Events and Activities 2020


  • July 2021

  • Saturday 31 July

  • Autour de la peinture - Art exhibition

    Exhibition open to all, Free admission
    Meet at the temple de Vars Saint Marcellin

  • Organ course

    Under the direction of Chantal de Zeeuw.
    For information and registration, contact Chantal de Zeeuw: 06.63.30.94.95 or chantal.dezeeuw@free.fr

  • August 2021

  • Sunday 01 August

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's activity service providers.
    Free drinks
    Meet at the Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Organ performance

    Organ course recital
    Meet at the Ecumenical centre, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Monday 02 August

  • Vélos rigolos [Funny bikes]

    Come and try our unusual bikes. These ‘made in Mobil'idées’ are as crazy as they are funny, so just enjoy the experience.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Vélos rigolos [Funny bikes]

    Come and try our unusual bikes. These ‘made in Mobil'idées’ are as crazy as they are funny, so just enjoy the experience.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Zumba

    Stay fit on holiday. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water.
    Venue: Forecourt of Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Tuesday 03 August

  • Vars Musical Festival

    This summer the Vars Passion Association is once more organising Musique à Vars, musical encounters around a piano in the magnificent hall at the Maison Chastan in Sainte-Marie. The programme is mainly the same as that scheduled for summer 2020 and then cancelled. It will comply with the health guidelines in force.
    To celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, the opening concert on the 3rd of August will be exceptionally performed outdoors, without a piano, in the Val d'Escreins: the Oxygen wind quintet will play music from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
    The programme will continue with four classical music concerts in the Maison Chastan. In this room, with its excellent acoustics and on a human scale, experts, enthusiasts and the newly-converted will be close to the performers. The pianists will introduce the works before performing them.

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Water rocket workshop

    Come and create your own rocket and fire it over the moon, without getting wet!
    Open to all
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Opening concert in the Val d’Escreins
    Oxygen Wind Quintet
    Bizet, Kompanek, Cheyron, Mingus

  • Kids' get-together

    An entire day devoted to games and shows for young and old.
    Children’s workshops, a games library, games and children’s show at the end of the day

  • Wednesday 04 August

  • The Chabrières shepherds hut.

    Discover the rural life of the Vars in the last century: shepherds and their flocks spent the summer high in the mountains. Access on foot or via hybrid lift.
    Meet at the shepherds hut, at the foot of the speed ski run

  • Pétanque

    Come and play a few games of the summer sport of kings
    Meet Point Show Vars les Claux

  • Conference

    Our Father in the light of the fathers of the Church
    Père Lorenzato
    Meet at the Ecumenical centre, Vars Sainte Marie
    Free entry

  • Friday 06 August

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano for four hands with David Salmon and Manuel Vieillard
    Schubert, Stravinsky
    €10 at the venue, or free under 12 years of age
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Sunday 08 August

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's activity service providers.
    Free drinks
    Meet at the Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Organ concert

    Organ concert with Chantal de Zeeuw
    Admission €10, Free for children under 12
    Venue: Centre Œcuménique, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Monday 09 August

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the Sainte-Marie village festival.

  • Vélos rigolos [Funny bikes]

    Come and try our unusual bikes. These ‘made in Mobil'idées’ are as crazy as they are funny, so just enjoy the experience.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Vélos rigolos [Funny bikes]

    Come and try our unusual bikes. These ‘made in Mobil'idées’ are as crazy as they are funny, so just enjoy the experience.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the Sainte-Marie village festival.

  • Tuesday 10 August

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the Sainte-Marie village festival.

  • Kids' get-together

    An entire day devoted to games and shows for young and old.
    Children’s workshops, a games library, games and children’s show at the end of the day

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano recital by Mathis Cathignol
    Chopin, Fauré, Beethoven
    €10 at the venue, or free under 12 years of age
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Wednesday 11 August

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the Sainte-Marie village festival.

  • Thursday 12 August

  • Festival of Val d'Escreins

    Val D'Escreins is celebrated on site: events with different professionals from the field of the environment, exploration of the nature reserve and entertainment.
    In partnership with the parc Naturel Régional du Queyras

  • In the footsteps of the mountain animals

    There are numerous wild animals living in our mountains... Go hunting for their tracks and other clues which will help you to identify them
    From 6 years old
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • In the footsteps of the mountain animals

    There are numerous wild animals living in our mountains... Go hunting for their tracks and other clues which will help you to identify them
    From 6 years old
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the Sainte-Marie village festival.

  • Outdoor mountain film projection

    Enjoy nature and mountain-inspired films on giant screens! A treat for the eyes and the soul, under a starry sky, warmly wrapped up in your puffa coats and blankets…
    An unmissable evening in the villages of the Vars

  • Friday 13 August

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the Sainte-Marie village festival.

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Chamber music
    Justine Eckhaut piano and Luc Laidet clarinet
    Schumann, Brahms, Gade, Piazzola
    €10 at the venue, or free under 12 years of age
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Saturday 14 August

  • Bread festival

    Making and selling of traditional bread.
    Workshop for children, shaping the dough and cooking your bread roll in the communal oven
    Vars Sainte Catherine

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the Sainte-Marie village festival.

  • Sunday 15 August

  • Sainte Marie village festival

    An unmissable summertime date in the Vars,
    when the village of Vars Sainte-Marie celebrates its patron saint, and the main street is transformed into a real jazz concert and public festival.
    A welcome in the true mountain tradition. The village of Vars Sainte-Marie welcomes you to a journey through time. Throughout the day, associations and the Tourist Information Office will be offering workshops, a tour of villages at 3 pm and
    fun entertainment which will delight all holidaymakers. Procession at 10 am followed by mass at 10. 30 am.
    The resort will whisk you away into the heart of Vars traditions; whether you are a nature lover, or a fan of shows and mediaeval dances, everyone will find something to their taste. Sale of bread baked in the traditional way. Entertainment for all, with a car boot sale from 10 am onwards.

  • Local specialities of the Southern Alps and Artisans sans Vitrine (craftspeople without a shop window)

    Come and (re)discover the flavours of our mountains and the beautiful creations of our local craftspeople.
    Meeting point, Point Show, Vars les Claux

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the Sainte-Marie village festival.

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's activity service providers.
    Free drinks
    Meet at the Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Monday 16 August

  • Vélos rigolos [Funny bikes]

    Come and try our unusual bikes. These ‘made in Mobil'idées’ are as crazy as they are funny, so just enjoy the experience.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Vélos rigolos [Funny bikes]

    Come and try our unusual bikes. These ‘made in Mobil'idées’ are as crazy as they are funny, so just enjoy the experience.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Zumba

    Stay fit on holiday. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water.
    Venue: Forecourt of Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Tuesday 17 August

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Kids' get-together

    An entire day devoted to games and shows for young and old.
    Children’s workshops, a games library, games and children’s show at the end of the day

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano recital by, Guilhem Fabre
    Bach, Rachmaninov, Ravel
    €10 at the venue, or free under 12 years of age
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Wednesday 18 August

  • Astronomical events

    Discover space, the stars and the sun with very high-performance equipment, as if you were on board a spaceship! Daytime and evening workshops will be available free of charge.

  • Thursday 19 August

  • Conference

    Our Father in the light of the fathers of the Church
    Père Lorenzato
    Meet at the Ecumenical centre, Vars Sainte Marie
    Free entry

  • Bancale

    Humour and illusion are present during this wonderful journey through a series of highly original numbers with a touch of poetry. You cannot fail to be moved by this funny and endearing character.
    Open to all, 50 minutes.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Sunday 22 August

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's activity service providers.
    Free drinks
    Meet at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Monday 23 August

  • Vélos rigolos [Funny bikes]

    Come and try our unusual bikes. These ‘made in Mobil'idées’ are as crazy as they are funny, so just enjoy the experience.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Vélos rigolos [Funny bikes]

    Come and try our unusual bikes. These ‘made in Mobil'idées’ are as crazy as they are funny, so just enjoy the experience.

    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Tuesday 24 August

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Kids' get-together

    An entire day devoted to games and shows for young and old.
    Children’s workshops, a games library, games and children’s show at the end of the day

  • Saturday 28 August

  • O'Vars

    Equipped with a map and a compass, and searching for markers amidst the magnificent natural landscapes of the Vars, come and try out or improve your performance on the orienteering course through some brand new areas!
    The races are open to all, competitors and beginners, with routes suitable for all.