SUMMER AGENDA 2021 (festivals, events & programmes) au Pays du Mont-Blanc

[ DISCLAIMER: do check the restrictions in place due to Covid this summer (booking of tickets may be required as there is a limit to numbers, mask-wearing is now required in the centre of towns and villages . . . pass sanitaire: some events have already decided to cancel . . . and and always check the running of the event (weather and current pandemic changes may change the situation). ]

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

  • 🎆 14 juillet celebrations – fireworks and more (check the running of these big gatherings this year);
  • 🗓 15 août – l’Assomption;
  • 🏞 fêtes de village – local traditions (bread baking, etc . . .), music and traditional dances;
  • 🚲 big sports events: Le Tour de France has passed already, but there are plenty more summer sports events (⇒ see separate article here);
  • 🌈 summer events for children – lots of events aimed at kids!
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Au Bonheur des Momes
  • 🖼 ephemeral summer exhibitions – for more information about outdoor art exhibitions, see here;
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Colour code for listings:

Pays du Mont-Blanc

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 


WEEKLY & MONTHLY PROGRAMMES & WORKSHOPS 

Each commune au Pays du Mont-Blanc prints out 🗓 weekly or monthly events programmes, so have a look on individual websites to see what is on! You’ll also find some regular workshops & storytelling on offer for children and families over the summer holidays!

Some communes also have a PASS that you can buy on a weekly basis, giving you free and discounted entrances! 

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© Passy Tourisme

 

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© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

🗓 Communauté des Communes du Pays du Mont-Blanc – this year, you’ll find a rich weekly programme: Animations Nature au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . and also, the Carnet de Rendez-Vous au Pays du Mont-Blanc: see here;

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© Sallanches Tourisme

🗓 Culture au Pays du Mont-Blanc – a rich programme of art, culture & patrimoine!

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© Pays du Mont-Blanc

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

with 35 activities for guests in hotels and tourist accommodation: 

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© Chamonix Mont-Blanc

🗓 Passy Mont-Blanc – find the agenda here / every week over the holidays, Semaines Nature & Patrimoine (see flyer below):

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© Passy Mont-Blanc Tourisme

🗓 Réserve Naturelle de Passy Mont-Blanc – a weekly programme of events!

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© Réserve Naturelle de Passy

 

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© Réserve Naturelle de Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval / Passy

🗓 Sallanches – find the tourist agenda here and the Mairie agenda here / you’ll also find lots of events offered over the summer holidays – les F’Estivales – and workshops for children !

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© Sallanches Tourisme

🗓 Combloux – find the agenda here;

🗓 Cordon – find the agenda here;

🗓 Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc – find the agenda here / check the FB page for regular weekly programmes: 

🗓 Megève – find the office de tourisme agenda here and the Le Palais agenda here;

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

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© Praz-sur-Arly

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🗓 Les Contamines-Montjoie – find the agenda here;

🗓 Les Contamines-Montjoie programme des ateliers bien-être :


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

Below, is a list of 🎆 events & festivals au Pays du Mont-Blanc this ☀️ SUMMER . . . July, August, and then regular events, workshops running all summer

Summer Events & Festivals 2021 (1)

JULY

CosmoJazz music festival – (Chamonix Valley & beyond) – from 24th ⇒ 31st July 2021

This is an increasingly 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! / see website for more details about the festival and the full programme

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© CosmoJazz

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Soirées Estivales Château de Menthon St Bernard (Lac d’Annecy) – 26th, 27th, 29th July and 1st & 4th August 2021

Le Roi Arthur / billeterie;

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© Menthon Saint-Bernard / Gaëtan ASTIER
 
Les Musicales d’Assy (Plateau d’Assy) – 28th July ⇒ 5th August 2021
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© Les Musicales d’Assy
Festival Théatre dans les Alpages (Bionnassay, Saint-Gervais) – 28th ⇒ 30th July 2021

A new event: theatre in the mountain pastures!

Fête des Guides (Saint-Gervais & Les Contamines) – 30th July ⇒ 1st August 2021

Animations, slackline demonstrations, défilé . . .

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© Compagnie des Guides Saint-Gervais-Les Contamines
Fête dans les Alpages (Saint-Gervais) – Saturday 31st July 2021

A ride on the télécabine will take you up to these high pastures, for a day of animations!

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© Saint-Gervais Tourisme
Megève Nature Trail for kids – Saturday 31st July 2021

The Caïd will take place in the afternoon, at 16h30 (departure Pré Saint Amour), and will take children throught the ruelles of Megève! / more information here;

catégorie 5-6 ans : 500m;
catégorie 7-8 ans : 1km;
catégorie 9-10 ans : 2km;
catégorie 11-12 ans : 3km;

Concours aux Poulains (Megève) – Saturday 31st July 2021

What cuties! / from 9h until 18h;

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© Megève Tourisme

AUGUST

Les Houches en Fête – Sunday 1st August 2021

With a marché artisanal, Terres & Paysans‘ mini farm, bouncy castles, buvettes and a concert . . .

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© Les Houches Tourisme
Fête du Village (Saint-Nicolas de Véroce) – Sunday 1st August 2021

The traditional village fête, with a marché des artisans, village des enfants, pony rides, museum guided visit, church visit, music and more ! (note: you must wear your mask);

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© Saint-Nicolas de Véroce
Fête de l’Alpage (Praz-sur-Arly) – Sunday 1st August 2021
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© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme
Village & Semaine Nature (Les Contamines-Montjoie) – Sunday 1st August & 1st ⇒ 8th August 2021
🇫🇷 Solaison fête la montagne (Plateau de Solaison) – Sunday 1st August 2021
[ ANNULÉ ! ]

more information here;

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© Faucigny Glières Tourisme
Soirées Estivales Château de Menthon St Bernard (Lac d’Annecy) – 1st & 4th August 2021

Le Roi Arthur / billeterie

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© Menthon Saint-Bernard / Gaëtan ASTIER
First Sunday of the month in Geneva = FREE MUSEUMS & TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS! (Geneva) – Sunday 1st August 2021

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!

Events by the télésiège (Praz-sur-Arly) – Monday 2nd August 2021
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© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme
La Nuit des Ours (Vallorcine) – 2nd ⇒ 8th August 2021

An artistic movement in Vallorcine, with workshops, walks and more . . .

. . . and an event just for KIDS this year – on Saturday 7th August! / ” Une déambulation nocturne, concoctée spécialement et uniquement pour les enfants (7/12 ans). Voyage sonore, danse, acrobaties vocales improvisées et autres surprises. 4 groupes de 30 enfants, accompagnés de plusieurs guides (y compris ayant le BAFA), déambuleront de spectacle en spectacle le long d’un parcours décoré… pendant que les parents iront au cinéma en plein air !Les parents ou accompagnateurs laisseront leurs enfants à 20h15 aux bons soins des guides. Ils pourront ensuite se rendre sur la place de la gare de Vallorcine où une soirée cinéma en plein air les attendra (organisée avec OFFICE DE TOURISME et CINÉBUS). Les enfants reviendront de leur déambulation nocturne vers 23h30, et seront accueillis autour d’une soupe et d’un sirop. Ils et elles resteront sous notre garde jusqu’au retour des parents vers minuit.

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© La Nuit des Ours

more information here;

Le Cirque Amar à Sallanches – 2nd ⇒ 5th August 2021
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© Cirque Amar
Festival Musique de Chambre (Saint-Nicolas de Véroce) – 2nd ⇒ 6th August 2021
Les Nuits Sauvages de Chamonix – 3rd⇒  7th August 2021

Outdoor theatre at the Lac des Gaillands and in the Parc Couttet, with theatre workshops too!

Lounge Music Festival (Les Gets) – 4th ⇒ 14th August 2021

Some free, and some paying concerts / more information and tickets

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©Lounge Music Festival
🇫🇷 Les Aigles du Léman au Château de Montrottier – 5th & 12th August 2021
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31è Salon International du Livre de Montagne (Passy) – 6th ⇒ 8th August 2021

more information here;

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© Salon International du Livre de Montagne
 
Fête du Village (Megève) – weekend 7th & 8th August 2021
The traditional village fête, with costumes and customs of yesteryear!9647608Journée du Dragon (Praz-sur-Arly) – weekend 7th & 8th August 2021
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© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme
🇫🇷 Fête du Miel et de l’Abeille (Abbaye d’Aulps) – Sunday 8th August 2021
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© Abbaye d’Aulps
Fête des Guides (Chamonix Valley) – 9th ⇒ 15th August 2021

It’s the 200 year celebration this year! / more information here;

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© Château de Montrottier
La Nuit de la Nuit (Combloux) – Monday 9th August 2021
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© Combloux Tourisme
Fête des Guides (Chamonix Valley) – 30th July ⇒ 1st August 2021
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© Compagnie des Guides Saint-Gervais-Les Contamines
Veillées Contées: légendes de Savoie (Sallanches) – Tuesday 10th August 2021

You’ll need to reserve; see below!

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© Sallanches Tourisme
Festival des Hauts Plateau (Plateau d’Assy) – 12th ⇒ 18th August 2021

Spectacles and workshops . . . / more information here;

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 © Festival des Hauts Plateaux

🇫🇷 Les Aigles du Léman au Château de Montrottier – 12th August 2021
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© Château de Montrottier
Déambulation Musicale & Lumineuse – Friday 13th August 2021
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© Sallanches Tourisme
Artocène – art, architecture, environnement, forêt intérieure (Chamonix) – 14th August ⇒ 19th September 2021
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© Artocène
 
Alpi Hours Festival music and dance festival (Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc) – 14th & 15th August 2021 

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;

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Fête de Notre-Dame de la Gorge (Notre-Dame de la Gorge) – 15th August 2021

The annual spectacle son et lumière!

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© Les Contamines-Montjoie / Basile Dunand
Les Journées Médiévales au Château de Montrottier – 29th August 2021
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© Château de Montrottier
🇫🇷 Au Bonheur des Mômes children’s festival (Le Grand-Bornand) – from 23rd ⇒ 27th August 2021 
Just before La Rentrée, there is normally a 🌈 5-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 ones!
 
see website for more details;
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Au Bonheur des Momes
 
Miam Street Food Festival (Cluses) – 10th & 11th September 2021

The 2nd edition of the street food festival!

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Balade Gourmande à la Ferme (La Ferme des 4 Saisons, REIGNIER) – Sunday 12th September 2021

ALL SUMMER

Here, you’ll find a list of weekly events, spectacles, workshops . . .

Les Mont Bl-Enquêtes (Chamonix Valley)

A chasse aux trésors in the Chamonix Valley!

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🇫🇷 « Annecy Paysages » (Annecy) – from 3rd July ⇒ 26th September 2021 

I highly recommend a visit to 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 / MBFF article;

[ for more information about 🖼 ephemeral summer exhibitions, see separate MBFF article here

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© Annecy Paysages 2021
Festival d’Orgues (Eglise Saint-Michel, Chamonix) – 11th July ⇒ 15th August 2021
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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;

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© Les Contamines-Montjoie Tourisme
« Il était une fois, le Lac Vert . . . »  (Lac Vert, Passy) – every Tuesday

Be sure to wear warm clothes, as you may be in the shade (or colder weather!) for the storytelling . . .

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Late summer at Lac Vert, Passy © montblancfamilyfun.com
Balade théatralisée: Le secret de la tete de loup (Combloux) – every Tuesdays in July and August 2021 

Every Tuesday, there will be a 1h30 animated walk, to discover the history of Combloux / reservations required with the OT / more information here;

Les Mercredis Animés – MJC Chamonix & partenaires (Les Pélerins) – Wednesdays of the holidays
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© MJC Chamonix et partenaires
Les Estivales du Plateau (Plateau d’Assy) – every Wednesday of the holidays

A weekly RDV in Plateau d’Assy: contes, spectacles, concerts, ateliers créatifs, jeux en bois et atelier maquillage  / from 14h to 18h;

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© Passy Mont-Blanc Tourisme
CNM – Les P’tits Experts de la Nature (Sallanches) – every Wednesday afternoon

My boys love these workshops! / you’ll need to book! / more information here;

Le grand spectacle des Légendes (Combloux) – every Wednesday evening in July and August 2021 

A treasure hunt, followed by theatre and son et lumière (at 22h) ! 

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Les Siestes Musicales (Jardins du Calvaire, Megève) – every Wednesday of the holidays

All summer, be lulled by the relaxing music of different artists: Celtic flute, guitar, pan pipes . . . / from 17h to 18h / FREE!

Jeu de Piste (Lac des Chavants) – Thursday afternoons over the summer
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Chamonix Valley Tourisme

A FREE activity, from 10h30 until 15h;

Balade Contée (Vallorcine) – Thursday afternoons over the summer
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© Bibliothèque de Vallorcine

To celebrate 200 ans de la Cie des guides de Chamonix, la bibliothèque de Vallorcine is organising a balade contée every Thursday afternoon, through the forest and to the mur d’escalade / when? Thursdays, at 13h30 / FREE, but you’ll need to sign up;

Les Rencards au Jardin à Une Ferme pour Tous (Domancy) – animations été 

Lots of events planned over the summer, every Saturday of the holidays, a new animation at this participative farm: www.unefermepourtous.com;

Art & Nature workshops with Cat Kartal (Argentière)

All summer long!

Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais)

Lots of workshops on offer here!

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© Chalet de Créateurs
Alta Lumina: un parcours nocturne enchanté par delà les montagne (Les Gets) 

🎆 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;

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Tournée des Refuges (Pays du Mont-Blanc)
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