There are numerous festivals in different cities and regions of Switzerland. The most important of these are the International Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Basel Fasnacht, the Greenfield Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Sechseläuten, the Ascona Music Festival, and the Fête de la musique.
Other important festivals include the jazz festival Lugano Festival Jazz in June, the Zurich Festival in June and July, the Zurich city carnival Zurich Fäscht in early July, the Montreux Jazz Festival in early July, The Geneva Festival, a popular music festival in Bern, the Inter-species Music Festival in Nyon in late July, the Geneva Festival in Geneva in August, where numerous free activities take place on the shores of the Geneva Lake, and the most prestigious film festival in the country, Locarno International Film Festival.
Important Festivals & Events in Switzerland
Locarno International Film Festival (August)
Every year in August, cinema lovers and film lovers from all over the world meet in the Canton of Ticino, Switzerland’s Little Italy. Locarno International Film Festival has an important place among the world’s film festivals. Locarno with a population of 16 thousand welcomes about 160 thousand people during the festival.
Art Basel (June)
Art Basel, the world’s most prestigious art fair, is described as the Olympics of contemporary art. Artists, art lovers, galleries, students, collectors come together in Basel every year in June. In this temporary temporary exhibition, approximately 4 thousand artists’ paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, designs, installations, and performances are exhibited and offered for sale.
Montreux Jazz Festival (July)
Montreux is known worldwide for the jazz festival. Since 1967, jazz, rock, soul, blues lovers come to concerts along Lake Geneva. The Montreux Jazz Festival, held every July, is followed by about 250,000 music lovers.
Lauberhorn Ski Races (January)
Lauberhorn Ski Races, held in Wengen since 1930, is one of the most popular winter sports events in the world. It is a Grand Prix for those who closely follow the sport of skiing. The races against the fascinating scenes of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau have been part of the Ski World Cup since the winter season of 1966/67. One of the most important features is that it has the longest race track in the world.
Paléo Festival (July)
The Paléo Festival, held on a meadow of 84 hectares near Nyon, welcomes about 250 thousand people a year. The festival, whichtakes place every summer since 1976 – one of the most important music festivals in Europe.
Lucerne Festival (3 times a year)
The Classical Music Festival, held in Lucerne, one of the most popular cities in Switzerland, is held three times a year under the names Easter, Summer and Piano. Every year more than 100 music lovers meet with world-famous orchestras, chefs and soloists, and young talents find the opportunity to show themselves.
Geneva International Motor Show (March)
One of the six largest automobile fairs in the world (Others Frankfurt, Detroit, Paris, New Delhi, and Tokyo). The Motor Show, held in Geneva for the first time in 1905 and exhibiting all the tricks of the automobile industry, attracts about 700,000 visitors each year.
White Turf (February)
In the foothills of the Swiss Alps, thousands of people come together on a frozen lake every year to see horses running on white snow. Famous jockeys and horses from all corners of the world can experience this unique experience.
Weltklasse Zurich (August)
Only one night, accelerated athletics championship. The best athletes in the world come together in Zurich every year and run in the streets. Zurich Weltklasse, an important part of the Diamond League, takes place since 1928.
Basler Fasnacht (March)
Fasnacht, Switzerland’s most crowded festival, is the only carnival in the Protestant world. It dates back to the 14th century. The carnival which takes place during the winter months lasts for 3 days. It starts with Morgenstreich on Monday morning at 04.00. After all the lights of the city have been turned off, the groups start to light up their lanterns and walk with carnival tunes. The groups are walking in the streets for 3 days with interesting costumes and masks.