There are Over 34,000 Festivals and Events in Switzerland Annually:
From fighting cows in Valais to Hornussen (golf crossed with baseball), not to mention an International Film Festival (Locarno) and hot jazz on the shores of Lac Leman, the Swiss have a surprising partiality to partying and leisure events! And of course, being Swiss and therefore efficient and fanatical about details, they have produced an exhaustive list of what must be every festival, exhibition, sports event and local baking competition in Switzerland, and you can search it in a whole load of ways on the Swiss tourist website.
Last time I checked in one year there were 33,981 events listed! Here are some links to start you off:
- Premium Events
- Festivals and musicals
- Art exhibitions
- Fairs and expositions
- Customs and traditions
- Sport events
Most major Swiss cities have their own symphony orchestra, opera or theatre, and a lot of smaller towns and villages have chamber groups or quartets. Classical music events in Lucerne and Gstaad are important fixtures in the European musical calendar. Not just classical music, either: jazz enthusiasts will already be aware of the Bern, Willisau and Montreux Jazz Festivals.