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new whattodo iconKnow-it-all's WHAT TO DO in the area. MORE OF LISA’S PICKS FOR SUMMER 2019. More events are listed on the website www.knowitall.ch under our CALENDARS. Please give credit to ©Know-it-all passport® for putting this info together if you forward it or use it in a newsletter of any kind. Thank you.

🤸‍♀️ Thanks to our sponsor in the middle of this page: Gymboree Geneva - Bilingual Preschool for 2-4 years, small class size and high teacher-child ratio - multi-sensory approach and positive learning environment

NOTE: Our team will be on a summer schedule so the next WHAT TO DO will be sent out on 26 August 2019. Please check our website over the summer often for new articles, news, and events. Have a great summer!

30 July through 31 August 2019
Open Tuesday to Friday 11h45-19h30 (Thursday till 20h30)
Saturday 10h-18h
10, rue Alfred-Vincent, 1201 Genève
(just behind the hotels Kempinski and Beau Rivage)
This pop up shop showcases over 50 local creative people. Be the first ones to find handmade, designed, unique, and local items ranging handmade soaps and candles; handmade lamps, mosaics, pyro engraving, lots of jewelry designers, greeting cards, beautiful clothes and accessories for babies, children, and women; beauty products, handbags, quilts, and other unusual gifts. Don't forget that we will have Spice Angel's chili jams, Ausum Toffee, Chocolat Madouce'heure, and "No Whey's Granola" to whet your appetite! Of course many Swiss-themed items from "Oh! la Vache" and Sarah Turney's Swiss scenes. We are proud to represent several local artists as well. We will have a complementary cool drink ready for you in our private courtyard. Click here for more information.

S U M M E R   C E L E B R A T I O N S

** 1er AOUT
Thursday, 1 August 2019
Swiss National Day
All around Switzerland
The 1er août is all about the bonfires, soup, and barbecued sausages in local towns and villages. Don't forget to gear up on some Swiss flags, candles, "lampions", and decorations to get into the spirit. The evening starts with a parade of children and their lampions (paper lantern on a stick with a real candle or electric light bulb). Most will have some sort of official ceremony with speeches, bell ringing, and band music. It is followed by a soup (in a take-home bowl with date on it hand crafted for your village for the 1er aout!) and other festival foods. The bonfire is the favorite thing, as each one is traditionally lit in sequence with the next village so that if you were looking from above (Jura or Salève) you will be able to see them but this is not always the case. Most of the bonfires are immediately followed by a firework display or dance with DJ or live music. Click here for more information.

Saturday, 3 August 2019
Annecy, France
Every year, the first Saturday of the month of August is a date to remember. A fantastic 70-minute firework display will be reflected in beautiful Lake Annecy, synchronized to music! Staying overnight in a hotel is an option but they are quickly being booked up. Click here for more information.

1 June through 1 September 2019
Saturday, 10 August: firework display
Geneva, Jardin Anglais
Instead of the 10-day annual Fête de Genève, you can enjoy this smaller version this year. The festival takes place at the foot of the giant ferris wheel that is situated in the Jardin Anglais and is highlighted on Saturday 10th August with a free firework display at 22h (45 minutes). Click here for more information.

** 15-16 AOUT
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Friday, 16 August 2019
This catholic celebration of Assumption is held in Valais and in France. Check your area to see what events are planned. Remember that as it is a holiday in France, most shops will be closed. There will be a firework display to commemorate the liberation in 1944. Click here for Evian (this is the cruise link but you can see the fireworks on land, of course, too) and here for Thonon.

Our free “Know-it-all's WHAT TO DO in the area” is kindly sponsored this summer by: Gymboree Geneva - Bilingual Preschool for 2-4 years, small class size and high teacher-child ratio - multi-sensory approach and positive learning environment

Gymboree Geneva Preschool

M U S I C   E V E N T S

So many more concerts are happening throughout the summer so please check our events calendar for other options!

27 June through 10 August 2019 (except Sundays)
If you are looking for a cool spot to listen to some great music during the hot summer months, then look no further. If you are in the old town of Geneva during your lunch break, then this might be of interest. 39 free concerts will be held at the Lutheran Church. Click here for more information.

14-29 August 2019
Annecy, France
Two weeks of concerts, shows, and surprises in the fantastic Imperial Palace Hotel! Some are free and some need tickets so please click here for more information.

S U M M E R   I D E A S

** Castles galore in the area awaiting your visit!
Being in Europe, we are spoiled by the amount of castles on every hilltop and town center. How lucky we can just have so many at our doorstep. Whether with guests or your own family, you will surely find a few on this small list that we have taken out of our latest ©Know-it-all passport®! Click here to read our article.

** Where are the best places to go swimming?
Swimming pools will keep you cool over the holidays if you remain in the area. Click here to read our article.

** Perfect picnic spots in the area
Bring your picnic basket and blanket and sprawl out on the lawn. Whether you are looking for a playground, wading pool, mini-zoo, or ice-cream, you will be sure to find just what you are looking for! Click here to read our article.

Till 25 August 2019 EXTENDED TILL 27 OCTOBER 2019
Versoix, GE
Click here to read our article about this dinosaur park.

Always something going on… from tree climbing, picnics on the lawn, restaurant with a huge choice, animals to see, shows and concerts, mini golf, and more. Click here for link.

Our Children's Activities Calendar has lots of suggestions. From sports to crafts, games to coding, you will surely find one that suits your child's interest and age. Click here for link.