Top summer events in the Alps
The Alps plays host to some fantastic events over the summer months and we've rounded up some of the best.
Climbing World Cup, Chamonix - 11-13 July 2020
Watch in awe as some of the best climbers in the world tackle two specially built climbing walls. One wall is built for speed climbing, the other for lead climbing. The event is held at Place du Mont Blanc where a “Climbing Village” of around 20 exhibitors springs up at the base of the walls, along with a big screen to catch all the action up close. If you’re feeling inspired then there are many climbing sites in Chamonix where you can hone your skills.
Verbier Festival, Verbier - 17 July-2 August 2020
Music lovers from all over the world flock to this unforgettable event which brings together great masters of classical music and the most promising new musicians. Returning with its 26th edition, Verbier Festival is widely considered to be among the major European music festivals, offering an increasingly varied programme year on year. Alongside the concerts, the festival offers educational activities for children as well as “Talks & Docs” for adults centered around music, the relationship we have with it and how it impacts our lives.
Folklore Festival, Zermatt - 8-9 August 2020
For a taste of nostalgia, head to Zermatt’s famous Folklore Festival, one of the largest cultural events of the summer. Watch as a variety of Swiss folklore groups parade their traditional dress, music and dances through the centre of the village. Start the day by attending Yodel mass in St. Mauritius church before enjoying a “Musikgesellschaft Matterhorn” concert in the church square. The parade begins at the train station and continues on to Obere Matten where refreshments are served. This really is a bright and colourful spectacle not to be missed.
Hublot Polo Gold Cup, Gstaad - 20-23 August 2020
Captivating spectators every year, the international Hublot Polo Gold Cup draws top-ranking players who fight it out on the pitch for sought-after world ranking points. The preparations for this year’s tournament are already in full swing. With Cedric Schweri and his team aiming for a third title in a row, it is sure to be a great tournament. After the semi-final, spectators can enjoy the event’s Gala Night dinner and after-party, as well as a VIP lunch followed by the final and presentation of the prizes on Sunday afternoon.
Passione Engadina, St. Moritz - 21 - 23 August 2020
Reaching its eight edition this year, Passione Engadina is a unique gathering of historical cars exclusively manufactured in Italy. Dedicated to Lamborghini in 2019, the gathering is open to a maximum of 100 Italian cars produced up to 1989. Participants will take part in the brand new Julius Bar Rally which takes in breathtaking landscapes over 220km through the Jullier and Fluela passes. The Ladies Cup will also be back whilst the Plozza Challenge Cup will take participants to beautiful Tirano in Italy. On Sunday 25th August, the cars will be exhibited in Tirano for the Concours d’Elegance Luigino della Santa. The attending public will evaluate the cars and decide on their favourite. Alongside the cars, there are plenty of Gala dinners and buffet lunches to enjoy along the way.
Omega European Masters, Crans Montana - 27 - 30 August 2020
Don’t miss out on one of the most prestigious golf competitions in Europe. The Crans-sur-Sierre golf club will host this internationally renowned tournament for the 73rd time this year. As well as enjoying top level sport, you can also soak up the idyllic surroundings of this stunning location. This year sees two-time winner of the tournament, Matthew Fitzpatrick, defend his title. Will he become the first player in history to claim a third consecutive title? In fact an impressive list of Ryder Cup players have already signed up for this year’s tournament, including Rory Mcllory, Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood. Golfing aficionados will not want to miss out seeing who is going to add their name to the winner list.