Verbier Festival (14 July – 30 July 2023)
The 30th edition, this two week festival is, without doubt, the highlight of Verbier’s summer events calendar. Although it attracts star performers such as Martha Argerich, Bryn Terfel, Julian Lloyd Webber and Anoushka Shankar it is also an opportunity to see rising talent. The Academy offers master classes taught by international stars as well as a broad range of workshops. Whether you prefer open air concerts or intimate recitals, the festival has something for every classical music lover.
Grand Concours Hippique (August 2023)
Another event to note in Verbier’s summer events calendar is the Grand Concours Hippique. This International Show Jumping competition transforms the village. Grand Prix show jumping qualifiers from 20 countries compete for over CHF200,000. The arena is located next to the sports centre and is surrounded by food stands, bars and shops. And all set against the stunning backdrop of the Combin Massif. What’s more, entry to the event is free.
E-Bike Festival (August 2023)
The Alps are the perfect setting to try out an E-Bike for the first time. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the E-Bike Festival is becoming an important fixture in Verbier. Events include:
- The world’s largest e-bike test
- Discovery trails
- Challenges and races for all ages and levels
- Rando Gourmande
- E-Tour du Mont Blanc
- The Bosch E-MTB Challenge
The UCI (the cycling governing body) headquarters are based just an hour away in Aigle. As a result, cycling events often take place in and around Verbier. Additionally world tour races such as the Tour de Romandie and Tour de Suisse are regularly staged in Verbier.
The Grand Raid BCVS (August 2023) is the largest mountain bike race in Europe. With roughly 3,000 participants, this Enduro marathon of 125km starts in Verbier.
Omega European Masters Golf (August 2023)
The Crans-sur-Sierre golf club is without doubt the most spectacular course on the European Tour schedule. Overlooking the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, the views are breathtaking. Although the club hibernates during the winter months, it comes alive in the summer. Most notably, at the end of August it hosts the Omega European Masters.
Cheese Festival (date to be confirmed)
Held in September this event attracts over 15,000 foodies to the village of Le Châble. As well as cheese and raclette from local dairies, visitors are invited to sample other local produce such as meat and wine.
Other Music Festivals (dates to be confirmed)
Rocklette – This series of rock concerts takes place in the middle of August. Venues are in various mountain locations around Verbier and the Val de Bagnes.
Electroclette – electronic music meets raclette! A weekend of cheese, techno headliners and a dancefloor with views of the Grand Combin.
Solaris – A little brother to the hugely popular winter music festival, Polaris. This series of weekend events features electronic music artists and DJs. And all on the slopes of Savoleyres.
Swiss National Day (August)
1 August is Swiss National Day. Verbier celebrates this national holiday with a concert and fireworks. Children carrying lighted paper lanterns roam the streets at night. And bakers produce special bread rolls with a small Swiss flag on top.
Verbier Bike Fest (September)
Now in its 10th year, this a 3 day festival for motorbike enthusiasts. Expect Harley Davidsons, stunts, demos and loud music!
Please let your concierge know if you are interested in attending any of these summer events. Some of them will be ticketed and will need booking well in advance.
”"The combination of music and mountains is magical. I shall long cherish the memory of sipping champagne in the fresh mountain air during an intermission basking in the afterglow of Bryn Terfel's exuberant performance of Don Giovanni and watching the sun set over snow-clad peaks of the Combin massif."Gabriella Le Breton, The Daily Telegraph