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Bern International Jazz Festival

This international jazz festival draws leading artists in jazz, blues and gospel with concerts and events in venues throughout the city.

Date: 11 March 2017 - 20 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.jazzfestivalbern.ch

Bern Grand-Pirx

The Bern Grand-Prix is the biggest racing event in Switzerland and is set against the backdrop of Bern's Old Town.

Date: 13 May 2017 - 13 May 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Old Town.
Website: http://www.gpbern.ch/de/home

Gurten Festival

A very popular four-day open-air music festival on Bern's own Gurten mountain. More than 60 live acts and 60 DJs representing everything from pop, rock, punk, electro, funk, soul, R&B, hip hop, country to blues take to the stage in a concert, which offers unrivalled views.

Date: 12 July 2017 - 15 July 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Gurten mountain.
Website: http://www.gurtenfestival.ch

Buskers Street Music Festival

Buskers and street performers from around the world bring music and entertainment to the city's streets. The musicians and performers come from all over Switzerland, Europe, and even abroad. Performances include music, dance, theatre, comedy, puppetry and acrobatics on stages throughout the picturesque Old Town of Bern.

Date: 10 August 2017 - 12 August 2017
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.buskersbern.ch/en

Bern Music Festival

A cultural highlight of the year focusing on Bern's musical milestones.

Date: 06 September 2017 - 10 September 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.musikfestivalbern.ch

Zibelemärit (Onion Market)

More than 50 tonnes of onions, many of them artistically woven together in plaits, are brought to this local festival by local farmers. Colorful market stalls offer ceramic pots, vegetables, mementos and more while restaurants offer savoury cheese tarts, onion tarts and onion soup. Confetti is scattered in the the streets and a fairground brings additional entertainment.

Date: 27 November 2017 - 27 November 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: In and around Bundesplatz and Bärenplatz.
Website: http://www.bern.ch/themen/freizeit-und-sport/markte/zibelemaerit
Cost:

Free.


Christmas Market

The Old Town houses provides a fantastic backdrop for annual Christmas markets. Head to Münsterplatz for arts and crafts, while traditional festive fare such as candles, gifts and homemade souvenirs can be found on Waisenhausplatz, a 10-minute walk away. Glühwein (mulled wine) will help to warm you up again, and there are plenty of stalls offering snacks or meals.

Date: 02 December 2017 - 24 December 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Münsterplatz and Waisenhausplatz.
Website: http://www.weihnachtsmarktbern.ch

Fasnacht (Carnival)

A vibrant pre-lenten carnival celebration bringing 50,000 people out into the streets of Bern.

Date: 15 February 2018 - 17 February 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.fasnacht.be