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Events of the year

Discover the best events held in the Chartreuse, season by season.


Passe montagne

3rd weekend in JanuaryEntremonts

These two friendly journeys on snowshoe through the hamlets of the Entremonts are a great way to introduce both the young and the old to the valley’s heritage. There will be a variety of special events and opportunities to meet people along the way, as well as the chance to sample local delicacies.

Traversée de Chartreuse

Last week-end in January

St Pierre de Chartreuse & Sappey en Chartreuse

This is the Chartreuse’s famous cross-country ski race for all fans of the sport. There are adult races in both classic and free style, the Chartrousine “race” for the young, and the “Petits Ducs” for 7 to 10 year olds.

Zygomatic Festival

Last week of FebruaryThroughout the Chartreuse

This comedy festival is a source of good humour and fun throughout the Chartreuse and the Avant Pays Savoyard. With all types of humour represented, and shows ranging from two-man shows to stand-up comedy to films, there is sure to be something to make you laugh

Board hell

Last weekend in Mars St Pierre de Chartreuse

This one day festival is a must for all fans of downhill winter sports: come and enjoy the slopes, as well as a barbeque, bar and concert.


Grand Duc, Ultra Trail de Chartreuse

Last weekend of June

For more than 25 years the Grand Duc, symbol of the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park, has been challenging the 1000 participants who test themselves on the mountain range’s hiking trails. Every year sees a new itinerary, 80 kilometres long and involving ascents totalling 4900 metres, to challenge single runners, pairs, and teams of five. With enthusiastic spectators, volunteers providing aid for the runners, and a convivial atmosphere, the Grand Duc makes for a great weekend


Rencontres Brel

Md-julySt Pierre de Chartreuse

Every year this festival of French music brings established stars and new talents to the heart of the mountains, and provides an eclectic programme of music for all tastes and ages.

Bataille de vaches Herens

First weekend of August

Discover the (friendly) battles between Herens cows, organised in traditional manner. A day full of warmth, festivity and fun will see a new Queen of the Herens being crowned..

The Live In Chartreuse Festival

 1st et 2nd of August

Entre Deux Guiers / Les Echelles

This new music festival in the Chartreuse valley runs over two days. Between soul, funk, rock, and rhythm and blues, there is something for everyone.

Festival Live In Chartreuse

Festival of artisans and peasants

Third weekend of AugustEntremont le Vieux

This wonderful village festival features processions of cattle and lots of local food and drink. It showcases local traditions of basket-weaving, art and handicrafts. Taste the valley’s specialties: matafans (somewhere between a pancake and a waffle) and the local sausages.

The summer nights festival

First half of August

Classical music concerts in a variety of unusual and historic locations in the Chartreuse and Avant Pays Savoyard.


Icarus Cup

3rd weekend in SeptemberSt Hilaire du Touvet

For 40 years this great hang-gliding festival has showcased audacity, creativity, dreams, emotions, imagination, thrills, laughter, colour…and the joy of flight.