Geneva Events

Geneva is a vibrant city because of its many events taking place in the city every year. What makes Geneva one of the liveliest cantons in Switzerland. The city welcomes a lot of people from all over the world, especially during the summer on the occasion of Geneva’s celebrations.

Here is a list of important events:

International Geneva Motor Show

Location: Palexpo Exhibition Center
Dates: 8-18 March 2018
Web/email: Salon Auto

The Geneva Motor Show is the largest international show in Europe and arguably the most important motor show in the world. Many new prototypes and innovations are unveiled during the week and the atmosphere is electric with lots of freebies and plenty of flare to go around. Classic favorites from almost every manufacturer in the world are also on display throughout the huge showroom.

International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products

International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products
Location: Palexpo Exhibition Center
Dates: 29 March – 2 April 2018
Web/email: Inventions Geneva
Admission: CHF 14 (CHF 8 for children under 15 and groups over 10 people)

The largest event of its kind, Geneva’s International Exhibition of Inventions features over one thousand new innovations and inventions from around the world. This is where the public and commercial investors alike come to discover the future with inventions from every field from computer science to plumbing to toys and games.

Geneva Music Festival (Fete De La Musique)

Location: Various
Dates: 1-18 June 2018
Web/email: Geneva Music Festival

Geneva’s largest music festival features over 100 acts on display at more than 30 different outdoor venues spread throughout the city. There is something for everyone from jazz to reggae to trip-hop with a wide variety of food stalls to match. Most of the concerts are free of charge so you can dance your way through the streets from dusk until dawn and beyond.

Geneva Lake Parade

Location: Right and left bank of Geneva Lake; up to Genève Plage
Date: 8 July 2018

Huge electro-techno party brought to the streets of Geneva; the Lake Parade of Geneva is yearly super popular event for all the music lovers. Dozens of trucks filled with DJ sets, loudspeakers and people dancing are making their way through streets, ending at Quai Gustave-Ador for an all-night festival-like party with dozen stages and thousands people.

Even though Geneva Lake Parade was skipped in 2016, this year, in 2018, it is back!

Fêtes De Genève - Geneva Festival

Location: Banks of Geneva Lake in the Geneva city.
Dates: 3 -13 August 2018
Website: Fetes de Geneve

The Fetes De Genève, “Geneva Festival”, is the highlight of the summer and draws over 2 million visitors annually. For ten days the party boogies on along the shores of Lake Geneva with carnival rides, concerts, dance workshops, food stalls, variety shows and parades. The finale of the festival is sensational, almost one hour long firework (august 12th, 2018, 10pm).

Geneva Lake Parade

Location: The Old Town
Dates: 8th-10th December 2018
Web/email: Compagnie de 1602

L’Escalade commemorates the successful defense of the city against invasion in 1602 when the people of Geneva rallied to repel the Duke of Savoy and his mercenary horde. The festivities kick off on Sunday with a 5 mile race through the Old Town and culminate the following weekend with a torchlight procession of over 1000 marchers dressed in period costumes through the city to the steps of Saint Peter’s Cathedral. The week between features exhibitions, concerts and shows celebrating different aspect of Geneva’s most triumphant victory.

To know more about Geneva’s events: Geneva

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