March in Switzerland

March in Switzerland embodies a fascinating transition period, where the remnants of winter gradually give way to the promise of spring. While snow still blankets the Alpine peaks, hints of warmer days begin to emerge in the valleys below. Making it a marvelous time to travel outside and enjoy the milder temperatures!

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the different events this month. From snow sports enthusiasts seeking one last thrill on the slopes to nature lovers eager to witness the first blooms of the season.

List of events:

1st of March

Yverdon-les-Bains: The Les Brandons carnival is a prominent event in Western Switzerland. The festivities include masked balls, decorated processions, humorous floats, Guggenmusik performances, costume contests, fairground attractions, and various activities throughout the streets of the old town. The big parade will take place on Sunday at 14:00.

Murten: A colorful carnival in the Lake Morat region. On Saturday the festivities kick off with a children’s costume ball at 14:00, followed by a parade featuring all the Guggenmusik bands at 16:00. The grand parade takes place on Sunday at 15:00.

Graubünden: The mysterious canton has a bunch of parades just like the one in St. Moritz called Chalandamarz. Therefore, in this link you can find all the locations together for you to choose the most convenient for you to join.

Winterthur: Swiss Wine Festival- with 50 tasting bars, 60 Swiss winemakers. Representing all 6 wine regions of Switzerland. Featuring over 1,000 Swiss wines. The SWISS WINE FESTIVAL brings the essence of Swiss wine culture to Winterthur. Till the 3rs of March.

Oey-Diemtigen: The 20th Diemtigtaler Fasnacht features a carnival parade starting Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 14:00, followed by continuous carnival music and bar service at the festival grounds.

Samnaun: The First Swiss Ski and Snowboard School Samnaun holds a weekly children’s ski race.

Bern: Motofestival- Switzerland’s largest event for motorized two-wheelers. Showcasing the latest motorcycles, scooters, and accessories. Along with a diverse supporting program featuring special shows, test rides, street food, action shows, and music. Till the 3rd of March.

2nd of March

Les Mosses: International Sled Dog Race- 2 days of polar magic and it’s showtime at Col des Mosses during one of the oldest established races in Switzerland.

Grindelwald: Horn sledge race from Alpiglen (Wengerenalpbahn station) to Grindelwald, Schützenhaus Aellauenen.

Rosswald: A Nostalgia Race, where participants ski in vintage gear reminiscent of their grandparents’ time. Spectators can enjoy the entertaining event with various categories and prizes, while experiencing a nostalgic atmosphere with music, food, and drinks.

Lenk: A Wooden Ski Day- Offering a throwback to skiing’s roots with antique clothing and wooden skis for CHF 35, including lunch. Experience a nostalgic day on the slopes with a giant slalom and slalom run, complete with traditional wooden poles.

Klosters: The Ski Club Klosters holds the 1st part of the Swiss Cross Country Championship.

3rd of March

Jaun: The “Trophée des Gastlosen” is a annual ski-mountaineering race around the majestic Fribourg mountain range.

8th of March

Avenches: The Avenches Carnival takes the town out of its winter torpor with a big Guggenmusik parade.

Lucerne: The Honky Tonk Festival with 32 locations and 40 bands. The concept is very simple: live bands play in each venue on the hour for 45 minutes. The 15-minute breaks are used by visitors to change venues to experience another favorite band or discover a new band.

Laax: Women’s Day- Freestyle coaching in the LAAX Snowpark by and for women including free rental of test skis or snowboards – places are limited.

9th of March

Appenzell: Every third Sunday before Easter, large bonfires are piled up and lit in Appenzell and various villages around the canton’s capital to drive away the winter.

Klewenalp: The legendary Horn sledge race will take place on Klewenalp on March 9, 2024.

Lucerne: The international Comic Festival Fumetto will take place between the 09.03-17.03.

Stoos: The Grand Prix Migros will take place in the canton of Schwyz. The biggest ski race for children and young people between the ages of 8 and 16 offers all snow sports fans an unforgettable experience on the ski slopes.

Sörenberg: Waterslide Contest- a crazy event for brave thrill seekers.

10th of March

Samedan: The 54th Engadin Ski Marathon- The largest mass sporting event in Switzerland and the second largest cross-country skiing event in the world.

La Fouly: Alpine ski and snowboard races with giant slalom on the Petite Combe piste.

13th of March

Les Collons Thyon: FIS Skicross World Cup- The best ski cross athletes in the world are competing on the Sion-Veysonnaz course. Dates: 13.03-16.03.

14th of March

Neuchâtel: The ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships will take place between the 14th to the 16th of March.

15th of March

Fribourg: The Fribourg International Film Festival aims to promote the understanding between cultures through films.

16th of March

Albinen bei Leukerbad: Valais Cow Fights in Snow. The Valais Hérens cows will fight – a part of their natural behaviour – for victory and hierarchical dominance in the Flaschen snow arena.

Wengen: Pool Race- Every year in March the Pool Race Wengen takes place in front of the snow bar at the Figeler.

Crans-Montana: The Défi des Faverges is a ski-mountaineering race which takes place above Crans-Montana every 2 years.

Pizol: The traditional nostalgic ski race with old wooden or plastic skis will take place again this year.

17th of March

Lausanne: Urban Trail- The Urban Trail Lausanne proposes the usual 18 km trail (450m D+) and the more elevated 31 km trail (900m D+). Which will go alongside the heights of Lausanne, Epalinges and Mont-sur-Lausanne in direction of the Chalet-à-Gobet.

Morgins: The unusual pop-rock festival returns to shake up the powdery Portes du Soleil! Dates: 17.03-23.03.

19th of March

Basel: International Badminton World Class Tournament. Dates: 19.03-24.03.

20th of March

Locarno: The Camellia Park in Locarno. With its scenic backdrop on the shores of Lake Maggiore, floral installations and a charming café. There is also a traditional plant market and camellia concerts. Dates: 20.03-24.03.

22nd of March

Zurich: Zürich Bier Festival. The international craft beer festival in Switzerland with exhibitors from all over the world. With unlimited tasting- all the drinks are included in the entry price. Dates: 22.03-24.03.

Andermatt: The Horw ski club is holding the Swiss cross-country skiing championships in Realp.

Lucerne: The new festival season with Beethoven. Under the direction of Riccardo Chailly and Pablo Heras-Casado, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra will perform selected Beethoven symphonies as well as the violin concerto with violin shooting star Daniel Lozakovich.

23rd of March

Flumserberg: Retro Ski Day. Put on the bright one-piece suits, and get the spaghetti skis and race boards out of the basement – let’s celebrate the good old 80s together.

Baden: Join the largest sports event in the region, offering various running distances for participants of all levels.

Melchsee-Frutt: The Skicross Tour is taking place between the 23-24.03.

Interlaken: The SnowpenAir 2024, happening on March 23rd and 24th, marking its 25th and final edition. Enjoy live performances from renowned artists like Simply Red, Gotthard, and Juraya.

Verbier: The Freeride World Tour Grand Finale. The YETI Xtreme Verbier isn’t just a freeride competition. It’s the pinnacle of freeride events, boasting a legacy dating back to 1996.

24th of March

Zurich: The Chocolate Festival- Discover the world of Swiss chocolate. Featuring Chocolate Makers, workshops, and tastings. Offering an immersive experience for chocolate lovers.

26th of March

Parpan: Switzerland’s best ski racers compete for the coveted title of Swiss champion at the national championships in Lenzerheide.

28th of March

Mendrisio: Holy Week Processions in Mendrisio.

Interlaken: Interlaken Classics Festival is one of the oldest festivals for classical music in Switzerland. Dates: 28.03-14.04.

29th of March

Morges: The Swiss Tulip Festival is taking place between the 29.03-12.05. Although I must admit that I would only recommend you to visit after mid April. This way you can make sure that you’ll see the tulips in blossom. The event is amazing featuring music and different workshops and located by the shore of Lake Geneva. Don’t miss it!

30th of March

Schaffhausen: The LGT World Men’s Curling Championship is taking place between the 30.03-07.04.

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