The Best Summer Arts Events in Geneva

 
 

As one of Europe’s great cities, Geneva captivates visitors year-round, but with its lakeside setting and mountain views, it’s even more enticing in the sun-kissed summer months. With so much of life taking place outdoors at this time of year, seasonal festivals pop up along Lake Geneva’s shores and in the city’s parks. Experience this

 

02nd June 2016

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As one of Europe’s great cities, Geneva captivates visitors year-round, but with its lakeside setting and mountain views, it’s even more enticing in the sun-kissed summer months. With so much of life taking place outdoors at this time of year, seasonal festivals pop up along Lake Geneva’s shores and in the city’s parks. Experience this vibrant cultural scene during a stay at Hotel d’Angleterre by being a part of these outstanding summer arts events in Geneva.

Events in Geneva

Montreux Jazz Festival

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest jazz events, the Montreux Jazz Festival draws in music enthusiasts from all corners of the globe, with 2016 a particularly important year for the festival as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. It’s not just an event for the jazz aficionados either; other genres like rock are represented, too, although often with a strong jazz influence. After catching stage performances, step aboard one of the jazz boats, which are a part of the festival line-up.

Montreux Jazz Festival
From 1st – 16th July 2016

Events in Geneva

Fête de la Musique

Across this weekend in June, the city comes alive with as many as 500 concerts in a vast array of different venues, with a diverse offering of musical genres appealing to everyone. From classical and jazz to electro, catch the highlights that stand out to you, and for a more immersive experience, take part in the event’s music and dance workshops.

Fête de la Musique
From 17th – 19th June 2016

Events in Geneva

Fêtes de Genève

Throughout the first half of August, Fêtes de Genève – also known as Geneva Lake Festival – brings many of the arts together through stage performances, interactive activities and arts and craft stands, alongside an array of food vendors and funfair rides. The highlight of the event is the culminating fireworks display, which people watch from the banks of Lake Geneva.

Fêtes de Genève
From 4th – 14th August 2016

Events in Geneva

Cine Transat

Bringing together an appreciation of film and the chance to spend warm evenings outdoors, Ciné Transat hosts free screenings in the lakeside Parc de la Perle du Lac over a period of six weeks. Settle in alongside fellow film enthusiasts to watch classic, cult and short films, and join one of the event’s themed nights.

Cine Transat
Throughout summer

Events in Geneva

Paléo Festival

On the lakeside, just outside of the city, Paléo Festival attracts 230,000 visitors to the event’s 250 concerts and shows. Having been established in 1976, the Paléo Festival has continually grown in popularity while garnering rave reviews. Among the performance areas being hosted are stages devoted to emerging talent and different regions of the world, with circus and street theatre to catch, too.

Paléo Festival
From 19th – 24th July 2016

Events in Geneva

La Bâtie Festival de Géneve

Spread across multiple venues throughout Geneva, this festival combines the best music, dance and theatre on the contemporary arts scene. This year’s line-up is yet to be announced but visitors can expect appearances by artists from across the globe.

La Batie Festival de Geneve
From 2nd – 7th September 2016

On your discovery of the arts scene in Geneva, relish sumptuous surroundings and expansive lake and mountain views by staying at the elegant Hotel d’Angleterre, where every guest’s stay in Geneva is made more memorable.

Image credits: Cover image of Montreux Jazz Festival © Muriel Rochat. Montreux Jazz Festival by night © Arnaud Derib. Montreux Jazz Club © Marc Ducrest. Paleo Festival © Flickr / Joel Bez. Music in the Park © Arnaud Derib. Paleo Festival © Flickr / Martin Abegglen. Montreux Jazz Festival by the river © Vincent Bailly.

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