Located in the heart of the Haute-Savoie region, the resort of Samoëns boasts an idyllic natural setting for magical holidays with family and friends. This summer, more than ever, holidays will be dedicated to getting together and sharing unique and unforgettable moments! And to make sure that the summer is a lively one, the resort of Samoëns is offering a wide range of events for everyone! Whether you’re a fan of music, sports or unique activities, there’s something for everyone.

From 16 to 17 May: 15th Festival du Chapeau

The Association Les Arobades presents a 2-day theatre festival with 3 performances in a variety of styles: comedy, music, vaudeville… You’ll have a marvellous time with theatre groups from Samoëns, Taninges and Annemasse.


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From 31 May to 2 June: The Vélo Vert Festival

A benchmark outdoor trade show and recognised as the world’s largest mountain bike test centre, the Vélo Vert Festival will also be offering a rich programme of sporting events specifically designed for all levels of rider (pros, amateurs and families).


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Friday 7 June: Les Cyclos du Cœur

The Cyclos du Coeur is a touring category road cycling event in Belgium. RTL’s star presenter Jean-Michel Zecca is taking up the challenge this year to climb the Col de Joux Plane. He will be accompanied by 400 cyclists.

The Cyclos du Cœur adventure, with Jean-Michel Zecca, began in 2019 on Mont Ventoux. On the strength of its success, it continued on the Galibier in 2022!

In 2024, it will be the Col de Joux-Plane, the most beautiful pass in France according to professional cyclists!

Joux-Plane, that sweet, melodious name actually hides a tough climb, as its 11.6km at 8.5% bear witness. Located between Samoëns and Morzine in the Chablais massif in Haute Savoie, Joux Plane enjoys a fine reputation for several reasons: its history, its beauty and its ruggedness. Its summit rises to an altitude of 1,691 metres and it has a positive vertical drop of 1,000 metres. As well as being a demanding climb, it is a veritable dispenser of panoramic views from its heights. The views of Mont Blanc are sublime. Enjoy the beauty of the scenery!


So are you ready to give it your all?

Les Cyclos du Coeur is all about the pleasure of cycling together for the same noble cause: the fight against cancer and leukaemia!


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Saturday 8 June: ‘Critérium du Dauphiné’ Cycling Road Race – Stage 7 – Albertville / Samoëns 1600

For its 76th edition, the Critérium du Dauphiné will feature a tough summit finish on the Samoëns 1600 (145.5km – 4,268m D+). This climb is little known, but it will be a real challenge for the cyclists!

The Critérium du Dauphiné is a prestigious cycling race held every year in France. It is an important event for professional riders, as it often serves as preparation for the Tour de France.

The 7th stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné will take place in Samoëns, renowned for its mountainous scenery and its legendary pass, the Col de Joux Plane, which is classed as a non-category climb. The riders will face winding roads and demanding climbs in this stage.


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From 14 to 16 June: 11th Ultra-Trail® du Haut-Giffre (UTHG)

Take to the hiking trails of Samoëns and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval for this friendly trail competition and its 7 races designed for the most experienced sportsmen and women as well as walking enthusiasts, families and children.


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From 27 to 30 June: 15th Samoëns American Festival (SAF)

The village of Samoëns, which is used to hosting the festival at the start of the summer, is offering you the chance to dance and immerse yourself in American culture over the weekend, with dance courses, concerts and wild dances.

Free concerts and dances.

Country, Catalan and new line dance courses for a fee.


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From 15 to 31 July: Lyric Festival of Samoëns and the Montagnes du Giffre

In Samoëns, the summer lyric festival is a summer institution. It’s all simplicity and lightness, with a line-up of top-quality artists and technicians driven by an infectious energy and the fresh air of the Giffre mountains. A chance to recharge your batteries and share the beauty of opera singing.


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Sunday 21 July: Adopte 1 Col ! (Adopt 1 Mountain Pass!)

The Col de Joux Plane is part of the history of the Tour de France, having been climbed 12 times since 1978. To mark the Adopte 1 Col event, Joux Plane will be closed to traffic by departmental decree, so cyclists will be able to enjoy one of the most demanding climbs in Haute-Savoie: 13.3km with an average gradient of over 7.5% and sections with gradients of over 11%. A refreshment area will be available at the summit before you descend to enjoy the exceptional views of the Haut-Giffre.


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Sunday 4 August: Fête des Guides

In Samoëns, mountain guides are an integral part of local life. Indispensable for discovering the riches of the Haut-Giffre mountains in complete safety, the guides are being honoured for one day. At the end of the morning, they will parade through the streets of the village to traditional music. In the afternoon, they will be presenting all the alpine disciplines that can be practised in Samoëns and the surrounding area: climbing, slacklining, abseiling, climbing the treetop pole, AEM (accompagnateur en moyenne montagne) activities (treasure hunts, introduction to knots, etc.). Workshops and film screenings on the mountains are also on the programme.


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13 to 17 August: 3rd Criou Celte Festival

Samoëns will resound to the sounds of Ireland, thanks to the presence of musicians and dancers from the town of Wesport in Ireland and other Celtic regions. Parades, concerts, dance demonstrations and a gala are all on the programme for this wonderful week.


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Sunday 18 August: Vertical Kilometre of the Ultra-Trail® du Haut-Giffre (UTHG)

The world’s best vertical kilometre specialists meet up to take on one of the steepest races in France!

Starting in the village, the runners will climb as fast as they can to the top of the Criou, for a 1km980 run and 1000m of ascent!


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From 14 to 15 September: The Giffre Marathon

Dive into the heart of the action in the Vallée du Giffre! Join us for a thrilling marathon, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. A sporting and friendly experience awaits you!‍‍


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From 20 to 22 September: 5th edition of the Wellbeing Meetings

Come and enjoy a moment of well-being, and meet a host of professionals from Samoëns and the Giffre Valley, who will be offering massage, yoga, singing, dance, naturopathy workshops, photo workshops and cosmetics, as well as conferences and a wellbeing market… everything you need to relax during your holidays in Samoëns.


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