What is Swiss Days?

The Swiss Days Celebration is a time for Berne to share its Swiss heritage.

Swiss Days began as a sidewalk sale for the downtown businesses about 50 years ago and was called the Berne Summer Days. As the community continued to support this event, we looked for ways to make it bigger and include more local businesses. We also wanted to include the cultural history of Berne, named after Bern, Switzerland, the location where our founding settlers left to find religious freedoms in America. Now, we have over 100 food and craft vendors, including many downtown businesses, and Swiss-style music, games like the Steintoss, and so much more.

“Willkommen” to Swiss Days. Come join us and enjoy authentic Swiss costume, great food, craft vendors and merchandise. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the friendly competitions for all ages. From the 5K race to Big Wheel Competition for the younger ones to the Steintoss, there is something for everyone. On stage and around the festival you can hear Swiss music. Watch as couples dance the polka to live music on stage. The festival always includes the last Friday and Saturday of each July. “Schonen Tag noch” (have a good day).

Thursday
July 25

- Vendors open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Opening Ceremony 5:30 p.m.
- Live Entertainment 5:30 - 10 p.m.
Friday
July 26

- Vendors open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Live Entertainment 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
July 27

- Vendors Open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Parade 4:30 p.m.
- Live Entertainment 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday
July 28

- No Vendors
- Community Worship Service

Swiss Days Events

100 + Food and Merchandise Vendors, Polka & Rock, Competitions, Fun for Kids, and more!

Check out our 2024 Swiss Days brochure to view the happenings for this year:

Vendors

Thank you for your interest in Swiss Days 2024! Put us in your calendar for July 25, 26, and 27. You can now register for Swiss Days 2024.