Things to do in Basel

Things to do in Basel | September 2021

Harvest festival, Floss, Art Basel, Autumn festivals and more...

Autumn is just around the corner and with that we welcome back Im Fluss that is now named ‘Floss’ the annual floating stage on the Rhine is back with ‘donation’ evening concerts, something not to be missed if you enjoy live music.  Mid-September we see Genusswoche Basel which, translates roughly to Good Food Week Basel then the end of the month we have our first Art Basel in nearly 2 years!  The Chinese Moon Festival in back on Munsterplatz at the end of the month too.  Harvest festival is upon us and there’s time to celebrate at some of the regions farms and markets.  Read on to find out about the Basel Children’s trust a charity that helps families enjoy life in Basel to the maximum.



1st-18th of September

I love these concerts, on a warm evening they are the perfect way to soak up that amazing Basel feeling, being at the Rhine side, looking onto the Munster then, listening to live music as the sunsets.  You can enjoy the concert from a boat in the Rhine for a fee.  Check out the Floss website for more details.

Sonne Luminere - Riehen Music School

11th September, 20:30, Sarasin Park, Riehen

The 7th edition of the music education project, ‘Sonn et luminiere’ will transform Sarasin Park into a sound and light spectacle tonight and Saturday night.  Over 100 children will join the the music schools of the Basel Music Academy and the choir of the Baeumlihof grammar school as they present a world premiere of the experimental composition ‘snurglond’.

More info here

Off Beat Jazz

Off beat Jazz offers a series of jazz concerts that happen between now and the end of the year, check out their line up by clicking on the link below.

Off Beat Jazz Website

If you really enjoy Jazz then, the Birdseye Jazz club is worth a look, tucked away on a side street near Barfuesserplatz, the line ups are really fabulous with lots of great musicians coming to Basel to play at the club.  If you are a keen amateur musician, the club offers short courses to tune your Jazz skills further Birds Eye Jazz Club

Autumn Markets

City market, Flea markets and more...

There has never been a better time to go the Basel’s markets as harvest festival is upon us.  We have really great markets in Basel with most quarters having a Saturday morning food market, regular flea markets and even some special markets for musical instrument sales etc…

Markets of Basel website


Basel Autumn Market

Markthalle is a covered market hall near the station that regularly hosts a Saturday morning food market, crafts markets, beer fairs and much more.  It’s also a great place to learn new skills with regular fermenting, bread making and other culinary courses on offer.  May I say it offers one of the best brunch offers and is a great place to hang out on a Sunday.

Genusswoche - Good Food Week Basel

16th-26th September

Matt and Elly Basel

Can you imagine two entire weeks of food exhibitions, tours and tastings?  Well that’s Basel’s Genussewoche in a nutshell, good food week Basel is a celebration of all to the amazing local food growers, producers, manufacturers, brewers etc… 

Here’s a couple of events that caught me eye:

16th – Bunte cake pops workshop at Confisserie Brandli

17th – Brewery tour and tasting at Fisherstube

17th – Tour of the bakery at Sutterbegg

17-24th – Lackerli workshop, Confiserie Bachmann

16-25th – Global inspired, locally produced menu at Matt and Elly

18th – Genuss Festival in der Markthalle

23rd – Chocolate kiss workshop

Gennusswoche website


Art Basel

24-27th September

The world famous art fair is back and Basel will be swarming with lots of colourful characters and the best art the art world has to offer right now.

My tip is to take a guided tour at the art fair, they are available from Friday through to Sunday during show hours and are offered in English, German and French.  Contact for more information or for information about tours around the parcours

During the show I love browsing and buying a book or two about modern or contemporary art, there are number of major publishers at the show that have an amazing selection of books to feast your eyes on.

A day ticket for Art Basel is 65 CHF


The Art Basel app is fab and a must have if, you are going to the art fair.

Volta Basel

20th-26th September, Elsaesserstrasse 215

Volta Basel art fair runs in parallel to Art Basel and will exhibit a series of international artists work at the newly refurbished Elsaesserstrasse 215.

OFFER:  50% off ticket price use the code voltabasel2021

Moon Festival

25th September, 12:00-20:00, Muensterplatz

Watch a dragon dance through Münsterplatz and enjoy lots of amazing Chinese culture, all part of the Moon festival on Muensterplatz on the afternoon of the 25th of September. I 

Autumnal decorations and pumpkin hunting

Do you go all out to decorate when autumn arrives and stock up on pumpkins for halloween or to make some pumpkin inspired recipes, pumpkin pie anyone?

Last year I went on the search for the perfect pumpkin which took me on a tour of a couple of our regions farms, first pumpkin land in Liestal, Kuerbisegge in Muttenz, Mathis-hof in Bottmingen and final Fuenfshilling in Fischingen Germany.  On the way, I found some great pumpkins, autumn decorations, an apple juice vending machine and some tasty cakes.  Here are the blog articles I wrote last autumn:

Baseler Frauen Lauf and Stadt Lauf

Basel’s Frauenlauf will take place in Basel this weekend and the 38th Basel stadtlauf has been confirmed on the 20th of November.  You can register to be in the stadtlauf from 1st October onwards, entry is 40 CHF per adult.

Stadtlauf website


Europes biggest fabric market in in Weil am Rhein

17-18th September, 9:00-17:00

Every Autumn, I reignite my passion for sewing and visit Europe’s largest fabric market in Weil am Rhein.  The market offers every type of fabric you can think of an all of the sewing accessories that you could need, the extend of the lining fabric, trimmings, bindings, cotton and buttons is mind blowing.  Well worth a walk around this wonderful market, parking is onsite.  There is an entry fee to the market of a few Euros that you pay on entrance to the park.

Stoffmärkte Holland Website

If anyone knows where there is a big wool sale in Switzerland or near by, let me know.

How to get a vaccination in Basel

We are seriously lagging behind our European neighbours with vaccination rates and in response to that the central government will introduce the need for a vaccination certificate to dine out, go to play groups or indoor events, including weddings from Monday the 13th of September.  If you need advise on how to get a vaccination please read the blog post I wrote back in May.

As of Monday the 13th of September, the Baselland vaccination centre in Muttenz will be offering walk-in vaccinations 5 days per week

Walk-in hours are:

Monday: 13:30-16:15
Tuesday: 13:00-15:45
Thursday: 13:00-15:45
Friday: 13:30-16:15
Saturday (2. and 4. Saturday of the month): 9:00-12:00

A focus on the Basel Children's Trust

Advice and support for Expat parents from pregnancy to empty nest...

The BCT (Basel Childrens Trust) is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that provides help, support, and information to expectant parents and families with young children living in the Basel area: from “bump” to “babe” and “beyond”.

Through our many programs like antenatal courses, playgroups, monthly newsletters and social events, the BCT supports members on the incredible journey which is parenting. Founded in 1992 with only 29 members, today we support more than 200 families from around the world with English as the common spoken language. We are an international community of parents with young children who want to get involved – with other members, with our wider community, and with the surrounding region Basel.

Basel’s Children’s Trust website

A link to BCT’s latest events

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