The Best of Switzerland's Summer Festivals
From myswitzerland on Jan 07, 2017
Summer, sunshine, festivals
You’ll come across Switzerland’s summer music festivals just about everywhere: in city centres, up in the mountains and on lakeshores. What do they have in common? All take place outdoors and charm everyone who loves summer.
Moon and Stars
The largest festival in the southern Alps is also the most atmospheric. Locarno’s “Moon and Stars”, which every July attracts thousands of music fans from far and wide. The Piazza Grande turns into a giant concert arena, offering a superbly stylish setting for top international acts.
Paléo Festival Nyon
Rock, Folk, French Chanson, Reggae and street theatre: for six days, more than 200,000 visitors attend one of Europe’s biggest open air festivals. Every year, the audience at the Paléo Festival are spoiled with a choice of more than 200 concerts and shows.
Blue Balls Festival
From soul to rock and from photography to street art: with more than 100,000 visitors, the Blue Balls Festival is one of the largest in Switzerland. For nine days in July, the Lucerne lakeside is devoted to music and art.
Stars in Town
Every year the star-studded programme, which each features three concerts on four nights, and the many side events attract several thousand visitors to the “Stars in Town” festival in the old town of Schaffhausen.
As summer draws to a close, Winterthur turns up the heat one last time, as the picturesque heart of town springs to life for the 12-days Music Festival Weeks.
A great summer festival for all lovers of small and spontaneous arts – with a 3-day buskers street music festival that takes place each August in the alleyways of thee old town of Bern. Acoustic or modestly amplified, national and international musicians present their arts in the fields of music, dance, theater, comedy, puppet theater.
Open Air Basel
Basel has had its very own inner-city festival since 2009. For two days, the former barracks Kaserne parade square (Kasernenhof) is transformed into an atmospheric concert arena. The big stage will see a succession of international top acts, and the Kasernenhof arena will be a riot of coloured lanterns, mouth-watering barbecue smells, congenial bars and summer sounds.
On the second weekend in August, Zurich becomes the capital of electronic festivals. 30 Love Mobiles, eight stages along the route, more than 200 DJs, live acts as well as culinary delights from all over the world: this is the Street Parade.
Open Air Gampel
Party feeling, unparalleled ambience, great fun, trendy sounds and tough rock stars in a unique location surrounded by the Pennine Alps – all this and more offers the Open Air Festival in Gampel.
Royal Arena Festival
The Royal Arena Festival in Oprund, near Biel, celebrates Hip-hop culture. Besides big names of the rap scene as well as national and international newcomers, the Royal Arena also offers a platform for graffiti artists and B-Boy crews.
The “Zurich Openair” is Zurich’s favourite and biggest open air festival. For 4 days music enthusiasts get to enjoy electronic and rock sounds as well as a fascinating festival location with diverse food and entertainment stalls. The close proximity to the airport makes this festival an ideal open air event for visitors from abroad.
A highlight for all Ireland enthusiasts: top-class artists and diverse workshops attract numerous visitors on an annual basis to Rietbad (Ennetbühl).