The calendar of events in Zurich is surprisingly diverse, and expats are sure to find a few exciting events to their taste. Visiting international performers and other events are anchored by annual classics. Here are a few of the best annual events in Zurich.
Annual events in Zurich
Art on Ice (February/March)
A sell-out ice show held at the Hallenstadion Arena which brings together the best international skaters to perform spectacular routines accompanied by world-renowned musicians. It is one of the biggest events of its kind globally and people come from all over the world to see it.
Zurich Marathon (April)
Every April, thousands of runners take to the streets to tackle the city's marathon. It's an event worth experiencing, even as a spectator.
Theatre Spectacular (July to September)
A festival of performances across the fields of classical music, art, theatre, opera and dance from world-renowned performers. The festival is held at Landiwiese, a space which is transformed into several venues, bars and cafes.
Zurich Open-Air Cinema (July to August)
Every summer, Zurichhorn Park is transformed into a cinema under the stars for classics, cult movies and arty new releases. Expats should be sure to check when tickets go on sale as they sell out quickly.
Zurich Street Parade (August)
One of the world’s biggest electronic music street parties, it aims to be a 'demonstration for love, peace, freedom and tolerance', but is also a weekend of committed partying.
Langstrasse Festival (August/September)
Held each year in the heart of Zurich, this festival features a mix of culinary delights and international music with improvised stalls and music stages spread through the city. Food stalls offer a range of delicacies from local Swiss specialities to international dishes. Visitors can also enjoy Swiss music alongside blues, jazz and contemporary pop music.
Zurich Film Festival (September)
This annual event attracts over 70,000 film buffs and is a chance to view the work of new directors and producers from across the globe. It's a great event for expats interested in the arts.
New Year's Eve (December)
Lake Zurich becomes the venue for one of Switzerland's largest New Year's Eve parties. The event attracts around 200,000 people who come to see a spectacular fireworks display at this most scenic of locations.