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Fasnacht (Carnival)

The biggest party on the Basel calendar, a three-day non-stop carnival of parties and parades. It begins on the Monday following Ash Wednesday with the “Morgestraich” lantern parade at 4am, when the city is plunged into darkness.

Date: 11 March 2019 - 14 March 2019
Venue: Various venues.

Jazz Festival

This annual spring jazz festival is marked by performances from celebrated international musicians who perform at a variety of locations throughout Basel.

Date: 01 April 2019 - 20 April 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.


Art Basel

The international art show features almost 300 carefully selected exhibitors for around the world featuring work from established names to new fresh talent. Every artistic medium is represented: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance. The events draws tens of thousands of fans every year

Date: 13 June 2019 - 16 June 2019
Venue: Messe Basel (fair place Basel).

Swiss National Day

Swiss National Day precedes 1 August in Basel when more than 100,000 people flock to the river to watch sports events on the Rhine and visit numerous riverside stalls, before the evening ends with a magnificent fireworks display at night.

Date: 01 August 2019 - 01 August 2019
Venue: Various venues.


Three Country Run (Dreiländerlauf)

Over 1,000 runners are expected to take part in the Three Countries Run (Dreiländerlauf) in Basel encompassing Switzerland, France and Germany. The 21km (12 miles) Dreiländerlauf starts at 11am but is preceded by a 10km (6 miles) run starting from the Marktplatz at 1045am. 

Date: 06 October 2019 - 06 October 2019
Venue: Throughout the region.

Free to spectate. 

Basel Herbstmesse

The country's largest and oldest amusement fair is a centuries old tradition drawing around a million visitors. Dating back 540 years, expect lots of traditions and amusement rides for all the family to enjoy.

Date: 26 October 2019 - 10 November 2019
Venue: Various squares in Basel.

Christmas Market

More than 180 lovingly decorated stands selling festive gifts, decorations, mulled wine and gingerbread. Widely accepted as one of Europe's finest and most extravagant Christmas markets. The market is held on Münsterplatz – one of the most beautiful squares in Basel – and Barfüsserplatz.

Date: 28 November 2019 - 23 December 2019
Venue: Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz.


'Vogel Gryff' Festival

'Vogel Gryff' Festival is a traditional festival during which the three heraldic figures (Vogel Gryff (Griffin), Wild Maa (Wild Man) and Leu (Lion) parade through the city, accompanied by drummers and jesters who collect money for the needy. The event marks the start of the carnival season. The ritual, which is derived from military inspections, has been performed since 1838.

Date: 13 January 2020 - 13 January 2020
Venue: Various venues around Basel.