GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – UN staffers y’all can skip this post, for the rest of our readers here’s something to do in this fine lovely weather.
The United Nations Office at Geneva will open the Ariana Park and part of the Palais des Nations for free to the public on Saturday 15 September 2012.
The event sponsored by the Swiss Confederation, the canton and city of Geneva and the Fondation pour Genève, gives the public at large the rare chance to access the awesome park previously owned by the Revillon de la Rive family (of the Ariana Palace fame) whose last descendent donated it to the city.
Get ready to see some of the park’s most famous residents, the peacocks, which roam the grounds freely (“Just your usual day at the UN,” said our guest photographer).
The Geneva public transport system, TPG, will be offering a free shuttle bus service from Cornavin (great for those coming to town just for this event) to the UN every 20 minutes between 10:40 and 18:00.
Valid ID required, pets are not allowed. Fore more information visit the UNOG website.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The neighborhood flea markets better known as La-Ville-est-a-Vous fairs are back from their summer hiatus bringing music, food and cheap second-hand items to Geneva neighborhoods.
The fun parties go on until 30 September, plenty of kids activities. Check out the schedules here.
Here’s one more idea for what to do on those lonely Sundays in Geneva.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – We all know comes summer, Geneva turns into a really fun city. Sometimes offering more than we can do. Here’s my list of free events in our canton.
First of all, tomorrow 14 July is the Lake Parade (Geneva’s gay and techno parade) which ends with a huge techno/rave party by the lake. The 2012 edition (the 16th edition) includes a kids parade for children aged 8 to 12.
In addition to the Lake Parade:
- Free movies under the stars in Geneva
- Free concerts on Fridays
- Free concerts on Fridays and Saturdays
- Free movies in Versoix
- The tomato fest in Carouge
Also this weekend, Bastille Day (France’s Indep Day) with fireworks and fun activities in the towns around Geneva:
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Spend an evening of hands-on science activities at the Perle-du-Lac Park in Geneva on 7 and 8 July.
The Nuit de la science, is a bi-annual popular event organized by the Museum of History of Science since 2000.
Visitors speak directly with scientists and learn in the simplest, and funnest, of terms about the latest research at the University of Geneva and Lausanne’s EPFL.
There are so many fun activities for kids and grown ups alike that it is well worth a visit.
Saturday until midnight, and Sunday 8 July from 13:00 to 21:00.
And as usual on these events, take your bike or the TPG as parking is extremely limited.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The 2012 Musiques Colorées free concerts, part of the series Musiques en été festival, takes place at the Ella Fitzgerald stage at La Grange Park every Wednesday and Friday from 6 July until 24 August. All concerts start at 20:30 sharp and last anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes.
The 11-year-old event is reminiscent of the popular Summer Stage in NYC’s Central Park, and specializes in World Beat music (hence the title musiques colorées). However, the 2012 repertoire features mostly European and North American-based artists ranging from chanson to jazz.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If this is your first summer in Geneva, cheer up, the city in summer is nothing like the rest of the year, there are loads of things happening.
First in my list of free fun events this summer is CinéTransat or free outdoor films by the lake. A chance to watch a movie under the stars while enjoying one of the city’s best outdoor scenery – Lake Geneva.
This city-sponsored fest hits the Perle du Lac park for its fourth year, offering a six week run of mostly popular and classic flicks like Flashdance or the cult 1942 romantic film Casablanca. Get there early with your crew to nab a prime picnicking spot (kids are welcome).
One of CineTransat attractions are the thematic eves such as (see if you can match the theme to the right movie): the 60′s, Drag Queen eve, night surfing, princes and princesses, sci-fi and more.
In case of rain, CinéTransat is canceled. Here’s the 2012 film list: Read more…
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Fête de la musique or World Music Day is a not-to-be missed musical extravaganza around Switzerland.
If you are new to Geneva and have never been to one the fetes around the world, let me tell you that it transforms the city into a gigantic amphitheater with a wide range of musical ensembles entertaining thousands of revelers.
GENEVA, Switzerland – Get moving on Sundays thanks to GenèveRando, which with the financial support of the city of Geneva, organizes 2-3 hour walks to discover the city.
Fourteen guided walks are offered every third Sunday of the month, free of charge from April to October 2012.
This Sunday 20 May there are two great walks:
Architecture and Urbanism in Geneva during Rousseau’s era. A time when the city was experiencing an architectural revival of great public buildings and patrician houses. It starts at 10:00. Head to the Molard Tower and meet the group there. The walk ends at around noon at the Promenade Saint-Antoine.
From Parks to Gardens. The tour departs at 14:30 from the parking lot of the magnificent Penthes Castle (Ch. de l’Impératrice 18) and ends at 17:00 in Petit-Saconnex.
For more information contact: email@example.com, visit the Dimanche a pied website, or call +41 (0)76 224 8407. The next tour is in June.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – To the delight of many Geneva residents the popular neighborhoods flea markets / public outdoor parties return.
The La Ville est à vous, also known as the city’s Fêtes de rues, is an event for citizens to “take back the streets,” using the public space for their enjoyment.
For its ninth edition, the city, through neighborhood associations, organizes 12 street fairs between May and September.
The fairs offer outdoor concerts, art performances, food stalls, a flea market in designated streets, and outdoor ludotheques or children’s play areas.
Anyone can set up shop on the streets and sell everything from bicycle parts to clothes you no longer fancy.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Finding something to do on Sundays in Geneva and surrounding areas seems to be the perennial conundrum for many expats (and a few locals too) who find the area a bit tame on the weekends. Allow me the pleasure then, to bring you a selection of some of the most fun and interesting activities in the Lake Geneva region, and beyond.
Just visit the Events page of GenevaLunch where I have posted an eclectic collection of what-to-do-on-Sundays, from antique fairs and flea markets to hiking and Nordic walking.
I hope you enjoy the list and happy Sunday everyone!