Festivals & Events
Home to some of Switzerland’s greatest museums and galleries, Bern is considered a true citadel of culture. The combination of internationally renowned art and unique architecture makes for a memorable visit! Bern is an absolute MUST for culture aficionados.
Artificial ice rink
In the winter, Parliament Square (Bundesplatz) becomes a playground for ice skaters.
21th December 2016 till 19th February 2017
Carnival in Bern
The Bernese will don fancy dress and party through the streets.
March 2 - 4, 2017
When the grey facades of cultural institutions are magically illuminated.
Friday, March 17, 2017
The popular Bern spring exhibition and largest trade fair in Switzerland, BEA, and the national horse exhibition PFERD.
April 28 - May 7, 2017
Switzerland's largest running event.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
International Jazz Festival
The Swiss capital will offer you jazz music at its best.
March 11 - May 20, 2017
Swiss Women's Run
The Swiss Women's Run (Frauenlauf) – an event for the whole family.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
In summer 2017 more than 100 unique St. Bernard sculptures «BernARTiner» will decorate the Swiss capital of Bern.
1 July - 30 September 2017
The legendary Gurtenfestival on Bern's local mountain.
July 12 to 15, 2017
Buskers Street Music Festival
Up close and in the thick of it!
August 11-13, 2016
shnit International Shortfilmfestival
For great film moments in a premium venue. Best of short films in Bern.
October 18-22, 2017
Sound and Light Show on the facade of the Parliament Building.
October 20 - December 3, 2016
A traditional folk festival on the fourth Monday in November.
Monday, November 27th 2017
Bern Christmas Markets
Münster- und Waisenhausplatz
01 to 24 December 2017
New Years Market on Waisenhausplatz
27 to 29 December 2017