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Explore grand events with Hotel President Wilson

Throughout the year, the hectic city of Geneva offers a wide selection of cultural, musical, sporting and culinary events, but also some prestigious shows and exhibitions renowned internationally.

Let the seasons inspire you and live a unique experience during your stay in Geneva at Hotel President Wilson.

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Geneva Music Festival

Date: 17.06.2016 – 19.06.2016
Type: Festival musical
Venue: Geneva city center

Organized by the city of Geneva, the music festival is a public and free event bringing together 500 live concerts of any musical style in various places of the city center. In addition to the numerous concerts, the entire city celebrates music in the most diverse forms such as dance, cinema or through workshops or exhibitions. 

Paléo Festival Nyon

Date: 19.07.2016 – 24.08.2016
Type: Music Festival
Venue: Nyon

Very famous in Europe, the Paléo Festival attracts more than 230'000 visitors every year on a 84 hectares area in the uplands of Nyon, at 20 minutes away from Geneva. With an international programming, famous headline acts as well as hand-picked new talents, this festival is turned towards a very large public and the tickets are sold in record time. 

Geneva Festival & Swiss National Day

Date: 04.08.2016 – 14.08.2016 & 01.08.2016
Type: Summer Festival
Venue: Geneva lake shore

During summer, Geneva lakeshore turns into a huge celebration venue with hundreds of free openair concerts, animations, amusement park as well as more than 200 culinary and hand-made accessories stands. On the occasion of the Swiss National Day on August 1st, a first firework is organized on the lake. To close this amazing festival, don’t miss one of the biggest fireworks in the world, attracting tourists from all over the world during the firework evening on August 8th.


Les Automnales

Date: 09.11.2016 – 20.11.2016
Type: Fair
Venue: Palexpo – Geneva’s Exhibition and Congress Center

The annual Geneva Fair invites you to the famous Automnales, where 450 exhibitors will make you discover their novelties and good deals: from furniture to toys, including fashion accessories or gastronomy, there is something for everyone. To complete the fair, various animations are organized throughout the event and some additional fairs are taking place at the same time like the Holiday Fair or the “Vintage Days”.

Christmas illuminations

Date: End of Novembre 2016 – Beginning of Janvier 2017
Type: Light festival
Venue: Geneva city center

For the year’s end celebrations, Geneva attires itself in sparkles to bring out shine on various places and monuments of the city. Every year, a new thematic concept is proposed to surprise both the Genevan and the tourists.

Course de l’Escalade

Date: 02.12.2016
Type: Cultural and sporting event
Venue: Geneva city center

The Course de l’Escalade, emblematic event in Geneva, happens every first Saturday of December, namely one week before the traditional historical procession commemorating the Escalade. This race, opened to anybody, includes a historical route through the old town, two walking trials and the famous noncompetitive “Marmite race”, where participants have to wear fancy dress costumes, according to custom.

Fête de l’Escalade

Date: 09.12.2016 – 11.12.2016
Type: Celebration
Venue: Geneva city center

The Escalade is one of the most ancient Genevan traditions, commemorating the victory of the city against the Duke of Savoy, Charles-Emmanuel 1st's troops, launched during the night of the 11th of December 1602, by attempting to climb the defensive walls of the city with wooden ladders. Today, this commemoration is celebrated with costume processions, traditional songs and shooting demonstrations. 


SIHH - Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie

Date: 18.01.2016 - 22.01.2016
Type: Trade Fair for prefessional or upon invitation 
Venue: Palexpo – Geneva’s Exhibition and Congress Center

This exclusive and prestigious event brings together the most emblematic brands of fine watchmaking that come to present as world exclusive their new creations to the medias as well as to the professional of the sector and buyers. This is also the occasion to highlight the savoir-faire of the field’s craftsmen that make this art be an emblem of Geneva.

ArtGenève - Salon d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et de design contemporain

Date: 28.01.2016 - 31.01.2016
Type: Trade Faire for professional and private indivisuals
Venue: Palexpo – Geneva’s Exhibition and Congress Center

Art Exhibition and artistic forefront platform for contemporary art, modern art and contemporary design, welcoming international galleries as well as public and private collections. In partnership with the city of Geneva and the participating galleries, ArtGeneva goes every year out of its walls with a sculptures exhibition on the lake shore.

Salon Sirha

Date: 24.01.2016 - 26.01.2016
Type: Trade Fair for professional or upon invitation
Venue: Palexpo – Geneva’s Exhibition and Congress Center

Sirha Geneva is a local trade fair, dedicated to the professional of the hospitality trade, food service industry and gastronomy. In addition to the 200 exhibitors, several prestigious events occur there, such as the Swiss Bocuse d’Or, the Pastry European Cup, as well as live cooking shows by famous Chefs.  

Geneva International Motor Show

Date: 03.03.2016 – 13.03.2016
Type: Show for professional and private individuals
Venue: Palexpo – Geneva’s Exhibition and Congress Center

Geneva International Motor Show is one of the most famous and popular in Europe, and is even one of the 5 biggest shows in the world. It brings together almost 220 exhibitors and 900 cars, from the smallest to the most luxurious ones, including the famous “concept cars” and the novelties unveiled exclusively during the show.   


International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva

Date: 13.04.2016 – 17.04.2016
Type: Exhibition for professional and private individuals 
Venue: Palexpo – Geneva’s Exhibition and Congress Center

With more than 700 exhibitors coming from almost 50 different countries, and one thousand inventions introduced to the public, the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva is the most important in the world. Showcasing the most spectacular inventions, it attracts investors and firms from all over the world as well as fans of new technologies in the most varied fields. 

Harmony Geneva Marathon for Unicef

Date: 07.05.2016 – 08.05.2016
Type: Sporting Event
Venue: Geneva city center

Every year, the Geneva marathon attracts more than 16’000 athletes, professionals and amateurs of any age, coming from all over the world. The marathon counts 8 races, spread on a 42 km route through the city and on the lake shore. In partnership with Unicef, this sporting event enables the collection of donations to provide drinkable water to children in developing countries. 

EBACE - European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition

Date: 24.05.2016 – 26.05.2016
Type: Exhibition reserved for professional or upon invitation
Venue: Palexpo – Geneva’s Exhibition and Congress Center

EBACE is the Europe’s premier event dedicated to showcasing business aviation products and services. It brings together the main stakeholders of the sector, such as manufacturers and suppliers, as well as operators and European organizations. On this occasion, the most impressive private aircrafts are displayed on the tarmac of Geneva airport and can be visited by the hand-picked visitors and buyers.

Fair for Books and Press

Date: 27.04.2016 – 01.05.2016
Type: Fair for professional and private individuals
Venue: Palexpo – Geneva’s Exhibition and Congress Center

Very famous in Switzerland, the Geneva Book and Press Fair attracts every year more than 100’000 visitors passionate by books and culture. Professional or private individuals from all ages, everyone finds what he is looking for, whether it be in reading of through the numerous animations that take place there.

Geneva Museum Night

Date: 21.05.2016 – 22.05.2016
Type: Cultural Event
Venue: Geneva Museums

Organized by the city of Geneva, this event brings together more than 30 museums, art centers and associations that open their doors to the public on Saturday evening as well as Sunday on the occasion of the International Museum Day. On the program: paper chase, guided tours, stories, dances, projections, readings, food stands and shows prepared especially for the event.

Bol d’or Mirabaud

Date: 11.06.2016 – 12.06.2016
Type: Sporting Event
Venue: Leman lake

The Bol d’Or is the world’s most important inland lake regatta that brings together champions from all over Europe and more than 500 boats. The racecourse extends on the entire length of the Leman lake (Geneva – Le Bouveret and return) and the real time winner wins the Bol d’Or challenge, which is in play each year.