Ideally suited to taking relaxing strolls to admire the warm colours of nature, autumn also offers you the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of ice skating with the opening of the open-air ice rinks. Different events and large-scale happenings, such as the nuit genevoise de la photo, punctuate the season’s cultural agenda.
Glowing autumnal colours
If the summer is now behind us, autumn continues to offer us every reason to enjoy a relaxed stroll, the warm colours transforming the parks of Geneva into an explosion of yellows, reds and browns. This pageant is particularly captivating when you wander through the great expanses of greenery close to the lake, such as Parc La Grange or the Perle du Lac. The Bois de la Bâtie offers a particularly pleasant walk for children, who can explore the wildlife park and extend their walk by creating amusing origami using autumn leaves.
Pleasures of skating
For skating fans, autumn means the opening of the seasonal ice rinks offering open-air skating in the city, for example in the Parc des Bastions or in the district of Les Charmilles. Every year in November, to celebrate sliding sports, the Fête de la Glace offers a full day of demonstrations and introductions to ice skating and ice hockey, all to a backdrop of music.
On the Thursday after the first Sunday in September, the Jeûne genevois is a public holiday in the Canton of Geneva referring back to an ancient moral and religious practice. While this special day is no longer subject to any dietary restrictions, it is traditional to enjoy a piece of prune cake.
Autumn is also synonymous with gastronomy, with the Semaine du Goût designed to tickle your taste buds with delicious and resolutely local offerings. Every year, for a period of ten days, the event gives pride of place to home-made food, joining forces with restaurant owners in Geneva to create menus paying homage to local agricultural products. Tastings and debates focus on healthy eating while supporting the local economy.
Festivals of images
As for Geneva’s cultural offerings, No’photo, Geneva’s photography night, is the not-to-be-missed event in October, paying homage to contemporary photographic art. It is followed in November by major film festivals, such as Filmar en América Latina and GIFF, the Geneva International Film Festival, which also explores television and digital formats.
Thanks to the tips provided by the gardeners of the Parks and Gardens Department, you can check out videos offering ideas for what to do with your dead leaves, how to turn your lawn into a flower meadow or how to prune your roses... Gardening in autumn is anything but monotonous!
Major events during the autumn
Discover all the not-to-be-missed activities in Geneva during the autumn as well as the events and happenings in the city’s online diary.
Article modifié le 30.09.2022 à 11:05