What’s on (and free) in Geneva in August 2016

La Pointe, Geneva - DJ summer sun in Geneva, Switzerland
Summer at La Pointe at the Jonction in Geneva – going on until end of August

GENEVA, Switzerland – We are heading to the end of summer but by the number of (free) events, there is still plenty to do outdoors. Here’s my selection of what’s on in Geneva (and beyond) in August.

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Art Exhibits

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Outdoor films and other Performing Arts

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Fairs and other Special Events

  • 4-14 August: Geneva Lake Festival (formerly, Fêtes de Genève) – if you are looking for the American version of a  carnival, this is it. Mechanical rides and fireworks by the harbor on the 13th
  • 6 August: Fete du Lac, Annecy, France – the largest fireworks in Europe at only a few minutes from Geneva – a must see
  • 12-15 August: Vogue de Bardonnex, canton Geneva – town fair with carnival rides, food, music, kids activities and more (free)
  • 14 August: Salsa by Cine du Lac followed by outdoor films, Geneva
  • 18 August: Forró du Rhone – Brazilian music and food by the River, near the Ethno bar (free)
  • 20 August: A night of science, space and sports ideal for families in Signal de Bougy, canton Vaud – Féerie d’une Nuit (free)
  • Until 21 August: Bees and Bats – ideal for families with children, free, Geneva
  • Until 25 August: Free French courses at the park in Geneva
  • Until 28 August: Tour de Plage in Carouge. Block parties, kids activities, outdoor dancing, sports, pétanque, concerts, workshops and more. Most events are free.
  • 20 August: Tango dancing, Carouge
  • 27-28 August: Volkswagen Beetle car meet in Seyssel, neighbouring France – a collection of lovely old engines (Coccinelles et dérivés)
  • Until 23 September: Lausanne Estivale – theater, dance, kids activities, thematic hikes, readings, concerts and more. Many events are free
  • Full flea market, home decor and vintage sales listing posted separately here.

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Food and Wine

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Sports/Fitness Activities

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