The Winterthurer Musikfestwochen is a 12-day music festival in the old town of Winterthur. The locations are Steinberggasse, Kirchplatz and Viehmarkt. More than 100 events will take place between the 9th and the 20th of August.
Alongside many concerts on seven stages, there are readings, theatre, art, spoken word, family activities, dance performances and more.
From 9-17 August ALL events are free, with collection/donations. From 11-20 August, all events at the Roulotte are free. You don’t need tickets for these events, you can just turn up. But important, capacity is limited – so get there early! We will close entrances if there is a large crowd or if capacity is reached.
- Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or by an adult with written parental consent.
- Children under the age of 12 do not require a ticket.
- By purchasing a ticket you agree to our terms & conditions.
- Please purchase your ticket only through our official advance sale channels – don’t give the secondary ticket market a chance.
Arrival and Departure
On our free concert days, the site (and therefore the food stalls) generally opens at 6pm and closes at 11pm from Sunday to Wednesday and midnight from Thursday to Saturday, with the following exceptions:
- Saturday 12 August 13:30 – 24:00
- Sunday, 13th August. Sunday, 13 August 11:30 – 23:00
- Wednesday, 16th August. August 14:00 – 23:00
On the main weekend (with reduced area, without church square, with tickets only)
- Friday, 18 August. August: 19:00 – 24:00
- Saturday, 19 August. Saturday, August 18:00 – 24:00
- Sunday, 20 August. August: 16:00 – 22:00
Roulotte at the Viehmarkt:
- Friday, 11 – Friday, 18 August. August: 18:00 – 23:00
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August: 13:30 – 23:00
The number of places at the Winterthur Musikfestwochen is limited. Entrances may be closed if it becomes too crowded. We pay particular attention to your safety. Therefore, we recommend an early arrival time.
Over 100 acts will perform on 7 stages at the MFW.
- Our big main stage will be on Steinberggasse for 12 days. This is also where our paid main weekend takes place.
- The second largest stage is on the Kirchplatz.
- From 11 to 20 August, the Café Roulotte theatre offers a wonderful programme of cabaret and fine food. Where is it? On the Viehmarkt.
- The Steibi is also home to the Startrampe, our newcomer stage.
- The Stadtkirche is also the venue for MFW on three evenings (14 – 16 August).
- The Gewerbemuseum will host our Music over Lunch format four times.
- Our smallest stage? The street music stage. When and where? Always earlier in the evening, somewhere on the site!
Hungry & Thirsty
There are plenty of different food and drink stalls. Food is available every day from 18.00.
Besides Greek food you can find tacos, momos, Indian food, hot dogs, mezze, burgers and fries, churros and much more. Something for everyone!
How to pay
Payment methods at the festival site are Cash, Twint, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, V-Pay.
At the Café Roulotte theatre on the Viehmarkt, you can only pay in cash.
Please leave at home
Do not bring:
The festival area is glass, can and PET free. Water bottles are also not allowed. Brought drinks must be filled into returnable cups at the entrances. You can bring your own food, but no Tupperware.
There is a cloakroom, where you can leave your personal belongings such as umbrellas and backpacks. The cloakroom costs CHF 2 per item.
Lost and Found
It is best to leave valuables, bags, water bottles and bags at home.
Have you lost something? Lost property can be picked up at the Information desk during the festival. After the festival they will be stored at the MFW office for one week and then handed over to the city’s lost property office. Wallets, smartphones, and keys are handed in daily to the lost property office. Our office is located at Holderplatz 2, 8400 Winterthur.
Here you will find all the information you need. Staff will be happy to help you. There is also a range of merchandise available for purchase, such as t-shirts, sweaters, caps, pins and rain covers.
Filming & Photography
You are allowed to film and take photos with your smartphone. However, your smartphone is safe in your bag.
It can get very loud during the concerts. The loud noises can damage your ears. Hearing protection is available for free at the Info Point and at all
Assistance Services/ Help
We’re here to help you with your visit. Do you need any assistance with the purchase of your tickets? Would you like someone to accompany you to the obstacle-free stand? Do you need help with the purchase of your food and drink? Is there anything else you need?
Our OK Cultural Accompaniment volunteers will be there for you. They will wear a blue shirt. You can speak to them directly. Or you can contact them on:
052 269 00 30
On Sunday 13 August and Wednesday 16 August, the afternoons will be filled with activities for the whole family.
There will be music school concerts, all-round family fun, a children’s concert by Gorilla Club, the final reading summer festival, theatre sports, play fun, children’s painting and numerous activities with our partners.
On 19 and 20 August, there will be two theatre performances for families in the Roulotte on the Viehmarkt.
- Earplugs for children of all ages are available at the Info Point (while supplies last).
- You can change your baby’s nappy and breastfeed in the evening at the Youth Centre at Steinberggasse 31.
- On the children’s afternoons (Sunday 13.8. and Wednesday 16.8.) there will be a nappy-changing and breastfeeding tent on the church square.
At the Info Point we will be selling shirts, CDs, records and other merchandise from the performing bands – as well as the full range of our MFW merchandise. Don’t worry, if you can’t make it to the Info Point, you can still have a look around the online shop.
Sustainability is a process. We are in the middle of it. Not only do we have a cultural and social commitment, but we also want to be a leader in the field of ecology . The year 2022 will bring some innovations – we are tackling numerous projects in the dimensions of social sustainability (inclusion, awareness, diversity, participation), environmental sustainability (reduction and compensation) and economic sustainability. Stay tuned for more news and social media updates.
No means no!
We want to be a place where everyone feels welcome and accepted. But even at our music festival, we are not immune to transgressive behaviour. That’s why we need to take responsibility, look out for each other and work together to combat all forms of discrimination. Respect the boundaries of others. No means no. Are you experiencing or witnessing a boundary violation? Contact the Awareness-Team.
The first nine days are free. This is unique in Switzerland. And it only works if everyone contributes. You can send support via Twint or add to the collection at the festival. You can also become a helper, buy merch, donate cups, become a member, a patron or a Herzblut member. THANK YOU!
Pssst - Respect the Artist
Pssst – Respect the Artist. This is very important to us: Show appreciation for the artists on stage and respect for other visitors who want to listen. Those who prefer to chat rather than enjoy the music are of course welcome to do so – but please do so in the back areas.
We do our best to make your festival visit memorable. Our teams will help you:
- Our paramedic team (at the info point and on patrol) will help you with any health issues.
- Our security team (on patrol and at the entrances) will keep you safe.
- Our Awareness-Team (at the Info Point, on patrol and on 077 452 35 35 / firstname.lastname@example.org) is there if you experience or witness discriminatory behaviour or border crossing.
Do not hesitate to contact our helpers if you need help. You can call for help on the radio.
Be aware of the people around you in the crowd.
- Be aware of the people around you in the crowd.
- Help other people if they need help – and contact us.
- Have fun, be nice and follow our few rules. We’ll thank you with a few rules.
The Musikfestwochen is the work of many, and is only possible with the support of many. You can support us.
- With a patronage, a heartfelt membership or a club membership.
- With a team event, a customer aperitif or a party on the festival site.
- As a partner with a heartfelt collaboration
- As a volunteer
- By buying your beer from us and donating to the collection.
You can find all the ways you can support us here.
Our festival area is basically free of obstacles, except for the decks of the Schlemmerei and Mampferei. For a cobblestone-free journey, we recommend the route via Technikumstrasse-Steiggasse-Steinberggasse. Disabled toilets are available. More information on accessibility can be found here: musikfestwochen.ch/zugang. There is an accessible grandstand on the Steinberggasse side. Please contact us (and your companion) for a seat reservation at email@example.com or via the form. For the paid concerts, people who are dependent on an assistant can bring this person free of charge. We thank the Stiftung Cerebral for their support.
During the festival, access to the Old Town for motor vehicles is severely restricted. The festival area of the Winterthur Music Festival Weeks covers the Old Town between Marktgasse, Obergasse, Technikumstrasse and Neumarkt. From 9 to 20 August, access to this area will only be possible for authorised motor vehicles via Steinberggasse. Only blue light organisations will have access in case of emergency during the concerts.
From 24 July to 8 August and from 21 August to 1 September, access will be partially restricted due to construction and dismantling work.
Terms and Conditions
No answer to your question? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the festival office: 052 269 00 30.