From openair concerts and festivals to Christmas markets and sports events - Zurich has a lot to offer throughout the year.


The exciting IRONMAN Switzerland in Zürich takes place on 21 July 2019. Triathletes from all across the world will compete against each other during the swimming trial in the water of the lake of Zürich following by the spectacular bike course with the two climbs "The Beast" and "Heartbreak Hill" and finishing with the running trial.

  • Ironman Zürich
  • Beautiful countryside
  • Food stands
  • 21 July 2019

Ironman Switzerland

Weltklasse Zürich

Weltklasse Zürich is an annual, invitation-only, world-class track and field meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zürich.

  • 29 August 2019
  • On invitation only

Weltklasse Zürich 

Openair cinema

The open air cinema is a highlight for your movie nights during the summer time. Enjoy the best movies and popcorn at the Allianz Cinema on the shores of Lake Zurich.

  • Open-air cinema
  • Great location on the shores of the lake
  • 18 July - 18 August 2019

Allianz Cinema 


The Street Parade is one of the most attended and colourful technoparades in Europe and delivers a huge selection of the best electronic tunes. Around 30 decorated trucks with DJs and music will enthuse hundreds of thousands of visitors.

  • One of the most attended technoparades in Europe
  • Great location at the lakeside
  • 10 August 2019

Street Parade Zürich

Zürich Openair

Top renowned musicians, bands and newcomers will present the best of indie-, electro- and rock music each year in August.

  • Music festival
  • Open Air concerts
  • 21 - 24 August 2019

Zürich Openair 

Zurich Film Festival

The Zurich Film Festival presents its audience about 70 productions of promising new and well-known filmmakers from around the globe and offers an inside look into their work. The event has developed to an unique networking platform for members of the film industry.

  • Film festival
  • Around 70 film premieres
  • 27 September - 7 October 2018

Zurich Film Festival 

Christmas Markets

The city of Zurich invites you to several original Christmas Markets such as the Christkindlimarket at the main train station or the romantic Christmas market in the old Town districts. Stroll across the market stalls, drink a mug of muld wine and enjoy the enchanting atmosphere with its Christmas decorations and lights.

  • Zurich Old Town (end of November - 24 December 2018)
  • Zurich Main Station (23 November - 24 December 2018) 
  • At the Zurich Opera House (end of November - 23 December 2018)
  • Christkindlimärt in Rapperswil (15 - 23 December 2018)
  • Zurich Werdmühleplatz (end of November - 23 December 2018)
  • Winterthur (end of November - 23 December 2018)

Christmas markets in Zurich

Zürcher Theater Spektakel

The “Zürcher Theater Spektakel” ranks among the most important European festivals for the contemporary performing arts. It takes place directly on the shores of Lake Zurich, most notably on a covered lakeside open-air stage and in a shipyard. Onsite restaurants and bars attract cultural aficionados and night owls from far beyond the borders of Zurich.

  • Festival for the contemporary performing arts
  • Great location at Lake Zurich
  • Open-air stage
  • 15 August to 1 September 2019

Zürcher Theater Spektakel

Concerts at Tonhalle Zurich

The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, one of Switzerland's leading orchestras, offers numerous concerts according to the motto: “Music is a gift”. Music reflects life lived to the full, in all its moods: at once focused and exuberant, soft and tumultuous, sweet and compelling – its pure emotion will win you over.

  • Numerous concerts
  • Throughout the whole year

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

Zurich's Long Night of Museums

On the first Saturday of September, a wide selection of Zurich's museums open their doors at 7 pm and remain open until 2.00 am. The varied programme provides a unique journey through a variety of collections as well as temporary and permanent exhibitions.

  • Long Night of the Museums
  • Opening hours until 2am
  • More than 50 museums
  • Shuttle bus
  • 7 September 2019

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Zürich Marathon

The Zürich Marathon is popular with both pro athletes and amateurs and provides a unique running experience in and around Zürich. The route runs for the most part along Lake Zürich and consequently is not only attractive as a sports event, but also visually. The start and finish lines are at the upper lake basin and go through downtown Zürich, which provides an impressive backdrop for spectators.

  • Unique running experience in and around Zürich
  • Team run and city run
  • 28 April 2019

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