Open Air Cinema
There are few more scenic locations to enjoy a movie than in the park of Perle du Lac, which skims the edge of Lake Geneva. Each summer, throughout July and August, picnickers and film buffs alike converge to watch cult classics and family favourites. Pull up a deckchair or roll out a rug and settle in for the evening’s entertainment in the open air. Screenings start at sunset (around 9.30pm in summer) and are free for all to attend.
Parc de La Perle du Lac
Following a successful launch last year, international jewellery show GemGenève returns to the Palexpo with its signature gleam. The world’s premium gemstone, pearl and diamond dealers display their best finery alongside precious jewellery from emerging designers and vintage treasures from trusted sellers.
9th–12th May 2019
Players from around the world battle it out on the Geneva Tennis Club courts for the prestigious Geneva Open trophy. Secure court-side seats to soak up the atmosphere of an international sporting highlight and spectate some highly competitive racket-swinging.
18th–25th May 2019
Parc des Eaux-Vives
Bol d’Or Mirabaud
Ushering in the summer with a nautical theme, the annual Bol d’Or Mirabaud is the world’s best-known inland lake regatta. More than 500 boats descend upon the shimmering Lake Geneva to race around the 66-mile course from Geneva to Le Bouveret and back.
14th–16th June 2019
Fête de la Musique
Embracing a generous range of music genres, from classical to contemporary, rock and folk, Fête de la Musique’s melodic programme is packed out with more than 500 performances, workshops and screenings. The sheer variety guarantees something for everyone, from traditionalists to chart enthusiasts.
21st–23rd June 2019
A must for classical music enthusiasts, Bellerive Festival presents a week of rousing concerts in Collonge-Bellerive, 7km above Geneva. Compositions by the celebrated greats, including Mozart, Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven, are performed by the world’s leading classical talents.
8th–17th July 2019
Ferme de Saint-Maurice
Musiques en Été
A jubilant line-up of jazz, opera, soul, classical and hip-hop rubs shoulders with traditional songs drawn from the rich Swiss heritage at Geneva’s diverse summer music festival. Spanning the Alhambra and picturesque Parc La Grange, there’s a tune for everyone among its 30 concerts.
2th July–22nd August 2019
The Alhambra and Parc La Grange
Vevey Folk Markets
For the past 40 years, the Vevey Folk Markets have commandeered Geneva’s Place du Marché, one of Europe’s largest market squares, for two months every summer. From a UNESCO-listed Lavaux wine to colourful crafts and food stalls, alphorn players and folk dancers, it’s a true celebration of Swiss culture.
13th July–31st August 2019
Rue des Anciens Fossés, Tour-de-Peilz, Vevey
Fêtes de Genève
Alighting on the shores of Lake Geneva for 10 balmy summer days, the Fêtes de Genève has been a popular lakeside draw since 1947. As summer peaks, thousands gather for open-air concerts, international street food and family-friendly entertainment. Fireworks conclude the festivities with a phantasmagory of colour and light above the lake.
TBC, August 2019
Geneva Street Food Festival
From Ghanaian-style jollof rice to ice-cream tacos, an aromatic troupe of international food trucks serve up hot international flavours fresh from the skillet. Tuck in while DJs spin crowd-pleasing beats, and wash it down with a glass of something from the regional brewers’ and winemakers’ stalls.
29th August–1st September 2019
La Vieille Ville
As the summer draws to a close, La Bâtie showcases a potent mix of international artists, performers, dancers and DJs. The multidisciplinary festival spans several venues for more than two weeks, and delivers consistently impressive, thought-provoking work.
29th August–15th September 2019