Events listed below are in and around the town of Neuchâtel. Check with the Neuchâtel Neuchatel Tourist Information for exact dates and times.
March
La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Chaux-de-Fonds Carnival

More Information (in French)
April
Town of Neuchâtel
Ice skating rink

Brocante - Antique Flea Market
The place to go for good quality antiques. The prices are usually high, but you can still find bargains. Even you don't find something to purchase you can very much enjoy seeing what people used in the 'old days.'

April
Village of Fleurier
Brocante - Antique Flea Market
Often the antique flea markets off the beaten track have better bargains than those in the bigger towns such as Neuchâtel.
April
Village of Couvet
Brocante - Antique Flea Market
April
Colombier
At the Temple du Colombier
Requiem Concerto


April
Neuchâtel
Hotel Balzac
At the port
Bealac Classic et Elegance - Antique Car Tour - Veteran Car Club Romand
Beautiful classic automobiles (and their drivers) meet in Neuchâtel for three days of touring in Switzerland and France, and evenings at the Hotel Balzac in Neuchâtel. Great chance to see vintage cars rolling down the roads once again, and to see them close-up at the hotel in the mornings or when they arrived back in the afternoon or evening. Touring schedule is available free at the hotel.
May
La Chaux-du-Milieu
Corbak Festival - music festival

More information (in French)
May
Neuchâtel's
Collegiale
(Cathedral
)

Concerts du la Collégiale (Cathedral Concerts)
Free 45 minutes organ recitals are given each month in Neuchâtel's Collégiale or cathedral up on the hill next to the castle. Fine music combined with Romanesque and Gothic architecture equals an evening to remember.


May
Village of
Vaumarcus
At the castle
Unusual Plants Days
At this event is a huge selection of weird and wonderful plants from all the best growers in Switzerland. In the words of Lisa, 'We bought two clematis there last year and we haven't managed to kill them yet!÷In fact they are spreading like wildfire. Honestly, it's worth a visit because the plants, all for sale, are stunning.÷You can find fruit trees, bushes, herbs, carnivorous plants - ok, we did kill that one but it was an accident- and a whole lot more. There's usually a screech for little kids who donut appreciate the splendors of nature, and boys with wheelbarrows to transport your purchases to the pick-up point.'
June
Town of
Neuchâtel.
Jeunes-Rives
Festi'Neuch - music festival

More information (in French)
June
Village of
Boveresse
8th Absinth Festival

More information (in English)
June
Neuchâtel's
Collégiale
(Cathedral
)

Concerts du la Collégiale (Cathedral Concerts)
Free 45 minutes organ recitals are given each month in Neuchâtel's Collégiale or cathedral up on the hill next to the castle. Fine music combined with Romanesque and Gothic architecture equals an evening to remember.

June
La Vue-des-Alpes
Brocante - Antique Flea Market
JRun
Village of Fleurier

Abbe -

Youth Festival

More information (in English)

June
Town of
Neuchâtel
Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival

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July
Village of Le Locle
Promos Open Air Festival
July
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Hall of Music
Estiville Concerts (American choirs)
July
Town of Nyon

Paleo Festival Nyon

The Paleo Festival in Nyon is best described by a quote from the festival's website:

"The Pa leo Festival sets out to create a marriage of concert and carnival, to create a kaleidoscopic event that will stimulate public curiosity, for new artists and less well-known musical styles. The Paleo is both a launching pad for new talents and a platform for established stars. Over the years it has widened its range of musical styles and come to include circus and street performance as well. Six specially constructed stages play host to acts from all over the world." The good music, good food, and handcrafted items at this popular faire draws more than 225,000 visitors in a five day period. More information (in English) including ticket costs and availability.


July
Neuchâtel's
Collégiale
(Cathedral
)

Concerts du la Collégiale (Cathedral Concerts)
Free 45 minutes organ recitals are given each month in Neuchâtel's Collégiale or cathedral up on the hill next to the castle. Fine music combined with Romanesque and Gothic architecture equals an evening to remember.


August
Everywhere
Switzerland

National Day
Switzerland's national day or independence day. This is a day of family picnics, walks in the mountains and by the lakes, and excellent firework displays in the evening.

Furthering Information
August
La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Plage des Six-Pompes - Open Air Street Shows Festival

More information (in French)
August
La Vue-des-Alpes
Swiss Wrestling Festival
August
Town of Neuchâtel
Downtown
Buskers Festival
For one long weekend a year the street musicians are the kings of Neuchâtel. From the market places, alcoves, and narrow cobbled streets of the town jazz, blues, classical, rock, and ethnic music entertain townspeople and visitors.

More information (in English)
August
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Megabike - mountain-bike race

More information (in French)
August
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Megabike - mountain-bike race

More information (in French)
August
Neuchâtel's
Collégiale
(Cathedral
)

Concerts du la Collégiale (Cathedral Concerts)
Free 45 minutes organ recitals are given each month in Neuchâtel's Collégiale or cathedral up on the hill next to the castle. Fine music combined with Romanesque and Gothic architecture equals an evening to remember.


September
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Louis Chevrolet Event - antique cars

More information (in English)
September
La Chaux-de-Fonds
39th Braderie - festival, parade, live music, music

More information (in French)
September
Town of Neuchâtel
Schubertiade - classical music concerts
September
Villages of
Môtiers and Buttes
Fountains Fair
September
Neuchâtel's
Collégiale
(Cathedral
)

Concerts du la Collégiale (Cathedral Concerts)
Free 45 minutes organ recitals are given each month in Neuchâtel's Collégiale or cathedral up on the hill next to the castle. Fine music combined with Romanesque and Gothic architecture equals an evening to remember.


September
Downtown Neuchâtel
Fete des Vendanges - 80th Neuchâtel Grape Harvest Festival
Every town needs a time when they can just 'let loose'. New Orleans has the Mardi Gras, Venice and Rio de Janeiro have their Carnival, Neuchâtel has the Fete des Vendanges or Grape Harvest Festival. The premier festival of the year this celebration draws tens of thousands of visitors for three days of wine an beer tasting, eating, music, rides for kids and a parade.

More information (in French)
September
Village of
Le Landeron
Brocante - antique flea market
Located in one of the most adorable ancient villages in Switzerland this flea market is one of my favorites. Whereas the Neuchâtel brocante is composed mostly of antique dealers, this antique market seems to draw sellers who are into it only part time. Many prices are still expensive, but you can find better deals, and more interesting, unique items to look at.

More information about the Brocante (in French)
September
Village of
Lignieres

Des Alpes Village Parade
Celebrating the time when the cows come down from mountain pastures this event includes a parade of cows with flowers between their horns, horses and carts, goats, cow bell ringers, and food and wine. If you want a taste of traditional Switzerland this is an event to go to.
September
Neuchâtel's
Collégiale
(Cathedral
)

Concerts du la Collégiale (Cathedral Concerts)
Free 45 minutes organ recitals are given each month in Neuchâtel's Collégiale or cathedral up on the hill next to the castle. Fine music combined with Romanesque and Gothic architecture equals an evening to remember.

October
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Museum of Horology

Swiss Watch Exchange
October
Neuchâtel's
Collégiale
(Cathedral
)

Concerts du la Collégiale (Cathedral Concerts)
Free 45 minutes organ recitals are given each month in Neufchatel's Collegiale or cathedral up on the hill next to the castle. Fine music combined with Romanesque and gothic architecture equals an evening to remember.


November
Neuchâtel's
Collégiale
(Cathedral
)

Concerts du la Collégiale (Cathedral Concerts)
Free 45 minutes organ recitals are given each month in Neuchâtel's Collegiale or cathedral up on the hill next to the castle. Fine music combined with Romanesque and gothic architecture equals an evening to remember.


December
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Christmas Market

More information (in French)
December
Neuchâtel
Rue de Coq d'Inde
Christmas Market