The most exciting events in Geneva throughout September 2019
We get quite lucky in Geneva around the start of Autumn. September is a surprisingly warm month of the year, and it doesn’t usually see us having to get our heavier coats out of the wardrobe just yet.
And while summer may be over, it doesn’t mean the party season is over. September brings some unique events to the city.
Want to know what’s on in Geneva this September? Here is all you need to know about events in Geneva this month, and what you can expect if you’re visiting & looking for something to do.
Top events in Geneva in September 2019:
- Circus Knie at Plaine de Plainpalais – 1st to 12th September
- Laver Cup at Palexpo – 20th to 22nd September
- Bigflo et Oli at Geneva Arena – 28th September
- Paddleboard at Lake Geneva – Throughout September
- Carouge market at Place du Marché – Every Saturday
- Festival De La Bâtie (Built Festival) – Multiple locations - 29th August to 15th September
More Details on each of the events:
- Date: 1st to 12th September
- Venue: Plaine de Plainpalais
Having been all over the country this summer, the start of the month sees the final two weeks of Circus Knie’s run at the Plaine de Plainpalais in the south of the city centre.
This year is very special as it’s the 100th anniversary of the Swiss National Circus, which been run by the same family for seven generations now. The circus has stayed strong to its roots with many traditional circus attractions including tight rope walking, gymnasts and clowns here and there.
It’s a longstanding family tradition to visit the circus here in Switzerland and makes for an easy-going day out.
Tickets start at CHF 20.80 and go up depending on where you want to sit. The Plaine de Plainpalais is roughly 700m from the hotel and a 12-minute walk.
- Date: 20th to 22nd September
- Venue: Palexpo
The Ryder Cup of the Tennis World is coming to Geneva for the first time, as one of the newest tennis tournaments take up residence at the Palexpo exhibition centre.
With captains Björn Borg and John McEnroe leading Team Europe and Team World once again, along with Rafael Nadal and Switzerland’s own Roger Federer already confirmed for the tournament, it’s going to be an exciting weekend of tennis.
The tournament sees 12 matches played over three days in a mixture of singles and doubles, with the winning team claiming $250,000 in prize money. It is very much an all-star affair, and we’re very lucky to be the second European location to be hosting the competition.
Here’s hoping Team Europe can keep a clean sheet and win for the third year in a row.
Tickets are based on sessions (that’s the number of matches you can see) and start at CHF 258.15, going up in price depending on what area you want a seat.
Bigflo et Oli
- Date: 28th September
- Venue: Geneva Arena
Arguably one of the biggest names in French rap right now, Bigflo et Oli comes to Geneva Arena during what is usually one of the quieter months for gigs in the city. Their last two albums have both reached the Top 10 here, and the brothers’ show is going to be one of the trendiest shows to see this month.
This is the only Swiss concert on their tour. Tickets start at CHF 56.50.
Paddleboard at Lake Geneva
- Date: Throughout September
- Venue: Lake Geneva
With these last few good weeks of weather, it’s the ideal chance for someone who hasn’t had a go before at trying paddle boarding on our lake.
It’s usually the last month that companies offering watersports will be down by the lake, so is a must if you want to try a bucket list style activity and see what makes Lake Geneva so beautiful.
There are several operators dotted around the south side of the lake. If you want any assistance getting to the lake or help to find a good operator, just ask at reception.
Marché de Carouge (Carouge market)
- Date: Every Saturday in September
- Venue: Place du Marché
Are you looking for the quintessential slice of life experience of Geneva? Every Saturday morning you can take the short journey to Carouge in the south of the city to the Carouge Market. If you fancy yourself a bit of a foodie, this is the place to go. Merchants sell everything from fruit and veg to locally made treats and bread. You can graze from stall to stall while also taking in the local sights of Carouge. The neighbourhood is seen as the Italian part of town as that’s where many expats moved to in the late 18th century. Even if you only spend an hour at the market, a walk around the neighbourhood to see the little shops and cafes is just a sublime way to while away a Saturday in Geneva.
Festival De La Bâtie (Built Festival)
- Date: 29th August to 15th September
- Venue: Across the City
The end of August and start of September sees the return of Festival De La Bâtie (Built Festival) for the 43rd year in a row. Seen as one of the biggest events in the Arts calendar, Built Festival has a mixture of gigs, exhibitions, dance and performing arts at various venues across the city.
Artists already confirmed for this year include Philip Glass & Robert Wilson, Rémi Dufay and Pascal Rambert.
Keep an eye on announcements at the official Batie website.
Where to stay in Geneva in September
Are you visiting our wonderful city and looking for luxury accommodation?
Fraser Suites Geneva has the right kind of suite for any type of guest.
Someone staying overnight would want to take a look at our single Deluxe Studio apartments with a living room area and sliding doors for bedroom privacy.
Guests coming to the city for a few nights would want to check out our Double Deluxe Studio and Premier Studio suites. Made for couples, these suites have a fully equipped kitchen area, two LCD TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi.
If you already know when you’re coming to Geneva, we recommend taking a look at our offers page. It’s the best way to get a cheaper rate on a suite and see if there are any promotions for longer stays.