AUTUMN AGENDA au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

🍁 AUTUMN is my favourite time of year . . . all of a sudden, one notices that there are some shades of 🍂 orange, brown and gold on the otherwise 🍃 green palette of trees . . . 🍂 the odd brown leaf flutters to the ground, and soon there is a crunchy carpet underfoot . . . 🍁 autumn is the perfect season to explore 🌳 our wondrous nature, the woods and forests, the lakes and mountains 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . up high a blanket of purple and yellow heather for your higher hikes . . .

mushroom ©

Perhaps you can go 🍏 apple picking, or foraging for (edible!) mushrooms . . . Many of 🌹 the parks are still open, before they perhaps get ❄️ a dusting of snow and go into winter hibernation! And autumn is ALSO 🐮 the foires agricoles of our region, the 🍁 Toussaint school holidays and 🎃 Halloween too . . .

La Maison du Salève ©

The ❄️ SNOW normally arrives 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc in late October or November . . . and that first dusting is always exciting for children . . . the sledges come out of the garage, we test out how waterproof our winter gear is (and if it still fits!) . . . and then we get prepared to hit the Bourses de Skis! All attention turns to ❄️ SNOW forecasts and the opening of our ski lifts, and then we are thinking of the Christmas holidays! For more information about Winter Activities au Pays du Mont Blanc (and beyond) see separate article (yet to be updated!).

But for now, autumn is 📚 La Rentrée: a new rhythm after the summer, the start of shorter days, the ⚽️ Fêtes du Sport and portes ouvertes for various clubs and associations . . . ⇒ for more information, see separate MBFF article La Rentrée.

📚 Bonne Rentrée ! 📚

[ DISCLAIMER : before your visit, PLEASE always confirm 🗓 opening hours on websites & FB pages or give the museums, companies or Tourist Offices a call! Some locations may shut due to bad weather or other unforeseen factors! Especially this 2021-2022 season, events may cancel due to new government regulations! ]

Colour code for listings:

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

Passy & environs

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 🇮🇹

Autumn Catalogues 2021 – 2022

The summer holidays are over, but have left a spot open for the autumn catalogues :

Saison Culturelle Chamonix 2021 – 2022 (CHAMONIX)

Find the cultural agenda (theatre, circus, dance, music, street art, for children) for 2021 – 2022 here / you’ll find a presentation at the Forum on 4th September!

© Saison Culturelle Chamonix Mont-Blanc
© Saison Culturelle Chamonix Mon-Blanc

Do check, also, the respective pages of each commune within the Chamonix Valley, to see what is on offer at the local salles and theatres: Salle Olca (Les Houches), etc . . . / see here for events;

Cultur(r)al agenda 2021-2022 (Salle Léon Curral, SALLANCHES)

The Salle Léon Curral offers a wonderful programme each year of theatre, music, and dance events for the whole family. With an abonnement, you’ll get reduced price tickets! / see here for the 21-22 programme / the billeterie will open from Tuesday 7th September!

3 rendez-vous to learn about the new programme:

  • jeudi 2 septembre à 19h à la Salle Léon Curral;
  • vendredi 3 septembre à 19h au Château des Rubins – Observatoire des Alpes, l’occasion de (re)découvrir ce lieu de patrimoine fraichement rénové;
  • samedi 11 septembre dès 9h30 sur le marché de Sallanches, avec billetterie sur place;
© Cultur(r)al Sallanches
Parvis des Fiz & Plateau d’Assy (PASSY)

To see what is on at the Parvis des Fiz , up at the cinema in Plateau d’Assy, and news about exhibitions, head over to the Mairie de Passy here;

© Mairie de Passy
Théatre Le Montjoie (SAINT-GERVAIS)

There is a rich monthly cinema agenda here, as well as music, theatre, children’s spectacles, events (including the Festival Mont Blanc d’Humour), and conferences throughout the year;

Théatre Le Monjoie © Saint-Gervais Tourisme
New Saison Culturelle Les Allos Théâtre de Cluses (Théâtre des Allobroges, Cluses) & L’Atelier Cluses 21 /22 (CLUSES)

For more information about Les Allos, see here / and to see what is on at l’Atelier in Cluses, see here / note: a couple of years ago, friends and I went to see Russian ballet at the Théâtre des Allobroges !

© Les Allos
New Saison Culturelle 21 / 22 Château Rouge (Annemasse)

For more information about the new season, see here;

© Château Rouge
Bonlieu Scène Nationale (Annecy)

Created in 1981, Bonlieu Scène Nationale – a theatre company creating arts vivants – is located in the heart of Annecy, next to the lake / after a huge renovation, the company now has 3 sallessee here for information about the new season;

La Grange au Lac (Évian)

Located in a beautiful auditorium located above Lac Léman, there are some wonderful music concerts on offer here / see here for more information;

© La Grange au Lac

[ further programmes: I can’t list all of the programmes here, but don’t forget to check the theatre, dance (including ballet) and music (choir, orchestras, singers) agendas from other theatres in: Bonneville, Annecy, Albertville, Evian, Lyon and Geneva & Lausanne, etc . . . – you’ll find a very rich selection! If you manage to get hold of a copy of Moka Mag (or see here online), then you’ll find a great list ]

© Niall Staines / Moka Mag
© Moka Mag

Here are some of the events scheduled this autumn au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) :

[ ⇒ for more information about sports events, see separate article here ]

Annecy Paysages 2021 (ANNECY) ⇒ until 26th September 2021

I highly recommend a visit to the superb 🖼 « Annecy Paysages », especially now that the summer crowds have dispersed . . . 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 other 🖼 outdoor art exhibitions, see separate MBFF article here ]

© Annecy Paysages 2021
Festival Film Vert (Chamonix & Les Houches) – 10th ⇒ 19th September 2021
© Festival Film Vert
Fête Foraine : Vogue de la Saint-Michel (Parking du Biollay, Chamonix) – 11th ⇒ 26th September 2021 
© Chamonix
« Un Coup de Théatre » (Haras, Annecy) – 11th ⇒ 19th September 2021 

A theatre festival in Annecy! / more information and programme here;

© Coup de Theatre
Journées Test Gratuites Vélos Electriques (Office de Tourisme, Combloux) – Wednesday 15th September 2021
© Mairie du Combloux
September schedule at the Maison du Lieutenant (Servoz) – September 2021
© Servoz / Maison du Lieutenant
Journées Européennes de la Patrimoine – 18th & 19th September 2021

Back again this year, this initiative opens lots of sites de patrimoine not always open to the public all over France, and there will also be some guided tours! / the theme this year is: “Patrimoine et éducation : apprendre pour la vie !” / website and programmes here au Pays du Mont-Blanc;

© Journées Européennes du Patrimoine
La Rando des Gourmets (Combloux) – Sunday 19th September 2021
© Combloux Tourisme
La Monchu dans l’Pentu – road biking event – (SAINT-GERVAIS & environs) – 19th September 2021

With 🚴‍♀️ 6 parcours, and a kid’s event!

🚴‍♀️ La Monchu dans l’Pentu is a 🚴‍♀️ road biking event au Pays du Mont-Blanc, with ” ni chronomètre ni classement “ / departure and arrival Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet / raising money for charity ARAMIS; / more information here;

⇒ more information: here;

© Saint-Gervais
La Grande Récré (Parc des Essert, Cluses) – Sunday 19th September 2021
© Cluses Officiel
NEW MEG exhibition! (Musée d’Ethnographie, Geneva) – from 24th September 2022

The exhibition « Injustice environnementale Alternatives autochtones » is  opening from 24th September 2021 / this exhibition will recount “ l’urgence climatique, l’un des enjeux majeurs de notre époque. Le parcours présente les perspectives et les savoirs et savoir-faire de peuples autochtones pour faire face aux dégradations de leurs territoires accélérées par les changements de climat. ” / MEG website information;

address: boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67,1205, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)22 418 45 50 ;
Fête de la Science AURA : planète nature – 1st ⇒ 11th October 2021

Lots of events on offer – FB post to come!

© Fête de la Science
Fête des Séchieux – 50 ans (Parvis des Fiz, Passy) – Sunday 3rd October 2021
© Mairie de Passy
Les Journées Médiévales au Château de Montrottier – 3rd October 2021

Reservations required!

© Chateau de Montrottier
Journée des Châteaux Suisses – 3rd October 2021

Lots of animations at our neighbouring Swiss castles. . . the theme this year is Les Femmes aux Châteaux / see website;

for example at the Château de Chillon: ” Des Vies de Princesses, Vraiment? Partir vivre dans la famille de son futur époux à deux ans ? Se remarier pour la troisième fois à vingt-et-un ans ? Diriger sa maison ou gouverner une principauté ? Mourir dans la fleur de l’âge ou tirer parti de son statut de veuve ? Petits et grands, découvrez le destin de ces femmes qui ont marqué l’histoire de la famille de Savoie. Suivez nos guides en costume et immergez-vous dans le quotidien de Bonne de Bourbon ou d’Anne de Chypre en parcourant le fabuleux château de Chillon™./ organised in conjunction with the Association des châteaux suisses and animations médiévales organised by les Amis du Château / more information and prices here;

© Château de Chillon
Salon du Light: Flying Light (Espace Mont-Blanc, Saint-Gervais) – 5th ⇒ 9th October 2021
© Saint-Gervais Tourisme
Fête de la Courge (Place Tobé, Plateau d’Assy) – 9th October 2021
© Plateau d’Assy / Les Coquillettes Vertes
Festival Romain à Lugdunum (Musée & Théatres Romains, LYON)9th & 10th October 2021
© Lugdunum
Barry Day at Barryland (Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard, Martigny) – Saturday 23rd October 2021

You’ll need to sign up for this event!

© Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint Bernard
Toquicime (Megève) – 22nd ⇒ 25th October 2021

The mountain cuisince festival! / “Rendez-vous en octobre 2021 pour célébrer, partager et réinventer la cuisine de montagne. Ateliers, conférences, dégustations, concours… cet automne, Megève est plus que jamais la capitale de la gastronomie alpine. Un événement pour le grand public en accès libre et gratuit !” / website;

© Toquicimes
Festival « Les Petits Asticots 2021 » – first week of Toussaint holidays October, 16th ⇒ 22nd October 2021 (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

This annual Toussaint holiday festival is programmed again this year, with locations throughout the Pays du Mont-Blanc: spectacles, music, dance, puppets, circus, theatre, workshops / good to know: the billeterie opens on 1st October 2021, so book quickly, to avoid disappoint (from experience, the spectacles get booked up quickly!) / see MBFF article here and website;

© Les Petits Asticots 2020

[ note: a more detailed agenda will be available for the Toussaint holidays, with information also about the agricultural foires!

Foire Agricole (Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc) – end of October 2021

A great day out for the whole family (MBFF recommended!) / farm animals, market stall, activities for children, plentiful food! / parking: you will be directed to car parks, and some a fair distance away, so with poor walkers it is a good idea to drop them off! / more information to come!

Foire Agricole Saint-Gervais ©
Foire Froide – weekend end of october October 2021 (Sallanches)

AU PROGRAMMEgastronomie, terroir, artisanat & histoire . . . more information and photos to come nearer the date . . .

La Nuit des Chateaux (France) – Saturday 23rd October 2021

None of our ✨🏰✨ local castles are signed up for this event, but if you find yourselves elsewhere in France on Saturday 23rd October, look to see if any nearby castles are participating – a night-time visit by candle-light will bring a castle alive in a very different, poetic manner! / FB page and website;


La Nuit de l’Effroi (Château des Rubins, Sallanches) – Saturday 30th October 2021

Ils étaient redoutables de leur vivant, ils sont invincibles maintenant . . . Eux ? Ce sont les chevaliers morts-vivants ! Restez toujours sur vos gardes, ne leur tournez jamais le dos, tenez-les à distance, si possible en portant un costume effrayant. Lors de cette visite nocturne, découvrez le côté obscur du château… à vos risques et périls. ” / from 19h to 22h / price: adults: 7 €, children: 5,50€ (up to 14 years) = price of castle visit (no supplement for Halloween event);

Bourses aux Skis (early November)

There are normally several ⛷ bourses aux skis, to get kitted out cheaply for the upcoming ski season, with super ones in Sallanches!

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