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What's On in Chamonix July 2016

All the cultural, music, sporting and fun events in Chamonix this July

Alison Shayler | Chamonix Reporter | Published: 4th July 2016


Check out this What's On in Chamonix July 2016

There's plenty going on in Chamonix over the next month, here are our highlights of the summer social scene in Chamonix.

Festival des Cimes et des Notes 3-5th July

This short festival celebrates mountains and music with three free classical concerts on Sunday 3rd July 7pm at Hotel Alpina, Monday 4th July 3pm at Grand Hotel Montenvers, and Tuesday 5th July 2pm at Refuge Plan de l'Aiguille. Festival des Cimes et des Notes

Festival des Cimes et des Notes

Cross Relais Nocturne 7th July

This evening relay race is now in its fifth year and proving more popular than ever before. A fun event that is open to everyone, the route starts in front of the Tourist Office at 8pm and loops around Chamonix centre. Teams of two will complete 6 laps of 800m each, with a shorter version for children aged 8 to 15 years. The race ends with a buffet and award ceremony, this could be your chance to win a place on the podium! Entry is €5 per adult, €3 per child from 12 to 15 years, free for 8 to 11 years - a medical certificate or license is required for all adults. Cross Relais Nocturne

Cross Relais Nocturne

Evening Train Tours - every Thursday

Starting on 7th June, the little red tourist train will be running evening sightseeing tours every Thursday throughout July and August. Setting off from Chamonix centre at 7pm, the train will trundle off towards the traditional chalets and wooden farmhouses of Les Bois and Les Praz, arriving at the stone chapel in time to see the sun set over the mountains. Commentary will be given in French only, but the pleasant ride and exceptional views alone will be worth the 6€ ticket price. The trip will take about an hour, finishing back in Chamonix. Evening Train Tours

Chamonix Tourist Train

Chamonix Yoga Festival 8th July

This three day festival will be promoting the benefits of yoga, massage and healthy eating with classes and workshops run by internationally renowned yoga teacher Simon Park. Various different yoga styles, dance classes, Ayurvedic medicine workshops, and vegan cookery classes will be taking place at the Majestic with some free outdoor sessions being held in Place Triangle de l’Amitié (outside the tourist office). This was a sell-out last year, so be sure to book your place if there’s anything that particularly takes your fancy. Chamonix Yoga Festival

Chamonix Yoga Festival

Ultra Golf de Chamonix 8-9th July

This challenging competition takes place over two days in the stunning surroundings of Chamonix golf course. Teams of two players will work their way around 72 holes with 4 different formulas, getting the chance to win prizes such as TaylorMade golf equipment, golfing holidays, and more. Every participant will be presented with an Adidas polo shirt for taking part. Chamonix Ultra Golf

Chamonix Ultra Golf

Open Air Opera : Mozart Beneath the Stars

Gather in the centre of Chamonix to enjoy a free performance of Mozart’s "The Abduction from the Seraglio" by the Opera de Lyon. After the success of previous performances such as Carmen, The Magic Flute, and Le Comte Ory this concert is expected to be an exceptional evening. Starting at 9:30pm, the event takes place in Place du Mont Blanc and is completely free of charge. It is part of the Montagne des Spectacles season of cultural events in Chamonix. Open Air Opera : Mozart Beneath the Stars

Open Air Opera in Chamonix

Climbing World Cup 10-12th July

See some real-life Spidermen and women in action at the world climbing championships. Two towering climbing walls will be erected in the centre of Chamonix and over the course of three days, some of the best climbers in the world will scamper up them with unbelievable strength and skill. The grand finale is on the evening of the 12th June, when the best of the best come together in the finals and the night ends in an awards ceremony, whereupon much celebrating usually ensues. Climbing World Cup

Climbing World Cup Chamonix

Festival du Baroque 10-19th July

An annual music festival that attracts talented classical musicians from all over the world. Each year has a theme and this time it is the turn of British Baroque music; 8 concerts will be played in churches around the Mont Blanc area with ticket prices starting at around 16€. Festival du Baroque

Festival du Baroque Chamonix

Bastille Day 14th July

France’s national holiday is marked by daytime family entertainments, followed by live music, street parties and fireworks. The celebration is usually marked on the evening of the 13th in Chamonix, with daytime events taking place on the 14th, and on the evening of the 14th in Les Houches. So, if you can handle two nights of partying, you can celebrate Bastille Day twice! Details of this year’s celebration have not yet been confirmed, so keep an eye on our Chamonix news page for updates closer to the time.

Fireworks in Chamonix

Air-Tistic Festival 16th July

Graffiti and street artists take to the skies for this unique mix of talents. Organised by the ChamShake community collective, this weekend festival will showcase a range of artistic and aerial demonstrations, as well as concerts and entertainment for all age groups. Paintings will be hung from parapenters and flown through the skies to land at the Savoy field where slacklines, art exhibitions, live concerts, food stalls and much more will all be taking place. Children are encouraged to get involved and exhibit their art works as well. Air'Tistic Festival

Chamshake air and art festival in Chamonix

Tour de France 20th-23rd July

Not one, but four stages of the Tour de France will be taking place within a stone’s throw of Chamonix this summer. Although none of the stages pass through the town itself, they all take place within an hour’s drive in all directions, putting Chamonix right at the hub of the action. Our little town is also a great place to base yourself for riding a few of the local cols while you’re here, or just for hanging out and watching the more far-flung stages in one of the many sports-mad bars in Chamonix. The local stages are:

  • Stage 17: Wednesday, July 20 - Bern to Finhaut-Emosson - 184km
  • Stage 18: Thursday, July 21 - Sallanches to Megève - 17km individual time trial
  • Stage 19: Friday, July 22 - Albertville to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc - 146km
  • Stage 20: Saturday, July 23 - Megève to Morzine - 146km

Tour de France

Tour de France

Cosmojazz Festival 23rd-31st July

No longer strictly a jazz festival, this 8 day extravaganza embraces all types of music from all corners of the world - some of them quite obscure. It doesn’t just confine itself to typical music venues either; you can expect to find concerts taking place on top of mountains, beside lakes, amongst the glaciers - we’ve even had a grand piano suspended upside down over Place Balmat, pianist and all… Many of the concerts are open air and completely free of charge, all you need is your lift pass to access the venues. Some of the evening concerts require a ticket, and there are plenty of official and unofficial jam sessions where you can see the musicians kicking back and having fun late into the night. Cosmojazz Festival

Cosmojazz Chamonix music festival

Birds Dinner Show 28th July

Enjoy the majestic sight of these wonderful birds of prey swooping over the mountains and savour a traditional Savoyard meal up at Planpraz du Brevent. Owls, eagles and vultures will be accompanied by their handlers for you to admire at this spectacular location. Bird of prey shows will be held on various dates throughout July and August this summer. Bird of Prey Dinner Show

Bird of Prey dinner show in Chamonix

Trail du Tour des Fiz 31st July

Another grueling but exceptionally beautiful trail race; this one just outside of Chamonix on the high plateau above Passy. Four races of differing lengths take place around the mountain refuges of the Chaine des Fiz, a stunning place with amazing views but very remote and challenging terrain. If you’re not taking part then you can still join in the fun at the start/finish line at Plaine Joux where you’ll find snack bars, activities, hiking trails, parapenting, and plenty to keep you entertained in between cheering on knackered runners. Trail du Tour des Fiz

Trail du Tour des Fiz

As well as all of the above, July also brings an exciting line-up of music concerts, cultural evenings, local markets, antique fairs, guided tours, entertainments, and more. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Chamonix Events Calendar for the full schedule.

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