With many congresses, festivals and fairs, the city hosts many exciting events in 2019.

Most famous for its dominating water jet and international dimension, Geneva also boasts a rich cultural agenda, throughout the year. With many congresses, festivals and fairs, the city hosts many exciting events, geared towards audiences of all types and ages. Learn more about some dates below.

Some of our favorite events, happening in 2019

Car Show, Palexpo | 7-17 March

It’s one of the world’s largest industry gatherings. The Geneva International Motor Show has become one of the most well-known and most popular motor shows in Europe. It is one of the 5 “majors” recognized by the OICA (International Organization of Automobile Constructors). About 220 exhibitors, which include major carmakers, designers and equipment suppliers, as well as important industrial players present just under one thousand cars over the 110,000 m2 of the seven halls of Palexpo in Geneva.

International exhibition of inventions of Geneva | 10-14 April

The exhibition is regarded as the world's most important event exclusively dedicated to inventions, and a unique marketplace for licenses for industrialists, distributors and financial experts always on the lookout for new products. 

Geneva Book Fair | 1-5 Mai

The Geneva Book Fair welcomes readers of all ages to one of Switzerland’s leading cultural events. Over 90’000 visitors attend each year, making it one of the most exciting “rendez-vous” Geneva has to offer.

Fête de la musique | 21-23 June

For three days, right when summer is starting to show its first glimpses, you can hear sounds rumbling across the busy streets of Geneva. The popular event celebrates music of all genres, from children choirs to some of the country’s leading musical acts. It is an opportunity to share a simple celebration around the diversity and spirit of music, with hundreds of free events.

Journées européennes du patrimoine | September

Some 50 countries across Europe take part in the annual event, which allows members of the public free access to some of each country's most important cultural sites. Castles, monasteries, villas and government buildings across Switzerland will throw open their doors to the public this weekend as part of the European Heritage Days event.

Baby and me Fair | 8-10 November

This one is for the families. Over three days, some of the most prominent brands, associations and organizations come together to focus on the upbringing, environment and wellbeing of children aged 0-4 years.

Fête de l’Escalade | 12 December

The Escalade is the most popular festival in Geneva taking place in the city center every December as a memory and celebration of proud defense of Genevans from the attack of Duke of Savoy's army. Similar to the Halloween tradition, children wear costumes and walk from door to door asking for money or candy treats. Teenagers participate in high school parades imitating the historic events, while younger children in schools cook big pots of vegetable soup.