What’s On In & Around Zurich Early October 2023
Things To Do In Zurich Early October 2023
Wishing you a great weekend and week ahead! Once again there’s lots on in and around Zurich with more Alpine Festivals and Cow Parades this weekend, Zurich Film Festival has begun, the Oktoberfest is in full swing at Zurich HB, the Zurich Architecture Open House is on this weekend and Swiss Castle Day is on Sunday 1st October. Furthermore, the Irish Festival is taking place in Freiburg 6th – 8th Oct, the Women Power Pumpkin exhibition at the Juckerfarm is on now and we have a contest to win FREE tickets for Art International Festival which will be drawn on 9th October. Also don’t forget to register for the FREE MBA Information event at the Marriott Hotel in Zurich on Monday 16th October if you are considering studying for an MBA: See below for plenty more ideas and events!
There is the Zurich Wine Festival from 16th – 22nd October. For those of you who have recently arrived in Zurich check out our top tips for newcomers here. If you’re looking for a great restaurant check out our Zurich Restaurant Guides here. And if you love meat, one exclusive luxury pop you really should try right now is The Grand Meatery at The Dolder Grand until 28th October. If the weather turns to rain, you can find some rainy day ideas and activities see here.
CONTEST: Win Tickets for Art International
Art International is back in Zurich at the Kongresshaus from 13th -15th October. Mark your diaries and enter our contest to win a pair of FREE tickets! See details here.
CONTEST: Win tickets for Zurich Wine Festival 16th – 22nd October
Zurich Wine Festival is back at the Papiersaal in Zurich from 16th – 22nd October and you can read all about it here. You can also enter our contest to win one of two pairs of tickets to this great wine tasting event where you can sample over 350 wines. Enter the contest here.
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If you’ve just arrived in Zurich and want to know anything about Swiss health insurance (or if you want to switch insurance) take a look here. You might also be interested in having some assistance from Zuzug Consulting, a company which helps new expats with a range of services to settle in. If you’re looking for businesses in and around Zurich take a look at our Zurich Business Directory here.
SWISS ALPINE FESTIVALS & COW PARADES OCT: Until mid October there are lots of Alpine Festivals and Cow Parades taking places all over Switzerland and we have just updated our guide with more dates. Take a look at our guide to a selection of Alpine Festivals with dates here.
OKTOBERFEST NOW ON IN HB & SOON AT BAUSCHÄNZLI: Züri Wiesn is back at Zurich HB and opened on 22nd September and Bauschänzli will be following soon on 5th October. So if you’re looking for Oktoberfest fun in Zurich take a look here.
ZURICH ARCHITECTURE OPEN HOUSE 30th SEPT – 1st OCT: If you love architecture check out this FREE event which takes you behind the scenes in some of Zurich’s most architecturally interesting buildings. Read all about it here.
POPCON SWISS POP CULTURE & GAMING 30th SEPT – 1st OCT: The Swiss pop culture and gaming event is taking place in Zurich on 1st and 2nd October. Find out more (in German) here .
THE GRAND MEATERY POP UP AT THE DOLDER GRAND NOW UNTIL 28th OCT: If you’re a meat lover don’t miss this! It’s one of the best pop ups I have been to for some time. The finest meat dishes, beautifully presented with the most delicious accompaniments. It really is a wonderful feast and the pop up restaurant has great design. Don’t miss it as it only open Thursday till Sunday from 6pm until 28th October. See details of the Grand Meatery here.
ZYTAMSEE MUSIC FESTIVAL ZUG 29th SEPT – 1st OCT: Why not check out the zytamsee music festival taking place in Zug fro 29th September to 1st October. Find out more here.
SWISS CASTLE DAY 1st OCTOBER: Don’t miss the eighth edition of Swiss Castle Day which takes place on 1st October. 28 castles are taking part (some of which are not open to the public) – so why not choose a castle to visit? Read all about Swiss Castle Day here.
ELM CHEESE MARKET & COW PARADE SUNDAY 1st OCT: Elm Cheese Market and Cow Parade makes for a perfect day out and a wonderful Swiss experience. Read all about it here.
MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL RESIDENCY 4th – 7th OCT: If you’re a fan of the Montreux Jazz Festival check out the Montreux Jazz Festival Residency at the Petit Palais in Montreux from October 4th to 7th, 2023. Every evening from 6 p.m. the residency opens its doors to a free program of concerts, showcases, workshops, jam sessions and DJ sets. Headliners include Billy Cobham, Jacob Lusk (Gabriel’s), Trilok Gurtu, Rich Medina, Roni Kaspi and many more. Find out more here.
IRISH FESTIVAL 6th – 8th OCTOBER FRIBOURG: How about going to the Irish Festival taking place in Fribourg from 6th – 8th October? Music, literature, whiskey, food and fun. Read all about it here.
SILO ROOFTOP BAR OKTOBERFEST 6th & 7th OCT: “O’zapft is!” is the motto in October at the unique SILO Rooftop Bar! After the success of the last two years, there will be another Oktoberfest fun in 2023, of course on the rooftop! See ticket details here.
PILATES FULL STUDIO WORKOUT – PATUMBAH PILATES 8th OCT: Why not join English speaking Pilates teacher Heather Steele for a small group (max. 4) Full Studio Workout on Sunday 8th October at 10am. Experience what Pilates equipment offers including the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Tower, Armchair and Barrels. Find out more here.
ART INTERNATIONAL ZURICH 13th – 15th OCT – WIN TICKETS! Art International is back in Zurich at the Kongresshaus from 13th -15th October. Mark your diaries and enter our contest to win a pair of FREE tickets! See details here.
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OLMA FAIR ST GALLEN 12th – 22nd OCTOBER: Why not visit the Olma Agricultural Fair in St Gallen for a taste of all things Swiss? From piglet races to Schwingen to livestock to local specialities you can find it all here. Read all about the Olma Festival here.
OPEN YOUR EYES PHOTO FESTIVAL ZURICH UNTIL 15th OCT: OPEN YOUR EYES is a festival of creative photography for people in Zurich and a plea for an understanding of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. You will find the photographs in the streets, squares and parks of Zurich. See details of the festival here.
QS MBA INFORMATION EVENT AT MARRIOTT ZURICH 16th OCT: There is a FREE MBA Information event taking place at the Marriott Hotel in Zurich on Monday 16th October with many leading international business schools present and a great agenda. Places are limited – registration can be made here. Read all about the event here.
WIN TICKETS!!!! ZURICH WINE FESTIVAL 20th – 22nd OCT 2023: Taking place at the Papier Saal in Shihlcity Zurich you will have the opportunity to discover over 350 wines from all over the world, meet over 30 exhibitors and learn all about wine at the master classes. We also have 2 pairs of tickets to be won! For more details and to enter our contest see here.
NESPRESSO GOURMET WEEKS NOW UNTIL 24th OCT: Nespresso Gourmet Weeks are in two parts this time and the next edition is about to start on 21st September. They do get booked up so don’t forget to make your reservation for these very special menus. Read all about Nespresso Gourmet Weeks here.
RIVOLI POP UP BAR ZURICH UNTIL 27th OCT: Check out the great new RIVOLI pop up in Zurich which has just opened. It’s at Utoquai 55 in RIVOLI, and place to discover Fashion, design, food, culture and the «The French Art of Travel». It’s open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am till 10pm with changing exhibitions, tastings and events until 27th October. From10am you can enjoy SERI’s Croissants und Pain au Chocolats with coffee and more and from 5pm why not indulge in French Cocktail Classics and “Vin Naturel”? Read all about the RIVOLI Pop up here.
OPERA DINNER AT THE BÜRGENSTOCK RESORT LAKE LUCERNE 27th & 28th OCT: For an October night of romance with operatic arias and French gastronomy, join the Opera Dinner at the Bürgenstock Resort Lake Lucerne on two unique dates: October 27th or October 28th. Enjoy the performances of major Opernhaus Zurich talents including Ziyi Day, tenor Omer Kobiljak, Ziyi Dai & Omer Kobiljak, along with an Opera arias-inspired four-course Menu by Koch des Jahres 2023 Mike Wehrle, – within the intimate and iconic Brasserie Ritzcoffier. Find tickets here.
AWCZ HALLOWEEN PARTIES FOR KIDS – SUNDAY, 29TH OCTOBER: Celebrate Halloween with the American Women’s Club of Zurich’s Kids Corner! Both morning and afternoon sessions packed with Halloween-themed activities, crafts, and treats, catering to children of different ages happening at our Clubhouse, Höschgasse 58, 8008 Zurich. Don’t forget to register online here asap.
JUCKER FARM PUMPKIN EXHIBITION NOW – 29TH OCT: The annual pumpkin exhibition is taking place at Jucker Farm from 2nd September to 29th October. The topic is women’s power. Find out more about the Jucker Farm festival here.
SBB DISCOUNT TRAVEL OFFER FOR 2 PEOPLE UNTIL 23rd OCT: Until 23rd October you can get a day pass for 2 people for just CHF 79, provided one person has a Halbtax card! Take a look here for more details.
SEBASTIAO SALDAGO’S AMAZÔNIA EXHIBITION AT MAAG HALLE ON NOW: Acclaimed photographer and environmentalist Sebastião Salvage’s impressive photos of the Amazon are now on show at the MAAG Halle Zurich. The exhibition has been seen by over 1.4 Million people in Rome, London, São Paulo, Paris, Los Angeles, Manchester, Avignon, Rio de Janeiro and Milan. Read all about this impressive exhibition here
JAZZNOJAZZ FESTIVAL ZURICH 1st – 4th NOV: The JAZZNOJAZZ festival is back in Zurich for a mix of great sounds, some jazz, some not. Check out the details of this great festival here.
AWCZ THANKSGIVING DINNER – SUNDAY, 19TH NOVEMBER: Join the exclusive Thanksgiving Potluck on 19th November starting at 15.00 for a family-friendly feast! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect and savor the flavours of the season at the AWCZ’s Clubhouse, Höschgasse 58, 8008 Zurich. Sign up online here.
LION KING NOW EXTENDED TO 10th MARCH 2024: The Lion King which is featured in our in Musicals Guide for 2023 has just been extended until 10th March 2023.
THINGS TO DO ON A RAINY DAY IN ZURICH: There’s plenty to do on a rainy or cloudy day in and around Zurich. Take a look here.
WILD & BEAUTIFUL: URSULA RODEL EXHIBITION ON NOW: Check out this really cool exhibition all about Ursula Rodel and how she influenced fashion. Read all about it here.
ITALIANITÀ EXHIBITION AT LANDESMUSEUM: A small but very interesting exhibition at the Landesmuseum about the Swiss Italians and their experiences over the years. Read all about it here
6 CIRCULAR HIKES NOT FAR FROM ZURICH: A selection of 6 circular hikes with stunning views. Each of these hiking suggestions is just around 60 minutes from Zurich. Take a look at theselection of 6 circular hikes here.
PUBLIC GRILLS OR FEUERSTELLE IN SWITZERLAND: if you’re out walking or hiking and want to find a Feuerstelle or Grillplatz then take a look at our guide here.
TRAVEL, FOOD & LIFESTYLE
A TRIP TO LIECHTENSTEIN: How about a trip to Liechtenstein? It takes just an hour and a half to get to Vaduz the capital from Zurich. From hiking in beautiful countryside to taking a culinary tour to wine tasting and fine dining, there is lots to see and do in this unique principality. Read all about our trip to Liechtenstein here.
GRAND HOTEL KRONENHOF PONTRESINA CELEBRATES 175 YEARS: Read all about the wonderful “Grande Dame of the Engadine” which has been celebrating its 175th Anniversary. Founded in 1848 the hotel has seen many transitions over the years and is located in an outstandingly beautiful part of Switzerland. Read all about it here.
TRIP TO INSEL UFENAU ON LAKE ZURICH: If you’ haven’t visited Insel Ufenau and the lovely restaurant on the island you need to be quick as it closes on 22nd October. Read all about this beautiful island in the middle of Lake Zurich.
A TRIP TO THE BRISSAGO ISLANDS IN TICINO: If you’re visiting Ticino the Brissago Islands are definitely worth a visit.
ZURICH RESTAURANT GUIDES: Check out our various guides to different types of restaurants in Zurich. Take a look at our restaurant guides here.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Recipe of the week this week is: Red Thai Curry.
LOOKING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR FAMILY? Finding the right health insurance in Switzerland can be complicated! However, take a look at what you need to know about before you commit to the health insurance here.
NEW IN ZURICH? NEW IN SWITZERLAND? : See our top tips for newcomers here.
MORE TIPS FOR NEWCOMERS: Some more tips to help you feel at home here.
NEW EXPAT IN SWITZERLAND? CHECK OUT ZUZUG CONSULTING: If you’re new to Switzerland check out the practical expat services on offer from Zuzug Consulting here.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HAVING A PET IN SWITZERLAND: Did you know that there are special rules on keeping pets in Switzerland? Read all about having a Pet in Switzerland here.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TICKS IN SWITZERLAND: If you hike or garden or visit parks it really is advisable to protect yourself against ticks. Find out why here.
FIND OUT ALL ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN ZURICH HERE: Tips on the different public transport options and types of tickets available in Zurich. Read the details here.
SHARED LAUNDRY FACILITIES: Find yourself sharing laundry facilities in your new apartment? Find out all about this Swiss phenomenon here.
WHERE TO SELL ONLINE IN SWITZERLAND: Find out where you can sell stuff online in Switzerland here.
SPEEDING FINES IN SWITZERLAND: Things you need to know about Speeding in Switzerland. Read the article here.
EXCHANGING YOUR DRIVING LICENCE: As soon as you arrive in Switzerland and receive your Ausweis, you should make arrangement to exchange your driving licence. See all the steps you need to undertake here.
LEAVING SWITZERLAND? If you’re leaving Switzerland anytime soon, check out our handy list of things you need to do before you go. See details here.
RECOMMENDED HAIRDRESSERS: See our list of recommended hairdressers in Zurich here.
TRANSITIONING TO SWITZERLAND WITH CHILDREN: Top tips when transitioning to Switzerland with children. Read the article here.
OFFERS / DISCOUNT CODES / SPECIAL EVENTS
COIFFEUR-ARTÉ HAIRDRESSERS ZURICH – 20% off all services on your 1st appointment at Coiffeur Arté when you mention NewInZurich. Tel: 044 482 99 33.
PURE BEAUTY SPA: Beauty / Massage Treatments – 20% off your 1st Treatment at Pure Beauty Spa (Wednesday – Friday & excluding special offers) – Just mention NewInZurich
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