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Events in Lausanne

We will keep you updated about the latest events, city wide congresses, festivals, attractions and happenings in town and nearby Lausanne that are worth visiting.

Montreux Jazz Festival

The Montreux Jazz Festival is held annually on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is one of the most prestigious festivals in Europe and the second largest in the world after the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The event at Lake Geneva has welcomed legends such as Prince, Ella Fitzgerald and the Black Eyed Peas in the past.

  • Jazz festival
  • Concerts with jazz and pop music
  • Great location at Lake Geneva
  • 29 June - 14 July 2018

Paleo Festival

Musicians, artists and rock lovers come together at the Paleo Festival in Nyon, not far from Lausanne. This annual rock festival welcomes over 230,000 spectators and is one of the major open-air music festivals in Europe.

  • Biggest open-air music festival in Switzerland
  • 17 - 22 July 2018

Lausanne International Horse Show

As the Olympic capital, it is only fitting that Lausanne also stages the International Horse Show and tournament right next to Lake Geneva.

  • Horse show
  • Great location near Lake Geneva
  • September 2018

Montreux Comedy Club

The perfect event for a good laugh, this annual comedy festival features various comedians.

  • Bar for food and drinks
  • International event
  • Award ceremony
  • 30 November to 4 December 2017

Lausanne Marathon

The Lausanne Marathon is an annual marathon race held since 1993. In addition to the marathon, a half-marathon, a 10 km race, 10 km walking and Nordic walking races, and a mini-marathon of 4 km are organised. The Lausanne Marathon is one of the rare Swiss races that also organises a half-marathon for wheelchairs and hand cycles.

  • Large sporting event

Chocolate experience

At Maison Cailler, you can experience the world of chocolate with all your senses. Secrets around the origins and manufacturing of chocolate will be revealed, from ancient Aztec cocoa ceremonies to today's latest innovations. At the Atelier du Chocolat, you can create your own chocolate works of art with the chocolatiers.

  • Chocolate attractions
  • Atelier du Chocolat
  • Throughout the year

Montreux Christmas Market

On the shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux Noël invites you to one of the most famous Christmas markets with a magnificent views over the Alps. Come and discover the magical winter world of Montreux near Lausanne: Enjoy the Christmas market with crafts, regional culinary delights as well as mulled wine and various gift ideas or visit the Santa Claus house together with your family.

  • Christmas market
  • Santa Claus house
  • The Elves' Village
  • Medieval enchantment
  • 23 November - 24 December 2017

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