Happy Monday, friends. We hope that you all enjoyed yet another beautiful fall weekend. We’re feeling rather cultured these days with a concert at the Cathedral last week and visits to the Ai Weiwei exhibit in the Palais de Rumine. This week, there’s lots more to try – the JazzOnze+ festival and the Bach festival both kick off, there’s slam poetry at BlueLezard, and independent film premiers. And that only scratches the surface! Here’s what we have on our calendar…

  • Tuesday is Halloween and Lausanne seems to be determined to take full advantage of the holiday. In addition to the events last weekend that we told you about, here’s what’s going on this week:
    • On Tuesday evening, the Maison de Quartier Faverges is having a party for the kids – come in costume!
    • The Flon is organizing a witch hunt, complete with pumpkin carving, face paint, and cupcake decorating.
    • Lots of Lausanne resturants have teamed up to offer a free bowl of pumpkin soup at the Place St-Laurent on Tuesday night afterwork. It’s like trick or treating for hungry professionals ;).
    • Giraf Bar is celebrating on Friday night with a party
  • If Halloween is not your thing, but good jazz is…you’re in luck! The 30th annual JazzOnze+ festival kicks off on Tuesday night.
  • Make your lunch on Tuesday a bit more musical with a 12:15pm concert at the Salle Metropole with Lausanne’s Chamber Orchestra.
  • Swiss director David Maye will be attending the avant première of his film Les Grand Traversées about his own family in the Canton du Valais at Le Capitole on Tuesday evening.
  • Tuesday nights are board game nights at Qwertz.
  • On Wednesday evening, catch the avant première of the film Ouvrir la Voix at Zinema and meet the director.
  • Slam poetry at the Bleu Lezard!
  • Interested in learning more about the wines from the City of Lausanne? Head over to the Chateau d’Ouchy for a free tasting and presentation by the city’s head winemaker.
  • On Thursday at 6:30pm, you can get a free guided tour of the Ai Weiwei exhibit!
  • Tis the season for oysters, lobster, langoustine (are you salivating yet?). Le Contretemps will be hosting its first seafood evening “Coquillages & Crustacés”  on Thursday. Reservations a must!
  • This Friday inaugurates Lausanne’s Bach festival with the first of many concerts taking place over the next three weeks.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, take your kids to learn about being a doctor and what goes on in a hospital at the Hôpital des Nounours (teddy bear hospital) event at the CHUV. Medical students treat your kids’ stuffed animals and explain how surgeries and ambulance rides work as well as how to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Seriously, TOO cute!
  • On Sunday, your kids can learn how to make plaster-mold animals like those found on the Montfalcon door of the Lausanne Cathedral and paint them at the Espace Arlaud with the Archeology museum.


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