Another long-standing, and even longer lasting, musical event starts on Wednesday 17th July and goes on until Friday 2nd August. The 46th edition of the Academie Festival de Musique des Arcs sees a vast number of free classical concerts being played every day across the Les Arcs resorts, with venues in Bourg St Maurice, Arc 1600, 1800, 2000, Peisey-Vallandry, Hauteville Gondon and Villaroger. It is the perfect opportunity to combine the spectacular physical landscape with a beautiful aural landscape. In the full programme of concerts, Wednesday 31st July, in particular, has a full day of goings-on to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Les Arcs domain.
In the summer, cows are everywhere in Les Arcs: on the mountains, in the parks, on roadside verges and, for two days in August, in the centre of Bourg Saint Maurice. The catchily-named Salon de l’Agriculture de Montagne is essentially a country fair celebrating the farm animals and local produce of the mountains in the middle of Les Arcs’ biggest town. On Sunday 18th to Monday 19th August, there is a vast market selling food, drink, art and miscellaneous goods from throughout the region. Also, there are a number of paddocks containing the stars of the show: cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and even rabbits. It is very relaxed, gentle fun for all ages.
Paragliding might not, at first glance, sound like the most chilled out thing to do but it really is – drifting about in the calm, wide, blue yonder feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of modern life. On Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September there is a festival of parapente in Les Arcs. La tête en l’air is a gathering of paragliders intent on taking a bird’s eye view of the Tarentaise valley. During the event, you can sign up for a tandem flight (relaxed to acrobatic, depending on your preference) with a qualified paraglider for only €50.