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 . . .

Réserve Naturelle des Contamines-Montjoie – autumn colours ©

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:

Pays du Mont-Blanc

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;

Saison Arts Vivants 2021-2022 (FJEP, PASSY)
© Mairie de Passy
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 ]


NEW La Turbine exhibition! (La Turbine, Cran-Gévrier) – from 18th September 2021

New exhibition: Mission Corps Humain (8+ years) . . .

NEW MEG exhibition! (Musée d’Ethnographie, Geneva) – from 24th September 2021

The exhibition « Injustice environnementale Alternatives autochtones » opened on 24th September 2021 / this exhibition recounts “ 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;
NEW Muséum Genève exhibition! (Natural History Museum, Geneva) – from 14th October 2021

The exhibition « Tout contre la Terre » is opening on 14th October 2021;

[ see MBFF article here to read more about the museum ]

Tout contre la Terre © Muséum Genève
Festival des Cabanes 2021 (SOURCES du LAC d’ANNECY) ⇒ until November 2021

Architects’ cabanes in beautiful locations near Lac d’Annecy . . .

© Festival des Cabanes
Savants & Sorcières : l’automne au Château des Rubins – Observatoire des Alpes (Sallanches)9th October ⇒ 5th November 2021
Octobre Rose 2021

Some walking events, raising awareness for breast cancer, will be scheduled locally :

© Les Houches
Toquicimes (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
© Toquicimes
Les 🎃 Vacances de la Toussaint – 23rd October ⇒ 7th November 2021

[ see separate MBFF article here, for ideas for the Toussaint holidays & 🎃 Halloween ]

Festival « Les Petits Asticots 2021 » – 23rd ⇒ 29th October 2021 (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

This annual Toussaint holiday festival is programmed again this year over the first week of the Toussaint holidays, with locations throughout the Pays du Mont-Blanc and the Chamonix Valley: 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!) / website;

[ see MBFF article here ]

© Festival Les Petits Asticots
Foire Froide – weekend 23rd & 24th October 2021 (Sallanches)

AU PROGRAMMEgastronomie, terroir, artisanat & histoire, concours de la race d’Abondance . . more information and photos to come nearer the date . . .

© Sallanches Tourisme
© Sallanches Tourisme
© Sallanches Tourisme
BarryDay 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
Com les Pros (Cluses Arve & Montagnes) – 23rd October ⇒ 6th November 2021
Envie de découvrir les coulisses des entreprises près de chez vous ? Plus de 60 sites vous ouvrent leurs portes du 23 octobre au 06 novembre 2021. L’occasion de (re)découvrir les savoir-faire et les métiers d’entreprises locales. Evènement 100% gratuit pour les petits et les grands ! ” / limited places, reservations required before 15th October 2021:
© Com les Pros
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 ©
La Nuit des Châteaux (France) – Saturday 23rd October 2021

Some of our fairly ✨🏰✨ local castles are signed up for this event – a night-time visit by candle-light will bring a castle alive in a very different, poetic manner! / FB page and website;

La Nuit des Châteaux au Château de Montrottier – Saturday 23rd October 2021
La Nuit des Châteaux © Château de Montrottier
La Nuit des Châteaux au Château de Ripaille (Thonon-les-Bains) – Saturday 23rd October 2021

A first Nuit des Châteaux for this castle !

La Nuit des Châteaux © Château de Montrottier
Escape Game: la nuit celtique de Samain (Château des Rubins, Sallanches) – Thursdays 28th October & 4th November 2021
© Château des Rubins – Observatoire des Alpes
Les Vacances d’Automne au Châteaux au Château de Montrottier – from 29th October ⇒ 5th November 2021

Visits of the castle, chasse au trésor, ateliers créatifs, storytelling . . .

© Château de Montrottier
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);

© Château des Rubins – Observatoire des Alpes


Le Monde des Dinosaures (Savoiexpo, Hall A, Chambéry)13th & 14th November 2021

More information about this dinosaur extravaganza on website or FB page;

Bourses aux Skis (Pays du Mont-Blanc & Chamonix Valley)

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

© Mairie de Sallanches

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