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Zurich Events

ZüriCarneval

Fancy dress, fireworks and festivities throughout the city.

Date: 16 February 2018 - 18 February 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout the city
Website: http://www.zuerichcarneval.ch

Expovina

A floating wine exhibition aboard 12 lake cruisers.

Date: 21 March 2018 - 28 March 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Bürkliplatz.
Website: http://www.expovina.ch

International Zurich Marathon

The annual city marathon winds a serpentine route around some of the most picturesque parts of Zurich.

Date: 22 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Throughout the city.
Website: http://www.zurichmarathon.ch

Zürcher Festspiele (Zurich Festival)

The enchanting city of Zurich celebrates its cultural diversity with its annual Zurich Festival in the summer. Taking place in a variety of venues throughout the city centre, visitors can expect to be entertained by a great programme that encompasses art, theatre, contemporary dance, ballet, music, opera and literature. The Festival usually opens with a grand celebration with events taking place inside and in front of the Kunsthaus in the heart of Zurich. Recent festivals have featured Bruckner symphonies in the Tonhalle, operas by Verdi and Puccini at the Opera House, Anne de Keersmaeker's dance project at the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, and Robert Lepage's multimedia performance of 'Far Side of the Moon' at the Schiffbau Theatre.

Date: 01 June 2018 - 24 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various cultural venues in Zurich.
Website: http://www.zuercher-festspiele.ch
Cost:

Various. Some events are free.


Zurich Pride Festival

Each year thousands of revellers throng the streets of Zurich for this colourful celebration, which is one of the largest gay and lesbian events in Switzerland. During the four-day Zurich Pride Festival, visitors can expect a loud and gregarious crowd who are intent on having a good time. Events include a parade through Zurich's streets, political debates and seminars and plenty of live music and DJ sets. After the main event of the public parade, many bars and clubs keep the partying going on into the small hours.

Date: 08 June 2018 - 17 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Area around Helvetiaplatz.
Website: http://zurichpridefestival.ch
Cost:

Most events are free.


Caliente Latin Festival

This popular Latin festival sees Zurich burst into life and song at the annual Caliente Latin Festival. Featuring a great programme of live salsa and samba bands, the streets throb with the sounds of Latin music during the days and DJs keep the parties going after hours in the city's many clubs and bars.

Date: 06 July 2018 - 08 July 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues including Helvetiaplatz, the Volkshaus and the Kaserne.
Website: https://www.caliente.ch/de/festival/festival.html
Cost:

Various. Some events are free.


Allianz Cinema Zürich

Summer evenings in Zurich are enlivened with a season of films shown at an outdoor cinema in a lovely lakeside setting. Top movies, from classics to cult, are shown, attracting film buffs and families alike for an evening under the stars. Cinema goers can also grab a bite to eat at one of the lakeshore restaurants. Showings may be cancelled in the event of very bad weather, but light rain is no deterrent so an umbrella is often a wise accessory. The programme is published in advance of the season, during May.

 

Date: 19 July 2018 - 19 July 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Orange Cinema Zurich.
Website: https://allianzcinema.ch/zuerich
Cost:

Tickets are individually priced and include a public transport pass.

 


Ironman Triathlon

In the biggest event of its kind in the country, Ironmen contestants test their metal against one another in this tough, multi-discipline event. The triathlon begins with a swim across Lake Zurich. Then participants take to bikes for the cycling section. The final discipline sees participants run along the lakeside course in a bid to be crowned champion. Competition is fierce as the top 75 athletes qualify for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii.

Date: 29 July 2018 - 29 July 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations around Lake Zurich.
Website: http://www.ironman.ch
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Zurich Silvesterlauf (New Year's Eve Race)

Each December, some 10,000 runners don their winter warmers to take on a course through the streets of Zurich's Old Town. The roads are closed to traffic and the festive decorations provide a welcome distraction for participants tackling the course. The event is supported by enthusiastic crowds who line the route cheering the runners on.

Date: 16 December 2018 - 16 December 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Through the Old Town of Zurich, along Bahnhofstrasse.
Website: http://www.silvesterlauf.ch

Silvesterzauber

The new year is heralded by parties and fireworks by the lake in Switzerland's largest New Year's Eve party.

Date: 31 December 2018 - 31 December 2018
Venue: Various locations between Grossmünster and General-Guisan-Quai.
Website: http://www.silvesterzauber.ch