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Swiss Festivals and Events

January – June


World Snow Fest
Grindelwald, Switzerland
January
www.grindelwald.com

This Swiss festival lasts for five days and involves the greatest snow sculptures in the world.

 


Vogel Gryff
Basel, Switzerland
January
www.grindelwald.com

This Swiss festival is one of the most popular in the country.

 

 

Fasnacht
Basil and Lucerne, Switzerland
February

The parties celebrated throughout the country, but mainly in Basil and Lucerne.

 



The Basil Carnival
Basil
End of February

This Carnival is Swiss-style that the party goes on for days as people party in the street and in all the bars. It’s a party not to be missed.

 



Caprices Festival
Crans-Montana, Switzerland
March
www.capricesfestival.ch

This Swiss festival is a popular event that attracts thousands of people to the snow.

 

 

Little World Festival
Meribel, Switzerland
March
www.littleworldfestival.com

This Swiss festival has five days of skiing and snowboarding with entertainment from Europe's best DJs and bands. This is a party you don't want to miss.

 



Orange Brits
Laax, Switzerland
Mid March
www.aimsseries.com

This is one of the biggest events on the British skiing and snowboarding calendar and some of the past performers have included Roni Size and Black Eyed Peas.

 

 


Spring Bluegrass Festival
Willisau, Switzerland
May
www.bluegrass-willsau.ch

 

 


Afro-Pfingsten Festival
Winterthur, Switzerland
May – June
www.afro-pfingsten.ch

 



Stimmen
Basle, Switzerland
June – July
www.stimmen.com

 



Zurich Festival
Zurich, Switzerland
June – July
www.zuercher-festspiele.ch
 
International festival has artists perform drama, music, and opera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July – December



Montreux International Jazz Festival
Lake Geneva, Swizerland
July
www.montreuxjazz.com

This Swiss festival has all sorts of non-classical music featured, in spite of the name, in a great location on the shore of Lake Geneva.



Paleo
Nyon, Switzerland
End of July
www.paleo.ch

This Swiss festival is one of the country’s biggest music festivals.



National Day
Throughout the country
August

Celebrations and parties throughout the country

 



Street Parade
Zürich, Switzerland
August

This is one of the biggest events in the city as this huge techno party attracts thousands of people from all over Europe.

 

 

Fight of Queens
Valais, Switzerland
October
www.foireduvalais.ch

This Swiss Festival has been around since the 1920s and tens of thousands of spectators have congregated to watch Erdinger cows lock horns and fight to establish dominance in the herd. The best part is that no animals are killed.

 

 

Avalanche Cup
Films, Switzerland
October
www.avalanchecup.com

This Swiss Festival has more than 400 freeriders that descend into the Swiss mountain scenery. These bikers are very fit and at the top of their peak performance.


 

Hot Air Balloon Weeks
Films, Switzerland
October
www.en.graubuenden.ch/events

This Swiss Festival gives you the chance to se hot air balloons of every colour scattered against the blue sky over the Swis Alps.

 

 

Alp Spektakel
Prattigaueron, Switzerland
October
www.en.graubuenden.ch/events

This Swiss Festival has a parade of yodling herdsmen that bring their cheese, cows, sheep and goats to the Alphine valley.

 

 

 

Onion Market
Bern, Switzerland
November

 

 

Expovina Wine Fair
Zurich, Swizerland
November
www.expovina.ch

This Swiss festival has 12 ships that are anchored in the beautiful Burkliplatz dock for one of the world's largest wine tasting fairs. You can sample more than 4,000 wines from 24 countries, along with culinary delights from around the wrold.

 

 

Engelberg Beard - Cutting Competition
Engelberg, Swizerland
November
www.engelberg.ch

This Swiss festival is a tradition in this monastery town, as it has the sport crazy beards around this time of year. They say its because after a hard summer working the Alps it leaves them very little time to shave. People to the festival enjoy food, music and of course entertainment.

 

 

   
Escalade Festival
Geneva, Switzerland
December

 



Christmas Tree Festival
Geneva, Switzerland
December
www.abresetlumieres.ch

 

 

 

 

 



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