Festivals and Events
Summer 2014 Events and Festivals in Zermatt
There are thirteen major events taking place in Zermatt this summer; ranging from tennis and golf, spectacular fireworks, tough marathons and the world-class Zermatt Festival of classical music in September.
Below is a list in chronological order, please scroll down for your dates:
Sport: 12th Zermatt Marathon, Saturday July 5th
Marathon from St. Niklaus (1,116 m above sea level) via Zermatt to Riffelberg (2,582 m above sea level). The course covers 42'195 metres with a climb of over 1900 metres vertical. Far more challenging than your standard city marathon, set in a literally breathtaking panorama! The Zermatt marathon welcomes not only runners, but also spectators who can enjoy this event in unforgettable surroundings.
Sport - Swiss Orienteering Week, June 19-26th
The Swiss Orienteering Week is an international multi-day orienteering event that combines holiday, sport and a hint of adventure. Founded in 1996, the Swiss O Week stands for top quality orienteering coupled with a wide range of tourist attractions, interesting culture and atmospheric social events.
Sports: 31st Täschalp-run and Alpine Celebration, Sunday July 20th
The start is in Täsch and your destination and aim is to reach the Täschalp ASAP! The stretch is 7.64 km long and participants have a total 780 meters to ascend in the categories Runners, Folks-Runners and Nordic Walking. The traditional Älplerfest along with Holy Mass, canteen-style catering and musical entertainment is naturally also part of the programme: healthy enjoyment and a breath of fresh air in the framework of an event that introduces guests and participants to the natural beauty and culture of this delightful region.
Golf - Matterhorn Eagle Cup, July 26th
This unique golf tournament is open to all golfers who are members of a club, and whose handicap is at least 36. Early inscription is advisable as participants are limited to 156. Played at between 2,000 and 3,000 metres altitude, the course is true to the Scottish spirit of golf, with completely natural fairways and greens, set among the high Alpine meadows, surrounded by spectacular mountains. Players are allowed three clubs of their choice, and three balls.
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Folklore - Swiss National Holiday: August 1st
Celebrations for the Swiss National Holiday aren't forgotten here either. It is celebrated in traditional style with processions, parades, music, street food and markets.
The culminating point of the celebration in Zermatt has to be the large firework display around
10 p.m. in the mountains overlooking the village.
Folklore - Swiss Food Festival, Friday August 8th - Sunday 10th
The whole main street becomes a food street, with many charming stalls and tables serving a wide range of local produce, which you can either take home or eat on the spot. Delicious smells waft across the whole village: the highlight is the whole oxen roast on Saturday.
45th Swiss Folklore Festival, August 8th to 10th
Every year on the second weekend of August, Zermatt is overrun by Swiss Folklore groups from all over the country. The highlight of the Folklore Festival is the main parade through town with 50 different folklore groups with more than 1200 dancers, yodelers and musicians. After the parade the folklore groups perform at the fairgrounds and at the church square. Food and drinks as well as entertainment for the children is provided. Spend an unforgettable day at the foot of the Matterhorn with music, dance and lots of good fun!
Sport: 2nd Matterhorn Ultraks Trail Run, Saturday August 23d
This new Matterhorn trail run is one of the most beautiful and challenging mountain runs. Three different race courses lead from Zermatt into the mountains up to 3,100m and back again, over distances of 16km, 30km and 46km, this last can only be won by the greatest of world athletes! Last year the winner was Kilian Jornet, who holds the speed record for ascending and descending the Matterhorn in under 3 hours!
CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH THE BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER:
THE ZERMATT FESTIVAL, Friday September 5th - Sunday September 21st.
The Classical Music and Art Festival with the soloists and ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic returns for the 9th time. Star directors such as Sir Neville Marriner and Marcus Creed will be conducting. With its academy for musical students and artistic performances with audience participation in beautiful churches and magical open air locations around the village, the Festival provides the perfect opportunity to appreciate high art in an Alpine setting.
World-class musicians were never so close, and concerts are held up to altitudes of up to 2,222 metres! As this is also an academy for young musicians, you can attend all the rehearsals for free, and witness music in the making. Mountain Exposure is proud to be an official partner of the Zermatt Festival.
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Folklore and farming: The Zermatt Shepherd Festival,
Saturday September 6th - Sunday September 7th
The award ceremony for the best-looking Valais blacknose sheep and for the Shepherd of the Year, which will be elected the day before, will take place during the traditional Shepherd Festival at the Schweigmatten/Furi. That day offers plenty of opportunities to marvel at the attractive and affectionately coiffed sheep.
A varied festive program for young and old is guaranteed. And Wolli the kid's mascot will, of course, attend the festivities personally, as he will also be celebrating his birthday on this day.
Sport: Swiss Wrestling Competition September 12-14th
Swiss wrestling is a national sport with a great deal of tradition and folklore attached. It is seen at its best at Riffelberg, next to the train station at 2,600m altitude, against the backdrop of the Matterhorn and 28 other four-thousand metre peaks. The main events are on Saturday September 13th from 10:00 to 15:30 (Swiss national competition) and on Sunday 14th from 11:15 to 12:15 (Switzerland - South Korea).
Aerobatics with Air Zermatt - September 14th from 13:15 to 14:00 at Riffelberg.
One of the world's most accomplished helicopter operators will put on a spectacular event showing what these stunning machines and pilots can really do.
Retrospective: Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival April 8-12 2014:
Mountain Exposure is proud to have been involved again with the 2014 Zermatt Unplugged festival last April. It combines great music with superb skiing and is the most civilized of music festivals. The main acts perform every evening in an atmospheric 3,000 seater marquee set in the middle of the village; there are nine other venues both in the village and on the ski slopes. With a total of 54 concerts - and more than 20 are free - there is a show for every musical taste. The 2015 festival will run from April 14th to 18th. We will post the line-up as soon as it is announced.
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