Halloween Week in Zurich – lots of events, some spooky, some not!

This coming week it’s Halloween!  You can start celebrating early at the Oliver Twist pub in Zurich from 17th – 31st October and on the 31st itself at the Fork and Bottle Restaurant where there will be a special Halloween party for children in the afternoon from 3.30pm and for adults in the evening from 7pm. At the Fork and Bottle in Allmendstrasse, 8002 Zurich.

Halloween Party at Fork and Bottle, NewinZurich.com

Halloween Party at Baur Au Lac: On Saturday, 3 November 2012, from 8pm there will be a Halloween party taking place in the Rive Gauche at the Baur Au Lac. Price: CHF 150.00 per person – all inclusive except for spirits. A few remaining tickets are available in the Rive Gauche or by phone on 044 220 50 60 or email at halloween@agauche.ch

Rive Gauche Halloween Party, Baur Au Lac, www.NewInZurich.com

Expovina: On Thursday 1st November Expovina begins for the 59th time for 15 days.  Yes, raise your glasses and get on board!  You won’t be sailing anywhere as the boats are stationary, but there are wines from 4,000 different vineyards to sample and there are 4 restaurants to choose from for lunch or dinner.  For full information click here to view opening hours and ticket prices in English.

Expovina Wine Fair Zurich 2012

Charity Event: On Thursday 1st there is a charity screening at 7pm of a film by photo journalist Mimi Chakarova raising awareness about sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to Western Europe. It will be held at  the Musiksaal at Schule Hirschengraben, Hirschengraben 46, Zurich. The charity Glowbalact.com invite you to the screening of this documentary in English entitled “The Price of Sex”. Free entry and apero. Donations. RSVP required: info@glowbalact.com www.glowbalact.com

Ski & Sports Sale: If you’re looking to update your ski  or sports gear you should head on down to Sport Shop Time Out in Uster where they are celebrating their 20th birthday and their “Ski Season Opening” by offering a discount on Saturday of 20% off all items excluding ski rentals and service. There will be free raclette and pizza, competitions, free Time Out hoodies for the under 14 year olds and lots more. Click here for address details.

Music: And if Country Music is your bag Rolf Raggenbass and the Country Heart Band are playing at 6pm on Saturday 3rd November at the Hotel Loewen in Meilen. Entry price of CHF 99 includes an apero, 3 course meal and entertainment.

Lange Nacht der Hotelbars, NewinZurich.com

Lange Nacht der Hotelbars: If you fancy trying out a “pub crawl in style” why not join the “Lange Nacht Der Hotelbars on Saturday 3rd November. To buy tickets and to find out more go to www.langenachtderhotelbars.ch . It starts at 9pm and finishes at 3am

Exhibition: On Sunday 4th November it’s the last day of Night Lights exhibition at the Lumas gallery so click on the link or scroll down and check out our previous post on Lumas.

                           Photo: ©Sandra Rauch, www.lumas.ch

Swiss Cup Zurich  World Cup Gymnatics: This event begins on 4th November at the Hallenstadion.  For more information and tickets click here.

For Kids: If your children are Mowgli fans you might want to take them to see the Jungle Book or “S’Dschungelbuech” playing live in Zurich on a variety of dates from 31st October onwards.  Please note that the production is in Swiss German! For more information and to buy tickets click here.

S'Dschungelbuech, NewInZurich

6 Things to do in Zurich this Weekend!

Lots going on this weekend in and around Zurich and it looks like it will be a good one whether it snows or not. A few things to keep you busy:

1. Open Day (Tag der Offenen Tur) at Zurich Kunsthaus – the gallery is open to everyone for free and lots of special activities including music, tours, competitions etc will be laid on to entertain you and please scroll down to our previous post on this topic for more information. Don’t miss this great opportunity: kunsthaus.ch

Photo: Kunsthaus.ch

2. Continuing with the “art theme” there is also the exhibition of young Swiss artists in Winterthur jungkunst.ch which looks like a great occasion to view aspiring Swiss artists in a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy, music, shopping and food and drink. Love this picture by Alain Poussot:

3. Jelmoli Style Days continue with a Family Day in the children’s department with special offers, family photo shoots, a special family breakfast in the newly opened Sopra restaurant and 10% discount on many items across the whole store.

4. On Saturday evening there will be an “apocalyptic evening of fun and food” with a reading in English by Justin Cronin, author of “The Twelve” at Orell Fuessli bookstore at 8:00 p.m. Entrance free. For more information click here. This is part of the “Zurich Liest ’12” initiative which you may have seen advertised on billboards around Zurich.  From October 25th to 28th, the international literary festival «Zürich liest 2012» there will be 140 literary events and more than 200 writers from Switzerland, Germany, Europe and overseas in Zurich and Winterthur «Zürich liest» is a well-known literary festival in the German-speaking world and project is run by the Zurich booksellers and editors association (www.zbvv.ch).For more info in English click here: Zurich Liest ’12

5. On Sunday there is the Family Halloween Day at the Jucker Pumpkin Farm in Seegraben from 11am till 5pm.  For more information scroll down to our previous post on the pumpkin farm and it’s “Olympic”pumpkin exhibition or click here to go to the website (in German)

Photo: Jucker Farm

6. And if you’re feeling thirsty why not taste some wine at the Coop Weinmesse at the Schuetzenhaus in Albisguetli.  It’s closed on Sunday but it is open on Saturday 27th from 2pm – 10pm. For free entrance (worth CHF 20) click on this link and download the coupon under the Zurich Albisguetli heading. Prost!

Halloween in Zurich 2012 – are you ready?

Halloween will soon be upon us and whether you’re dressing up and planning a party or a dinner, going to town or just celebrating at home there are certainly plenty of pumpkins available for carving or cooking with.  Here are some of the many varieties of pumpkins and gourds available locally:

Halloween Pumpkins © NewInZurich

There is even a good selection at most road-side stalls outside Zurich like this one in Esslingen:

Halloween Pumkins in Esslingen, near Zurich © NewInZurich

Of course, as we have mentioned before a great place to visit for variety and to admire their amazing annual pumpkin exhibition (the Olympics is the theme this year) is Jucker Farm in Seegraeben where they will be having a “Family Halloween” celebration on Sunday 28th October from 11am – 5pm.

According to the Mr Pickwick website, Halloween is a festival of Celtic origin held on All Hallows Eve, the night of October 31st. The last night of October was the eve of “Samhain”, the Celtic new year – so one place you can start celebrating early  is at the Oliver Twist pub in Zurich from 17th – 31st October. If you fancy something a little more scary you could try out a “Ghost Walk of Zurich” – if ever there was a time to try it out, this surely would be it?

If all else fails you could simply stay home and enjoy a bowl of Delia Smith’s roasted pumpkin soup with cheese (she even uses Swiss cheese in her recipe!). For details of how to make Delia’s soup click here. En guete!