Culture & Events

Our favourite events in the Alps this summer

Summer 2018 has been jam packed with fantastic events in and around all of our destinations! Here you can take a look at what’s been going on near our properties.

Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Annecy – 11 to 16 June

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival was created in 1960 and became an annual event in 1988. Films from more than 85 countries were screened at a number of theatres around the town with an open air screening on the Paquier every evening.
See what animated films stole the show at the festival here.
The 2019 dates have been set from the 10th – 19th June so put it in your calendar!

Alps Bike Festival

La Clusaz – 15 to 17 June

A huge mountain biking competition in a spectacular setting, the Alps Bike Festival is the new name for Roc des Alpes, a fun event whether you’re participating or spectating. With shows, music, children’s activities, summer luge and much more, this is a great event for all the family.
Races and activities for all ages and abilities ensured this was a great weekend for all of the family!
Take a look at the video from day two of the festival below:

Though the dates are not yet set, the Alps Bike Festival will be returning to La Clusaz for a second year in 2019. Watch this space…


Les Gets – 20 to 24 June

This multi-competition event brings together the elite of the mountain-biking world in five days of competition. With Slopestyle, Dual Speed & Style, Pump Track and Descent, there was an unbelievable atmosphere.
Check out the summary of the men’s and women’s Downhill races in the video below:

And to see more action from the whole Crankworx tour visit their Youtube channel.
As well as the competitions, the programme included entertainment, concerts and even a Kidsworx for budding champions!

Savoie Cup

Morzine – June 22 to 24

More than 400 Porsches descended on Morzine for this stunning car exhibition, and about 200 of them took part in a mountain rally around the resort.
Get a taster of the event below:

Kingdom of the Marmottes

Morzine – July 16 to 20

Performers on stilts and red clothing with onlooking children at te Bonheur des mômses festival in Le Grand bornand
Free fun and creativity for kids aged from 18 months to 12 years. Giant inflatables, face-painting workshops, street shows and games – and it was all free!

International Festival of Mechanical Music

Les Gets – July 21 to 22

Festival de musique mécanique de Morzine
The 18th edition of this popular festival brought mechanical music and time back to the Les Gets’ Museum of Mechanical Music. Hundreds of shows throughout the village, with weird and wonderful music-making machines and fairground organs, transported spectators to another era!

Tour de France, Stage 10 – Annecy – Le Grand-Bornand

Le Grand Bornand – 17 July

Greg Van Avermaet flying through the centre of St Jean de Sixt sporting the yellow jersey - Photo credit: James Geen
The Tour de France cyclists were welcomed into Le Grand Bornand with flag waving and cheers at the end of the 10th stage of the 105th edition of the prestigious race. See local our team’s best photos on our Tour de France post.

Musique a Beauregard

Plateau de Beauregard, La Clusaz/Manigod – 19 to 28 July

The second edition of this festival put music in the heart of the mountains at five sites and with more than 100 musicians! Families were catered for with musical walks, workshops for children, and a singing academy, which performed at the end of the festival. The festival opened with a concert at the church in La Clusaz, with other concerts taking place on the Plateau de Beauregard, just 15 minutes walk from the Col de la Croix Fry.
We caught up with the event organisers, Barthélemy and Virginie Allard before the festival to get an insider’s look at the whole event. See what they told us here.
This is just a taster of what goes on in the Aravis and Portes du Soleil in the summer months. With events and activities available all year round in both the mountains and by, in, on, under and above Lake Annecy, Lake Montriond, and Lake Geneva, the Alps are so much more than just a winter ski destination! Visit our Aravis Summer and Winter Guides and our Morzine Summer Guide to see what’s on year round!

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