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What's on in Chamonix July 2019

Climbing, concerts and trail running events this summer

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Chamonix Editor | Published
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With summer well and truly upon us, there is a whole host of events for the upcoming month in Chamonix. From wild parties to adrenaline-fuelled entertainment and high altitude mountain sports, there's everything for all kinds of holidaymaker in the valley.

As the weather heats up in the valley, a whole host of outdoor events begin to spring up. From music to cultural festivals, mountaineering workshops to endurance races, there's sure to be something for all ages and abilities this July in Chamonix.

Climbing World Cup

Every year, Chamonix hosts the Climbing World Cup during which the finest speed and technical climbers descend on the resort for three days of astonishing artificial climbing wall action. Organised by the FFME (French Federation for Climbing and Mountaineering) and the Chamonix Club des Sports, the event is held at the Place du Mont Blanc where there will be two specially built climbing walls and a big screen. Over the three days, heats and finals are held to find the best male and female climbers in both the speed and sport climbing disciplines.

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Bastille weekend

Bastille Day is celebrated across the whole of France with a bang. Well, several bangs in fact, as fireworks always feature heavily. The residents of the Chamonix Valley celebrate this national holiday with as much enthusiasm as the rest of the country and various activities are held across the city on July 14th, in memory of the Storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Fireworks will take place on Saturday, July 13th as part of the closing ceremony of the 2019 Climbing World Cup in Chamonix at Place Mont Blanc around 22:45. On July 14th, you will have the choice between the top or bottom of the valley with "La Ruche" in Vallorcine and live music at the Lac des Chavants in Les Houches. On July 15th, Argentière will provide its own evening of celebrations. Events are generally free of charge.

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Cosmo Jazz Festival

The Cosmo Jazz Festival is an imaginative mix of live music and different mountain locations. This entirely free festival is the fruit of the imagination of André Manoukian. With live concerts set in some of Chamonix's most amazing settings, such as the top of the Aiguille du MidiLac Blanc and Grand Montets. Back in town, where the streets and villages in the valley will resonate to the jazzy sound of brass bands every afternoon, before musicians gather together at the Cosmo Jam sessions until the end of the night.

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Trail running

On July 21st, the Club des Sports d'Argentière offers a race in which you will discover the villages of Argentière and Lavancher and the pastures of the Pendant, before attacking the first climb to the cottages of the Pendant with its spectacular views of the massif. Called L'Argentrail, it can be tackled solo or in relay teams.

The setting for the Trail du Tour des Fiz is the Fiz Massif, a spectacular natural reserve located between Chamonix and Samoens. The course runs through the Mont Blanc massif on July 27th and 28th.

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Food & drink

With warmer temperatures, it's time to opt outside and eat al fresco. A BBQ is the quintessential summer treat and Rocky Pop are celebrating them every Wednesday this summer so head to Les Houches for some grilled delights. Back in Chamonix, Pom Pom Catering is organising an Indian pop-up at Bighorn Bistro and they've promised it'll be the "ultimate Thali feast". Sharing plates plus cocktails and mocktails are on the menu.

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For more happenings in Chamonix this July, check out our events calendar.

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Events Calendar for Chamonix