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May highlights for the diary – Caves Ouvertes

April 04, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

You can recover from those end of ski season blues and enjoy some great events around Geneva this May;
(* Don’t Miss!)

*Nuits des Bains*; May 22; The art galleries in the Quartier des Bains open their doors on Thursday evening – a great atmosphere to wander round the Art Quarter and the City’s private galleries. 6 – 9pm; www.quartierdesbains.ch

Geneva Book Fair; 30 April – 4 May at Palexpo; www.salondulivre.ch

*Caves Ouvertes 24 May*; One of the highlights of the year when the vineyards around Geneva open their doors for wine tasting. Food, live bands and a great day out. www.molards.ch/caves-ouvertes/

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June; Festival season kick-off!

April 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The start of the summer season announces numerous activities and events to look forward to in and around Geneva. Music is definitely an integral part of the summer ambiance…

The first festival of the season in the Geneva area is the Caribana Festival, which takes place in June in Crans-sur-Nyon (more commonly known simply as Crans), a 20-minute drive from Geneva.

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Free concerts all summer in Parc de la Grange

April 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Contrary to popular belief, not everything has a price in Geneva. Yes, it is still possible to be entertained for free – and even by the same high quality standards as with a paid ticket or entry fee. And the setting is beautiful, in Parc de la Grange in Eaux-Vives, not far from Baby Plage, hidden away in a clearing surrounded by trees.

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Sport December highlights; L’Escalade, Lausanne Christmas run, Coupe de Noel

December 06, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

December sporting activities to keep you in shape for the Christmas period; L’Escalade (see Geneva Out & About) Lausanne Christmas Run; 14 December www.noel-lausanne.ch/ Coupe de Noel; 15 December Swim in the lake for the Coupe de Noel….great atmosphere…but brrrr cold. www.coupedenoel.ch/     Skiing Several ski resorts are opening early in December due to the snow and cold temperatures;   “Like” our page on Facebook for updates!

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December highlights; l’Escalade, Christmas Markets, Festival of Lights, Lyon

December 06, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

December around Geneva; Many parties, celebrations and activities; Here’s some of the highlights; *Don’t miss Course de l’Escalade: December 7; More than running, it’s a popular event: groups, families and schools participate. Whether you just watch or run yourself, don’t miss the costumed race (Marmite) at the end of the day. Parc des Bastions. Remember to sign up in November! http://www.escalade.ch Fête de l’Escalade: December 13 – 15; A celebration of the victory of the Swiss over the Duke of Savoy in 1602. The Fête includes a parade with 60 horses and 800 people in costumes on Sunday, guided tours of the Old Town where you can enter some secret passages, muskets firing, smaller parades with music all weekend, special markets, accompanied by lovely mulled wine. Also a great opportunity to break and eat the chocolate marmite! More historical facts on the importance of this event and the full program of the fête are on the website; www.1602.ch Christmas Markets There are several atmospheric Christmas Markets around Geneva; *Carouge Christmas Market 13 – 15 December; Nice stalls, hot wine and if you like foie gras, excellent degustation; Carouge programme  *Montreux Christmas Market November 22 – December 24; Atmospheric market with animations, […]

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October Highlights; Classic Car Show, Chocolate Fair, Animatou

September 29, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

*Don’t miss! British Classic Car Show; 5 October, Morges A gathering of over 1500 classic cars in a lovely setting; 10 – 5pm, Free. http://www.british-cars.ch *International Chocolatiers and Chocolate Fair; 5 – 6 October You won’t want to miss the tastings, lectures and workshops for kids! Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about chocolate. For instance, you can learn which wine to drink with which type of chocolate, the working life of cocoa-planters, and much more. Watch some demonstrations by the best chocolate makers! Buy your tickets in advance and make sure to reserve a spot for your kids for the workshops! Bâtiment des Forces Motrices. http://www.salondeschocolatiers.com Animatou: 5 – 13 October International animated movie festival workshops and films for all ages! Short movies, as well as some premieres and documentaries in smaller cinemas, (Grütli, Spoutnik, Bio Cinema, Scalaand Nord-Sud) and larger ones, like Pathé. In their headquarters in Les Grottes, the festival organises workshops, concerts and more! Check out the programme to see the times and the venues; www.cinematou.ch *Le Jour de la Nuit: 12 October An event in neighbouring France to increase awareness about light pollution and the biodiversity of skies. In Ferney Voltaire, you can join the […]

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September Highlights; Semaine du Gout, Desalpes, CERN open days

September 17, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

There are plenty of activities in and around Geneva over the next few weeks. Don’t Miss*; Semaine du Gout*; Food and wine events throughout the region; 12 – 22 September; 48 restaurants are taking part in the festival of Taste. Carouge is one of the several venues where you can taste locally sourced ingredients and creative cooking. Check out the programme and the venues at www.gout.ch Desalpes de St Cergues* September 28th, 2013 Desalpes – The return of the cattle from the alpine pastures is celebrated in St Cergues on September 28. The festive alpine procession always takes place on the last Saturday in September and is a colorful living tradition and authentic custom. Processions, Food, Music and Alpine traditions! www.st-cergue-tourisme.ch/en/actualite/coups-de-coeur/alpine-cattle-descent-in-st-cergue-1256-34531 CERN open weekend – September 28 and 29*   CERN are expecting up to 50,000 visitors per day over the course of this weekend. CERN is the largest physics particle laboratory in the world. Visitors will have a chance to meet Cern’s researchers, engineers and technicians; explore the laboratories, visit technical halls, see experiments and accelerators. The visits above ground are free. Underground, visitors will get to see the LHC – the world’s largest accelerator. The Open Days have […]

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August highlights; Swiss National Day, Fetes de Geneve

August 02, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

August is a busy month in Geneva – if the weather is good (it looks promising this year), there’s plenty of activities, festivals and entertainment on offer; * Don’t Miss *Swiss National Day; 1st August – don’t miss the Fireworks on the lake to celebrate the founding of the Swiss Confederation. Fetes de Geneve; This year, the fete offers a new Wild West Country section on Place du Rhone as well as the usual concerts and activities. The main fireworks exhibition is on the 10 August (guest of honour is Portugal) with the opening smaller fireworks exhibition on 3 August. We like the traditional waiter’s race on 10 August. www.fetesdegeneve.ch/2013/fr/index.php Where’s the best place to watch the fireworks without spending a fortune? Apart from a friend’s boat, the rocks next to mini plage offer a good view point (but get there early!) *Slow up Geneva; 4 August 10am – A great cycle ride in the country with entertainment, refreshment and no cars! www.slowup-ge.ch/ Art Festival, Nyon; 7 – 17 August www.festival-far.ch/ Also this month; OUTDOOR CINEMA Cinetransat; Take your picnic or bbq and enjoy a varied selection of outdoor movies in the stunning setting by the lake at Perle du Lac. […]

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Geneva Out & About: week of February 18, 2013

February 17, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Winter skies: If you like astronomy here is a good opportunity to find out more. The History of Science Museum is a lovely building in a stunning position in Perle du Lac and is well worth a visit. Learn about old marine instruments, attend a conference about the constellations, and watch the winter skies with specialists (weather permitting). History of Science Museum, Parc de la Perle du Lac, Rue de Lausanne 128. February 20. 6:30pm Café des Voyageurs : Testimonies on 6 years of family  bike holidays in Europe, let’s see what great stories the Dellenne family has to tell ! Whether you want information on the logistics, the organization, and daily life for a family on bikes, it looks interesting.  With Pro Vélo association. La Galerie. Rue de l’Industrie 13. Les Grottes. February 21. 6 :30pm. Traverses Musicales : If you’ve never been to the Maison de Quartier in Pâquis you should definitely go this weekend. Reggae concerts on Friday night and Electro pop on Saturday. Maisons de Quartier are the places where you should go for inexpensive hobbies, classes and if you want to feel part of your neighborhood community. They are subsidied by the city and they offer a great range of […]

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Geneva Out & About: week of February 11, 2013

February 10, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

International Comedy Club : Stand-up comedy with the Snowed in Comedy Tour : Ed Byrne, Craig Campbell, Dan Quinn and Terry Alderton. Tickets are 65 CHF. Uptown. Rue de la Servette 2. February 13. 8pm Let’s go dancing : Join the fun at La Parfumerie this weekend (chemin de la Gravière 7, Acacias). A mixed crowd (all ages, all styles) will hit the dance floor to have fun ! 10 CHF to get in and then cheap drinks and good music, what else ? Disco All Styles on Friday, February 15. Electro All Styles on Saturday, February 16. From 11pm. And if you need more options you can also pop by La Gravière, next door (chemin de la Gravière 11) : they are having house music on Friday and a slow night on Saturday. If you prefer to stay in the centre of town, then go and celebrate Silencio’s 2nd anniversary  in Pâquis! Live Music : If you are into experimental and improvised music, check out Le Cabinet on Thursday, February 14 with Insubordinations.  Also a folk and rock concert with Joe Vickers on Saturday, February 16. Boulevard Saint-Georges 54. They always have live music, it’s a great place to hang out. Rature: Feminist Queer Festival. Movies, performances, debates and […]

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