The unmissable events in Chamonix!
Unlimited Festival (April)
This is the first of the years Spring time festival in Chamonix. With snow still on the ground and lovely warm days this kicks off on the slopes (What a setting!) during the day and carries on late into the night in all the bars in town. Thumping beats and happy vibes.
Musilac Mont-Blanc (April)
For the first time in 2018 Musilac et Chamonix-Mont-Blanc came together for a festival of Pop-Rock! A mix of English and French artists as well as old (ELO) and new (Synapson) made for an eclectic and original line up that was well organised and superbly executed with the whole town partying hard for three full days. Located in and around the main town we can’t wait for next year’s line up!
Cosmo Jazz Festival (July)
Started in 2010 Chamonix is the home of ‘le Cosmo Jazz festival’. This festival was created by the vision André Manoukian and is simply out of this world. The concert locations all use the local scenery as natural settings to increase the effect of the music and artists who are all also inspired by the settings. Listening to ‘Beirut’ by Ibrahim Malouf at the Lac Blanc or a grand Piano tinkling in the air at the top of Brévent or the soulful sound of Brazilian singers in Vallorcine are all some of my best memories. It honestly does not matter if you know the artists or not, the atmosphere is unpretentious and one of pure inspiration with the party carrying on late in the various bars of Cham. This is one of those that you tell friends about for years to come.
Festival des Heures d’Orgues (mid July - mid August)
Each Summer the Festival des Heures d'orgue is the classical musical festival not to be missed in Chamonix. Since 1994, the worlds most famous organists and other classical musicians come together to play their amazing instruments in the church of Saint-Michel. The concerts are free and on every Thursday at 18h30.
The best sporting events
The Mont-Blanc Marathon (June)
One of the most famous and like no other. The Marathon du Mont-Blanc weekend is a mountain trail event that brings together 8 different races over different distances and difficulties with runners gathering from all around the world to run with family and friends. A terrific atmosphere with loads of support along the trails.
Wold cup climbing (July)
One of the best world cup stages – Speed racing and difficulty climbing all set in the centre square of Chamonix with thousands supporting. An amazing spectacle an atmosphere that each year delivers drama and excitement.
Chamonix Yoga Festival (July)
This relatively young festival is growing in size and popularity each year and now attracts teachers and students from around the world at the beginning of Spring for a very calm and zen atmosphere in this amazing setting. Includes Meditation, Fen Shui, many other disciplines, and of course yoga workshops, lessons, and products
A huge and daunting run through 3 countries: France, Switzerland and Italy all in one race! Over one weekend 2300 of the best runners in the world gather for this crazy challenge! We watch the start, enjoy a normal day, watch their headlights bounce around the hills at night, go to bed, wake up……. and they are still running! An incredible feat of endurance. Something to see, to admire, to support and applaud, and to be part of.
Downhill world cup ski race: le Kandahar (February)
Every 4 years the skiing world cup circuit comes to Les Houches on the world-famous Kandahar run. A race that all skiers want to win in their careers. Colour excitement, drama and a full on party weekend with supporters coming from all over the world.
Each year there is also the Kandahar Junior where you can see the stars of the future battling it out in one of the most important junior races in the world !
Other great events
La Fête des Guides de Chamonix (August)
Since 1924, the guides of the ‘Compagnie des Guides’ relieve the stress of their incredibly hard job, by inviting everyone to share in an evening of fun and frivolity that each year tells a different story through a sound and light show that also shows off their skills with rappels, zip wire stunts and more on the Gaillands climbing wall culminating in some massive fireworks show and concert…– You will not see anything like it anywhere else. Great for kids and adults alike and supports a really good cause.
Le Combat des Reines (September)
You simply have to see this at least once in your life! Taken very seriously by the local farmers who come down from the hills in France, Switzerland and Italy once a year with their pride and joy (A special cow from the Herens race) to see who the champion will be! Less of a ‘battle’ more of a ‘face off’. but great festive drama all around and watching the farmers as much as their cows is half the fun.
Marché de Noël (December)
For the 13 days running up to Christmas the centre of Chamonix is invaded by charming wooden huts where you can find unusual and lovely presents for all. The smell of mulled wine permeates the town with numerous traditional drink and food stands in a great atmosphere with daily events (parades, shows, and even father Christmas himself arriving on a giant sledge) for kids and adults alike.
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