Rhone Alps Culture and Events

Lake Festival, Annecy

First Saturday of August 2017

Very popular annual festival with 2 hours of pyrotechnics and music plus concerts and a market.

Noctibules Festival, Annecy

4 days in July

Annecy’s pretty streets and squares come alive in the evening with a variety of street performances.

Snow Carnival, Avoriaz

4 February - 4 March 2017

Colourful parade, street performers and evening fireworks.

World Climbing Championships, Chamonix

11 - 13 July 2017

Watch the world's top climbers compete on speed and technical skills in the town centre where a huge climbing wall is installed plus big screens with running commentary. Celebrations on the last evening include Bastille Day fireworks and live music.

Adventure Festival, Chamonix

End of March 2017

Carnival where participants parade through the streets in fancy dress. Twice a year, in Winter and Summer.

Evian Championships, Evian

15 - 18 September 2017

Women's golf premier event featuring 70 top players.

Bastille Day, Lyon

14 July 2017

Day-long festivities followed by spectacular fireworks in the evening on Fourvieres Hill.

Lyon Biennial, Lyon

2017 dates TBC

Since its creation in 1991, the Lyon Biennial has worked as a 'trilogy'. As the artistic director gives a word to the curators participating, this word will decide the theme of the event for the three coming years. 2015 was the beginning of a new trilogy, with the keyword 'Modern'.

Alternating every year between a contemporary arts event on odd years, and a dance event on even years, the 2017 edition will offer a reflexion through arts on what 'modern' means, on what has become 'normal', and a re-examination on one's relationship with oneself, others, and our ever-changing world.

Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon

June 2017

Theatrical and musical festival in the setting of the old town and Roman Amphitheature. For full information see the website.

Saint-Etienne Biennial, Saint-Etienne

9 March - 9 April 2017

Happening once every two years, the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial is unique in its kind, and one of the first such events in France. For a month, the event aims to make people question their day-to-day life, how they talk, work, move around or relax.

Vendanges Festival, Tain L’Hermitage

September 2017

Annual grape harvest festival with parade, complete with Bacchus, Harvest Queen and Harvest Princesses, plus dance and music.

Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.

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