see separate article 🚵‍♂️ SPORTS EVENTS for families, to see a list of events to partake in or spectate!


🗓 WEEKLY & MONTHLY PROGRAMMES 🗓

Each commune au Pays du Mont-Blanc prints out 🗓 weekly & monthly events programmes, so have a look on individual websites to see what is on!

🗓 Chamonix Valley – find the agenda here (you can filter the agenda to different towns: Les Houches, Servoz, Vallorcine, Argentière);

🗓 Passy Mont-Blanc – find the agenda here;

🗓 Sallanches – find the agenda here;

🗓 Combloux – find the agenda here;

🗓 Cordon – find the agenda here;

🗓 Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc – find the agenda here;

🗓 Megève – find the agenda here;

🗓 Praz-sur-Arly – find the agenda here;

🗓 Les Contamines-Montjoie – find the agenda here;


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

JULY

📷 Photo competition Sallanches Pass ⇒ 18th August 2020 📷
© Sallanches Tourisme

The aim of this game is to fill in a crossword and to publish on FB 📷 a photo of your favourite place in Sallanches! / to win: x6 cartes Sallanches Pass / ⇒ all details of competition here and Sallanches Pass explained here;

© Sallanches Tourisme
© Communauté Pays du Mont-Blanc
© Sallanches Tourisme
🎨 Concours de Dessin (Chamonix Valley) ⇒ 31st July 2020 🎨

The theme is: La Faune et La Flore en Montagne / for children 3 to 17 years / leave pictures at any of the 5 Offices de Tourisme de la Vallée (Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière, Vallorcine) / free choice of style: watercolour, etc . . . / on back of each drawing, mention: name and surname, age, address, email address, telephone number – winners will be contacted / see here;

© Chamonix Valley
🖼 « Exposition Montagn’Arts » (Quais de l’Hôtel de Ville et Alexandre Curral, Sallanches) ⇒ 30th August 2020 🖼

📷 Two talented local photographers will be gracing les Quais de l’Hôtel de Ville et Alexandre Curral de la Sallanche this summer: Titouan FEVRE and Quentin FOURNET “ qui partageront avec nous leur passion pour nos montagnes. Originaire et habitant de Sallanches, Titouan FEVRE vous présente “Lumières sur les Alpes”, une exposition qui présente différentes lumières que l’on retrouve dans nos vallées, montagnes, lacs et glaciers à différents moment de la journée et de la nuit. Pour lui, “chacune de ces lumières est unique et précieuse. Un instant capturé qui ne se reproduira jamais”. De son côté, Quentin FOURNET vous partage son engagement pour la protection de l’environnement et des animaux qu’il abrite avec son exposition “Faune de montagne, rencontres au pays du Mont-Blanc”.”Au cours de mes sorties j’ai pu voir le contraste entre leur extrême beauté et leur croissante fragilité. C’est pour cela que j’ai voulu vous faire partager les émotions qu’elles me procurent”.” / FREE! / the quais de l’Hôtel de Ville et Alexandre Curral are the perfect spot for a buggy walk in the shade, with picnic opportunities.

🇫🇷🖼 « Le Festival des Cabanes » (Les Sources du Lac d’Annecy) – from 1st July ⇒ 15th November 2020 🖼🇫🇷

The « Festival des Cabanes » is back for a 5th edition at the Sources du Lac d’Annecy (Doussard nature reserve and other locations) from 1st July until 15th November 2020 . . . / 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
🇫🇷🖼 « Annecy Paysages » (Annecy) – from 4th July ⇒ 27th September 2020 🖼🇫🇷

A longer run this year, over nearly 3 months, for the superb 🖼 « Annecy Paysages » . . . stroll through lovely Annecy, and take in some beautiful ephemeral art / see this video for a taster visit! / website / FB page;

© Annecy Paysages 2020
Annecy Paysages @ camalaprojansky
⛪️ Animations Abbaye d’Abondance (Abondance) – July & August 2020 ⛪️
©Abbaye d’Abondance
📷 Photography mini-shoot – every Monday and Friday at 10h (Chamonix) 📷

Learn 📷 to photograph the beautiful scenery of Chamonix with a professional photographer: la Promenade Decouverte / come with camera or smartphone to photograph some secret spots with Teresa Kaufman / price: 60€ / see here;

© Theresa Kaufman
🔍 Il était une fois: les explorateurs (Jardin du Musée de Megève, Megève) – from Monday 6th ⇒ Wednesday 8th July  🔍

Avec ” Les Explorateurs “, plongez dans un campement d’aventuriers et découvrez des mondes connus et inconnus, dans un univers très proche des classiques d’aventure tels que “Indiana Jones”. / for children 3 to 17 years / 10h to 17h / more information here / address: Jardin du Musée de Megève, 66 rue du Comte de Capré 74120 Megève;

© Megève Tourisme
📽 Ciné Drive (Parking du Pontet, Les Contamines-Montjoie) – Monday nights during the summer 📽

On every Monday night of the holidays, there will be a drive-in cinema in Les Contamines-Montjoie at 22h;

🎼🥩 BBQ & concert at Plan d’Eau in Combloux – every Tuesday in July and August 2020 🥩🎼

Bring your BBQ meat and have it grilled for you . . . set up your picnic blanket and enjoy the music / more information here;

Plan d’Eau Biotope in Combloux © montblancfamilyfun.com
🎭 Les Légendes de Combloux: Le Mystère de l’Akelaloupis – every Wednesday in July and August 2020 🎭

Every Wednesday, there will be animations, spectacles, treasure hunts and more . . . / more information here;

© Combloux Tourisme
© Combloux Tourisme
Rando Gourmande Tour des Ayères (Passy Plaine-Joux) – Friday 10th July 2020

Les randos gourmandes explorent les plus beaux endroits du Pays du Mont Blanc sous l’angle des plantes sauvages comestibles. Chaque randonnée est l’occasion de découvrir tout un panel de plantes associées au lieu et à la saison mais aussi de déguster à l’heure du déjeuner des spécialités « sauvages » de la région comme les bougnettes à l’ail des ours ou la tisane de crapaudine.

An easy walk, 400m dénivelé, 10km / led by an Accompagnateur en Montagne / you’ll need: walking shoes or boots, backpack, paper bag for picking plants and fruit, 1,5L bottle water, fleece, waterproof jacket, hiking trousers or shorts, sunglasses, suncream and hat, Tupperware, cutlery and gobelet, picnic, notebook and pen, sellotape / more information here and reserve here / price: 35€/pers;

programme :
9h00 : accueil et présentation au Decathlon Mountain Store de Passy;
12h30 : pique-nique agrémenté d’une « dégustation » à base de plantes sauvages vers les chalets du Souay;
16h : retour;

© Rando Gourmande
” Street Party dans la rue Chesney “ (Sallanches) – Saturday 11th July 2020 

A stree party in la rue Chesney ! Present, will be local commerçants: L’Emile Bocaux SallanchesLe repère des z’hérosChez Atilla / Brewhouse74 / L’Epicerie Québécoise / Anne de Joyeuse – Limoux (food truck) / La ferme des Croës Canailles / on the agenda: dégustations, animations, sales of produce!

© Commerçants de Sallanches
🦇 Une Ferme pour Tous: animation chauve-souris (Domancy) – Saturday 11th July 2020 🦇
Discover this fascinating mammal, through a presentation, a workshop and observation of bats at the colonie de grands murins de Domancy / address: 1086 route de Sallanches, Domancy / you must reserve; 20 pax maximum! / www.unefermepourtous.com / every Saturday of the holidays, a new animation at this participative farm!
© Nuit Internationale de la Chauve Souris
© Une Ferme pour Tous
© Une Ferme pour Tous
🌠🔭 La Semaine de l’astronomie et des sciences (Morillon) – from 13th ⇒ 17th July 2020 🔭🌠

Children can learn more about 🌠 the solar system, 🔭 learn to read the night sky . . . and rockets, observation, 3D solar system and more . . . / sign up for workshops in tourist offices, groups may not exceed 10 pax / price: 3€ per workshop, minumum age 6 years / more information here;

© Morillon Tourisme

🎇🎆 La Fête Nationale celebrations & fireworks 🎇🎆

🇫🇷 France’s Fête Nationale is on the 14th July, commemorating the infamous 💥 Storming of the Bastille, during the French Revolution . . . these days, the day is marked with parades, parties and 🎇 fireworks!

Saturday 11th July 2020 [ Place Tobé, Plateau d’Assy ] – vide grenier, concours de pétanque, concerts, feux d’artifices et bal pour finir la soirée (by Phoenix OTG);

🎇 Saturday 11th July 2020 [ Place Tobé, Plateau d’Assy ] – vide grenier, concours de pétanque, concerts, feux d’artifices et bal pour finir la soirée (by Phoenix OTG);

🎇 Monday 13th July 2020 [ Grand Hotel Soleil, Megève ] – from 19h, a 3 course meal on the Rooftop, to watch the fireworks!

© Grand Hotel Soleil d’Or

🎇 Tuesday 14th July [ Pré de Foire, Servoz ] – Fête Nationale from 19h!

© Mairie de Servoz

Tuesday 14th July [ Sallanches ] – from 21h30 until 23h30, Parade Lumineuse & Musicale with « Electro Frogs » par Page Archibald Caramantran / ” Vous pourrez découvrir depuis votre balcon, votre fenêtre ou installé sur le parcours, une déambulation festive entre le Rosay et le quai de l’Hôtel-de-Ville” / ➡️ more info here ;

© Sallanches Tourisme

🎼 « Alpi Hours Festival » music and dance festival (Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc) – from 16th ⇒ 18th July and 14th & 15th August 2020 🎼

For its second season, 🎼 Alpi Hours Festival will bring you FREE music (on terraces), dance shows on the square and spectacles in the streets! / programme;

Alpi Hours Festival © Saint-Gervais Tourisme
🖼 Weekend Vernissage des Expos (Saint-Gervais) – from 17th ⇒ 19th July 2020 🖼

A weekend of ouverture for the summer art exhibitions in Saint-Gervais! FREE access!

  • Pile Pont Expo – « Re-générer » by Matthieu Pilaud / in presence of artist! / Friday 17th July 18h until 20h;
  • Maison forte de Hautetour – « Recoller la Montagne » by Bertrand Stofleth and « Anatomie du quotidien », a collective art exhibition / in presence of artist! / Saturday 18th July, 14h until 18h – artists present!
© Saint-Gervais Culture & Patrimoine
🇫🇷🧘‍♀️ La Clusaz Yoga Festival  (La Clusaz) – 17th ⇒ 19th July 2020 🧘‍♀️🇫🇷

Back for a 3rd edition this summer / more information here;

© La Clusaz Yoga Festival
🇫🇷🏔 La Grande Balade of « Annecy Paysages » (Annecy ⇒ Semnoz) – 18th & 19th July 2020 🏔🇫🇷

La Grande Balade forms part of the annual ephemeral art exhibition of « Annecy Paysages » . . . a « spectacle déambulatoire », bringing together theatre, music, artists, dancers and the general public for a 4km walk around the Semnoz mountain at 1400m, above Annecy! / more information on website and pdf leaflet / FB page;

https://www.facebook.com/events/390146678593076/

🏔 La Fête du Village (Les Contamines-Montjoie) – Sunday 19th July 2020 🏔
🌈 La Semaine des Marmottes (Morzine) – 20th ⇒ 24th July AND 9th 14th August 2020 🌈
Every day, fun activities (for FREE!) for children from 10h until 19h in Morzine: bouncy castles, themed workshops, music and spectacles / https://www.morzine-avoriaz.com/agenda-morzine-royaume-des-marmots-5234150.html

Click to access 3596619-programme_morzine_royaume_des_marmots_aout_2020.pdf

© Morzine & Avoriaz Tourisme
🎭 Contes Médiévaux avec Elaéra (Ruines du Château St Michel aux Houches) – Wednesday 22nd July 2020 🎭
© Association Dans l’Temps
🏔 Veillées Contées: légendes de Savoie (Sallanches) – Thursdsays 23rd July & 13th August 2020 🏔
© Sallanches Tourisme
Les Musicales d’Assy (Plateau d’Assy) – 28th July ⇒ 6th August 2020
At the Cinéma du Plateu, the Jardin des Cimes and l’église Notre-Dame-de-Toute-Grace, enjoy concerts, workshops, master classes . . . / programme and more information on website;
© Passy Tourisme
© Les Musicales d’Assy
🦇 Soirée Chauve-Souris: même pas peur! – Tuesday 28th July 2020 🦇

An evening to get to know the often misunderstood (and feared) bat! / RDV: Notre Dame de la Gorge at 20h / sign up for FREE at the tourist office! / dress warmly and bring a head torch;

© Nuit Internationale de la Chauve Souris
🎆 Alta Lumina: un parcours nocturne enchanté par delà les montagne (Les Gets) – from 31st July 2020 🎆

🎆 Alta Lumina is the latest in the series of enchanted night walks created by Moment Factory. In the heart of the French Alps, in the village of Les Gets, you are invited to setoff along the path of a travelling music-maker and his hot air balloon, and follow his incredible journey beyond the mountains. All year long, you’ll have the chance to be immersed in this enchanting environment, and to embark along a one-kilometre pathway where the story is told through apoetics of light, music, imagery, set design and interactivity. Prepare yourself for a rich emotional experience, where music is seen and light can be heard! ” / more information and tickets on website;

© Alta Lumina

AUGUST

🏔 La Fête des Guides à Saint-Gervais et aux Contamines-Montjoie – 1st & 2nd August 2020 🏔

The traditional Fête des Guides de Saint-Gervais / Les Contamines. La Cie des Guides, founded in 1864, has accompanied you for 150 years in the mountains!

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme
© Les Contamines-Montjoie
🖼 First Sunday of the month in Geneva = FREE MUSEUMS & TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS! (Geneva) – Sunday 2nd August 2020 🖼

Don’t forget that many of Geneva’s museums and temporary exhibitions are FREE on the first Sunday of the month (a great idea to escape the canicule!) / see MBFF article for some ideas!

🐝🍯 Fête du Miel et de l’Abeille (Abbaye d’Aulps, Saint-Jean-d’Aulps) – Sunday 2nd August 🍯🐝
© Saint Jean-d’Aulps
📽 Ciné Drive (Parking du Pontet, Les Contamines-Montjoie) – Monday nights 📽

On every Monday night of the holidays, there will be a drive-in cinema in Les Contamines-Montjoie at 22h;

🎼🥩 BBQ & concert at Plan d’Eau in Combloux – every Tuesday evening in August 2020 🥩🎼

Bring your BBQ meat and have it grilled for you . . . set up your picnic blanket and enjoy the music / more information here;

Plan d’Eau Biotope in Combloux © montblancfamilyfun.com
🎭 Les Légendes de Combloux: Le Mystère de l’Akelaloupis – every Wednesday in August 2020 🎭

Every Wednesday, there will be animations, spectacles, treasure hunts and more . . . / more information here;

© Combloux Tourisme
© Combloux Tourisme
🎆 Alta Lumina: un parcours nocturne enchanté par delà les montagne (Les Gets) – from 31st July 2020 🎆

🎆 Alta Lumina is the latest in the series of enchanted night walks created by Moment Factory. In the heart of the French Alps, in the village of Les Gets, you are invited to setoff along the path of a travelling music-maker and his hot air balloon, and follow his incredible journey beyond the mountains. All year long, you’ll have the chance to be immersed in this enchanting environment, and to embark along a one-kilometre pathway where the story is told through apoetics of light, music, imagery, set design and interactivity. Prepare yourself for a rich emotional experience, where music is seen and light can be heard! ” / more information and tickets on website;

© Alta Lumina
⛪️ Animations Abbaye d’Abondance (Abondance) – August 2020 ⛪️
© Abbaye d’Abondance
💃🕺Festival Aix Riviera Latina 2è édition (Aix-les-Bains) – from 6th ⇒ 8th August 2020🕺💃

Latin dance lessons!

© Aix-les-Bains Tourisme
🎹 Concert: Piano du Lac (Plan d’Eau Biotope, Combloux) – 6th & 7th August  🎹 

This has become a regular annual fixture in Combloux – 🎹 floating musicians!

© Combloux Tourisme
🐴 Fête des Poulains (Esplanade du Palais, Megève) – Friday 7th August 2020 🐴

🐴 ” Major stars of the mountain pastures and the pride of Megève’s population, the most beautiful foals are presented at this contest presided over by a Swiss and French jury: conformation, appearance and conformity of the foal.

© Megève Tourisme
📚🏔 30è Salon International du Livre de Montagne (Passy) – 7th ⇒ 9th August 2020 🏔📚

The 📚 international mountain book festival in Passy has dédicaces, workshops, speeches and more / see website for more details;

© Salon International du Livre de Montagne
🌠✨ 30è Les Nuit des Etoiles 7th ⇒ 9th August 2020 ✨🌠

🔭🌠 Les Nuits des Etoiles will be returning for the 30th edition, with the theme this year: “Mars, la recherche de la vie dans l’Univers et de la protection du ciel nocturne. ” / see here for more information;

© Les Nuits des Etoiles
🎧 Concert 1266 (Lac Vert, Plaine-Joux) – 8th August 2020 🎧

Electronic music concert at Lac Vert!

© 1266
🧘‍♀️ La Journée du Yoga avec Chemin de Vie (Combloux) – 8th & 9th August 🧘‍♂️
© Combloux Tourisme
🌈 La Semaine des Marmottes (Morzine) – 9th 14th August 2020 🌈
Every day, fun activities (for FREE!) for children from 10h until 19h in Morzine: bouncy castles, themed workshops, music and spectacles / more information here;
© Morzine & Avoriaz Tourisme
Bambins & Compagnie (Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval) – 9th ⇒ 16th August 2020 

Bambins & Cie is a festival for children and families, offering a varied programme of sports and nature activities, fun workshops and spectacles (concerts, acrobatics, story-telling, and more) / more information here;

Bambins & Cie © Morillon Tourisme
🏔 La Fête des Guides Chamonix Valley – from Wednesday 12th ⇒ Saturday 15th August 2020 🏔

  • 12th August: Le Lavancher (with traditional bread cooked in the four);
  • 13th August: Les Houches;
  • 14th August: Argentière;
  • 15th August: Cérémonie traditionnelle à Chamonix et fête de l’artisanat à Servoz;
© Le Lavancher Tourisme
🎭🏔 Festival Les Hauts du Plateau (Plateau d’Assy) – 13th ⇒ 18th August 🏔🎭
Festival Les Hauts du Plateau © Benoit Aupoix et Cédric Watrin
🏔 Veillées Contées: légendes de Savoie (Sallanches) – 13th August 2020 🏔
© Sallanches Tourisme
🎼 « Alpi Hours Festival » music and dance festival (Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc) – 14th & 15th August 2020 🎼

For its second season, 🎼 Alpi Hours Festival will bring you FREE music (on terraces), dance shows on the square and spectacles in the streets! / programme;

Alpi Hours Festival © Saint-Gervais Tourisme
🧘‍♀️ Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Yoga Festival (Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval) – 19th ⇒ 23rd August 🧘‍♀️

More information here;

© Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Yoga Festival
🎵 « CosmoJazz » music festival – (Chamonix Valley & beyond) – from 20th to 22nd August 2020

This is the 🎼 12th 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 20th 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: Sun Dew (see website for more details);

© Cosmojazz
© Cosmojazz 2020
© Cosmojazz
🇫🇷🌈  « Au Bonheur des Mômes » children’s festival (Le Grand-Bornand) – from 22nd ⇒ 27th August 2021 🌈🇫🇷

[ CANCELLED! ]

Just before La Rentrée, there is normally 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;
© Au Bonheur des Momes
🇫🇷🦜 « Musicales du Parc des Oiseaux » (Parc des Oiseaux, Villars-les-Dombes) – from 30th August ⇒ 13th September 2020 🦜🇫🇷
© Musicales du Parc des Oiseaux

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