Zurich and Region
The Event Highlights in Zurich and Surrounding Region
Whether related to sports, music or local customs – a host of first-class events are held throughout the year in the city of Zurich and the region around Lake Zurich.

Top Events in Zurich and in the Region

Zurich Tradition

At Zurich's traditional Sechseläuten event, the entire city celebrates the beginning of spring and watches on in anticipation as the “Böögg” – an effigy of a snowman perched on top of a huge pyre – is set on fire. For tradition has it that the faster the snowman’s head – which is filled with firecrackers – explodes, the more finer the forthcoming summer will be.

Summer Festivals

In summer, no matter what the weather, you never get bored in Zurich. The program of summer events is packed with musical and cultural gems – including the Street Parade, which every year gets hundreds of thousands of people dancing through the streets, the traditional Seenachtfest in Rapperswil, the Zurich Pride Festival, the Zurich Festival, the Zurich Theater Spektakel and countless other open-air events.

Sporty Zurich

The region around Lake Zurich has plenty to offer sports enthusiasts, too. Besides, the Zurich Marathon and the Ironman competitions in Rapperswil and Zurich attract amateur runners and top-class athletes alike. The world’s best athletes compete each September at the Weltklasse Zürich athletics meeting.

Christmas and New Year's Eve

Even as the year draws to an end, there is no end of things to experience. The Christmas markets in Rapperswil and Einsiedeln are among the most beautiful in the Zurich region, and the city center is also bathed in a festive ambiance. The New Year’s Eve Magic firework display, held over Lake Zurich, sees out the old year with a bang.

November 11, 2017
For the “Räbechilbi”, around 30 tons of turnips are transformed into artistically carved lanterns.
Christmas in Zurich
Allow yourself to be captivated by the enchanting atmosphere at Zurich’s Christmas markets.
January 27–29, 2017
Horse-riding of the highest standard is guaranteed in Zurich during the Mercedes-Benz CSI ...
April 9, 2017
The Zurich Marathon leads through particularly pretty scenery: through the city and along the lake.
April 24, 2017
Everything you need to know about Zurich’s spring festival.
July 30, 2017
The Ironman event in Zurich brings together athletes from over 70 countries.
June 9–10, 2017
Colorful, loud and joyful – at Zurich Pride, the LGBT community demonstrate for their rights, with the widespread support of the people of Zurich.
June 29–July 2, 2017
The open-air festival by Lake Zurich thrills with its great concerts and spectacular backdrop.
August 12, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of electro enthusiasts dance around the Lake Zurich basin during the Street Parade.
August 17–September 3, 2017
13 stages and over 40 current theater productions from all over the world in 18 days – the "Zürcher Theater Spektakel" is a highlight in Zurich's cultural calendar...
August 24, 2017
Olympic gold medalists and world record holders meet at the summit of track and field in Zurich.
Zurich's museums turn night into day – with a varied program of activities. ...

Zürich, Zürich
Sep 02, 2017
September 7 – 17, 2017
The Zurich food festival sure to tickle your taste buds.
September 2017
One day a year, the area along Lake Zurich is traditionally given over to non-motorized traffic.
September 28–October 8, 2017
The Zurich Film Festival offers a platform for the most promising filmmakers from around the globe. ...
June 1–24, 2018
Over four weeks, Zurich’s venues show off their variety, focusing on a joint theme.
July 5–7, 2019
"Züri Fäscht" – City Festival 2019 Anyone who misses Switzerland’s largest festival, the "Züri Fäscht", from July 5–7, 2019 will have to wait another three whole years before they have the chance again. During the first weekend in July, two million...
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