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 45 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).
- Vendors open at 5 p.m.
- Opening Ceremony 6 p.m.
- No Vendors
- Community Events Only
We will begin taking orders for Swiss Days 2020 on February 1st. Make sure to check back then and reserve your spot!