This one’s for the social butterflies! Are you missing large-scale events and/or big, rowdy crowds? Great news! In a meeting with cantonal officials yesterday (2 September 2020), the Federal Council outlined the requirements for large-scale events (1000+ people) to resume as of 1 October 2020.

All events will require a protection plan. For example, attendees must be seated, unless the event is held outdoors (skiing/cycling races). Stadiums may be filled only to 2/3 of overall capacity, contact tracing is mandatory, and alcohol may be sold (so long as patrons can socially distance). Cantons can place additional restrictions on the above federal minimums. For more details, click here.

So, what events might you look forward to this fall/early winter? Read on!

14 – 26 September: La Cenerentola at the Grand Théâtre de Genève

This beautiful Geneva venue (and institution) resumed a limited agenda of events this summer. Shows will continue into the fall/winter, kicking off with La Cenerentola this month. The theater will limit capacity to a maximum of 1000 people. For the full program, click here.

9 October 2020: Concerts return at the Geneva Arena

On Friday, 9 October, the Arena (located next to the Geneva Airport) will kick off their fall concert schedule with Dadju. Throughout November and December, the Arena’s program of live music, comedy, and family-friendly spectacles gets even busier. For the full schedule, click here.

13 – 22 November: Les Automnales at Palexpo

If you’ve never checked out Les Automnales at Palexpo, don’t miss your chance this year. This mish-mash of expos includes huge salons related to home improvement, wine (Arvinis), local agriculture, antiques, weddings, holiday decor, an international cat and dog show, and much more.

There is something for everyone under Palexpo’s massive roof, and you can bring your little ones along to bounce out their energy on blow-up castles, zip around on go-karts, and more.

For the full program, click here.

19 November – 27 December: Marché de Noël de Genève

If you’re a Christmas-loving person, you’ll be glad to know the Marché de Noël de Genève is scheduled to take place this year. Held at the Parc des Bastions in 2018 and 2019, the market is moving to the Jardin Anglais in 2020.

Starting 19 November, the garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland, including the highlights from the last two years: the fondue chalet, handcrafted gifts, activities for children, a ‘village’ of street food, and much more.

For more details, visit Noël au Jardin.

As of this writing, large sporting events haven’t been announced in Geneva (where fans are allowed to attend.) We’ll update here if that changes. In the meantime, check out the above larger events if your health and comfort permit. And if weaving through throngs of people doesn’t appeal, consider visiting some of the many smaller festivals/events planned for the cooler months ahead.

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