Events in Annecy


JANUARY/ La Grande ODYSSEE - Savoie Mont Blanc
From nothing to becoming the biggest Sled-dog race worldwide. Its success: communicating authentic values, and linking together emotion and show, giving the spectators high standard athletes.

MARCH/ Spanish Film Festival – Annecy
Iberian cinema aficionados have been flocking to Annecy since 1983 for a hefty dose of Spanish films, screened throughout town. Expect retrospectives, avant-premieres, features and documentaries. There's usually even a Spanish Horror Night, filled with scary films and sci-fi.

MARCH/ Venitian carnival – Annecy
Annecy has been called the Alpine Venetia since a long time, with its canals crossing the historic town. This nickname takes its full sense during the 2 and a half days of the Carnival…At the end of February or beginning of March, several hundreds of masks roam slowly and freely in the streets of the Old Town, pose, parade and group together on the catwalks. No one knows who's hiding behind these masks and these splendid and mysterious costumes that perfectly match with the colour of town's walls. Hundreds of photographers are here to get the best picture. Will you be one of them? The Italian atmosphere is not far!

MARCH/ X Games  - Tignes
More than 125 of the best athletes of the World were in Tignes for the 3rd edition of the Winter X Games Tignes! Don’t miss: the SuperPipe men and women in ski and snowboard, Slopestyle men and women in ski and snowboard and a Snowmobile freestyle exhibition!

Since 1960, Annecy is the world capital for animation films. Which is not limited of course to traditional animated movie for kids! Every year in June, attending this festival allows people to understand why the whole world loves this art and comes to Annecy. Several countries meet here to elect the best animation film of the year, in different categories, from short film to feature film.
This is a unique occasion to see world premieres or enjoy open air free showings every evening on the Pâquier, in an international and warm atmosphere.


21st JUNE/ Fête de la Musique – Annecy
Completely different from a music festival, the Fête de la Musique is above all a free popular fête, open to any participant (amateur or professional musicians) who wants to perform in it. This Music day allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a large audience, working to popularise musical practice for young and not so young people from all social backgrounds. It gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music.

JULY/ Festival NOCTIBULES – Annecy
Discover 4 evenings of fun and shows, livened up by around thirty company and some 60 representations! The arts of street invest public places of the city of Annecy: lights, magic, laughter and smiles...
Every year in July, discover a program involving street theater, forrain theater, aerial showl, circus, humour and brass band... The artists express themselves by the lake or along canals… A new theme every year, troops which are renewed. What does not change, it is the free access to the shows for the biggest pleasure of children and adults.

JULY/ MUSILAC Festival - Aix-les-Bains
Each summer, during 3 days, Musilac Festival hosts 30 international and French acts, and over 70 000 music lovers attend this lakeside festival. In ten years, Musilac Festival in Aix-les-Bains has become one of the largest rock festivals in the sunny southeast of France.

On the first Saturday of August, the Bay of Albigny welcomes the biggest pyrotechnic show of Europe…70 minutes of fireworks in rhythm with music, lights, special effects…A special show worth seeing at least once in its life! Born from the great “Venetian style” party of 1860 on the lake in honour of Napoleon III, this event has evolved and integrated all the new technologies of fireworks.
"Grandiose", magic, unique! About 200 000 spectators join lakesides to participate in this event.



The International Freeski Film Festival (iF3) was created in 2007 as a result of a common idea shared by passionate ski industry veterans Felix Rioux, Doug Bishop, and JF Durocher. The idea was to create a film festival dedicated to screening freeskiing movies and expanding ski culture to new levels.

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER/ Italian Film Festival – Annecy
Since 1983, Annecy welcomes at the end of September - beginning of October, the Italian film festival, one of the biggest European event on this theme. Every year we can discover the best of contemporary Italian film industry. To the program of the festival, you can discover feature films (first or second film), a competition of documentaries and retrospectives...
For the pleasure of movie-lovers and all audiences!

OCTOBER/ Return from the Alpine pastures - Annecy
At the beginning of autumn, the cattle comes back from the pastures where they spent summer…This return in the valley is symbolized by this day of feast. On the second Saturday of October, streets of Annecy are filled with coloured herds, craftsmen, old manual trades, folklore bands, typical local producers. You'll see craft and traditions of Savoy. It is also an important day for local people to celebrate the beginning of autumn. Come to live an authentic and friendly moment!

DECEMBER/ Foire de la Saint-André - Annecy
Always bigger and faster, the attractions, so appreciated by everyone, are waiting for you with their dazzling lights, impressive music and roasted peanuts smells. This party is the beginning of Christmas time animations.

DECEMBER/ Christmas in the Alps – Annecy
During all December, Annecy offers visitors its party set: fairy lights, animations for every one, concerts, cribs, Christmas markets, a skating rink, a little train to visit all the places easily...
Everything to make December a warm and festive month! And every year there is a new specific theme! That's a good occasion to rediscover Annecy in a new light, with the beautiful lake and snowy mountains as a background.