Annecy vacation

regular events

Market selling local products, produce and crafts in Rue St Claire, three times a week throughout the year on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Antiques & Art market
Antiques market every last Saturday of the month, all day long in the old town. There is also an art market on Vicenza quay together with the "Createurs" market - a dozen jewelry, clothing and furniture artists.
Second-hand goods market held on the last Saturday of every month in the old town and arts market at the quai du Semnoz.
Every Friday night there is an organised tour of Annecy and the lakeside on skates. To join in, meet at 20:00 in front of the Mairie. The evening is cancelled if it is raining or the ground is wet.
Dancing by the lake
Every Sunday 6.00pm-10pm from late June to early September - there are dances on a wooden dancefloor built in the open air just beside the lake beside the Lover's Bridge. There are open dances and displays of salsa, jive, le roc and ballroom. They are fascinating to watch and anyone seems able to join in.

events throughout the year

There are so many events in Annecy itself, on the lake or in the surrounding area that it is impossible to list them all. The tourist information pages can provide full details for the particular period in which you are interested, but here are a few highlights. The official tourist site in English has searchable events pages and loads more useful information.


Venetian masks
Venetian carnaval
Saturday 28th February 2015 : from 10am to 5pm.
Sunday 1st March 2015 : from 10am to 5pm.
Over 250 masked characters slowly wander through the old town, pose for photographs and meet on the bridges.



Annecy marathon
Sunday 19th April 2015 Starts right in front of the apartment and now one of the top 10 marathons in France. For more details see


Tecnica Maxi-Race at Lake Annecy
From Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May. The Maxi-Race goes around Lake Annecy - via the mountains that surround it! Several race formats are available to give athletes of all levels the opportunity to participate in this great celebration of trail running. Moreover, in 2015, the major race of the Tecnica Maxi-Race will host the World Trail Championships. The new male and female champions in the category will be decided on this 86 km route around Lake Annecy via the peaks, with an elevation gain of 5,300 m.


Rendez-vous aux jardins
5th, 6th and 7th June 2015: Three day festival "Welcome to the gardens" with flower workshops, plant sales, trade stands and eco-gardening displays. Set in Jardins du Manoir de Novel (60 ave de Novel) and Jardins de l'Europe, just the other side of the green area in front of us and over the bridge.
International Animated Film Festival
15th June to 20th June 2015: A six day festival of animated films from all over the world. The Festival also includes pre-release and retrospective showings, exhibitions, projections from 10.30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 8 sites spread around the town, and late night open-air shows on a giant screen by the lakeside just in front of our apartment. The main site at the Bonlieu is only about two minutes walk from the apartment.
Music Festival
21st June 2015 Enjoy the summer solstice to wonderful music! This event happens throughout the world on the same night each year. Completely different from a music festival, the Fête de la Musique is 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 at all sorts of venues throughout the town centre. The main site is at Fête de la musique. Partipants are being asked to register at the moment on the towns website. Search for fête de la musique on


Fireworks on Bastille Day
Bastille Day
14th July 2015: The centre for these celebrations is just in front of our apartment on Le Paquier. From 4 p.m. there are events for children, then from 8 p.m. events of different kinds including a ball with dancers in period dress. At 10 p.m. fireworks followed by public dancing at 11 p.m. Free public access.
Noctibules Festival/Summer Nights Festival
Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 of July 2015 between 9 PM and midnight. Entertainment festival spread over four evenings. Held in the town centre and featuring street theatre, funfair style theatre, fireworks, parade, aerial shows, circus and brass bands - all free to watch! National and regional companies participate.


Fête du lac d'Annecy - fireworks and lake spectacle
Saturday 1st of August 2015 at 9.45 PM. A spectacular feast of Fireworks, water jets, colours and so much more over the lake. Our apartment faces directly towards the centre of the show and is in the cordonned off zone. It offers a view over the trees, or tickets can be bought for an uninterrupted lakeshore view or seat. Details and online booking from about April
Classical Music Festival
20th - 30th August 2015 Week long classical music festival with concerts held every day at L'Impérial Palace, Allée de L'Impérial. To see details of the 2012 festival see the website - dates have not been released as yet for 2013
Annecy Cross - Lake Swim
mid August 2015: 9am to 2pmThis event, which usually has several hundred participants, allows you to do a short (1000m) or long (2400m) cross-lake swim in the bay of Albigny. Enrolment at Annecy Sports Information from August 1st to 14th. Tel 06 86 72 80 34


The Ancilevienne
September 2015: Race around the lake in teams of two people, one on foot, one cycling: while one runs the other rides and vice versa. Start and Finish in front of Annecy-le-Vieux Town Hall.


Retour des Alpages
Retour des Alpages
Second Saturday in October (10th October 2015): 9am to 6.00pm A very popular festival marking the return of the cattle down from the mountains. Includes traditional craftwork events and stalls, demonstration of old trades, parade of Alpine herds - you name it they will walk through the old town! (cows with floral headresses, goats, sheep, ducks, geese, St Bernard dogs, horses, donkeys etc), traditional singing and music groups plus alpine horns - all washed down with apple juice pressed in old steam driven presses and bags of bugnes (sweet and delicious twists prepared by locals in traditional costume at stalls throughout the town). Huge fun and extremely popular with families and adults alike.


St Andrew's Day fair
Alps Christmas
Throughout December During December, Annecy dresses up for a party with fairy lights, concerts, cribs, Christmas markets, a skating rink and a little train to visit all the places easily...

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