Fête de la Musique
Starting in the afternoon, the event is a family occasion that is open to all. It is a great opportunity to wander round Chamonix, taking in the sights and enjoying the party atmosphere! There are often large stages set up outside the Tourist Office, in Place du Mont Blanc (by the Galerie Alpina) and in Place Balmat (by the Post Office). One of the treats of the Fête de la Musique is to book an outside table at one of Chamonix’s many restaurants and sit back to watch the action (we recommend booking in advance on this popular night).
As the evening wears on, the party steps up a notch and many of the streets and squares turn into open-air dance floors as DJ’s take their decks outside and turn the volume up. If you really want to experience the carnival atmosphere you should head down to the Rue de Moulin, a narrow cobbled pedestrian street where revellers squeeze in to dance to the music pumping out of the many bars and from the live bands playing anywhere they can find space!
Fête de la Musique is one of those certain nights throughout the year when the French authorities waive normal licensing laws, allowing the revelry to continue as long as there are people with the stamina to enjoy it – it is definitely one of the not-to-be-missed events of the Chamonix summer social calendar!