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.

May 24 – June 3, 2018
The Zurich food festival sure to tickle your taste buds.
September 2018
One day a year, the area along Lake Zurich is traditionally given over to non-motorized traffic.
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.
At this festival, the main focus is on the short film. And the movie that wins here is automatically nominated for an Oscar in the Short Film category.
December 10 or 17, 2017
This race always has a great atmosphere. Whether wearing fancy dress or regular sports gear, competitors of all ages run through the festively lit Old Town.
January 26–28, 2018
Horse-riding of the highest standard is guaranteed in Zurich during the Mercedes-Benz CSI ...
March 1–4, 2018
The world-renowned ice skating gala impresses with international music stars, who provide the music for the ice skaters’ performances.
March 8–11, 2018
Man’s World is an exhibition especially for men: excavators, motorcycles, barber shops, BBQ utensils, cigars, whisky-tasting, and much more besides.
April 16, 2018
Everything you need to know about Zurich’s spring festival.
April 22, 2018
The Zurich Marathon leads through particularly pretty scenery: through the city and along the lake.
June 1–24, 2018
Over four weeks, Zurich’s venues show off their variety, focusing on a joint theme.
June 15–17, 2018
Colorful, loud and joyful – at Zurich Pride, the LGBT community demonstrate for their rights, with the widespread support of the people of Zurich.
June 14– 17, 2018
The open-air festival by Lake Zurich thrills with its great concerts and spectacular backdrop.
July 5–7, 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...
July 6 – 8, 2018
Things hot up at Caliente! Europe’s largest Latin festival creates a lively ambiance, with its South American music, cuisine and market stalls.
July 29, 2018
The Ironman event in Zurich brings together athletes from over 70 countries.
Over a period of five days, 80 youth music formations from all over the world fill Zurich with melodies, rhythms and bass tones.
August 11, 2018
At the largest techno parade in the world, hundreds of thousands of ravers dance around Zurich’s lake basin.
August 16 – September 2, 2018
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 23 – 26, 2017
Every year, the only open-air concert with its own airport thrills electro, rock and pop music fans with international acts.
August 30, 2018
Olympic gold medalists and world record holders meet at the summit of track and field in Zurich.
September 28 – October 8, 2017
The Zurich Film Festival offers a platform for the most promising filmmakers from around the globe. ...
November 1–4, 2017
Jazznojazz – the music festival for jazz, funk, and soul