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!

What’s On this Weekend in Zurich – 13th and 14th October

There’s plenty on this weekend in and around Zurich. If you’re an art afficianado or perhaps you are even thinking of starting your own collection, the Art International Festival at Kongresshaus, near Burkliplatz is on this weekend and is open from 11am – 8pm both Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th. Amongst many of the artists showing is Elena Bardina, see photo below.

If you favour going just outside Zurich why not visit the Jucker Pumpkin Farm in Seegraben to admire their amazing “Olympic Display” and giant pumpkins. Earlier this week in the Swiss Pumpkin Championship competition (see photos) Beni Meier’s gigantic pumpkin set a new European record weighing 768.5 kg on the scales! This pumpkin is competing in the European Championships on Sunday, October 14 in Ludwigsburg in Germany, but the other giant pumpkins will still be on display until 4th November. The Juckerfarm is open both Saturday and Sunday and you can even try out some of the seasonal pumpkin delicacies. Their pumpkin soup is delicious!

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The Zurich Bierfest is on at Zurich Hauptbahnof until Saturday 13th October with plenty of beer a fun atmosphere.  It’s advisable to make reservations if you can but there are sometimes seats availble if you’re passing by.  For more information and to make a booking click here. Zurich Oktoberfest at Bauschaenzli began yesterday and promises to be one big party. Tickets went on sale for this event back in May and sold out weeks ago but if you’re prepared to queue there is seating reserved for passers by, so that you too can experience this unique event. For more information click here.

Then a little further afield there is the Olma Agricultural Show in St Gallen which continues until the 21st October and in Geneva the Expat-Expo takes place on Sunday 14th.

And looking ahead  a couple of weeks, on Saturday 3rd November there is The Long Night of the Hotel Bars from 9pm – 3am. Get transported from one hotel bar to another around Zurich and listen to different live music and sample different atmospheres in each location. Hotels participating include the Hotel Storchen, The Claridge Hotel, the Renaissance and the Hotel Ascot.  A fun evening!

Pumpkin photos courtesy of Juckerfarmart.ch