Lausanne in festival mood

By My-Lausanne

Lausanne is a lively town that holds its own against its German-speaking sister towns of Zürich and Bern. Indeed, the Olympic capital organises many festivals, all year round! There is truly something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of music, the king of foodies or a cinephile, Lausanne has the festival for you!

Local events

Lausanne is a town with thousands of inhabitants, but has succeeded in preserving a village spirit. A soul sustained by the many events organised across the town.

Les Garden-Parties (July 19 to August 18, 2019)

The Garden Parties are a travelling event. Every weekend during the summer, a garden party sets up in a different park in town. Music, theatre, dance and open-air cinema, each of these proposals takes place in the rich programme that is enhanced by the magnificent setting.

©Garden Parties

LUFF  (October 16 to 20, 2019) 

The Lausanne Underground Film Festival is both a festival of music and cinema. It fuses these two forms of art in an alchemy of striking images and unfamiliar sounds through the creations of avant-garde artists rarely displayed in Switzerland.



Festival Au-delà des Préjugés (Beyond Prejudices Festival, early 2020)

Hip hop is way more than entertainment. This is what the festival means to show by highlighting hip-hop culture. It transports us into a colourful and multifaceted world through music, dance and workshops in order to unlock the mysteries of that musical genre coming straight from the US.


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Lausanne has a plethora of local festivals, but we shouldn’t forget the major events that attract visitors from beyond the town’s borders.

Lavaux classic (June 13 to 23, 2019)

Classical music takes pride of place here. The concerts of Lavaux Classic unfold between vineyards and lakeside. Let yourself be lulled by Chopin’s, Schumann’s or Bach’s classical pieces, by festive evenings and musical ballads… There are a great many reasons to be tempted.

©M Genoud Lavaux Classic

Festival de la Cité (July 9 to 14, 2019)

Up on the City Hill is where the festival of the same name takes place. This urban event that needs no introduction offers every year a varied programme that blends both the accessible for all and the specialised for connoisseurs. Artistic diversity reigns supreme and all arts are displayed. It’s an offbeat and friendly festival that’s the summer highlight for Lausanners.

©Alica Minarova

Lausanne Lumières (November 20 to 31.12.2019)

It’s the last festival of the year. The Festival of Lights illuminates the town. Following a path from one lighting installation to the next is a fantastic way to rediscover Lausanne by night. An unusual visit that lets you see a different aspect of the city and contemplate it under a different light… And why not savour a mulled wine at the Bô Noël Christmas market to round off the evening?

©Lausanne Lumières Festival
©Lausanne Lumières Festival

Rencontre du 7ème Art (March 4 to 8, 2020)

Cinema in all its glory. In Rencontres du 7ème art, people can (re)discover films that have marked the history of cinema. Conferences and debates take place around the different screenings.

©Carine Roth /

Cully Jazz Festival (March 27 to April 4, 2020)

No need to introduce the Cully Jazz Festival. Every year for the past 35 years, every form of jazz reverberates across the village of Cully. It’s the spring flagship musical event.


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Balélec (May 8, 2020)

This open-air music festival is the biggest student festival in Europe. No less than that! It goes to show that our wee country holds its own! It takes place on the EPFL campus with programming that is a clever mix of established artists and up-and-coming talents.


Label Suisse (September 18 to 20, 2020)

It’s THE festival that promotes the Swiss scene. Budding artists as well as those who have already confirmed their talent set fire to Lausanne in 10 town-centre locations. A free and popular event that blends jazz, classical and Neue Volkmusik with modern music.


You now have everything you need to organise your year following the rhythm of Lausanne’s various festivals. Which events are you particularly looking forward to?

Previous events

Festival de la Terre  (Earth Festival, June 14 to 16, 2019)

The Festival de la Terre is much more than a festival. It’s a genuine initiative that invites us to rethink the way we live through installations, activities, workshops and, of course, concerts. The festival explores what the world could be tomorrow and encourages us to begin creating it today. It leads us to discover inspiring local initiatives and solutions. We find many appealing ideas to adopt new habits so that we can live better every day.

©Festival de la Terre

MIAM Festival (YUM June 8  to 10, 2019)

Its very name makes your mouth water! This gastronomy festival brings together restaurateurs, foodtrucks, producers, caterers, winegrowers and local brewers, and is the bee’s knees in all matters relating to food. During three days, Lausanne foodies gather to go from one tasty discovery to another. A rich programme that will get your taste buds going. Miam!

©Lausanne à Table

Chocolate Festival (June 7  to 9, 2019)

Aficionados of electronic music delight in the Chocolate Festival. No less than 30 artists will enthral you on the shores of Lake Geneva, first outdoors at the Vidy Pyramids and later, for the after party, at the D! Club. The electro programming blends Swiss and foreign, established and emerging artists.


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Malt Festival (May 18, 2019)

Beer is the drink that has successfully reinvented itself and made a great comeback. It therefore makes sense to have a festival dedicated to the malty beverage. During one whole day and evening, discover beers from the various Swiss craft breweries while listening to local musicians, with Lake Geneva as a backdrop. What more could you want?

© Lausanne Malt Festival