Free gigs, tortuous triathlons, horn blowing, a once-in-a-generation festival and Billie Eilish – it’s all here in our fantastic round-up of what to do around the country this sunny season…
William Tell Open-Air Theatre
If you’re new to Switzerland, seeing this production of Friedrich Schiller’s play about folk hero Wilhelm Tell – staged every year with 170 actors plus horses, sheep and cows in a gorgeous outdoor theatre in Rugenwald zu Matten – is a Swiss rite of passage. Tellweg 5, Matten bei Interlaken. Until Aug 31.
Engadin St Moritz Ultraks
The picture-postcard mountains of Engadin are the setting for a variety of trail-running races to suit all abilities. Pontresina. Jul 5-6.
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Check out 170-odd sci-fi, horror and fantasy movies from across the globe at Switzerland's only fest dedicated to fantastic cinema, including a focus on Danish cinema, new Asian works and a 40th anniversary open-air screening of 'Alien'. Neuchâtel. Jul 5-13.
La Fête de la Tomate
Thirty varieties of local tomato aren’t the only juicy red fruit celebrated at this market gardening knees-up: producers will also be showing off their best strawberries, too. Place de Sardaigne, Carouge. Jul 5-7
Join thousands on the shores of Lake Zurich to watch films on a giant waterborne screen. All you’ll need is a cosy date to snuggle up to. There are events in Geneva and Basel, too. Port Noir, Geneva. Jul 10-Aug 25. Zürichhorn, Zurich. Jul 18-Aug 18. Münsterplatz, Basel. Aug 2-26.
Rigi Schwing- und Älplerfest
Alpine farmers and herdsmen gather for one of the most traditional events of the summer: an annual Swiss wrestling and Alpine games festival set against the backdrop of Rigi Staffel. Rigi Staffel. Jul 14.
Fête de Vignerons
This winegrowers’ festival takes place no more than five times per century (yep, per century), so this is a once-in-a-generation chance to experience its delights – the main one of which is a specially created stage show featuring 5,500 actors. Vevey. Jul 18-Aug 11.
Think you know Zurich? This triathlon combining a swim in the lake, a 30km bike ride through the countryside and a run round the city centre and lake shore will give you a whole new perspective. Starts Strandband Mythenquai, Mythenquai 95, Zurich. Jul 21.
Swiss Open Gstaad
Watch top players (Federer has competed here a few times) battle it out in relatively small arenas against a beautiful mountain backdrop. Roy Emerson Arena, Promenade/Eisbahnareal, Gstaad. Jul 22-28.
Alphorn International Festival
Alpenhorn fans from around the world assemble in Nendaz, with events including a blowing contest, a folk costume parade and a concert featuring 150 people playing the instrument at once. A sight – and sound – to behold. Nendaz. Jul 26-28.
Enthusiastic crowds gather around jugglers, acrobats, magicians and comedians from across the globe performing in the town centre at this international street artists festival. Interlaken. Jul 26-28.
National Costume Festival
Admire traditional Swiss costumes at this annual folk festival, which is on a mission to prove that not all national dress looks the same. Männlichen. Jul 28.
Locarno Film Festival
Open-air screenings in the Piazza Grande, a black cinema retrospective – including Tarantino's 'Jackie Brown' (above) – and an honorary award to trash king John Waters (complete with a full 'Odorama' scratch and sniff screening of his 'Polyester') are among this year's highlights. Locarno. Aug 7-17.
Taste of Zermatt Kitchen-Party
Zermatt has the highest concentration of top chefs in Switzerland, and many of them will be participating in this gastronomic knees-up cooking up superb seasonal and regional dishes at 19 different stations across two five-star hotels. Mont Cervin Palace, Bahnhofstrasse 31, Zermatt. Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Bahnhofstrasse 55, Zermatt. Aug 16.
With its 5,500m ascent this triathlon in the spectacular Mürren-Schilthorn mountain area is one of the toughest in the world. Thankfully, there’s also an easier ‘Fun Triathlon’ race to join for those who prefer pudding to press-ups. Starts Thun. Aug 16, 17.
The first bona fide pop star born this millennium arrives to play the Zürich OpenAir festival – make way for indie-pop teen wonder kid Billie Eilish! Zürich OpenAir. Aug 22.
Omega European Masters
The Swiss stop on the professional men’s golf European Tour takes place in Crans-Montana in the Alps where the views are as striking as the golf clubs! Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana. Aug 29-Sep 1.