Big Events

La Saint-Cochon – January – Besse

Large festival in honour of the pig

Trail Hivernal du Sancy (Sancy Winter Trail) – January – Le Mont-Dore

Trail hivernal du Sancy - crédits photo : Cyril Crespeau

Foot race along the snowy paths of the Massif du Sancy

Trophée Andros – late January – Super-Besse

Final of an international automobile competition run on frozen courses

Sancy Snow Jazz Festival – February holidays – Massif du Sancy

This festival is the only one of its kind in France, concentrating exclusively on New Orleans and traditional jazz.
Jazz groups playing live in bars and restaurants…

Salon de l’Art Fantastique Européen (European Fantastic Art Show) – February holidays – Le Mont-Dore

Exhibition of surrealist paintings by European artists

Opening of the ice fishing season – early March – Le Mont-Dore

The only event of its kind in France, Arctic-style fishing on the Lac de Guéry

Horizons – Arts in Nature Event – June to September – Massif du Sancy

Pappus Lactés de David et Alice BERTIZZOLO - Horizons 2015

Highly original modern art event which sees artists produce 10 temporary pieces of plastic art, specifically to be exhibited in the open air in the Massif du Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme); the lakes, volcanoes and winding rivers make this an incredible backdrop within the Auvergne volcanoes zone.

Sancy Outdoor – early July in La Bourboule

Festival with new trends in outdoor sports

Foire aux Vins et aux Fromages (Wine and cheese fair) – July in Besse

Foire aux vins et aux fromages à Besse

Discover French wines with local cheeses from the Massif Central. Tasting sessions, various events…

Mont-Dore Retro Rockin’ Festival – late July – Le Mont-Dore

Festival dedicated to Rock ’n’ Roll from the 50s, Rockabilly, Rock Swing

Hillclimbing – early August – Le Mont-Dore/Chambon-sur-Lac

International hillclimbing car race counting towards the Championnat d’Europe et de France de la Montagne (European and French Hill Climb Championship)

Mont-Dore Volcanic Blues Festival – September – Le Mont-Dore

Genuine blues is in the spotlight, together with a touch of Rock ’n’ Roll and Soul

Ultra Trail du Sancy – September – Le Mont-Dore

Ultra trail Sancy Puy-de-Dôme - crédits : David Gonthier Pixel en Cimes

Foot race along the Massif du Sancy hiking trails