Pigs don’t fly in Martigny, but cows fight: this 10-day regional fair climaxes with a bovine bash-about of epic proportions.
This is considered one of the top snow-music festivals in Europe. A serious party at altitude with stupendous views.
Serious stuff in Val d’Hérens, the tributary valley to the south of Sion, Combats de Reines (Kuhkämpfe in German) are organised to decide which beast is most suited to lead the herd to summer pastures. Contests take…
Sierre’s Marché des Cépages is not to be missed. Glass in hand, it is a wonderful walk through vineyards with music, 40 or so local winegrowers to mingle with, and much wine to taste and be merry on. It kicks off be…
This three-week-long international music festival stages some extraordinary classical concerts (piano, violin), a violin competition, and an accompanying fringe Festival Off with free concerts.
Summer’s high-profile classical-music festival lasts for two weeks from July to early August. There are plenty of free events during the fringe Festival Off, alongside the official fest.
There’s sizzling action at Martigny’s Bacon Fair, celebrated since 1801.
In summer the ancient walls of Château de Valère blaze with colour and light during a dramatic sound-and-light show.
This popular event sees around 300 jeeps and fanatics turn up and strut their 4WD stuff around Crans-Montana's top terrain.