Summertime has arrived and Geneva is celebrating it with a lively ambience and many festivals that you simply cannot miss.
Open-air music festivals and movie screenings, free concerts, lazy evenings spent on breathtaking terraces or sunbathing by the lake, top-notch sports events and exquisite facilities for a feeling of wellbeing are all on the menu.
GENEVA FESTIVAL (16 July – 9 August) is the perfect occasion to feel festive in the city, with hundreds of concerts and activities, a huge funfair, arts and crafts stands and more than 200 food stalls. To top it off, the Grand Firework Display (9 August), one of the world’s most spectacular musical firework displays, takes everyone on a magical journey.
The music show is inaugurated by GENEVA’S MUSIC FESTIVAL (19–21 June) offering more than 500 concerts at 30 different outdoor venues spread throughout the city. From concerts and dance shows to workshops, exhibitions and cinemas, there is something for everyone and are all free of charge.
MUSIC IN SUMMER FESTIVAL (28 June – 19 August), organized by the city of Geneva, includes more than 30 concerts at outdoor venues such as Cour de l’H tel de Ville and the Ella Fitzgerald stage in Parc de la Grange. This is a not-to- be-missed musical event encompassing classical, jazz and world music, featuring the participation of more than 350 artists from all over the world.
Meanwhile, the LAKE PARADE (4 July), taking place along the banks of Lake Geneva, is one of the best outdoor dance parties for fans of techno music, both Swiss and international.
Cinema lovers will be mesmerized by CINE TRANSAT (9 July – 16 August) and the chance to watch free outdoor films under the stars by the lake, at Park Perle-du-Lac: definitely one of the city’s best outdoor vistas. Additionally, Orange CINEMA (15 July – 23 August) turns the scenic spot of Jardin Anglais into a delightful open-air cinema showing cinema classics, premi res, 3D films and also unique and previously unseen footage.
Geneva’s sports arena witnesses some exciting events during the summertime such as the Bel D’OR MIRABAUD (13 – 14 June), Europe’s largest lake race and a spectacular event with 500 boats on its starting line. Furthermore, the EUROPEAN triathlon CHAMPIONSHIPS (9 -12 July) is a great event to behold as around 2000 athletes from all over Europe guarantee 4 days full of adrenaline and extraordinary athletic performances.
Those who seek pure fun and thrills won’t want to miss the «SLIDE THE CITY» event (13 June), as one of Europe’s biggest slides takes centre stage in the heart of Geneva and offers an unusual adventure.
SUMMER SEASON: IDEAL FOR A CITY BREAK
For those dazzling, all-about-women city breaks, Geneva offers the best tips in its innovative «Geneva Girls’ Guide», the ultimate guide to the city. This black book reveals the most desirable addresses for shopping, well-being, gastronomy and ideas for trips. It also offers extra surprises such as gifts, discounts and complementary aperitifs that will have you saying, Ooh la la! (Available exclusively through Geneva Tourism)
There should be no summer without well-being and Geneva is an oasis for rejuvenation: luxury spas, exclusive wellness products, indulgent treatments and private clinics offering top quality services guarantee your absolute satisfaction.